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A Trilogy About the End of the World

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ben Winters considers the role of media before the arrival of an Earth-destroying asteroid in his trilogy, The Last Policeman. 

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'Encyclopedia Brown' Author Sobol Dies at 87

Monday, July 16, 2012

Donald J. Sobol, author of the popular "Encyclopedia Brown" series of children's mysteries, has died. He was 87.

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Selected Shorts: Mysteries and Wonders

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tales with twists and honoring a mother.

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Watch | A Celebration of Bloomsday

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Symphony Space is among the many places in the city that marks Bloomsday with a reading from Ulysses. Beginning at 7 P.M. Saturday, watch the live performance of this year's happening, called Bloomsday on Broadway, which will include readings from the novel's episodes "Sirens" and "Penelope," and musical performances central to the episodes.

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Remembering Sendak at the Met

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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The life of artist and children's book author Maurice Sendak was celebrated at a memorial service at the Metropolitan Museum on Tuesday. The creator of more than 100 books, including the classic Where the Wild Things Are, was remembered as a man driven by his need to create.

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Fighting Words: Churchill's Granddaughter Offers a Model for Leadership

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum called “Churchill:  The Power of Words,” which showcased his long, celebrated career as a statesman, writer, and orator, opened on Friday. The show kicked off with a lecture by Churchill’s granddaughter, The Hon. Celia Sandys.

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Ray Bradbury, Author of 'Fahrenheit 451,' Dies

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of "Fahrenheit 451," has died. He was 91. Listen to WNYC host Leonard Lopate interview Bradbury on July 16, 1990.

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A Reporter's Perspective on War at PEN World Voices

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

As part of the recent PEN World Voices Festival, Polish journalist and author Wojciech Jagielski was interviewed by Joel Whitney, a founding editor of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics. Listen to the talk between Jagielski and Whitney.

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Rushdie Talk on Censorship Wraps Up PEN Festival

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The 2012 PEN World Voices Festival ended with a talk about censorship at the Cooper Union by novelist Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses). Listen to and download Rushdie's 17-minute Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.

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Historian David McCullough, Composer Steve Reich to be Honored at Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Writer and historian David McCullough and contemporary music composer Steve Reich will receive the academy's most significant prizes — gold medals for distinguished achievements in biography and music — during the star- and literati-studded annual American Academy of Arts and Letters luncheon in Manhattan on Wednesday.

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Getting Your Irish On at the PEN World Voices Festival

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hugo Hamilton read from his book, “The Speckled People,” as part of the PEN World Voices Festival on May 3. Hear Hamilton comment on and read from his memoir at Ireland House.

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Jennifer Egan on How to Create Your Own Rules at PEN

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Earlier in May, Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief for the Slate group, and author Jennifer Egan discussed Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, genre-busting novel A Visit from the Goon Squad at The New School. Their conversation was part of the annual PEN World Voices Festival. Download the audio of the talk or watch a video of the talk.

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Library Presidents Urge City Council to Restore Funds

Monday, May 14, 2012

The New York City Council met Monday morning to discuss Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed $100 million in budget cuts to the city's three library systems. Presidents from the libraries urged the council to restore the proposed cuts so they could avoid laying off hundreds of workers, closing library branches and limiting the number of books they can purchase.

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Library Reps Poised to Fight $100M in Cuts

Monday, May 14, 2012

Representatives from the city’s three library systems will testify before the City Council Monday about how the mayor’s proposed $100 million in cuts would impact patrons.

 

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Doctorow, Atwood and Amis on America and its Role in Global Political Culture

Friday, May 11, 2012

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.

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Who Will Rule Britannia? Patrick Jephson Weighs in at Bonham’s

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 86th birthday on April 21, and the entire Commonwealth is preparing to honor her on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee on June 5. So a look at the future of the British monarchy is timely, and one take on this rich topic was offered at Bonham’s New York auction house.

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`Where Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Dies

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Maurice Sendak, the children's book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childhood in books like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen," died early Tuesday. He was 83.

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Morrison, Dylan Among Medal of Freedom Recipients

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the first female secretary of state, a former astronaut and a musical pioneer are among this year's recipients of the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

President Barack Obama will award the medals at the White House later this spring.

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Mike is Blooming Out All Over

Friday, April 27, 2012

Just for the record, the man who wrote, “April is the cruelest month” — this was before April was “National Poetry Month” — T.S. Eliot, was then a bank clerk. Chaucer was a civil servant and Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive.

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Bloomberg Gives Writers Inaugural NYC Literary Awards

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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.

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