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January 2021

Saving Our Politics, From the Ground Up

January 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONE. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR A NEW PROGRAM DATE! A roundtable on grassroots organizing that will help us navigate the years to come. Featuring ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio, New Republic staffers Nick Martin and Melissa Gira Grant, and moderated by New Republic deputy editor Katie McDonough.  This program is presented in partnership with The New Republic Tickets available now!

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February 2021

Ani DiFranco and Liz Phair in Conversation

February 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, one of the first artists to create her own record label, Righteous Babe Records. Indie rocker Liz Phair, whose Exile in Guyville has been hailed as a landmark, is one of the few women artists whose work was recognized on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In celebration of their latest releases—DiFranco’s twenty-second album, Revolutionary Love, is out in January, while Phair’s…

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Brunch with Yotam Ottolenghi

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world's most innovative chefs. The Jerusalem-born, London-based Ottolenghi became a sensation with a Guardian column focused on vegetarian cuisine. His vibrant cookbooks Plenty, Flavor, and Sweet are must-have companions for foodies and aspirants alike. Join him and arts and culture writer Rico Gagliano for a conversation about global cuisine, intergenerational cooking, and a demo that will inspire us to tackle another season of mostly-at-home culinary craftiness. Want to nab Ottolenghi’s recipe and some key…

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PEN Out Loud: R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell with Melissa Febos and Brandon Taylor

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bestselling authors R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell launch their dynamic anthology of short fiction, Kink: Stories, a singular collection that illustrates “love, desire, BDSM, and sexual kinks in all their glory with a bold new vision,” featuring some of contemporary fiction’s finest writers. The two anthology editors will be joined in conversation by contributors Melissa Febos and Brandon Taylor to discuss the book’s “moving dispatches from across the sexual spectrum of interest and desires.”  Tickets are available here! Please note:…

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PEN Out Loud: Brandon Hobson and Rebecca Makkai in Conversation

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson celebrates his latest novel, The Removed. Weaving together multiple first-person narrators and Cherokee folklore, the novel tells the story of a Cherokee family fifteen years after an unjust police shooting of one of the family’s three children. Hobson will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Makkai to discuss the novel and its “meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.”  Tickets are available…

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The Nature of the Future: Elizabeth Kolbert in Conversation

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A discussion on our changing planet The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it? In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world's rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the…

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March 2021

PEN Out Loud: Kazuo Ishiguro and Jia Tolentino

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro to celebrate the launch of Klara and the Sun, his first novel since receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature. A gripping, genre-bending story featuring Ishiguro’s characteristic restraint, the novel examines Klara, “an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities” who yearns to be the perfect companion for her future owner. Ishiguro will be joined in conversation with essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino to discuss the narrative’s themes of service, sacrifice, and what it…

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PEN Out Loud: Isabel Allende with Concepción de León

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Isabel Allende in celebration of her new book, The Soul of a Woman. Examining “power, feminism and, what it means to be a woman,” Allende's forthcoming book weaves together her vast experiences, from coming of age during feminism’s second wave to embracing her sexuality. Allende will be joined in conversation with New York Times reporter Concepción de León to discuss feminism of the past and hopes for the next generation, as well as to…

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Decoding Despacito: The History (and Future) of Latin Music

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What made the 2019 Grammys different? It was the first time a trio—singing in both English and Spanish—graced the stage. The performances from Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, and J Balvin were a watershed moment. Latin music was mainstream. For Leila Cobo, vice president and Latin industry lead at Billboard, it was long overdue. Decoding Despacito is a singular oral history from the players who have created this vibrant musical lineage. Join Cobo for a listening session and conversation about this…

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April 2021

A Little Devil in America: Hanif Abdurraqib in Conversation

April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hanif Abdurraqib, the essayist, poet and cultural critic whose work has been published in The Fader, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and the New York Times, turns his keen eye on Black performance with his new book, A Little Devil in America. Join him for a conversation about performances big and small, famous and lesser-known, and the resonances each have in Black and White cultures, the politics of American empire, and his own personal history. This program is funded by the…

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May 2021

Brunch with Roxana Jullapat

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

From her beloved Cooks County (where her biscuits inspired fanaticism) to her current must-visit East Hollywood storefront, Friends & Family, Roxana Jullapat is one of Los Angeles’s most celebrated pastry chefs. She’s also of the most important voices on race and gender in the contemporary kitchen. Her forthcoming book, Mother Grains, focuses on sustainable baking. Join her for a conversation and inspiring breakfast demo. Want to nab Jullapat’s recipe and some key ingredients in advance so you can cook along…

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