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One More Thing
by B.J. Novak
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
(On-sale by Knopf 2/4/14) is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake,
One More Thing
has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series "The Office" as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" and Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks". He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.
Jorie Graham: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings
Jorie Graham reads work that spans her career.
Patrick Ness talks to
Patrick Ness is the author of the YA trilogy
and most recently an adult novel,
The Crane Wife
caught up with the author at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis to chat about his work.
Barry Miles and John Tytell discuss William S. Burroughs
Acclaimed biographer Barry Miles discusses his new work,
Call Me Burroughs
, with John Tytell.
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
A discussion on the representations of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps.
Speaker Biography: Chet Van Duzer, a fellow at the John Carter Brown Library, is an independent scholar focusing on the history of cartography and historical geography, and his articles have appeared in
. His monograph on Johann Schoner's terrestrial globe of 1515 was recently published by the American Philosophical Society, and he has a book about sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps.
The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings & the American Experience
Stephen Wade presents a talk related to the research for his recent book,
The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.
On Chekhov, Moscow and dogs in
Poet and translator Sasha Dugdale discusses the glamorous and tawdry representation of Moscow in Russian short stories. She describes the use of dogs by many writers in the collection
Rebecca Mead | LIVE from the NYPL
Rebecca Mead | LIVE from the NYPL
The Sixth Extinction
: Elizabeth Kolbert
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
, journalist Elizabeth Kolbert visits four continents to document the massive "die-offs" that came millions of years ago and those now unfolding before our eyes.
Author Talk: Chang-Rae Lee
Author Chang-rae Lee talks about his newest novel, ON SUCH A FULL SEA.
Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels NATIVE SPEAKER, A GESTURE LIFE, and ALOFT, which was a
New York Times
Bestseller and Notable Book. NATIVE SPEAKER was awarded the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and an ALA Notable Book of the Year Award. A GESTURE LIFE won the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction, and was cited as a Notable Book of Year by the
New York Times
, and the
Los Angeles Times
. Mr. Lee has also written stories and articles for
The New Yorker
The New York Times
Food & Wine
, and many other publications.
His fourth novel, THE SURRENDERED, will be published in March 2010.
Chang-rae Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He was educated at Phillips Exeter, Yale, and the University of Oregon. He is a professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, where he teaches creative writing.
Tuesday, January 7, 2013
S. Stevan Dweck Center
Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz on Poe | LIVE from the NYPL
Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz on Poe | LIVE from the NYPL.
A conversation with novelist and scholar Amadou Koné of Côte d'Ivoire.
Speaker Biography: Amadou Koné is a professor in the Department of French at Georgetown University. Koné's field of research and teaching extends from the oral literature of Africa to its modern written literature, and he has won international recognition as an author, essayist and playwright.
Talks at the Schomburg: Racial History of the American Criminal Justice System
Michelle Alexander, author of
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
Sari Botton, Dani Shapiro, Emily Gould and Chloe Caldwell on NYC
In tribute to Joan Didion's iconic 1967 essay, on leaving New York, "Goodbye to All That," a group of contemporary female essayists have come together to recount their own experiences with the city.
Joyce Carol Oates discusses
with Isaac Fitzgerald
Acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates talks with BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald about her new novel