Real People, Imagined Stories These novels are so fascinating that it’s easy to forget they’re based on the lives of very real historical figures. Amy Brill (The Movement of Stars), Colum McCann (TransAtlantic), and Montague Kobbé (The Night of the Rambler) examine the lesser-known stories of the first female astronomer, a fifteen-hour revolution in Anguilla, […]
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Lessons Learned We all like to think of what could have been. Christopher Beha (What Happened to Sophie Wilder), Paul Harding (Enon), and Robert Antoni (As Flies to Whatless Boys) discuss how their characters look to the past to find peace in the present, whether that means reconnecting with ex-lovers, facing the death of a […]
Sin City Every city has its secrets. Violence, crime and intrigue fill the streets of Harlem, Red Hook, Miami and beyond. K’wan Foye (Animal), Albert “Prodigy” Johnson (H.N.I.C.), Ivy Pochoda (Visitation Street), and Miasha (Sistah for Sale) discuss what makes urban areas so fascinating and, for their trapped characters, so hard to escape. Moderated by […]
Creating Dangerously in a Dangerous World How do different forms—fiction, reportage, memoir and essay—capture different realities, especially when the principal subject is the trauma of war and violence? Join three authors whose work explores horrific visions from a variety of angles: Edwidge Danticat (Claire of the Sea Light), Courtney Angela Brkic (The First Rule of […]
The New American Dream What is today’s Great American Novel, anyway? Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), Dash Shaw (New School), and Adam Mansbach (The Dead Run) give us glimpses into a new kind of American Dream: a fifteen-year-old mother of nine; a boy’s island adventures in graphic novel form; and in one case, […]
Making the Books Leading publishers and editors Jane Friedman (Open Road Integrated Media), Chris Jackson (Spiegel & Grau), and Dan Simon (Seven Stories Press) discuss how they find the books that make their worlds go around, and what it takes to keep one’s edge in 2013. Moderated by Jennifer Baumgardner, publisher of the Feminist Press. […]