Jennifer Egan's spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa. Rob Sheffield, author of the Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal star-reviewed Love is a Mix Tape, is at it again with his latest title, Turn Around Bright Eyes, which infiltrates and waxes poetic on the phenomenon of karaoke culture. His book chronicles a transition phase of moving to New York in the wake of personal tragedy, where he finds solace and beauty on an unlikely West Village evening in an unlikely karaoke bar. Rob, contributing editor for Rolling Stone, writes about music, TV, and popular culture for the magazine. He's the author of Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. Join us at 7pm in the rare book room for an exclusive chat and Q&A with Rob!
Joining Rob will be Julie Klausner, a New York City-based author, podcaster, and comedy writer-performer, whose first book, I Don't Care About Your Band, was released in February 2010 by Gotham/Penguin Books.
Join us for a special conversation between Academy Award Nominated Actor James Franco and legendary poet and academic Frank Bidart.
James Franco plays with the concept of memoir in his new book A California Childhood, through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. An actor treads the line between reality and fiction every time he plays a part, and for James Franco, that exploration isn't limited to the screen. He's also a visual artist with several exhibitions under his belt as well as the author of the widely praised story collection Palo Alto.
Aside from the achievement of his many collections, Frank Bidart's 2002 chapbook, Music Like Dirt, is the only chapbook to ever be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. James and Frank will be speaking on memoir, California, and their own approaches to their written and visual creative endeavors. James and Frank will also be discussing James' chapbook of poems, The Strongest of the Litter.
Book Expo America proudly presents BEA Editor's Buzz 2013 and shows off the books that readers and media will be buzzing about!!! Join this thrilling session and hear editors share their excitement and passion for six of the Fall's biggest potential breakout releases! We are excited to announce this year's buzz selection: Deanne Urmy, Senior Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with Wendy Lower's HITLER'S FURIES: GERMAN WOMEN IN THE NAZI KILLING FIELDS; Liese Mayer, Associate Editor/Subsidiary Rights and Contracts Manager with Eric Lundgren's THE FACADES; Anna deVries, Senior Editor, Macmillan with Amy Grace Loyd's THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS: A NOVEL; Venessa Mobley, Executive Editor, Crown with Sheri Fink's FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITAL; Whitney Frick, Editor, Simon & Schuster with Katy Butler's KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR: THE PATH TO A BETTER WAY OF DEATH; Lee Boudreaux, Editorial Director, HaperCollins with Jennifer Senior's ALL JOY AND NO FUN: THE PARADOX OF MODERN PARENTHOOD. Read more about this recording from Colm Tóibín, part of 92Y Poetry's 75 at 75: Writers on Recordings: http://92yondemand.org/75-at-75-colm-toibin-on-elizabeth-bishop/
A special project for our anniversary season, "75 at 75" invites authors to listen to a recording from our vast archive and write a personal response. In most instances, these recordings are being made available to the general public for the very first time. Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop, Brian Boyd on Vladimir Nabokov, Rick Moody on W. G. Sebald, A. L. Kennedy on E. E. Cummings, Richard Ford on Eudora Welty, Cynthia Ozick on W. H. Auden, Donna Tartt on Carson McCullers, Maxine Hong Kingston on Grace Paley, Helen Vendler on Wallace Stevens, Yiyun Li on William Trevor and Tom Stoppard on Harold Pinter—these are just some of the exciting pairs of recording-responses coming to Poetry Center Online in the next year.