Anne Curzan: What makes a word "real"?
One could argue that slang words like 'hangry,' 'defriend' and 'adorkable' fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those vaulted pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make on a constant basis.
Alice McDermott: 2014 National Book Festival
Alice McDermott appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
How to Read a Poem & Fall in Love with Poetry
Fiction Editor Ron Charles conducts an in-depth interview with poet Edward Hirsch.
Kitten Writing Summit
We are proud to share an extremely rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of kittens, hard at work on their next book. Recorded live in August 2014. Read the what the kittens came up with in
I Knead My Mommy
, available wherever books are sold.
Karl Ove Knausgaard and Stephen Grosz in conversation
In May 2014, the Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop arranged for Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the
novels, to meet in conversation with Stephen Grosz, author of
The Examined Life
and renowned psychoanalyst. The two men discuss death, intimacy, art, controversy, Bruce Springsteen and more with riveting candour and insight.
Tribute to Louise Gluck, Part 2
Recorded in 2012 at the New School in New York City in celebration of the release of Gluck's "Poems: 1962-2012." Part two readers: Peter Streckfus, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Louise Gluck.
Banned Books Week 2014: A Look Back
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), one of the sponsors of Banned Books Week, hosted this Hangout to provide an overview of some successful programs funded by FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
Xiaolu Guo reads from I AM CHINA
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Ace Hotel, New York City
Stephen Fry introduces
More Fool Me
Actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry introduces his upcoming memoir,
More Fool Me
, the follow up to 2010's
The Fry Chronicles
Rivka Galchen at Book Smart Tulsa
Writer Rivka Galchen is interview by Jeff Martin after her appearance at Book Smart Tulsa.
TAVIS SMILEY | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tonight on PBS I'm joined by acclaimed Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novels including
for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award and
Half of a Yellow Sun
deal with the intersection of race and identity.
Marilynne Robinson on Faith, Capitalism and Democracy
Pulitzer-prize winning author Marilynne Robinson talks about what the title character of her new book
says about democracy in America.
ASK LENA #5: Insecure writer
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, a hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays by Lena, is on sale September 30.
asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.
Jamaica Kincaid on writing, her life, and
The New Yorker
Born in Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid arrived in the United States as a seventeen-year-old au pair. Working her way through college, she eventually became a staff writer at the
and one of our most renowned novelists. Her Caribbean birthplace continues to inspire her fiction, from "Annie John" and "Lucy" to "Mr. Potter" and "See Now Then." Join her for a wide-ranging conversation with CHF Emeritus Artistic Director Lawrence Weschler.