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Picturing a Life: Graphic Memoirs

Blockbuster works like Fun Home, Maus, and Persepolis have made it clear that graphic memoirs are a game-changer in the world of literature. What makes this literary genre–-blending the disciplines of cinema, writing, and visual art—so gripping?…
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Celebrating Cannabis

Cannabis has transcended its outdated “wacky tobaccy” reputation. These days, it can be consumed in everything from gummies to hot cocoa, with uses for everyone from chronic pain sufferers to marathon runners to even pets. In the "approachable,…
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The Fierce Voice of Nature: Three Astonishing New Novels from Around the World

From Japan, Norway and Spain come authors whose conjurings of flora and fauna, mountain and sea, shimmer on the page so powerfully that nature is the most powerful character of all--for good or ill. Catalan novelist Irene Solà’s debut, When…
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Talking Single Motherhood, Community, and Black Girl Magic with Novelist Jayne Allen

Single mothers: they’ve been stigmatized, sidelined, and called superheroes and saints—sometimes in the same breath. Novelist Jayne Allen, with Black Girls Must be Magic, gives us a portrait of single motherhood by choice that upends all…
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What It Means to Be Human: Memoirs Rooted in Nature

Three remarkable writers remind us how close we really are to nature, and how wildness speaks a universal language of love, loss, grief, and change. The essays in Suzanne Roberts’ Animal Bodies interrogate how landscapes, ranging from the…
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Science Fiction: In Search of Hope

As Stephen Hawking once remarked, “to confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” There’s no limit to the spirit or imagination of the three brilliant science fiction writers gathered on our stage…
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Shine Bright: Black Women in Pop Music

From formerly enslaved poet Phyllis Wheatley to Mahalia Jackson to Tina Turner, brilliant Black women have been instrumental—indeed, foundational—in creating one of America’s most significant cultural contributions: its pop music. One…
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Crime: True and Imagined

Why are we so fascinated by crimes, real or fictional? Maybe it’s what they reveal about human nature, fairness, society–and, not least of all, ourselves. Legendary cold-case investigator Paul Holes (Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s…
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Revolution Then and Now: Four Authors Talk about Radical Change from the 1960s to Today

A quartet of maverick minds will take us on a wild ride of activism, defiance, and hard-won change. Bestselling journalist and historian David Talbot and New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot are known for pulling back the veil on social and political…
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Jasmine Guillory: By the Book

Could you use a little romance right about now? New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory’s protagonists are the kind of whip-smart, complicated, hilarious women you’d want to be friends with in real life. Her latest “swoon-worthy”…