The Triumph of Human Empire
| Talks at Google
Colum McCann won the National Book Award in 2009 for
Let the Great World Spin
. His latest novel,
, is an expansive story that blends fact and fiction to charting several Transatlantic journeys, from Frederick Douglass's in 1845, up to the many crossings of Senator George Mitchell as he helped negotiate the Northern Ireland peace process. We talked with McCann about the book, what inspired him to write it, and the two novels he has sitting in a drawer
The Seen and Unseen Legacy of James Joyce's Ulysses
Johnna Purchase discusses James Joyce's classic novel,
Johnna Purchase studies English literature with an emphasis on modernist poetry at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Literary Birthday Celebration: Walt Whitman
Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith read from the work of Whitman, and materials from the Library's Whitman collection were on display.
Mark Doty is a poet and memoirist, and the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Sally Keith is the author of three collections of poetry:
The Fact of the Matter
, winner of the University of Georgia's Contemporary Poetry Series competition in 2004, and
, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in
A Public Space
New England Review
, and elsewhere. Keith teaches at George Mason University.
OED Symposium 2013: Welcome and opening remarks
The OED Symposium was a one-day event held at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford on 1 August 2013. Approximately fifty delegates, all leading international specialists in their fields, discussed future plans and possibilities for the Oxford English Dictionary. http://www.oedsymposium.com/
Michael Ignatieff | Dec 11, 2013 | Appel Salon
The former Liberal leader on his candid memoir of the 2011 elections campaign,
Fire and Ashes
. With journalist Brian Stewart.
John Updike on Family Affairs | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios
"There is the fear that you somehow neglected to say what was really yours to say" - John Updike
Interview by John Freeman
Full Updike profile appears in Freeman's book
How to Read a Novelist
Updike Episode GIFs
Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Daggers Drawn: 35 years of Kal Cartoons in the Economist
For over 3 decade's Kevin Kal Kallaugher has entertained and enraged a global audience with his sharp cartoons and witty covers for
magazine and the
. In his illustrated presentation, Kal will share some of his award-winning works from his portfolio of more than 8000 cartoons and 140 covers plus share stories and anecdotes of the challenges facing a contemporary cartoonist. As an added bonus, Kal will sketch some of his favorite politicians and culminate with an audience lesson on how to draw Barack Obama.
Alan Rusbridger | LIVE from the NYPL
Recorded on September 25th, 2013 at the New York Public Library
Presented by Morgan Stanley
For the full 90min recording of this event visit: http://goo.gl/nRYvK1
For more information on LIVE from the NYPL visit: www.nypl.org/live
Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of the
, will discuss his quest to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 during a year bookended by Wikileaks and the
News of the World
phone-hacking scandal. He will also describe the
's recent publication of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks.
As a boy, he was a cathedral chorister, a reasonable orchestral clarinetist and a very mediocre pianist. He failed to be a world-class conductor, abandoned the organ and put his clarinets in the attic. In his mid 40s he restarted piano lessons and tried to make up for more than 30 years of missing technique. Since then, he has moved from 'very mediocre' to 'mediocre'. In the summer of 2010, he was able to make his annual escape to 'piano camp'. Here, inspired by another amateur's rendition, he set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin's Ballade No.1, arguably the most challenging one-movement piece ever composed, with passages that demand outstanding feats of dexterity, control, memory and power. Not to mention musicianship.
Play It Again
is Alan Rusbridger's account of an extraordinary challenge and an extraordinary year.
Alan Rusbridger is Editor-in-Chief of the
and a keen amateur musician. After reading English at Cambridge he started on a local newspaper and tried his hand at a range of journalistic jobs — including reporter, columnist, critic, foreign correspondent, magazine editor and features editor. He became editor of the
in 1995 and oversaw the integration of the paper and digital operations. During his time editing the Guardian the paper has won numerous awards and has grown to be the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world. He led the paper's coverage of the secret WikiLeaks cables and the
's campaign to get at the truth about phone hacking, which led to numerous resignations, the closure of the
News of the World
and the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the British press. The
has recently broken world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Rusbridger was awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Centre and received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Find out more about Alan and the Ballade at www.alanrusbridger.com
"We Will No Longer Stay Silent To This Classism": NYC Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana
At Wednesday's inauguration for Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City's 2014 Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana read a poem titled "New York City," dedicated to Bill de Blasio. Ramana is a youth activist and a first-year student at St. John's University.
Libros Schmibros' 3rd Anniversary
Los Angeles Review of Books
talks with David Kipen, Colleen Jaurretche and Andrew Vasquez of Libros Schmibros. The Boyle Heights bookstore and lending library just celebrated its 3rd anniversary.
A Moment with Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland has been described as "possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today." His prolific output of great novels, coupled with his work in design and visual art has firmly placed him as an authority on the landscape of the 21st century. It was his desire for escapism that led to his new book, the rigourously funny and wonderfully filthy
Worst. Person. Ever
. He talks to Indigo about mixing the profane with the sacred, and the power of literature as an art form.
Sara Maitland reads "Dark Humour"
Sara Maitland reads her story "Dark Humour" and chats with phyicist Rob Appleby about collaborating with scientists on her collection of stories,
, published by Comma Press.
Recorded at Lancaster Litfest, 2013.
John Dickerson on the Robert Gates memoir
John Dickerson of CBS on the Robert Gates memoir
Jesmyn Ward in Conversation with William Jelani Cobb and Khalil Gibran Muhammad
For the full 90min recording of this event visit: http://goo.gl/MtZktV
LIVE welcomes back NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award finalist Jesmyn Ward, author of
Where the Line Bleeds
and the National Book Award-winner
Salvage the Bones
Though personal experience is at the heart of Ward's previous novels, in her new book,
Men We Reaped: A Memoir
, she confronts race and reality in America through the story of her own life and the tragic stories of her community. Over five years, Ward lost her brother and four other young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. And as she began to write about the experience of dealing with these losses, she realized that her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Ward is joined in conversation by writer and historian William Jelani Cobb and Schomburg Center Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad.
Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. She is the author of
Where the Line Bleeds
Salvage the Bones
, for which she won the 2011 National Book Award and was honored with the American Library Association's Alex Award.
Salvage the Bones
was also a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as a nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
William Jelani Cobb, PhD is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of several books including
The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress
To the Break of Dawn: An Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic
The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays
Dr. Cobb served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention and was selected as part of the Root 100 in 2013 — a listing of influential African American thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs and leaders. He is a frequent contributor to NewYorker.com and his work has appeared in
The New Republic
New York Times
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. His book
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.
Dr. Muhammad's scholarship has been featured in the
New York Times
Atlanta Journal Constitution
, as well as on Bill Moyers and Company, CSPAN, National Public Radio and Pacifica. He has been an associate editor of
The Journal of American History
. And he currently serves on the National Academy of Science's Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration; the board of The Barnes Foundation; and the editorial board of
, published by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993. After working at Deloitte & Touche LLP, he received his Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University in 2004, specializing in 20th-century U.S. and African-American history. He spent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit criminal justice reform agency in New York City, before joining the faculty of Indiana University.
Tom Standage, Social Media: A Historical Perspective | Authors at Google
Tom Standage is
's digital editor; his latest book,
Writing on the Wall
, is out and describes the history of social media from the Romans to the Internet.
For more details, see http://tomstandage.wordpress.com/books/writing-on-the-wall/