Talk to Me: Loss and Memory and Happy Ending

Monday, March 14, 2011

Authors Jessica Hagedorn and Sarah Braunstein read excerpts from novels that set loss in a public context at a recent meeting of the Happy Ending Music and Reading series.


Talk to Me: The Yale Review Celebrates 100 Years

Friday, March 11, 2011

On a recent Saturday, "The Writers Studio Reading Series" celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Yale Review. Listen to Louise Glück, Caryl Phillips, Edmund White and Michael Cunningham read from their work at the event.


Talk to Me: Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The centennial of Williams' birth was honored in a three-part series at the Museum of Arts and Design called The Kindness of Strangeness.

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Talk to Me: Story Prize: Short Stories, Big Prizes

Monday, March 07, 2011

Click hear to listen to the three Story Prize finalists—Anthony Doerr, Yiyun Li and Suzanne Rivecca—read from their work.


Talk to Me: Bill Callahan's Letters to Emma Bowlcut

Monday, February 07, 2011

Bill Callahan, the musician many fans know as Smog, read from his novel, Letters to Emma Bowlcut, on a recent snowy night in Brooklyn.

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Talk to Me: Zadie Smith and Gemma Sieff

Monday, February 07, 2011

WNYC recently attended a conversation between novelist, professor and critic Zadie Smith and her new editor at Harper's, Gemma Sieff.

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From Belarus with Love and Pain: The Belarus Free Theatre at Le Poisson Rouge

Friday, January 21, 2011

"From Belarus with Love and Pain." This was the rallying cry of Natalia Kaliada, artistic director of the Belarus Free Theater, at a benefit for the embattled dissident troupe organized by the PEN American Center that was held at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday.

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True Story Non-Fiction: Vivian Gornick on Work

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

At last month's True Story: Non-Fiction at KGB Bar, famed essayist, journalist and critic Vivian Gornick talked about womanhood, working and life as a woman worker. Click here to listen.


Talk to Me: Old Friends and New Friends at Happy Ending

Monday, January 10, 2011

Two is a famously bad age for toddlers, but it seems to be a prime number for a reading series marking a rite of passage—in this case, the celebration this past Wednesday of the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series’ two-year anniversary at Joe’s Pub.


Talk to Me: Celebrating Wallace Shawn at CUNY

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

If the meek are going to inherit the earth, then Wally Shawn will be in the vanguard. The diffident playwright and essayist, known for such works as "My Dinner with Andre," "Aunt Dan and Lemon," and "The Designated Mourner," presented readings of a wide range of his essays and dramas last month at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Writers Discuss Dreams and Ambitions at Happy Ending

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The work of Jennifer Egan, Julia Holmes, Teddy Wayne and Elizabeth and the Catapult was on display at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series last month.


Authors Tackle the Hip-Hop Economy and Riot Grrrls at KGB Bar

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

In the latest episode of KGB's non-fiction reading series, Dan Charnas reads from his forthcoming book "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop," and Sara Marcus reads from her book "Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrl Movement Revolution."


Life with Harold: Lady Antonia Fraser Remembers Pinter

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Lady Antonia Fraser recently took the New York Public Library stage elegantly poised and eager to spellbind the audience with tales from her memoir, "Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter."


Dark Materials: Mystery and Noir Writers Confess at Barnes & Noble

Friday, October 29, 2010

When it comes to things that go bump in the night, or things that bump each other off in the night, Otto Penzler is the man. The proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop purveys classic and contemporary crime novels, chillers, and thrillers, but in recent years has also become a kind of anthology Master of Ceremonies, rounding up choice selections in such genres as pulp and vampire fiction. Most recently, he has curated two volumes in Houghton Mifflin’s “Best American” series—“The Best American Mystery Stories 2010” (with Lee Child) and “The Best American Noir of the Century” (with James Ellroy).


When Did Vampires Become So Hot?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

When did the undead become so popular? Vampires used to lurk on the fringes of pop culture: but these days they are heroes, heartthrobs, and the family next door.

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Talk to Me: Lost and Found at Happy Ending

Monday, October 18, 2010

Israel, China, and Afghanistan figured in works presented at the Happy Ending Music and Reading series at Joe’s Pub on October 6th


Talk to Me: New Yorkers Debate Gay Rights

Thursday, October 14, 2010

This year’s New Yorker Festival featured a panel on gay marriage - an appropriate addendum to the onslaught of recent gay news. The longstanding fight over same-sex marriage between gay rights activists and conservative politicians is now more heated than ever. Panelists Cynthia Nixon, R. Clarke Cooper, David Boies, Brian Brown and Bishop Gene Robinson hashed it out at the SVA Theater on October 1, 2010.

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Tolstoy: A Rebellious Giant a Hundred Years Later

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

“To paint The Appearance of Christ to the People is Art and to paint nude broads is also art. To write The Iliad is art and to write "Nana" is also art. To paint a holy icon is art and to treble your banjo is also art, and clowning is art, and riding your horse is art, and making chicken pates is art, and hair styling is art and wardrobe making is art! All is art.”


True Story Non-Fiction: Moustafa Bayoumi

Friday, October 08, 2010

In the latest episode of KGB's non-fiction reading series, Moustafa Bayoumi read from his book, "How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America."

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Talk to Me: Scalding Debate at the Tea Party Panel

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

If anything could create a heated debate at 10 AM on a Saturday morning it would be politics. And of all the politics around, the Tea Party is almost guaranteed to fan the fire.