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Carl Safina: "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel" | Talks at Google
Award-winning author and renowned ocean conservationist Carl Safina discusses his new book "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel." Hailed as "a beautifully written, provocative case for seeing animals through their eyes" by Discover magazine, "Beyond Words" draws from decades of observation of African elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, free-living wolves in Yellowstone, and societies of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. Taking us into their lives and minds, Safina reports on the astonishing similarities between our minds and theirs (including a surprising capacity for self-awareness, empathy, and grief) and offers a graceful examination of what makes us human.
Legendary Poet Nikki Giovanni
Giovanni has penned numerous poetry collections, pioneered the spoken word tradition that gave rise to hip-hop, was an integral figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and has continued to write and speak on issues like race and gender to this day.
Ruby by Cynthia Bond - Oprah's Book Club 2.0
LARB contributor Minda Honey interviews Cynthia Bond, whose book "Ruby" was recently selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0.
Terror, Tragedy, and Change: The Literature of 9/11
With Porochista Khakpour, Ann Lauterbach, and Amy Waldman.
How does the literature of 9/11 reflect and challenge our current way of life and our thoughts about the future? The terrorist attacks of that day have forever altered the American landscape, bringing dramatic changes in law and society. Join a reading and conversation bringing together writers and artists whose work helps reveal the meaning inherent in these events and their aftermath.
Richard Sennett: Citizen Sociologist
For nearly 50 years, Richard Sennett has been one of our most respected thinkers about cities, labor, and culture. Author of such classics of sociology as “The Fall of Public Man” and “The Hidden Injuries of Class,” Sennett has more recently meditated on what it means to really make something in our automated, consumerist world. Sennett will take a bird's-eye view of citizenship today, and then artist Geof Oppenheimer will join him in conversation.
Phillip Sterling, reading from his book "In Which Brief Stories Are Told"
The story is titled "Deja Vu." Brief encounters with the suffering and triumphs of characters living in northern Michigan by Phillip Sterling.
Ralph Young & Claire Potter | Dissent: The History of An American Idea
Professor Ralph Young talks with Claire Potter about his new book Dissent: The History of An American Idea.
Ringo Starr & Steven Van Zandt | Photograph
Ringo Starr talks with fellow rocker Steven Van Zandt about his book Photograph
Ringo Starr looks back with Photograph, a collection of pictures he's taken throughout his long career in the Beatles and after. He stops by the Strand for a presentation of the photographs, and to say a few words of peace and love. Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band asks Ringo about some of the photographs from the book.
Author Margo Jefferson
Deciders: Margo Jefferson on Negroland at Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.
Nicole Aschoff & Liza Featherstone on The New Prophets of Capital
For the New York launch of this new title in the Jacobin series, Aschoff joined journalist Liza Featherstone in conversation at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY
Why Literature Matters: 2015 National Book Festival
In an age that would argue that more vital priorities prevail, why does literature matter? Three very different thinkers (Jane Hirshfield, Azar Nafisi and Jeffrey Brown) came together at the 2015 National Book Festival to talk about the transformational power of the imagination and how it speaks to the most vibrant questions of our time: revolution, dissent, success, failure, abundance, poverty, war, community and the abiding human quest for meaning.
Neil Strauss | The Truth Panel
Neil Strauss, in celebration of his new book The Truth, discusses relationships with authors Christopher Ryan & Esther Perel.
Live Lit: Lindsay Hunter
Fiction writer and live lit performer Lindsay Hunter—author of the novel Ugly Girls (FSG, 2014), and the story collections Don't Kiss Me (FSG, 2013) and Daddy's (Featherproof Books, 2010)—reads a new story called "Hit or Miss" as part of the Page on Stage segment of Poets & Writers Live in Chicago on June 20, 2015.
Etgar Keret with James Snyder
Celebrated Israeli writer Etgar Keret is known best for his spare, absurd stories that display his remarkable talent as a miniaturist.
Join Keret as he speaks to James Snyder, director of the Israel Museum, about the paradoxes of modern life and his knack for transforming those moments into unforgettable stories that have merited him comparison to Kafka, Vonnegut and Woody Allen.
The Penguin Book of the British Short Story – Tessa Hadley
Hilarious, exuberant, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular, and above all unexpected: this new, two-volume collection contains the limitless possibilities of the British short story. Here, Tessa Hadley, author of The London Train and The Past, talks about why she loves the short story format.