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Acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, singer-songwriter Ben Arthur, poet and filmmaker Nick Twemlow, award-winning illustrator Roman Muradov, and dancer Sarah Fiske will present an inspired series of linked performances, followed by a conversation, led by Kevin Larimer, about the creative process and the roots of inspiration.
Tom's Book Club: "The Art of Stillness" by Pico Iyer
LARB editor-in-chief Tom Lutz talks with author Pico Iyer in this exclusive interview for Tom's Book Club.
Authors Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, authors of The Notorious RBG, in conversation with MSNBC’s Ari Melber live at Brooklyn Public Library, November 1, 2015, at 1PM.
Deborah Lutz & Amy Cherry | The Brontė Cabinet
Professor Deborah Lutz discusses the Brontė sisters with Amy Cherry, in celebration of her new book, The Brontė Cabinet.
Revisiting Arguments Advanced in the Declining Significance of Race
In his controversial book, "The Declining Significance of Race" (1978), scholar William Julius Wilson featured two major underlying themes: the effect of fundamental economic and political shifts on the changing relative importance of race and class as a determinant of a black person's life trajectory, and the swing in the concentration of racial conflict from the economic sector to the sociopolitical order. Wilson reflects on these themes and their application to more recent developments in American race and ethnic relations involving not only African Americans but also other groups, including whites and Latinos.
Author John Irving
Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past—in Mexico—collides with his future.
Poet as Public Intellectual: 2015 National Book Festival
Mexican poet Homero Aridjis discusses the role of a poet in intellectual life with Gwen Kirkpatrick at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Elissa Shevinsky: "Lean Out" | Talks at Google
Elissa Shevinsky visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss the collection of essays she edited and to which she contributed, "Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture".
On Stalin's Team by Sheila Fitzpatrick
Stalin was the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for so long that most historians have dismissed the officials surrounding him as mere yes-men and political window dressing. On Stalin’s Team overturns this view, revealing that behind Stalin was a group of loyal men who formed a remarkably effective team with him from the late 1920s until his death in 1953.
Drawing on extensive original research, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of this inner circle and their families, vividly describing how these dedicated comrades-in-arms not only worked closely with Stalin, whom they both feared and admired, but also constituted his social circle. Readers meet the wily security chief Beria, whom the rest of the team quickly had executed following Stalin’s death; Stalin’s number-two man, Molotov, who continued on the team even after his wife was arrested and exiled; the charismatic Ordzhonikidze, who ran the country’s industry with entrepreneurial flair; Andreev, who traveled to provincial purges while listening to Beethoven on a portable gramophone; and Khrushchev, who finally disbanded the team four years after Stalin’s death. Among the book’s surprising findings are that Stalin almost always worked with the team on important issues and that after his death the team managed a brilliant transition to a reforming collective leadership.
Taking readers from the cataclysms of the Great Purges and World War II to the paranoia of Stalin’s final years, On Stalin’s Team paints an entirely new picture of Stalin within his milieu—one that transforms our understanding of how the Soviet Union was ruled during much of its existence.
Gay Talese | Frank Sinatra Has a Cold
In 1965, Gay Talese traveled to L.A. for Esquire to write a major profile on Frank Sinatra, but arrived to find Sinatra sick and unwilling to be interviewed. Undeterred, Talese observed the star from a careful distance and interviewed his friends, associates, family, and hangers-on. His profile went down in history as a tour de force of literary nonfiction.
In this signed and numbered edition, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" is given new life. Letterpress printed by TASCHEN, the text is paired with photographs by Phil Stern, facsimile reproductions of manuscript pages, and correspondence from the author’s archive.
David Brancaccio from NPR’s Marketplace joins Gay in conversation. David has just launched a podcast series with Esquire magazine exploring classic nonfiction works and their cultural resonance.
Jesse Eisenberg on "Bream Gives Me Hiccups"
Actor/author Jesse Eisenberg talks to the Amazon Book Review about his book, "Bream Gives Me Hiccups," the parallels between acting and writing, and why people might call him "whip-smart."
The renowned chronicler of conservatism, Rick Perlstein, author of "Before the Storm" and "Nixonland," turns his attention to Ronald Reagan. In his newest book, "The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan," Perlstein argues that a skeptical and suspicious American public proved surprisingly fertile ground for the advance of a new political Right. Perlstein will detail Reagan's ascent from aspiring actor to conservative icon. Mark Bazer, host and founder of "The Interview Show" and co-host of "My Chicago" on WTTW will join him for a conversation.
Andrea Wulf, "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World"
The acclaimed author of 'Founding Gardeners' reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.
Nina Ansary introduces Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran
Challenging the popular narrative of Iranian women deprived of freedom and power following the 1979 Islamic revolution, the new book by Iranian women's rights expert and historian Nina Ansary reveals an alternate portrait of Iran's female population in the 20th and 21st centuries. By digging into the actual impact of government policies, religious beliefs, and social norms, Ansary reveals the unintended increase of educated women following the repeal of gender equality laws, the influence of increased access to textbooks and women's magazines, and the powerful female voices and accomplishments by women in both Iran's past and present.
The Bill of the Century: A Literary Discussion with Clay Risen
Clay Risen discusses his book "The Bill of the Century: The Epic Struggle for the Civil Rights Act" (2014).
Speaker Biography: Clay Risen, a senior editor with the New York Times, is the author of "A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination" and "The Bill of the Century: The Epic Struggle for the Civil Rights Act."