One of the highlights of this year's PEN World Voices Festival was a talk between writers E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis on America and its role in the global political culture. Download a podcast and watch a video of the talk here.
The society announced on Wednesday that Dr. Vishakha Desai is leaving her post as president and chief executive officer in September to join the Guggenheim Foundation as a senior adviser for global policy and programs.
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series on June 5. Get the whole lineup here, which also includes Ghostface Killah, Angélique Kidjo, Mission of Burma, Yo La Tengo and Lyle Lovett.
The sale, which takes place at Christie's on Tuesday, will include signed prints donated by Sebastião Salgado and Susan Meiselas, among others. See a slideshow here.
On Monday night, stars made their way up the Metropolitan Museum's red-carpeted stairs to attend the Costume Institute's annual gala. The theme for this year's benefit and exhibit was, "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations."
Google has used letters inspired by the work of the late New York artist Keith Haring for the "doodle" above its homepage search bar. Haring died tragically of AIDS in 1990. Friday would have been his 54th birthday.
A floor of a midtown Manhattan office building has become an art gallery for work by 125 middle- and high-school students. The exhibition, called "Goals and Dreams," opened Wednesday night and features 129 paintings, drawings and photos selected from art made at 40 city schools.
On Tuesday, actors Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 66th annual Tony Awards. The musical "Once" got the most nominations -- 11. Both "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" got 10 nominations, followed by "Peter and the Starcatcher," which landed nine. Get the full list of nominees here.
Paul Auster, Robert Caro and Walter Dean Myers are among the writers who will get new literary awards from Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion on Thursday night.
Greg Scholl, who oversaw a portfolio of NBC Universal properties, will be the non-profit's new executive director beginning on June 1. Adrian Ellis left the post in January to work for an arts consultancy company he founded.
A 100-year-old brick sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is being reborn as a 13,000-square-foot music venue and studio. The new rehearsal, recording and performance space, located at North 6th St. and Wythe Ave, will open in late 2013 and will be run by a non-profit group called Original Music Workshop.
Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage. The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.
The list of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners is out. Among this year's winners were the late Manning Marable for his book on Malcolm X, Brooklyn poet Tracy Smith and Kevin Puts for his "Silent Night" opera. For the first time in 35 years, there was no winner in the fiction category. See the full list of this year's winners here.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's maternal grandmother, Nellie Shine Callaghan, was 16 or 17 years old when she came to America from Cobh, Ireland, 100 years ago. She booked passage on a brand new ocean liner: The Titanic.
On Monday, workers affixed a vinyl mural onto the scaffolding wrapping around Google's New York headquarters. The cartoons on the mural refer to famous landmarks and key figures in Chelsea’s past, from Major Thomas Clark, who named the neighborhood in the 1700s, to Jack Kerouac, who wrote On the Road at the Chelsea Hotel in the 1950s.
New York City has no shortage of sites that have a direct connection to the Titanic. One of them is the Jane Hotel, where the Titanic's surviving sailors went for a memorial service in 1912. Check out our map of this and other Titanic landmarks in New York City.
There are a number of happenings in the Tri-State area that mark the Titanic centennial. Among our favorites: meals recreating White Star Line menus, plays based on ship survivor testimonials and artifact exhibitions. Here's a shortlist of goings-on.
After the Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, it sank on April 15, 1912 on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. More than 1,500 people died. Although the ship sank 100 years ago, the Titanic still looms large in the minds of many.
Schools are enrolling hundreds of thousands of recent veterans and servicemembers due to the drawdown in Iraq and Post 9/11 GI Bill. But the education benefit is not helping all of them make the transition from military life to getting a college degree. Learn more and watch video of veterans featured in this story here.