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Behavorial Scientist Jennifer Verdolin On The Challanges Of Being A Writer
Jennifer Verdolin, behavioral scientist, applies her knowledge of animal courtship and mating behaviors to human relationships. Her book on the subject, Wild Connection (2014), grows out of her same-titled blog for Psychology Today. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The Smithsonian, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Pacific Islander Literary Spotlight
Pacific Islander poets Brandy Nālani McDougall, Craig Santos Perez, and Lyz Soto read from their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis.
Kate Beaton | Sept 22, 2015 | Appel Salon
Kate Beaton, the New York Times bestselling creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant and her follow-up, Step Aside Pops, talks with National Post's Emily M. Keeler and answers questions from the audience.
Tony Kushner Channels Zona Gale
On October 24, 2015, The Nation celebrated its 150th anniversary with an unprecedented celebration at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn in a renovated Civil War-era Tobacco Warehouse. Featuring celebrated writers and activists channeling iconic Nation voices from the past plus music and comedy, the evening was hosted by Nation writers and MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry and featured readings and reflections by Tony Kushner; Katrina vanden Heuvel; Bill McKibben; Eve Ensler; Calvin Trillin; Victor Navasky; Laura Flanders; Kai Wright; Zephyr Teachout, Mychal Denzel Smith along with a moving, live performance from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
In this inimitable reading, the award-winning dramatist Tony Kushner, a longtime Nation contributor and editorial board member, reads and comments on the novelist Zona Gale's historic essay, "The United States and the Artist," first published in The Nation's 60th anniversary issue, in 1925. (He also amusingly explains why he rejected readings by Jean-Paul Sartre and Gore Vidal.)
Ben Lerner's First Time | My First Time | The Paris Review
Ben Lerner discusses his first book of poetry, “The Lichtenberg Figures.” Part of “The Paris Review”'s “My First Time” video interview series.
Author Rick Moody
Gotham: Rick Moody’s Hotels of North America. December 12, 2015
Michael Waldman, "The Fight to Vote"
Michael Waldman provides a history of voting rights in the United States; from the initial debates between the Founding Fathers to today's discussions on voter registration, fraud, and the role money plays in elections.
Kevin Young: 2015 National Book Festival
Kevin Young discusses "Book of Hours" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Kevin Young is the author of several poetry collections including his latest, "Book of Hours." His first book, "Most Way Home," was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton and later won the Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares. He is also the recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize for "Jelly Roll," which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His nonfiction collection of essays "The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness" won the Greywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Young's poetry and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, Callaloo and many other journals. He is also the editor of several collections, including the anthology "Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers" and the Everyman's Library Pocket Poet anthologies titled "Blues Poems" and "Jazz Poems." Young is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.
Lalita Tademy: 2015 National Book Festival
Lalita Tademy discusses "Citizens Creek: A Novel" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Lalita Tademy was vice president and general manager of a Silicon Valley Fortune 500 company before she turned to writing. Her historical novel "Cane River "(2001) is the result of stories she uncovered through her extensive research into her family's history. The novel became an instant best-seller and an Oprah Book Club selection and has been translated into 11 languages. Her other novels include "Red River" and her most recent work, "Citizens Creek: A Novel."
A Conversation with Hanna Pitkin - YouTube
Hanna Pitkin, Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, talks about her life and career with Nancy Rosenblum, Professor of Ethics and Politics in Government at Harvard University and Co-Editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Dr. Pitkin discusses her childhood, growing up between two "Jewish intellectual left-wingers" who fled 1930s Germany to Oslo, Prague, and eventually Los Angeles. She describes how her refugee status and acquisition of new languages led her to become a scholar in political science. In 1967, she published "The Concept of Representation," which won the 2003 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science "for her groundbreaking theoretical work, predominantly on the problem of representation." She went on to study other topics such as gender and politics in Machiavelli and Hannah Arendt's concept of "the Social."
Garth Risk Hallberg | City on Fire
Strand hosts the years-awaited, record-breaking novel, City on Fire, by The Millions' Garth Risk Hallberg. Discover the story behind the making of one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in publishing history, an epic slice of NYC life from the heights of power to the depths of street life revolving around the blackout of ‘77.
John Wray & Colson Whitehead | The Lost Time Accidents
The Lost Time Accidents is the triumphant, outsize return of Whiting Award-winning novelist John Wray. Coming on the heels of the best-selling Lowboy, it’s a wild ride through time, space, history, and science, with a burning core of heartbreak. Telling the story of a man unstuck in time, it’s a blisteringly inventive work that cements Wray’s reputation as a vanguard talent in American fiction.
John is joined in conversation by another wide-ranging 21st-century talent, New York Times columnist and novelist Colson Whitehead, He's the author most recently of The Noble Hustle, as well as Zone One, The Colossus of New York, and sundry other modern classics, the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, and a fellow Whiting Award winner.
Lisa Randall with Bill Nye the Science Guy on Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs
The first female theoretical physicist tenured at Harvard, Lisa Randall makes ideas like string theory and quantum mechanics accessible to the rest of us in bestselling books like Knocking on Heaven’s Door and Warped Passages.
Now, she’s onto something new: dark matter—and evidence of how it may be interacting with matter here on earth. For cosmologists, this is sensational. Bill Nye joins Randall to discuss the ideas in her new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.
Michael Ian Black & Julia Turner | Navel Gazing
As a veteran stand-up comic, an actor in beloved movies and series like The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer, and more, and a New York Times best-selling author, Michael Ian Black has seen a lot. Which is why the surprise of seeing middle age rear its ugly head in the form of a grim medical diagnosis was so, well, surprising. In Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom's, which I know sounds weird), he trains his irreverent comedic eye on the foibles of the forty-and-up set.
For a different perspective on middle-aged man in general, and on one very funny middle-aged man specifically, join Michael and Slate’s editor-in-chief and Culture Gabfest co-host Julia Turner for a conversation in the Rare Book Room.
Sheila P. Moses: 2015 National Book Festival
Sheila P. Moses discusses "Dark Girls" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Poet, author, playwright and producer Shelia P. Moses was raised the ninth of 10 children. She is the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, "Callus on My Soul," as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers: "The Legend of Buddy Bush," "The Return of Buddy Bush," "Joseph's Grace," "I, Dred Scott" and "The Baptism." Her latest work is "Dark Girls," a full-color picture book companion to the NAACP-nominated documentary of the same name, which celebrates dark-skinned women from all walks of life.