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previous events

  • Laurie Anderson

    To close the season, Paul Holdengräber welcomes creative powerhouse Laurie Anderson to discuss her work, her inspiration, and what’s next. LAURIE ANDERSON is one of America’s most renowned - and daring - creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of…

    To close the season, Paul Holdengräber welcomes creative powerhouse Laurie Anderson to discuss her work, her inspiration, and what’s next. LAURIE ANDERSON is one of America’s most renowned - and daring - creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Walter Mosley

    Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has found a new passion: penning mystery novels. He joins his hero, author Walter Mosley, for a conversation about the art of writing mystery. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also one of a handful of…

    Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has found a new passion: penning mystery novels. He joins his hero, author Walter Mosley, for a conversation about the art of writing mystery. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also one of a handful of influential and respected black men in America who has a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post

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  • Svetlana Alexievich | Katherine Boo

    Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, is joined by non-fiction writer Katherine Boo in conversation to celebrate the English publication of Alexievich's book Secondhand Time: An Oral History of the Fall of the Soviet Union. SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH was born in Ivano-Frankovsk,…

    Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, is joined by non-fiction writer Katherine Boo in conversation to celebrate the English publication of Alexievich's book Secondhand Time: An Oral History of the Fall of the Soviet Union. SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH was born in Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine in 1948 and has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe.

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  • Liz Deschenes | Liz Deschenes, Eva Respini, Lynne Tillman | An Art Book Series Event

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. On the occasion of the publication of Liz Deschenes, the artist discusses her work with Eva Respini, curator of Deschenes’s exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opening in summer 2016. The writer and contributor Lynne Tillman does a reading…

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. On the occasion of the publication of Liz Deschenes, the artist discusses her work with Eva Respini, curator of Deschenes’s exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opening in summer 2016. The writer and contributor Lynne Tillman does a reading of her fiction piece included in the publication.

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  • William Finnegan

    William Finnegan comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. William Finnegan is the author of Barbarian Days, a New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Notable Book, Cold New World, A Complicated War, Dateline Soweto, and Crossing the Line. He…

    William Finnegan comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. William Finnegan is the author of Barbarian Days, a New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Notable Book, Cold New World, A Complicated War, Dateline Soweto, and Crossing the Line. He has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist and has won numerous journalism awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards since 2009.

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  • Julian Barnes

    Julian Barnes focuses his literary talents on Dmitri Shostakovich in his latest novel The Noise of Time, creating a fictionalized account of the Russian composer's struggle between Soviet values and musical integrity. JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty previous books, for which he has received …

    Julian Barnes focuses his literary talents on Dmitri Shostakovich in his latest novel The Noise of Time, creating a fictionalized account of the Russian composer's struggle between Soviet values and musical integrity. JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty previous books, for which he has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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  • One World Trade Center | Judith Dupré and special guests | Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how One WTC was planned, designed, built, and funded by those who were intimately involved in this controversial, unprecedented building project. Judith Dupré moderates what promises to be a lively discussion between…

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how One WTC was planned, designed, built, and funded by those who were intimately involved in this controversial, unprecedented building project. Judith Dupré moderates what promises to be a lively discussion between architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; structural engineers WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff; master planner Studio Libeskind

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  • Leanne Shapton

    12 noon Leanne Shapton Leanne Shapton comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Swimming Studies. Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics…

    12 noon Leanne Shapton

    Leanne Shapton comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Swimming Studies. Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

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