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2/14/2017

Coffee Spew reviews Joan Frank's All the News I Need, calling it "a deep dive into the heart of friendship, of memory and regret, of aging and loss."

Reviewer Bob Wake writes: "All the News I Need [offers] an unvarnished sense of what human dignity under assault looks like and feels like.... More

2/13/2017

Austin Sarat, editor of The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, writes about the rule of law for the Guardian, referring to the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. "It was a stirring victory for the rule of law," he writes, "Yet America faces a serious problem which that decision did not address: the erosion of public... More

2/7/2017

David Kieran, author of Forever Vietnam:How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, writes about anti-war protests in the 1960s and their relationship to recent marches for Slate.

Kieran examines the... More

2/2/2017

"If for a moment you imagine language as a length of rope, a poem forms when you start tying knots in the rope and pulling them tight, snugging them and squeezing all the air out. The poet may then submit to the reader that his imagination run over the knots like fingers over a set of prayer beads. I don’t know if Nancy Takacs knows this, but she knows this. And her new volume of poetry, The Worrier, is an astonishing collection studded with miraculous knots of imagery and... More

1/26/2017

Read Jill Lepore on the atomic origins of climate science in the New Yorker. She includes information from Paul Rubinson's book ... More

1/13/2017

Building on Marilynn Johnson's book, The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s, a new website called Global Boston chronicles the history of immigration to the region since the early nineteenth century. Examining different time periods, ethnic groups, and places of settlement, the site features capsule histories,... More

1/6/2017

Juniper Prize for Fiction winner Hasanthika Sirisena, author of The Other One: Stories made the list for Vice.com's "The Asian American Literature That Got Me Through 2016." 

R.O. Kwan wrote that in this tempestuous election year, "not everything's been hateful. I've... More

1/4/2017

James Young sat down recently to talk with NEPR's Susan Kaplan about his book The Stages Of Memory: Reflections On Memorial Art, Loss And The Spaces Between. In this interview Young describes some of the thought that went into the decision for the final design of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Particularly Young reflects on what draws people to memorials and how memorials help the grieving process.He said the aim for the 9/11 Memorial was to choose something that would endure... More

1/4/2017

You can see Susan Muaddi Darraj accept her American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for A Curious Land: Stories from Home on C-Span Book TV. In this clip, Muaddi Darraj speaks of the misunderstandings Americans have concerning Palestinian people and culture. She said her book was... More

1/4/2017

Lynn Downey is touring with her biography Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World. Through storytelling, images, and readings from her book, Downey will help her audiences better know one of San Francisco’s most famous citizens: Levi Strauss.  She will talk about his early years in Bavaria and New York; his life, career, and contributions to San Francisco history, culture, and politics;... More

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