Junot Díaz discusses his novel
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials
Editor Kevin Heller explains why he and Gerry Simpson decided to embark on the project of discovering the 'hidden histories of war crimes trials'. He also describes finding out about previously unheard-of trials, the difficulties of having a successful war crimes trial, how much there still is to discover in the field, and the benefits of making the book open access online. http://oxford.ly/16PYj9c
The Case for Debt Refusal: A Panel Discussion
OR author, NYU professor and Strike Debt activist, Andrew Ross discussed debt refusal with Sarah Jaffe, George Caffentzis, Sarah Ludwig, Pamela Brown and Mike Konczal on Wednesday, February 19 at Brecht Forum.
In his new book,
Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal
, Ross argues that we are living in the cruel grip of a creditocracy—where the finance industry commandeers our elected governments and where the citizenry have to take out loans to meet their basic needs. The time is ripe for a debtors movement to use moral and legal arguments to bring relief to household debtors, and to create an alternative economy, independent of the debt-money system. What can we learn from the history of debt refusal? What are some of the present challenges in organizing around debt? And how might we imagine a debtors movement for the future?
Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal
by Andrew Ross is available now: http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/creditocracy/
Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, and a social activist. A contributor to
New York Times
, he is the author of many books, including, most recently,
Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City
Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times
Sarah Jaffe is a staff writer at
In These Times
and the co-host of
magazine's Belabored podcast. Her writings on labor, social movements, gender, media, and student debt have been published in
The American Prospect
, AlterNet, and many other publications, and she is a regular commentator for radio and television. You can follow her on Twitter @sarahljaffe.
George Caffentzis is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He was a founding member of the Midnight Notes Collective and has been working with the Occupy Student Debt Campaign and Strike Debt. He is the author and editor of many books including
In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism
Sarah Ludwig is founder and co-director of New Economy Project (formerly known as NEDAP). Since launching the organization in 1995, she has worked with hundreds of grassroots groups to organize and advocate for neighborhood equity and financial justice, and has spoken frequently at community forums and public hearings on a wide range of economic justice matters. In 2000, Sarah co-founded the coalition, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, which has secured major state-level policy changes and now includes more than 160 organizational members.
Pamela Brown is a columnist for
magazine and an organizer with the People's Investigation of Wall Street. Pam was a founding member of the Occupy Student Debt Campaign and Strike Debt. She has been involved in campaigns and writing projects including the student debt pledge of refusal, the Debt Resistors Operations Manual, the Rolling Jubilee, and Shouldering the Costs. She is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at The New School for Social Research.
Mike Konczal is a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, unemployment, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. His blog, Rortybomb, was named one of the 25 Best Financial Blogs by
. His writing has appeared in the
The American Prospect
, Slate and
, and he's appeared on PBS Newshour, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, Marketplace and more.
WIR Endicott Feb 6, 2014 Atrium
Marina Endicott's most recent novel,
The Little Shadows
, recreates the little-known world of "polite vaudeville" in western Canada during 1912-1917. During her residency, she will research her next work of historical fiction,
Falling for Hugh
, and share what she has learned through workshops and one-on-one meetings with aspiring writers.
Sean Strub and Walter Armstrong
Sean Strub, founder of groundbreaking
magazine, visits the Strand to chat about his candid new release
Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival
, which charts his journey from his beginnings in the world of politics, to his near-death experience as a man with AIDS in New York City during the disease's rampant epidemic years.
Sean's book recounts the radical activism he used to combat the discrimination and negativity he and so many other HIV-positive Americans experienced during the era, and features a cast of characters ranging from Tennessee Williams to Gore Vidal, from Bill Clinton to Yoko Ono.
Joining Sean for the evening is Walter Armstrong, editor in chief of
magazine from 1998-2005. Walter is currently at work on an oral history of gay life in the East and West Villages from 1976-1996.
Greg Grandin on
Empire of Necessity
In his new book,
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World
, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin examines how the transnational slave trade transformed the world, causing mass economic, social and political upheaval in ways that continue to reverberate today.
Vying for Allah's Vote: Part 3
Author Haroon Ullah discusses his book
Vying for Allah's Vote: Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan
. For more information on the book, please visit: http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/vying-allahs-vote
Anna Quindlen | Feb 24, 2014 | Appel Salon
New York Times
best-selling writer on her new novel,
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
. With the
Globe and Mail
's Johanna Schneller.
Inside Random House: The Journey from Manuscript to Book
What happens to a manuscript after it leaves an editor's desk? This video explores the next critical steps in the pre-publishing process, from copy editing the text to designing and coding each interior page so the book renders beautifully in print and digital formats. Watch the video and go behind the scenes of preparing a manuscript for print and eBook production.
Laurie Anderson and Amanda Stern
In honor of the release of
Confidence, or The Appearance of Confidence: The Best of The Believer Music Interviews
, Strand is partnering with
to bring you a series of music themed conversations. To kick off this series is a conversation between musician Laurie Anderson and writer Amanda Stern. Laurie is a world-renowned performance artist, composer, and musician, well known for her pioneering work in electronic music, as well as for her invention of several experimental musical instruments. Besides her solo work, she's also collaborated with many other artists including Peter Gabriel, William S. Burroughs, and Lou Reed.
Joining Laurie for the evening will be Amanda Stern, writer, editor and creator of the acclaimed the "Happy Ending Music and Reading Series," which boasts participation by folks like Moby, A.M. Homes, Amy Hempel, and of course, Laurie. Amanda is the author of the novel
The Long Haul
and her work appears in places like
The New York Times
collects the best conversations with musicians from
—from Jack White on upholstery, to M.I.A. on the internet, to Björk on poetry—this new series will bring you the best in open-ended, lively discussions between contemporary musicians and writers. Join us for this special evening as we kick off the series!
Gala: 2013 National Book Festival
The National Book Festival Gala 2013 from the Library of Congress featured presentations by Don DeLillo, Cristina Garcia, Jon Klassen, William P. Jones and Juan Felipe Herrera.
For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6206
Nina Revoyr, UCR Writers Week 2014
Award-winning novelist Nina Revoyr discusses what Los Angeles means to her writing. Filmed during UCR Writers Week. http://lareviewofbooks.org/
Produced by James Simenc and Jerry Gorin
Interview by Tom Lutz
Strong. Female. Character.
| Talks at Google
You can find more on Rose's book on Google Books: http://goo.gl/0wa75T
Rose McAleese is a poet and a filmmaker who was born on Halloween night in Seattle, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which, so far, has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life. She began writing poetry before she actually knew how to write, filling dozens of notebooks with her indecipherable scrawl. Her penmanship and spelling eventually improved and she was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team that competed at Brave New Voices National Poetry Slams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team and was named "Rookie of the Year," an honor she found both flattering and funny. In 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
McAleese works as a freelance writer, editor and director in her hometown of Seattle. In her spare time, she occupies herself by considering her next move and working on her tan. Neither project seems to be working out as planned.
NBCC 2013 Finalists Reading
Anthony Marra, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice McDermott, Ruth Ozeki, Frank Bidart, Lucie Brock-Broido, Denise Duhamel, Carmen Giménez Smith, Hilton Als, Aleksandar Hemon, Rebecca Solnit, Amy Wilentz, Scott Anderson, Leo Damrosch, Linda Leavell, Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, Sheri Fink, David Finkel, George Packer, and Lawrence Wright.
Poetry Reading by Merrill Leffler
Merrill Leffler speaks about his new book,
Mark the Music
Speaker Biography: Merrill Leffler has published two previous collections of poetry,
Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love
(Dryad Press, 1982) and
(Dryad Press, 1997). Originally a physicist-engineer at NASA, he did graduate studies in literature at the University of Maryland and Oxford University, taught literature at the U.S. Naval Academy, and went on to become senior science writer at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Program. The publisher of Dryad Press, Leffler has guest-edited issues of various magazines, among them, "Poet Lore" on Israeli poetry: "The Changing Orders" and "Shirim: The Poetry of Eytan Eytan," which he and Moshe Dor translated from the Hebrew. He is a founder of The Writer's Center (Bethesda, Md.) and currently writes the "Vox Poetica" column for the Voice newspapers in Maryland.