Jonathan Safran Foer, the celebrated author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, introduces you to his funny, wise and ambitious new novel that has been ten years in the making: Here I Am.
God asked Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac, and Abraham replied obediently, "Here I am."
This is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Over the course of three weeks in present-day Washington DC, three sons watch their parents' marriage falter and their family home fall apart. Meanwhile, a larger catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world: a massive earthquake devastates the Middle East, sparking a pan-Arab invasion of Israel. With global upheaval in the background and domestic collapse in the foreground, Jonathan Safran Foer ask us - what is the true meaning of home? Can one man ever reconcile the conflicting duties of his many roles - husband, father, son? And how much of life can a person bear?
Pulitzer Prize winner Margo Jefferson talks about her new memoir Negroland with Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.
In a social circle comprised of the elites of black Chicago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson was raised in a world of contradiction. “I call it Negroland,” she writes, “because I still find ‘Negro’ a word of wonders, glorious and terrible.” Her incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac memoir of that name went on to win the National Book Critics Circle Award, and for its paperback release, she’ll be in the Strand’s Rare Book Room to discuss the world of exclusive sororities, fraternities, networks, and clubs—a world in which skin color and hair texture were relentlessly evaluated alongside scholarly and professional achievements.
Joining Margo in conversation will be Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, contributor at The New York Times Magazine, as well as a finalist for the National Magazine Award with bylines at The Paris Review, The Believer, Bookforum, and many more.
A reading and panel on the state of gay literature. Featuring, from left to right, Paul Lisicky, Garth Greenwell, Brad Gooch, Darryl Pinckney, & Chris Bollen.
With experience spanning across decades, genres and styles, each of these men has a unique and compelling perspective on gay life and its expression in literature. They’ll discuss the remarkable evolution of the LGBT community in literature with a special emphasis on the more recent and transformative decades in our nation. Join us as each panelist gives us a taste of his most recent work and responds to each other’s readings, peeling layers back on topics of race, gender, art, history and literature.
Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as other nonfiction and three novels. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Darryl Pinckney is a longtime contributor to The New York Review as well as a frequent contributor to Granta, Slate, and The Nation. He authored the acclaimed novel, High Cotton in 1992. His most recent novel, Black Deutschland, picks up where High Cotton left off, and was published in February 2016.
Garth Greenwell is the author of Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and A Public Space. What Belongs to You is his first novel.
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, Ecotone, Fence, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Chris Bollen is Editor at Large at Interview Magazine, and was previously the editor on V Magazine. His work has appeared in GQ, the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Artforum, among others. His first novel, Lightning People, was published in 2011. His second novel, Orient, came out with Harper in May 2015.
In a Women’s History Month special, we speak with author, activist and scholar Angela Davis, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her latest book is titled "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement," a collection of essays, interviews and speeches that highlight the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. "There were moments when things come together in such a way that new possibilities arrive," Davis says. "When the Ferguson protesters refused to go home after protesting for two or three days, when they insisted on continuing that protest, Palestinian activists in Palestine were the first to tweet solidarity and support for them. That opened up a whole new realm."