Claudia Rankine at the Loft
Claudia Rankine, Graywolf author of the award-winning collection
, read at the Loft on January 30, 2015.
Katha Pollitt at The NYS Writers Institute in 2015
Katha Pollitt, influential voice of American feminism and long-time columnist for
, is the author of the much-talked-about book,
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
Wallace Shawn: Playwright
Provocative and intellectually demanding, the plays of Wallace Shawn are as multifaceted and enigmatic as the man himself, known to many from his roles as an actor ('My Dinner with Andre', 'Manhattan', 'The Princess Bride').
Shari Goldhagen & Michelle Herman |
In Some Other World, Maybe
One of the strong young voices in fiction, Shari Goldhagen, discusses her second novel,
In Some Other World, Maybe
. Shari’s first novel,
Family and Other Accidents
, was heralded as an attentive perspective at family ties. In her sophomore effort, Shari shifts focus to a group of teenagers whose lives intersect both in their youth and beyond.
Talking Music with Sasha Frere-Jones
Writer and musician Sasha Frere-Jones has been a staff writer and the pop music critic for the New Yorker since 2004. Nearly every review delivers a remarkable history lesson, as he smartly and seamlessly provides context for the most current artists by looking back and sideways at musical precursors and multiple genres. Joined by art and music curator John Corbett, Frere-Jones uses his musician’s ear to explain how and why the music we love works—or doesn’t.
Colm Tóibín belongs to the great tradition of Irish expatriates. In novels like
, the New York–based writer excavates the joys and sorrows of displacement, both physical and metaphorical. Tóibín discusses his latest work of fiction,
, which returns us to his homeland and the tumult of family. The director of the Guild Literary Complex, John Rich, joins Tóibín for a conversation.
Martin Wolf on Radical Reform for the Global Financial System
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the
, joins R. Glenn Hubbard, dean and professor at Columbia's University's Graduate School of Business, to discuss the state of the world economy following the financial crisis.
Edan Lepucki is a stunning new American novelist notable for her debut novel titled
, in which she imagines a frighteningly realistic near future in her provocative debut novel. The story follows Cal and Frida, who have left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation, and seeking solace in each other.
Francisco Goldman: 2014 National Book Festival
Francisco Goldman appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
David Cay Johnston: Class War Is Being Waged by the Rich Against the Poor
Pulitzer Prize-winning tax reporter David Cay Johnston says there is indeed a class war going on in Washington — but by the rich against the poor. Johnston’s latest book is
Divided. The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
Charles Wright Inaugural Reading as Poet Laureate
Charles Wright gives his inaugural reading as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress.
Drama Panel at Penguin Random House Author Event for NYC Educators
Drama panel featuring authors Leigh Fondakowski (
The Laramie Project
), Ken Ludwig (
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
), Michael Sokolove (
), and moderated by Robin Miles.
Kimiko Hahn: American Poets Reading
Kimiko Hahn reads from her book, BRAIN FEVER, at the reception celebrating the release of
(Vol. 47), the Academy's biannual journal.
Elizabeth Wurtzel & David Samuels |
Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of
, chats about her new book
with journalist David Samuels.
Timothy Williamson on
and conversation in philosophy
Timothy Williamson, Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University, talks about his book
Tetralogue: I’m Right, You’re Wrong
, an entertaining and accessible excursion into philosophy following the fictional conversation between four people who meet on a train.