Terry McDonell


“I moved around a lot, and every place where I worked had its own narrative.” Author, editor, and screenwriter Terry McDonell talks about working in the publishing industry and the future of magazine publishing during his acceptance speech for the Magazine Editor’s Hall of Fame in 2012. McDonell’s new book, The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers (Knopf, 2016), is featured in “Nine More New Memoirs” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels


Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, best known for his role in the legendary rap group Run-DMC, speaks about growing up in Hollis, Queens and what led him to depression. McDaniels's memoir, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide (Amistad, 2016), details his struggles with fame and addiction, and his recovery.

Elie Wiesel's Night


"We may use words to break that prison...that is why I wrote that book, and that is why I wrote the others." Elie Wiesel explains his reasons for writing Night (Hill & Wang, 1960), the first in a trilogy of books about his experiences during the Holocaust, and the challenges in getting it published. Wiesel passed away on July 2 at the age of eighty-seven.

Mary Karr and Helen Macdonald


"Writing memoir, if it's done right I think, is like knocking yourself out with your own fist." For a reading at the 92nd Street Y moderated by Kathryn Schulz, Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir (Harper, 2015), joins Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk (Grove Press, 2015), to speak about their love of memoir and poetry.

Jhumpa Lahiri and Ann Goldstein


Jhumpa Lahiri talks with Ann Goldstein, translator of Elena Ferrante's novels, about Ferrante, literature, translation, and writing at the Center for Jewish History. Lahiri, who is featured in the the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, has a new memoir, In Other Words (Knopf, 2016), which is translated from the Italian by Goldstein. For more from Lahiri and Goldstein, listen to the latest episode of Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast.

Maggie Nelson


​"I feel like a subject chooses you—chooses me—probably based out of reading and life, both." Maggie Nelson talks about the process of writing her most recent ​book, The Argonauts (Graywolf Press, 2015), in an interview with Leah Newsom at the 2015 NonfictioNow Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. Nelson is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for the criticism prize.


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