Will she or won't she? Even with the presidential election more than two years away, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination. Jonathan Allen, White House reporter for Bloomberg News, and Amie Parnes, Senior White House correspondent for The Hill, join MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman to discuss their new book, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.
While writing the book, Allen said he was surprised by "the number of Republicans who talked about how much they respect [Clinton] and like her personally, even though they disagree with her politically. I think we were very surprised at the sort of genuine admiration for her, if not affection for her, from people who dealt with her on a regular basis on Capitol Hill."
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http://www.democracynow.org — In an exclusive interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel One Hundred Years of Solitude and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America, and across the world. "He's the master of masters," Allende says. "In a way, he conquered readers and conquered the world, and told the world about us, Latin Americans, and told us who we are. In his pages, we saw ourselves in a mirror." Allende describes the first time she read One Hundred Years of Solitude, and how it impacted her. "It was as if someone was telling me my own story," she says. We also air video of García Márquez in his own words and hear Democracy Now! co-host Juan González read from The General in His Labyrinth. This author panel brings together three writers of supernatural thrillers, published by three imprints of Hachette Book Group!
—Michael Marshall, author of WE ARE HERE (Mulholland, February 2014): There are people out there in the shadows, watching, waiting. They are the forgotten, and they want something from you.
—Jaye Wells, author of DIRTY MAGIC (Orbit, January 2014): The Magical Enforcement Agency keeps dirty magic off the streets. When patrol cop Kate Prospero gets involved in a case, she realizes she must secure a spot on the MEA task force.
—Malinda Lo, author of ADAPTATION and INHERITANCE (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, October 2013): Reese can't remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She's different now.
Michael, Jaye, and Malinda will be in conversation with Amal El-Mohtar, short fiction writer and reviewer at NPR Books, about their new books, the blending of genres, and how to keep thrillers thrilling.
Join PEN American Center with acclaimed writers Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer Egan, Ha Jin, Alison Klayman, Chang-Rae Lee, and Victoria Redel to protest Beijing's efforts to silence Ai Weiwei and other Chinese writers and artists.
The event begins at 7PM with short readings of works by Chinese writers including Ai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, who PEN announced Monday would receive the 2014 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. At 7:45PM, attendees will move to the nearby Brooklyn Museum to take part in a collaborative art installation inspired by Ai, followed by a never-before-seen video message from the artist.
Goldstein returns to Google, this time with Plato, to talk about her new book.
Abstract from Goldstein's site: "At the heart of the latest work from acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein lies one question: is philosophy obsolete? In PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX (Pantheon Books/March 4, 2014), Goldstein proves why philosophy is here to stay — and in fact more relevant today than ever before — by revealing its hidden (though essential) role in today's debates on religion, morality, politics, and science. Goldstein does so in a wholly unique way — by imagining Plato (the original philosopher) come to life in the twenty-first century. As he embarks on a multicity speaking tour, Goldstein asks: how would Plato handle a host on FOX News who denies that there can be morality without religion? How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a Tiger Mom on how to raise the perfect child? How would he answer a neuroscientist who, about to scan Plato's brain, argues that science has definitively answered the questions of free will and moral agency? And what would Plato make of Google, and the idea that knowledge can be crowdsourced rather than reasoned out by experts? Goldstein also provides an in-depth study of Plato's views, while examining the culture responsible for producing them. With scholarly depth and a novelist's imagination and wit, she probes the deepest issues confronting our time, by allowing us to understand the source of Plato's theories, and to eavesdrop as he takes on the modern world."
Lauren Francis-Sharma, a child of Trinidadian immigrants, was born in New York City and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children.
Her debut novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman's love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children. For readers who cherish the previously untold stories of women's lives, here is a story of grit and imperfection and love that has not been told before.
'Til the Well Runs Dry opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed 16-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman (so taken with Marcia that he elicits the help of a tea-brewing obeah woman to guarantee her ardor), the risks and rewards in Marcia's life amplify forever.
On an island rich with laughter, Calypso, Carnival, cricket, beaches and salty air, sweet fruits and spicy stews, the novel follows Marcia and Farouk from their amusing and passionate courtship through personal and historical events that threaten Marcia's secret, entangle the couple and their children in a scandal, and endanger the future for all of them.
Rosalind Williams visited Google's Cambridge MA office to discuss her new book on February 26, 2014.
The Triumph of Human Empire surveys the overarching historical event of our time: the rise and triumph of human empire, defined by the dominance of human presence on the planet. The book examines the works and lives of three well-known writers (Jules Verne, William Morris, and Robert Louis Stevenson) to illuminate the event of consciousness at the end of the l9th century, when humans realized that they were close to mapping the entire globe and that the global frontier was closing. Human Empire is about a still-unfolding event of consciousness, as grasped by three writers exceptionally successful in conveying its depth and significance.
Rosalind Williams is an MIT professor who studies the interplay of technology and imagination on topics ranging from consumer culture to fictional underworlds. She served as MIT's first Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education and later as head of the MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society. She frequently consults with other universities in the U.S. and abroad on engineering education and has received honorary degrees from two of them. Besides giving numerous invited lectures, Rosalind Williams has been interviewed on WGBH, WBUR, and Dutch national public television and will soon appear on The BBC Forum. She has served as president of the international Society for the History of Technology, which recently awarded her its highest honor, the Leonardo da Vinci Medal. This is her fourth book.