reads from her memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life.
"In this exquisite, intimate, lyrical memoir, Yiyun Li reveals her life in flashes appended to an arrestingly coherent philosophy of time, self, and place. Uniting the discipline of a scientist with the empathy of a novelist, she scatters profound and often difficult truths through these generous, wise, challenging pages."-- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree
In her first nonfiction book, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li explores the questions we ask ourselves as readers and writers, as citizens and solitary travelers, as parents and children: How does one make life livable? How do writing and reading bring us solace, and help us embrace the conflicts of our daily reality? Tracing the course of her life from China to America, and from biologist to writer, Li reflects with startling generosity and humanity on the writers who have shaped her—William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, Marianne Moore, Ivan Turgenev, Stefan Zweig, and more.
reads from This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression.
"Belongs on the shelf with William Styron's Darkness, Visible and Andrew Solomon'sThe Noonday Demon. It brings a stunningly perceptive voice to the forefront of the conversation about depression, one that is both reassuring and revelatory."--Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice
"D. W. Winnicott wrote that depression is the fog over the battlefield. In this extraordinarily lucid and moving book, Daphne Merkin illuminates the dark and desperate battle that depression can be. This is a book for all those who know nothing about depression and for those who know too much. "--Adam Phillips
A gifted and audacious writer confronts her lifelong battle with depression and her search for release. This Close to Happy is the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman's perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime. Taking off from essays on depression she has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, Merkin casts her eye back to her beginnings to try to sort out the root causes of her affliction.
Signing her new book, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, "the work of a master poet."--Kwame Alexander
In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance--including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.
Present The Picture Man: From the Collection of Bay Area Photographer E.F. Joseph 1927-1979.
From 1927 until his death in 1979, E.F. Joseph documented the daily lives of African Americans in the Bay Area. His images were printed in the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender but not widely published in his home community. A graduate of the American School of Photography in Illinois, Joseph photographed the likes of such celebrities and activists as Josephine Baker, Mahalia Jackson, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Thurgood Marshall.
presents Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me
"A love story to New York and the people we cherish, for Bill Hayes, the late Oliver Sacks. With prescience and tenderness, written with a sharp eye and a camera attuned to life on the streets, Hayes has composed a gorgeous memoir on why place matters to the soul of our humanity. I loved every single sentence in this quiet night-book, erotic and evocative, at once."--Terry Tempest Williams
Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the unexpected death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera.
from Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry and Banana Palace, respectively.
In Rader’s newest work, the narrator considers the self and society as a Wikipedia page—forever unfinished, sculpted, and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and American’s fluctuating national identity. Rader’s innovative voice is full of humor and inquiry, inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.
presents Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years.
The author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet shows every woman how to create a lifestyle that will help her look great, feel energized, and slow down the effects of aging.
Feel destined for cellulite, saddle bags, and belly fat? Does your family come from a long line of Alzheimer's, cancer, or heart disease? Will nothing help your aging skin or declining libido or flagging energy? This book is for you.
reads from Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, a brilliantly rendered life of one of our most admired American poets.
Since her death in 1979, Elizabeth Bishop, who published only one hundred poems in her lifetime, has become one of America s best-loved poets. And yet painfully shy and living out of public view in Key West and Brazil, among other hideaways, she has never been seen so fully as a woman and an artist.
reads from her new novel, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas, a lyrical novel about what art can reveal, and a nuanced imagining of the people who influenced Degas and his work.
"A beautiful meditation on the interplay of art, time, and memory, that is itself a luminous portrait of a woman without vision who is just beginning to see." Ann Packer, author of The Children's Crusade and Swim Back to Me
Ten years after Edgar Degas's 1872 visit to New Orleans, a lost sketchbook surfaces. His Creole cousin Tell- who lost her sight as a young woman--listens as her former child-servant describes the drawings and reads the artist's enigmatic words. It is both cryptic and revelatory, leading Tell to new understandings of her broken marriage, her difficult, brilliant cousin Edgar, her daughter Josephine, and herself.
The co-authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up and the author/illustrator of A Is for Activist and Counting on Community talk about their paths to activism and why they wrote their books.
Our discussion will include pressing questions: What is an activist? What can I do? What can we do together? How do we get involved? Given the current political landscape, this event aims to be inspiring, reassuring, and encouraging. Come with ideas to share, or to hear what others are doing. No ideas are too small. Target audience 8-14 but everyone is welcome. For more info see aisforactivist.com.
reads from The Good at Heart, a novel based on her great grandfather's reluctant participation in Hitler's cabinet from 1933 to 1945.
"Powerfully portrays the inner struggles of ordinary people moved to do extraordinary things in the name of family, God, and country."--Booklist
Based on the author’s discoveries about her great-grandfather, this stunning debut novel takes place over three days when World War II comes to the doorstep of an ordinary German family living in an idyllic, rural village near the Swiss border.
Launch party for her new picture book, Escargot, a charming, funny, interactive picture book that is ideal for picky eaters and animal lovers alike.
Dashka Slater has written several picture books, including Baby Shoes and The Sea Serpent and Me, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones.
reading from new collections, Body, in Good Light and This Sweet Haphazard, respectively.
discussing Meidav's story collection, Kingdom of the Young.
"Ambitious, original, deliciously philosophical. Kingdom of the Young invites comparison to the cronicas of Clarice Lispector and the fabulas of Italo Calvino."--Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution
The dynamic characters in Kingdom of the Young are searching: for adventure, work, love, absolution, better chances elsewhere. In a symphonic stream of consciousness, a fanatical child army loses faith in its commander as he ages unforgivably into his thirties. A woman possessed with wanderlust and a small inheritance seeks love among the cave-dwelling Roma in Granada. Traumatized war veterans run local rackets; smarmy bureaucrats rise through the ranks of repressive regimes; civilians attempt to escape the stranglehold of life under dictatorships.
reads from her new novel, All the News I Need, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction admiistered by UMass Press.
"A deep dive into the heart of friendship, of memory and regret, of aging and loss... redemptive and wholly satisfying surprises...Joan Frank has gifted us with two unforgettable characters in a novel filled to bursting with hard truths and shimmering beauty."—Bob Wake, Cambridge Review
A story of love and sex and friendship, of art and travel—and of those small changes, within our reach, that may help us save ourselves—somewhere toward the end.
reads from her latest Maisie Dobbs adventure, In This Grave Hour.
"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain's declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.