Lydia Davis reads from her
The comic Lydia Davis proves that less is more, reciting multiple stories in just over two minutes.
return to main video page
Chitra Divakaruni: "Before We Visit the Goddess"
A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another.
What makes a woman successful? Is it something that changes from time to time, and country to country? Chitra Divakaruni discusses this important topic in the context of her new novel Before We Visit the Goddess, a brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love, where three generations of women must ask themselves this question.
Michel Faber reads 'Barley Fields, Fearn, 16 August, 8 O'Clock'
From Undying: A Love Story. In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife, who died after a six-year battle with cancer. Bright, tragic, candid and true, these poems are an exceptional chronicle of what it means to find the love of your life. And what it is like to have to say goodbye.
2016 Tucson Festival of Books: Ari Berman, "Give Us the Ballot"
Part of our LIVE coverage of the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books
In Depth with Sebastian Junger
Author and documentary filmmaker, Sebastian Junger joined Book TV on Sunday, July 3rd to discuss all his books and take viewer calls, emails, tweets, and text.
Jill Leovy On Why Her Book "Ghettoside" Is So Valuable To Students
Journalist Jill Leovy (GHETTOSIDE) on the multi-discipline nature of her book, why professors should include it in their courses, and it's value to students.
A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America.
Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential, but mostly ignored, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "Writings on the Wall"
Former NBA player and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses his forthcoming book on the current political and social landscape, "Writings on the Wall," from the publishing industry's annual trade show, BookExpo America, in Chicago.
Terry McMIllan on Gutsy Women
Abbe Wright, Editor of Read It Forward sits down with Terry McMillan to discuss the power of gusty women.
2016 National Black Writers Conference: Paul Beatty, "The Sellout: A Novel"
A panel on race and gender from the 13th annual National Black Writers Conference, featuring Paul Beatty, "The Sellout: A Novel," from the 13th annual National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) in Brooklyn, New York.
After Words with Fawaz Gerges, "ISIS: A History"
Professor Fawaz Gerges talked about his book, ISIS: A History, in which he looks the history and rise of of the terrorist organization. Professor Gerges was interviewed by Geneive Abdo, author of Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11.
Emma Straub | June 13, 2016 | Appel Salon
Emma Straub, bestselling author of The Vacationers, on Modern Lovers. With Metro News columnist Sue Carter.
Virginia Heffernan: "Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art"
Virginia Heffernan (called one of the best living writers of English prose) reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet. Since its inception, the Internet has morphed from merely an extension of traditional media into its own full-fledged civilization. It is among mankind’s great masterpieces—a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. But its deep logic, its cultural potential, and its societal impact often elude us. In this deep and thoughtful book, Heffernan presents an original and far-reaching analysis of what the Internet is and does.
After Words with Pamela Haag, "The Gunning of America"
Historian Pamela Haag traces the history of guns and examines when & how they became a part of American culture in her book, "The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture." She is interviewed by William Doyle author of "American Hunter: How Legendary Hunters Shaped America."
Who are those with the passion and dedication to bring the festival to life? Check out the behind the scenes of PEN World Voices Festival!
"A Shocking Threat to the World": Biographer Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump
http://democracynow.org - Wayne Barrett began covering Donald Trump in the late 1970s. He continues today even though he is largely homebound due to lung cancer. "He’s really not qualified to run the Trump Organization. He’s not fit to run the Trump Organization. So he’s certainly not fit to run America,” Barrett said. "I think he represents not just a danger to America, but because we are such an influence in the world, it’s really a shocking threat to the world. And so, you know, I’m in a sick bed a lot, but he gets me up out of it."
Lindy West & Hari Kondabolu | Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Lindy West talks with Hari Kondabolu about her new book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.
Lindy West’s writing at GQ, the Guardian, the New York Times and elsewhere has garnered her an audience eager to hear her thoughts on feminism, culture, and body image. Her outspoken commitment to social justice issues as the founder of the destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion have placed her at the forefront of conversations over sexuality and reproductive rights. Her fanbase extends to Lena Dunham, who called her “an essential voice for women,” and Caitlin Moran, who called her debut memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman “a thrilling, kick-ass, joyous ROAR of a book.” She’ll be at Strand to discuss Shrill and everything else—don’t miss this chance to hear from a hilarious and heartfelt breakout voice.
Lindy is joined in conversation by friend and stand-up comic, Hari Kondabolu.