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Colm Tóibín: Long Island

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“You really have to write as though this will be it, that there won’t be another chance with this, as though paper is scarce.” For this LIVE From NYPL event, award-winning author Colm Tóibín reads from his newest novel, Long Island (Scribner, 2024), and discusses the challenges of writing about extended families in a conversation with Caoilinn Hughes.

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C Pam Zhang With Padma Lakshmi

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“I was really curious about how this fear of impending loss affects people.” In this 2023 LIVE From NYPL event, C Pam Zhang reads from her second novel, Land of Milk and Honey (Riverhead Books, 2023), and discusses grief, natural disasters, and apocalypse in a conversation with author and television host Padma Lakshmi.

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Vauhini Vara on This Is Salvaged

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For this LIVE From NYPL event, award-winning author Vauhini Vara reads from her short story collection, This Is Salvaged (Norton, 2023), and discusses exploring the intimacy of relationships between children, parents, friends, siblings, neighbors, and lovers in a conversation with novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison.

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Camonghne Felix on Writing Dyscalculia

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“There’s something about straight lines on a page and the ability to use punctuation in an expected and familiar way that changes the way you do honesty on the page.” Poet and essayist Camonghne Felix speaks about mental health and heartbreak, and the vulnerability she found in writing her debut memoir, Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation (One World, 2023), for this Live From NYPL event with multi-disciplinary artist Bunny Michael.

They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine

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“Out of the acids of rage, the candor of tar, / Out of creosote, gasoline, drive shafts, wooden dollies, / They Lion grow.” Watch this 2013 LIVE From NYPL recording of an event featuring the late Philip Levine reading his rousing poem “They Feed They Lion” in tribute to Federico García Lorca.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Poetic Language

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"Within that economy of words, you choose words that have certain angles, that have certain edges, that effect people in a certain way." Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose memoir Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015) is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, speaks with Khalil Gibran Muhammad about what he learned as a poet and how those skills continue to influence his writing.

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