Junot Díaz discusses his novel
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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NBCC Awards Ceremony for Publishing Year 2016
March 16, 2017 at The New School, New York, NY.
A Celebration of Shirley Jackson
A Celebration of Shirley Jackson with Ruth Franklin, Miles Hyman, Laura Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, and more.
Matthew Desmond (author of Evicted)
Matthew Desmond, author of EVICTED (Crown), speaks about his book at the First-Year Experience® (FYE) Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Jessica Bennett: "Feminist Fight Club" | Talks at Google
In her critically acclaimed new book,
Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
, acclaimed journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal story of her real-life office "fight club" with a studied assessment of the gender gap that continues to plague the American workplace and beyond.
Daniel Dennett: "From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds"
From Bacteria to Bach and Back
, Daniel C. Dennett's most comprehensive exploration of evolutionary thinking yet, he builds on ideas from computer science and biology to show how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. Part philosophical whodunit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett's legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought.
Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father
Michael Signer crafted his biography of James Madison in a different way by focusing on the fourth president's youth. He characterized the book as "an intellectual and psychological biography of a young Madison before age 36."
Bookforum: “False Starts”
s annual Valentine's Day–ish reading, featuring William Finnegan, Marlon James, Ed Park, Joy Williams, and Lynne Tillman.
Conversation with Lisa Lucas
Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas discusses the responsibilities of her title and her passion for literacy. See the full conversation and more at booktv.org
Kristin Hannah: 2016 National Book Festival
Kristin Hannah discusses
at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
The Life of a Poet: Terrance Hayes
Washington Post Book World Editor Ron Charles talks to Poet Terrance Hayes about his poetry.
Tuesday Monica Youn: Poetry & Law
Monica Youn read from her new book, "Blackacre" and participated in a discussion with Martha Dragich, professor emerita of law at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Anne-Marie Slaughter: 2016 National Book Festival
Anne-Marie Slaughter discusses "Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family" with Mary Louise Kelly from NPR at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Margaret Atwood and Angel Catbird
Margaret Atwood presents volume two in her graphic novel series, "Angel Catbird", published in association with conversation charity Nature Canada's Keep Cats Safe and Save Birds Lives initiative.
Monday Conversation and reading with Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith reads from her new work,
and is introduced by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.
Daniel Levitin: "Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era"
From The New York Times bestselling author of THE ORGANIZED MIND and THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, a primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever.
We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.
It's becoming harder to separate the wheat from the digital chaff. How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information? Levitin groups his field guide into two categories—statistical infomation and faulty arguments—ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. Infoliteracy means understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds via every media channel, including social media. We may expect newspapers, bloggers, the government, and Wikipedia to be factually and logically correct, but they so often aren't. We need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives. This means checking the plausibility and reasoning—not passively accepting information, repeating it, and making decisions based on it. Readers learn to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. Levitin's charming, entertaining, accessible guide can help anyone wake up to a whole lot of things that aren't so. And catch some lying weasels in their tracks!