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John Barth

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In this 2001 Lannan Foundation event, John Barth speaks about the ways in which self-confidence and temperament play a role in his writing in a conversation with literary critic Michael Silverblatt. Barth died at the age of ninety-three on April 2, 2024. For more from Barth, read “All Trees Are Oak Trees: Introductions to Literature” from the January/February 2004 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Ladee Hubbard, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin

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In this New Orleans Book Festival event, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Ladee Hubbard, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin discuss the rich tradition of Black literature, their literary and ancestral influences, and the power of community building and resistance through writing in a conversation with novelist Louis Edwards.

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Diane Seuss Presents Modern Poetry

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In this Left Bank Books virtual event, Diane Seuss reads from her new collection, Modern Poetry (Graywolf Press, 2024), and joins poet Jane Hilberry in a conversation about their fathers, writing practices, and friendship. Seuss is interviewed by Bianca Stone in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Sheila Heti: Alphabetical Diaries

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In this event for the ALOUD series at the Los Angeles Public Library, Sheila Heti reads from her new book, Alphabetical Diaries (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2024), in which she arranges ten years of her diaries from A to Z, and discusses her choice to tackle an intimate and long-term project in a conversation with author Michelle Tea.

Gregory Pardlo in Conversation With Imani Perry

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“To make ancestors whole is to imagine, collectively, publicly, who they were and what their experiences were like.” In this New York Public Library event, former Cullman Center fellow and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Gregory Pardlo discusses the themes within his latest poetry collection, Spectral Evidence (Knopf, 2024), and talks about interrogating the present-day erasure of Black history in a conversation with Imani Perry.

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The Book of (More) Delights by Ross Gay

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In this Family Action Network event, Ross Gay reads from his latest essay collection, The Book of (More) Delights (Algonquin Books, 2023), and speaks about the practice of writing short essays and playing basketball in a conversation with poet and editor Adrian Matejka.

Franny Choi in Conversation With Danez Smith

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“The reason I’m so terrified of what’s happening around me is because I’m so in love with the world.” In this 2023 Lost City Books virtual event, Franny Choi reads from their latest poetry collection, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On (Ecco, 2023), and discusses the futurist politics of poetry, the present need for Black and Asian solidarity, and the battle between hope and despair in a conversation with Danez Smith.

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A Conversation With Sandra Cisneros

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In this event celebrating Sandra Cisneros, winner of the 2023 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation’s Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, the author reads from her latest poetry collection, Woman Without Shame (Knopf, 2022), and speaks about her writing career with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

Zadie Smith on The Fraud

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In this 2023 event hosted by the Chicago Humanities Festival, Zadie Smith reads from her latest novel, The Fraud (Penguin Press, 2023), and discusses the definition of historical fiction, the relationship between truth and emotion, and the impact of code-switching on her voice-driven writing with poet and novelist Chris Abani.

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Tommy Orange at the Chicago Public Library

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In this One Book, One Chicago event, Tommy Orange discusses the importance of Native American voices, the intricate plotlines of his debut novel, There There (Knopf, 2018), and the historical roots of his forthcoming novel, Wandering Stars, in a conversation with Donna Seaman at the Chicago Public Library.

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