Join us for a special conversation between Academy Award Nominated Actor James Franco and legendary poet and academic Frank Bidart.
James Franco plays with the concept of memoir in his new book A California Childhood, through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. An actor treads the line between reality and fiction every time he plays a part, and for James Franco, that exploration isn't limited to the screen. He's also a visual artist with several exhibitions under his belt as well as the author of the widely praised story collection Palo Alto.
Aside from the achievement of his many collections, Frank Bidart's 2002 chapbook, Music Like Dirt, is the only chapbook to ever be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. James and Frank will be speaking on memoir, California, and their own approaches to their written and visual creative endeavors. James and Frank will also be discussing James' chapbook of poems, The Strongest of the Litter.
The Washington Post announced on Monday the paper had been sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Bezos, one of the world's wealthiest men, now controls one of the most powerful newspapers in the country. Some critics of the sale have cited Bezos' close ties to the U.S. government. In 2010, Amazon pulled the plug on hosting the WikiLeaks website under heavy political pressure. Earlier this year, Amazon inked a $600 million cloud computing deal with the CIA. Independent booksellers and publishers have also long complained about Amazon's business practices.
Watch Part 2 of this discussion: http://youtu.be/AevzYhuB920
Democracy Now! hosts a roundtable on the history of Amazon and the future of the newspaper industry. "Monopoly newspapers, especially The Washington Post in the nation's capital, while it might not be a commercially viable undertaking, it still has tremendous political power," says Robert McChesney, co-founder of Free Press, "a plaything for these billionaires that they can then use aggressively to promote their own politics." Media critic Jeff Cohen notes that while the Washington Post notably published reports on Watergate and the Pentagon Papers decades ago, he thinks concerns that Bezos will ruin their journalistic tradition is unfounded, saying that in recent years, "The Washington Post has really been the newspaper of the bipartisan consensus." We also speak to Dennis Johnson, publisher of Melville Books. "Amazon is a company that feels no pain. They've, as far as I can tell, never made money. ... So, when you see him taking over the Washington Post and you wonder is he going to be able to monetize it, is he going to make it profitable, he probably doesn't care," Johnson says.
Read more about this recording from Colm Tóibín, part of 92Y Poetry's 75 at 75: Writers on Recordings: http://92yondemand.org/75-at-75-colm-toibin-on-elizabeth-bishop/
A special project for our anniversary season, "75 at 75" invites authors to listen to a recording from our vast archive and write a personal response. In most instances, these recordings are being made available to the general public for the very first time. Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop, Brian Boyd on Vladimir Nabokov, Rick Moody on W. G. Sebald, A. L. Kennedy on E. E. Cummings, Richard Ford on Eudora Welty, Cynthia Ozick on W. H. Auden, Donna Tartt on Carson McCullers, Maxine Hong Kingston on Grace Paley, Helen Vendler on Wallace Stevens, Yiyun Li on William Trevor and Tom Stoppard on Harold Pinter—these are just some of the exciting pairs of recording-responses coming to Poetry Center Online in the next year.
Book Expo America proudly presents BEA Editor's Buzz 2013 and shows off the books that readers and media will be buzzing about!!! Join this thrilling session and hear editors share their excitement and passion for six of the Fall's biggest potential breakout releases! We are excited to announce this year's buzz selection: Deanne Urmy, Senior Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with Wendy Lower's HITLER'S FURIES: GERMAN WOMEN IN THE NAZI KILLING FIELDS; Liese Mayer, Associate Editor/Subsidiary Rights and Contracts Manager with Eric Lundgren's THE FACADES; Anna deVries, Senior Editor, Macmillan with Amy Grace Loyd's THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS: A NOVEL; Venessa Mobley, Executive Editor, Crown with Sheri Fink's FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITAL; Whitney Frick, Editor, Simon & Schuster with Katy Butler's KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR: THE PATH TO A BETTER WAY OF DEATH; Lee Boudreaux, Editorial Director, HaperCollins with Jennifer Senior's ALL JOY AND NO FUN: THE PARADOX OF MODERN PARENTHOOD. Jennifer Egan's spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa. Rob Sheffield, author of the Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal star-reviewed Love is a Mix Tape, is at it again with his latest title, Turn Around Bright Eyes, which infiltrates and waxes poetic on the phenomenon of karaoke culture. His book chronicles a transition phase of moving to New York in the wake of personal tragedy, where he finds solace and beauty on an unlikely West Village evening in an unlikely karaoke bar. Rob, contributing editor for Rolling Stone, writes about music, TV, and popular culture for the magazine. He's the author of Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. Join us at 7pm in the rare book room for an exclusive chat and Q&A with Rob!
Joining Rob will be Julie Klausner, a New York City-based author, podcaster, and comedy writer-performer, whose first book, I Don't Care About Your Band, was released in February 2010 by Gotham/Penguin Books.
For decades, politicians and business leaders alike told the American public that today's challenge was growing the economy, and that environmental protection could be left to future generations. Now in the wake of billions of dollars in costs associated with coastal devastation from Hurricane Sandy, rampant wildfires across the West, and groundwater contamination from reckless drilling, it's becoming increasingly clear that yesterday's carefree attitude about the environment has morphed into a fiscal crisis of epic proportions.
Amy Larkin has been at the forefront of the fight for the environment for years, and in Environmental Debt she argues that the costs of global warming, extreme weather, pollution and other forms of "environmental debt" are wreaking havoc on the economy. Synthesizing complex ideas, she pulls back the curtain on some of the biggest cultural touchstones of the environmental debate, revealing how, for instance, despite coal's relative fame as a "cheap" energy source, ordinary Americans pay $350 billion a year for coal's damage in business related expenses, polluted watersheds, and in healthcare costs. And the problem stretches far beyond our borders: deforestation from twenty years ago in Thailand caused catastrophic flooding in 2011, and cost Toyota 3.4 percent of its annual production while causing tens of thousands of workers to lose jobs in three different countries.
Provocative and hard-hitting, Environmental Debt sweeps aside the false choices of today's environmental debate, and shows how to revitalize the economy through nature's bounty.