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We invite visiting authors and scholars to submit a beloved book or list of books that unexpectedly and/or provocatively dovetails from their own field or subject. Check each post for details on related events!

July 3rd, 2018

Peter Coviello has written about Walt Whitman, Mormon polygamy, Steely Dan, the history of sexuality, queer children, American literature, stepparenthood, and Prince. This work has appeared in The Believer, Frieze, Avidly, Raritan, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Two scholarly works on the topics include: Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature and Tomorrow's Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America ...

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May 31st, 2018

Max Elbaum's latest book Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che is a definitive study of how radicals from the sixties movements embraced twentieth-century Marxism, and what movements of dissent today can learn from the legacies of Lenin, Mao and Che. Elbuam draws on his personal experiences as a member of Students for a Democratic Society at University of...

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May 24th, 2018

Matthew Rohrer was awarded the 12th annual The Believer Book Award for his novel-in-verse, The Others. Congratulations Matthew! ...

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May 5th, 2018

 

 

 

 Lisl H. Detlefsen is the author of a growing number of picture books. Her first, Time for Cranberries (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, Fall 2015; illustrated by Jed Henry) was a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year. Lisl also has three forthcoming picture books, ...

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May 4th, 2018

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston served under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush as Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. She also served as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and Mali. Her report for the Brookings Institution about normalizing relations with Cuba was adapted for President Obama's diplomatic opening with Raúl Castro in 2014. She has written opinion pieces in the New York Times, Miami Herald, and Washington Post. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ambassador Huddleston will discuss her new book Our Woman in Havana on Friday, 5/11, 6pm at the Co-op....

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April 18th, 2018

Edward Tenner is a distinguished scholar of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and a visiting scholar in the Rutgers University Department of History. He was a visiting lecturer at the Humanities Council at Princeton, and has held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Pennsylvania. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal...

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April 16th, 2018

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, Ph.D. has worked in the youth development field for over twenty years, with a focus on restorative justice, violence prevention, and trauma-informed care. In Chicago, he worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, the Center for Urban Economic Development, and Northwestern University, and received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ryan currently leads an education network in San Antonio,Texas. Ryan will discuss The War on...

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February 18th, 2018

Michael Benanav is the author of three books, including Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, for which he traveled 1000 miles with one of the last working camel caravans on earth. His work, including articles and images from five continents, appears in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Geographical Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more. He is also the founder of Traditional Cultures Project, an educational non-profit that documents traditional and indigenous cultures around the world. For more, visit his website at ...

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November 11th, 2017

Ted Anton is professor of English at DePaul University. He is the author of several books and has written for Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and Publishers Weekly. He'll discuss his latest book, Planet of Microbes, with Erin Lane on Wednesday 11/15, 6pm at 57th Street Books.


Lucky Boy, by Shanthi Sekaran

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichi

A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Bakman

Young Men and Fire,...

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October 29th, 2017

Journalist Ada Calhoun is the author of two books published by W.W. Norton & Co.: the New York history St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (2015) and the essay collection Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give (2017). Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give is an unflinching but also loving portrait of her marriage prompted by her popular 2015 Modern Love essay, one of the most-read stories in the New York Times that year. Reviews have called it “...

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