Lauren Beukes, Lev Grossman, and Jeff VanderMeer: Mutual Appreciation
On September 22, 2014, Lauren Beukes (
), Lev Grossman (
trilogy), and Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy) appeared at Housing Works Bookstore and Café in New York City to discuss their new books. Before the event, we asked the authors to take a moment to tell us what they appreciate about each other's writing.
Clay Risen: 2014 National Book Festival
Clay Risen appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Anne Waldman: Reading and Writing Long Poems
In our Poets Forum Chancellors Discussions, our celebrated poets, through a series of intimate talks, examine issues central to poetry today. In this video from Poets Forum 2013, Anne Waldman speaks on the topic: Reading and Writing Long Poems.
Claire Messud: 2014 National Book Festival
Claire Messud appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Francis Fukuyama on
Political Order and Political Decay
The political scientist explains how the West has developed strong states while the Middle East and Africa continue to struggle.
Siri Hustvedt: 2014 National Book Festival
Siri Hustvedt appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Evie Shockley, P.O.P
Shot and edited by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, P.O.P is a video series featuring contemporary American poets who read both an original poem and a poem by another poet, after which they reflect on their choice.
Choose Your Own Autobiography
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CHOOSE YOUR OWN AUTOBIOGRAPHY! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life.
Interview with Daniel Alarcon
Interview with Daniel Alarcón about his non-traditional literary background and his relationship with Spanish literature.
Kara Swisher, Jonah Peretti, Shane Smith, and David Carr on New and Old Media
’s New Establishment Summit, the folks behind Re/code, Buzzfeed, and Vice speak with David Carr of
The New York Times
about how the Internet has changed the news media.
Men We Reaped
Winner of the 2014 Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for Nonfiction.
In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, led Ward to write her remarkable memoir
Men We Reaped
. Called “raw, beautiful and dangerous” by the
New York Times Book Review
, it is a haunting and essential story.
Alice McDermott: 2014 National Book Festival
Alice McDermott appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
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.
The Virtual Interview: Edward Snowden
The New Yorker Festival presents Edward Snowden in conversation with Jane Mayer.
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.