Yusef Komunyakaa and Wendell Pierce

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"After conquering / frontiers, the mind comes back to rest, / stretching out over the white sand." At a 92Y event, Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa reads "Islands" from his poetry collection, The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), and the Wire actor Wendell Pierce reads from his memoir, The Wind in the Reeds (Riverhead Books, 2015), in which he explores art's ability to redeem his native New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Beatlebone

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"John is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip." In Beatlebone (Doubleday, 2015), Kevin Barry's second novel, John Lennon hopes to escape stardom by fleeing to a remote island off the west coast of Ireland with his shape-shifting driver Cornelius O'Grady leading them through a surreal, magical odyssey. The novel is shortlisted for the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize.

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Challenger Deep

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"The Mariana Trench is 6.8 miles deep. Falling into that abyss is like falling from space." Inspired by his son's experiences with schizophrenia and depression as a teenager, Neil Schusterman's novel Challenger Deep (HarperTeen, 2015) explores the complex world of mental illness. The novel was awarded the 2015 National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

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