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?
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." 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.