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"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." Essayist and novelist Pico Iyer invites readers to approach stillness as not only a creative catalyist but also as the ultimate adventure. A follow up to his essay "The Joy of Quiet," the book was released by TED Books and Simon & Schuster earlier this month.
"Human beings have such a hard time asking for help." In her debut book, published by Grand Central Publishing this week, Amanda Palmer explores the complicated feelings involved in seeking help from others. Included are personal stories about her marriage to author Neil Gaiman and her struggles as an artist and musician.
"When I read Dostoevsky, I understand better the psychology of the human being." Marjane Satrapi, author of the graphic memoir Persepolis (Pantheon, 2004), speaks with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library about how reading Fyodor Dostoevsky's work changed her life.
"The river courses through the city / turning concrete roadways to canal banks / that shrug their shoulders in dark water..." Irish poet Jessica Traynor reads from her debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), for Dublin City Public Libraries' One City, One Book initiative.
The author of eighteen collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction is introduced by poet Carolyn Forché at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University on October 28. Her new and selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice, will be published by Ecco/Harper Collins in 2015.