In Conversation: On Our Last Blue Moon: A Memoir

In Our Last Blue Moon: A Memoir, her first book, psychotherapist and former dancer and choreographer Kris O’Shee tells the story of the loss of her husband, Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher, and literary commentator known as the “voice of books” on NPR’s All Things Considered. Panelists include poet Robert Pinsky, fiction writer Ana Menéndez, …

In Conversation: On A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance

In A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib examines how Black performance, from music to dance to schoolyard fistfights, is woven into the fabric of American culture. Moderated by Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II. …

Merissa Nathan Gerson: On Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving

Merissa Nathan Gerson’s Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving is a relatable account of one woman’s reckoning with loss, and a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meet one’s own needs in times of pain – especially when that pain is suffered alone. …

John Lithgow: On A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse

In A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse, actor, author, and illustrator John Lithgow, with cutting humor, offers a rogues’ gallery of American villains, powerful men and women who were corrupt, venal, criminal, adulterous, racist, or just plain disgusting. …

In Conversation: On Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

Dawn Turner’s memoir Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood is about three Black women – Turner, her younger sister Kim, and her best friend, Debra – friends since childhood. In examining their fates, the author offers an exploration of race, opportunity, friendship, sisterhood, and the forces that allow some to flourish but cause others to falter. …

In Conversation: On The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto

Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow heralds a call to action in The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms. Moderated by writer and podcaster Touré, author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What it Means to Be Black Now. …

In Conversation: On Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir & An American Marriage: A Novel.

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir is Ashley C. Ford‘s powerful debut work, a story of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana battling her body and her environment, within a family fragmented by incarceration. For Celestial and Roy, the couple at the center of Tayari Jones‘ An American Marriage: A Novel, the American dream in sight. …

In Conversation: On Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be an individualistic solution to our challenges. In Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World, Shelly Tygielski argues that mindfulness can also be a powerful tool for spurring profound social change by going inward. Moderated by Arianna Huffington, author and founder of The Huffington Post. …

In Conversation: On The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker

The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker is a collection of the venerated magazine’s writing on race in America. Spanning a century, this anthology edited by Jelani Cobb and David Remnick brings together contributions by writers such as James Baldwin, Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Vinson Cunningham, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Malcolm Gladwell. …

An Evening With Sarah Schulman & Jackson Howard: On Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

Based on more than 200 interviews with Act Up members, author Sarah Schulman’s Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 offers a revelatory exploration and reassessment of the inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture of the AIDS awareness coalition. Joining Schulman is her editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jackson Howard. …

In Conversation: On The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic: Revised and Expanded Edition

Published in 2015 and reissued now with new material and an introduction by Samantha Irby, Jessica Hopper’s The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic is a rallying cry for women-centered history and storytelling. It includes profiles and reviews of some of the most-loved and most-loathed women making music today. Moderated by Evelyn McDonnell, …

In Conversation: On The State You’re in: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife & The Thing About Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State

Investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Craig Pittman has covered Florida for 30 years. In The State You’re in: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife, which features a selection of his columns for the Tampa Bay Times, he writes about the state’s oddest wildlife and its quirkiest people – and vice versa. In The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State, …

In Conversation: On The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

Drawing upon 25 years of experience representing Black youth in the juvenile courts of Washington, D.C., Georgetown professor Kristin Henning analyzes the foundations of racist policing in America in The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth. In the process, she makes a compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing began with its relationship to Black children. …

In Conversation: On The Animal Days

The Animal Days is the translation of Keila Vall de la Ville’s Los días animales, winner of the 2018 International Latino Book Award. It follows Julia’s journey of love and rock climbing across three continents. She’s determined never to look back and live on the brink, even if it means shedding her own skin in the process. Moderated by Ariana Neumann, …

In Conversation: On Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora

Edited by Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University, and featuring an impressive list of contributors, Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora explores defining moments in Cuban art across three centuries, encompassing works by Cubans on the island, in exile, and born in America. …

In Conversation: On New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990

In New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990, scholar, educator, composer, arranger, and Grammy-nominated musician Benjamin Lapidus examines how New York City became a hub for transnational Latin music – and set the standards for the study, creation, performance, and innovation of the genre. Moderated by Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, …

In Conversation: On Love of My Life: A Memoir

In Love of My Life: A Memoir, Barbara Mailer Wasserman has a few stories to tell – and the chops to do it. The classical pianist and Radcliffe College graduate who opted to work as a secretary rather than teach recalls, having just learned to drive, smuggling two political prisoners out of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s jail across the border to France in 1948. …

In Conversation: On Downtown Miami History, Chronicling 125 Years, 1896-2021

In Downtown Miami History, Chronicling 125 Years, 1896-2021, editor Raul Guerrero combines book excerpts, essays, articles, memoirs, trivia, interviews, and a poem by Campbell McGrath to engagingly relay the past of a global destination city. The result is a rich, broad view of 125 years of Miami’s booms, busts, reinventions, and disasters – natural and human-made. With panelists Allan Shulman, …

Anita F. Hill: On Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence

In 1991, Anita F. Hill offered landmark testimony against soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a sexual menace. Her Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence is part memoir, part law and social analysis, and a call to arms which addresses the origins and course of gender violence in our society. …

An Evening With Andy Cohen: On Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love

Andy Cohen’s inspiration for his over-the-top view of the world comes from the women he adores – from his mother to Madonna. In Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love, he shares his most beloved words of daily inspiration, affirmation, and (just enough) intoxication from those lovely ladies that can make any ordinary day shine bright. …

An Evening With Sebastian Junger: On Freedom

Freedom is Sebastian Junger’s account of a year spent on the road with three friends as they walked the railroad lines of the East Coast. At once an experiment in personal autonomy and interdependence, the journey became an intense exploration of our most cherished, yet essentially contradictory ideals: community and freedom.
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In Conversation: On Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile

In Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile, Michael J. Bustamante, Ph.D., argues that Cubans’ battles over the past helped shape the course of Cuban history itself. Beyond the polarized vision seemingly set in stone today – the revolution as deliverance from inequality versus paradise lost – there might be a more inclusive national narrative. Moderated by John Gutierrez, …

In Conversation: On Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage, and Resilience & The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

An exhausted EMT risking his life in New York City; a grocery store owner feeding his neighborhood for free in locked-down New Orleans; a Maryland restaurateur forced to close his family business after 46 years. In Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience, journalist Eli Saslow captures in real-time a nation’s fear, anger, …

In Conversation: On Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist

Across the essays and stories of Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, musician Marc Ribot brings to the page the curiosity, dexterity, and sense of humor that has marked so much of his playing. Moderated by author Jana Martin, who in another life spent years as a lead singer and bass and guitar player in various unsung punk and indie bands. …

In Conversation: On Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood tells the extraordinary story of Danny Trejo, one of the most recognizable character actors in Hollywood. Written with fellow actor Donal Logue, Trejo recounts an up-and-down journey that starts in an abusive home, includes struggles with heroin addiction and stints in some of the country’s most notorious state prisons from an early age, …

In Conversation: On The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing

In The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing, Nobel laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon recognized as the world’s leading expert on treating rape injuries, heralds a call to action to confront sexual violence, build more inclusive gender-balanced societies, and develop what he calls “positive masculinity.” Moderated by Dr. Daniela Lamas, …

In Conversation: On Real Estate: A Living Autobiography & Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Real Estate: A Living Autobiography, the third and final installment in the Deborah Levy series, blends personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory in an examination of womanhood and ownership. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love chronicles Dani Shapiro’s quest to unlock the story of her own identity, after she casually submitted her DNA to a genealogy website and discovered that her beloved deceased father was not her biological parent. …

In Conversation: On Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020

Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020 is a collection of Salman Rushdie’s nonfiction, essays, criticism, and speeches focusing on his relationship with the written word, from delving into the nature of storytelling as a human need to the work of Eudora Welty. Moderated by author and journalist Carl Hiaasen. …