Junot Díaz discusses his novel
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NBCC Awards Ceremony for Publishing Year 2016
March 16, 2017 at The New School, New York, NY.
Rebecca Solnit, "The Mother of All Questions": Beyonce and Politics
Rebecca Solnit addresses the silencing of women in her new book, "The Mother of All Questions". Here is a portion of her conversation with Jeff Chang on Beyonce and her concerns with the NEA.
Louise Gray: "Ethical Carnivore" | Talks at Google
Louise Gray came into talk about her new book, The Ethical Carnivore. Fed up of friends claiming to care about where their meat comes from, Louise decided to follow the argument to its logical extreme and only eat animals she kills herself for a year.
Recorded in London, February 2017
Louise is former Environment Correspondent on The Daily Telegraph. She has been freelance since 2014, specializing in writing about food, farming and climate change for, among others, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Scottish Field, Country Life and the Spectator. Louise has also featured on BBC TV and radio.
You can find out more about Louise at www.louisebgray.com or follow her @loubgray.
Ariel Levy + Emily Nussbaum | The Rules Do Not Apply
The New Yorker’s Ariel Levy and Emily Nussbaum discuss Levy’s “painful, funny” new memoir “The Rules Do Not Apply.”
When 38-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.
In “The Rules Do Not Apply,” Levy tells the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood.
“I wanted what we all want: everything. We want a mate who feels like family and a lover who is exotic, surprising. We want to be youthful adventurers and middle-aged mothers. We want intimacy and autonomy, safety and stimulation, reassurance and novelty, coziness and thrills. But we can’t have it all.”
Levy discusses her "grieving, hopeful, painful, funny" memoir with Emily Nussbaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for the New Yorker.
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!
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.
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.
Bookforum: “False Starts”
s annual Valentine's Day–ish reading, featuring William Finnegan, Marlon James, Ed Park, Joy Williams, and Lynne Tillman.
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."
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.
The Life of a Poet: Terrance Hayes
Washington Post Book World Editor Ron Charles talks to Poet Terrance Hayes about his poetry.
Paul Auster reads from his novel, "4 3 2 1"
A sweeping story of birthright and possibility, Paul Auster’s inventive new novel, 4 3 2 1, explores the life of its main character along four independent fictional paths.
He is “one of American letters’ fierce originals,” wrote Marie Arana. “In turns contemplative, pugnacious and achingly tender, Auster gives us a blow-by-blow account of his collision with life.”
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.
Exit West with Mohsin Hamid | Appel Salon | March 20th, 2017
Mohsin Hamid is the bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He discusses Exit West, his most recent book, a love story set against the backdrop of an increasingly volatile world.