Patti Smith: "I don't like to be pigeonholed"
This year’s Chicago Tribune Literary Award pays tribute to Patti Smith, a galvanizing artistic force for four decades.
H. Alan Day, Sandra Day O'Connor & Lynn Wiese Sneyd: 2014 National Book Festival
Sandra Day O'Connor, H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd appear at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Anthology of Spanish Writers: 2014 National Book Festival
Valerie Miles, founding co-editor of Granta en espańol, will share some of the anecdotes and stories that led to the publication of her unprecedented book,
A Thousand Forests in One Acorn
Cornelius Eady, P.O.P
Shot and edited by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, P.O.P is a video series featuring contemporary American poets who read both an original poem and a poem by another poet, after which they reflect on their choice.
Creative Nonfiction Panel: 2014 National Book Festival
What is creative nonfiction? What makes it creative? How do writers of this genre approach their subject matter and tackle some of its inherent challenges? National Endowment for the Arts Literature Director Amy Stolls moderated a discussion with creative nonfiction writers Paisley Rekdal and Eula Biss about their work and experiences with such issues as research, sticking to the facts, points of view and marketability.
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.
Goldie Blumenstyk on the rising cost of higher education
Goldie Blumenstyk, author of
American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know
, discusses the actions taken by colleges to become more cost conscious, the focus on retention rates, and the effort to improve credit transfer policies.
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.
Evening Poetry Slam: 2014 National Book Festival
Evening Poetry Slam at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
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.
David Shields and Caleb Powell at University Book Store
UW alum Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life. His former UW professor and bestselling novelist David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. In their impassioned, funny, and probing new book,
I Think You Are Totally Wrong
, they recount the collision of their different lives and perspectives over the course of a weekend-long debate about meaning, value, and success in life and art.
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.
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.
Books in Translation Panel: 2014 National Book Festival
Ever wonder what it takes to translate a great work of literature from another language into English? Why are translators the unsung heroes of the literary world? What can we learn from their deep dive into the words of writers outside our borders? Amy Stolls moderated a discussion with author-translator Paul Auster and Natasha Wimmer (Roberto Bolano's translator) about the art of translation and its role in the literary world.
Faces in the Crowd
Called an "extraordinary new literary talent" by the Telegraph and "an exciting female voice" by the Guardian, Valeria Luiselli's new novel FACES IN THE CROWD and collection of essays SIDEWALKS are available for pre-order through Coffee House Press.