Margaret Atwood on writing and tweeting
The author discusses her latest book
, ancient humans in Australia and the joys of Twitter.
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Colin Mochrie | Oct 30, 2013 | Appel Salon
The comic actor on his new book
Not Quite the Classics
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John Ashbery, Timothy Donnelly, Adam Fitzgerald and Robert Polito
For the full 90min recording of this event including poetry readings by each guest visit: http://www.nypl.org/audiovideo/john-ashbery-timothy-donnelly-adam-fitzgerald-moderated-robert-polito
Three generations of poets come together to trace the arc of modernism in poetry.
Each illustrious in his own right, Ashbery, Donnelly, and Fitzgerald join together for an evening of conversation and contemplation about poetry. The three generations of poets discuss their works and share ideas in a conversation moderated by Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito to celebrate the publication of Fitzgerald's book of poems,
The Late Parade
John Ashbery has earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and went to France as a Fulbright Scholar through 1965. His many collections of poetry include
Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems
(2007), which was awarded the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
(1975) won the three major American prizes — the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award — and an early book,
(1956), was selected by W.H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Active in various areas of the arts throughout his career, he has served as executive editor of Art News and as art critic for
New York Magazine
; he exhibits his collages at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery (New York). He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and was a MacArthur Fellow from 1985 to 1990; most recently, he received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation (2011) and a National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama at the White House (2012). His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
Timothy Donnelly is the author of
Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit
(Grove, 2003) and
The Cloud Corporation
(Wave, 2010), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O'Brien he is the co-author of
published by Minus A Press late last year. His poems have appeared such magazines as
A Public Space
The New Republic
The Paris Review
, among others. He is a recipient of
The Paris Review
's Bernard F. Conners Prize and fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the poetry editor of
and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Adam Fitzgerald is a New York City based poet. He is founding editor of the poetry journal
, and the small artisan press Monk Books. In 2007, he completed a Masters while editing two unpublished essays of John Ashbery at Boston University's Editorial Institute. In 2010, he received his MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts in poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in
The Brooklyn Rail
and elsewhere. His poetry reviews and interviews have appeared widely, featuring extended conversations about craft and poetics with Bernadette Mayer (
), Harold Bloom, John Ashbery (
), James Tate (
), Maureen McLane, Charles Bernstein, Richard Sieburth and Jonathan Galassi (
The Brooklyn Rail
). He teaches literature and creative writing at Rutgers University and The New School. He lives within a book-cramped studio in the East Village.
Robert Polito is the President of the Poetry Foundation. His many books include the poetry collections
Hollywood & God
, as well as
A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's 'The Changing Light at Sandover'
Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson
, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography. He was the founding Director of the graduate writing program at the New School.
Hilton Als talks about
Join us for an evening with the New Yorker's Hilton Als, as he reads from his latest volume, a cultural cross-examination called
. Released by McSweeney's and hailed in a
starred review as "compassionate," White Girls marks Hilton's first full release in fourteen years.
In accordance with the new volume, Donna Seaman of Booklist calls Hilton "a fine, piercing observer and interpreter, a writer of lashing exactitude and veracity." White Girls includes deft, smart observations on race, gender, and history, and explains a vast categorical concept that Hilton dubs "white girls"... a thread of our cultural past in present that he claims includes the likes of Truman Capote, Malcolm X, and Flannery O'Connor. Hilton has written for the
since 1989, and became a staff writer in 1994. He's the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and also contributes to the
New York Review of Books
Beverly Gologorsky and Elizabeth Strout
Join us for an intimate chat between Beverly Gologorsky and Elizabeth Strout about the novel
. They the discuss story and the process behind creating a book.
Buy the books here:
tells the stories of the hard-working employees of a roadside diner in Long Island who struggle to make ends meet, to deal with the aftermath of the first Iraq war and the family destruction of the second Iraq war, and to find meaning in the crumbling fašades that mask the turmoil of their lives. In the novel, Beverly Gologorsky crafts strong, resilient female characters who represent the pillar of strength in their families' lives. The diner connects the fascinating story of each character. Beverly is also the author of the
New York Time
s notable book
The Things We Do to Make It Home
, which was a
Los Angeles Times
Best Fiction selection, and received a star review with
Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her collection
, and her most recent novel which debuted in March of this year is
The Burgess Boys
PEN Presents: Who's Afraid of Free Speech?
PEN PRESENTS: "Who's Afraid of Free Speech?" Powered by Google in conjunction with
brought together David Simon (HBO's
), E.L. Doctorow (
), Masha Gessen (
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
), Azar Nafisi (
Reading Lolita in Tehran
), and moderator James Fallows of
to the forefront of the massive surveillance debate playing out on Capitol Hill and in the headlines.
The panelists reflect on the relationship between privacy, identity, self-expression, and censorship to address challenges to free expression in the digital age, including the impact of surveillance on creative freedom, the disintegration of geographic boundaries and cultural context online, and the powers exerted by corporations as the new de facto content adjudicators.
The Book of Jezebel
| Talks at Google
From Jezebel.com, the popular website for women, comes a must-read encyclopedic guide to pop culture, feminism, fashion, sex, and much more.
Within months of Jezebel's May 2007 appearance on the new media scene, fans of the blog began referring to themselves as ""Jezzies"" in comment threads and organizing reader meet-ups in cities all over the world. By 2008, the devotion of the self-appointed Jezzies reached such a fever pitch that the
New York Times
ran a feature story about them and parody blogs and copycat websites began popping up right and left.
With contributions from the writers and creatives who give the site its distinctive tone and broad influence,
The Book of Jezebel
is an encyclopedia of everything important to the modern woman. Running the gamut from Abzug, Bella and The Baby-sitters Club, to Xena, Yogurt, and Zits, and filled with entertaining sidebars and arresting images, this is a must-read for the modern woman.
Prayers of a Heretic
: A Poetry Reading
A reading by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub from his fourth book of poems,
Prayers of a Heretic
, which explores the act of heresy and the condition of displacement refracted through the language of poetry and prayer. The title character has left the Orthodox Jewish world of his youth but remains engaged with his heritage and, in particular, the practice of prayer, albeit of a less traditional kind. Many of the poems in the collection celebrate reading, books and libraries as avenues for refuge and personal reconfiguration. Speaker Biography: Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is the author of four volumes of poetry.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
THE EVERYTHING STORE is the definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.
Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon.
According to Walter Isaacson, author of
, "Jeff Bezos is one of the most visionary, focused, and tenacious innovators of our era, and like Steve Jobs he transforms and invents industries. Brad Stone captures his passion and brilliance in this well-reported and compelling narrative."
Brad Stone has covered technology in Silicon Valley for over 14 years, with publications such as
The New York Times
Beth Lisick and Michael Ian Black
Join us for an entertaining evening with Beth Lisick and Michael Ian Black, two contemporary authors who use humor to examine the pitfalls and foibles that mark all our lives.
Whether touring with the spoken word ensemble Sister Spit, performing sketch comedy, or writing, Beth Lisick is expert at shining (often harsh) light onto the nooks and crannies of her own personal history. In her latest book,
Yokohama Threeway: And Other Small Shames
, she examines the minor embarrassments of her life with wry humor and her signature sharp-tongued style.
Fellow comedian and memoirist Michael Ian Black (author of
You're Not Doing It Right
), joins Beth to talk about the process—and the occasional terrors—of turning real-life stories into writing.
Jung Chang | Nov 13, 2013 | Appel Salon
The author of
on her new biography of Empress Dowager Cixi,
The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
. With author Charlie Foran.
Lynda Barry: 2013 National Book Festival
Cartoonist Lynda Barry appears at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: Lynda Barry is a writer and cartoonist who lives in rural Wisconsin. She's authored 19 books and received numerous awards and honors for her work, including two William Eisner awards, the American Library Association's Alex award, the Washington State governor's award, the Wisconsin Library Association's R.R. Donnelly award and the Museum of Wisconsin Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
. She is currently assistant professor in interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Discovery Fellow at the UW Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Her new graphic novel is
The Freddie Stories
Literary Birthday Celebration: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poets Holly Bass and Al Young celebrate the birthday of American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.
Doris Kearns Goodwin on Teddy Roosevelt, Taft and
The Bully Pulpit
| 92Y Talks
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin brings her magic touch to another larger-than-life president—and another momentous American epoch—in
The Bully Pulpit
, which focuses on Roosevelt, Taft and muckraking journalism in the Progressive era. Join Goodwin and veteran political reporter Jeff Greenfield for a thrilling look at this tumultuous time of corruption, reform and bold leadership.
Rosanne Bane Keynote: Loft 50 and Better Conference
Rosanne Bane keynoted the Loft's 50 and Better Conference on October 5, 2013.
Rosanne Bane is a Creativity Coach and author of
Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance
Dancing in the Dragon's Den
. In more than 20 years teaching at the Loft, she has given thousands of writers the tools to bust through blocks, build effective writing habits and achieve their writing dreams and goals. www.RosanneBane.com
Can Scholarly Publishing Evolve Beyond the PDF?
In this video presentation, Gary Spencer, Associate Director of Product Management in Wiley's Global Research Division, ponders the staying power of the PDF format in scholarly publishing. The presentation includes a brief history of digital publishing, and a look at how PDF and HTML have evolved. In spite of significant usability improvements, rich linking, and supporting information in HTML full-text articles, researchers still choose PDF over HTML 65% of the time. This video first appeared on Wiley Exchanges (http://exchanges.wiley.com/blog/2013/11/11/can-scholarly-publishing-evolve-beyond-the-pdf/)