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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!

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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October 13th, 2017

 

Previously a rock critic, bike messenger and psychological operations specialist in the US Army, Adam Greenfield spent over a decade working in the design and development of networked digital information technologies, as lead information architect for the Tokyo office of internet services consultancy Razorfish, Independent User-Experience Designer and Head of Design Direction for Service and User-Interface Design at Nokia headquarters in Helsinki. Selected in 2013 as Senior Urban Fellow at the LSE Cities centre of the London School of Economics, he has taught in the Urban Design program of the Bartlett, University College London, and in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. His books include Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing, Urban Computing and Its Discontents, and the bestselling...

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October 10th, 2017

Don Share became editor of Poetry in 2013. He is co-editor of The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, also published by the University of Chicago Press. He and co-editor Fred Sasaki discuss WHO READS POETRY, just out from University of Chicago Press, this ...

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October 4th, 2017

Ted Gregory is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter at the Chicago Tribune and co-author of three books: The Leadership Code (November 2017), To Chase A Dream (2014), and Our Black Year (2012). His first solo effort, Mary Jane’s Ghost, is an offbeat, true-crime saga that centers on one man’s obsession to solve a lovers lane double murder that occurred back in 1948 in scenic Oregon, Ill. To paraphrase one reviewer, the book is part detective story, part road trip and part rumination on newspapers and our need for stories. Gregory lives near Chicago with his family. Ted Gregory discusses Mary Jane's Ghost on...

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September 30th, 2017

Miranda Field was born in North London, UK, and came to the US as an undergraduate. She currently lives in New York City. Married to poet Tom Thompson, with whom she has two children, she teaches poetry (and occasionally fiction) at NYU, Barnard, the New School, and in individual sessions, privately. Her first book of poems, Swallow, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2002. Miranda Field reads from and discusses Imaginary Royalty on Friday 10/6, 6:30pm at 57th Street Books.


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September 17th, 2017
Thomas S. Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University and Founder and Director of Digital Humanities Asia (DHAsia) at Stanford University. He is the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China and principal editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority.  Most recently, he curated and produced a museum exhibit – “Chinese in the Information Age” – which debuted at the...
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