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September 2021

Minor Feelings: Cathy Park Hong in Conversation

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A conversation with the National Book Critics Circle award-winning authorCathy Park Hong is an award-winning poet and essayist whose searching work ruthlessly reckons with the American racial consciousness. Weaving together personal stories, historical context, and cultural criticism, Minor Feelings, was a 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award winner. Jade Chang, author of The Wangs Vs. the World, joins her for a honest conversation on race and Asian American identity, reflecting on the ways politics and culture are influenced by art—and…

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Seeing Ghosts: Kat Chow and Josie Huang in Conversation

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A conversation about loss, generational differences, and concepts of homeLoss, generational differences and what shapes our ideas of home: These are the subjects that drive journalist Kat Chow’s work. As a founding member of NPR’s “Code Switch,” and contributor to “Radiolab” and the New York Times Magazine, among others, her interest in these topics took a deeply personal turn with the unexpected death of her mother. Propelled by grief, Chow set out to explore three generations of her Chinese American family and their emigration from Hong Kong…

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October 2021

PEN OUT Loud x LIVE at NYPL: Wole Soyinka with Farah Jasmine Griffin

October 7 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Tickets available here! This program is presented in partnership with PEN Out Loud, Live from NYPL, and the Strand Bookstore. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka celebrates his first novel in nearly 50 years, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth. Set in an imaginary Nigeria, the novel is a “fictional meditation on how power and greed can corrupt the soul of a nation.” In this in-person event, Soyinka will be joined in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin to…

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Stanley Tucci’s Taste: My Life Through Food

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Scripps Presents, in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates, will host award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci this October! Tucci, who grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table, has shared the magic of those meals in The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table. Now, he goes beyond the savory recipes and into the compelling stories behind them. His new book Taste: My Life Through Food is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York;…

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PEN Out Loud: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny with Susan Choi

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Secretary Hillary Clinton and international award-winning author Louise Penny commemorate their co-written novel, State of Terror. Following a new presidential administration, the novel is a carefully woven political thriller with “incomparable insider expertise.” The bestselling authors will be joined in conversation with National Book Award-winning writer Susan Choi to discuss the novel’s inception, themes, and ideas. Tickets available here! This program is presented in partnership with PEN Out Loud and the Strand Bookstore.

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PEN Out Loud: Pamela Paul with Lauren Oyler

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Editor of the New York Times Book Review Pamela Paul joins PEN Out Loud to launch her essay collection, 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet. In narratives about the pre-Internet age, the book offers “powerful insights into both the profound and the seemingly trivial things we’ve lost.” Paul will be in conversation with Lauren Oyler to discuss a fading era and provide “a guide to reclaiming just a little of the world IRL.”  Tickets are available here!   This program is presented in partnership with PEN Out Loud…

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Orwell’s Roses: Rebecca Solnit in Conversation

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The essayist on surprising acts of resistance“In the year 1936 a writer planted roses.” So begins Rebecca Solnit’s new book, a reflection on George Orwell’s passionate gardening; the way that his involvement with plants, particularly flowers, and the natural world illuminated his other commitments as a writer and antifascist; and the intertwined politics of nature and power. Solnit, whose writing explores feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis, delivers a compelling examination of this understudied aspect of…

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