Tara Westover Discusses ‘Educated’ at Skirball Center

Author Tara Westover’s “Educated” has taken the scholarly community by storm. The NYU Reads program assigned the book to incoming first-year students for this semester, but the conversation has extended far beyond the classroom—...

‘In the Dream House’ Haunts and Enchants

With “Her Body and Other Parties,” Carmen Maria Machado established herself as a writer of inimitable talents. In her memoir, she brings all the same cards to the same table, but this time, it’s...

A Bone of Contention: Ireland Wants James Joyce Back

Halloween is approaching, and one literary legend may be rising from the dead. To be relocated and reinterred, that is. James Joyce is currently buried with his wife Nora Barnacle at the Fluntern Cemetery...

Margaret Atwood Discusses “The Testaments” at Town Hall

“Was there ever a better time to drop a book?” Samantha Bee asked the packed auditorium.  On Friday, Sept. 20, Bee hosted “An Evening with Margaret Atwood” at The Town Hall, a historic midtown performance...

Zadie Smith’s Talents on Full Display in ‘Grand Union’

Zadie Smith released her debut novel, “White Teeth,” to widespread critical acclaim in 1999. Since then, she has published five novels and two essay collections. In “Grand Union,” her latest release, Smith adds 11...

Former Guggenheim Fellow Reads at Creative Writers House

“I’m a firm believer in embarrassing oneself,'' award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy said during an event at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House last week. The author joined fellow poet and Director of the Creative Writing...

Creative Writing Community Persists Despite Lack of Major

The home page of NYU’s Creative Writing Program is impressive at first glance. Prominently featuring a photo of a contemplative Zadie Smith and, just below it, an interior shot of the ever-charming Lillian Vernon...

First-Years Comment on Tara Westover’s “Educated”

This year, all incoming first-years were asked to read Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” the true story of a woman raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. Readers and critics alike have attested to...

Amy Hempel and Casey Legler Read at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

Breaking an Olympic record, in warmups at that, is no easy feat. Neither is building a career on short fiction. On Thursday, NYU’s creative writing program hosted two established authors, Amy Hempel and Casey...

Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec: An Immersive Theater Experience at Madame X

Crammed together along crimson-red couches in a dimly-lit upstairs lounge at the Greenwich Village bar Madame X, audience members are invited to behold the tragic, yet intriguing life of the famous late-19th century French...

New York’s Indie Bookstores Survive by Promoting Community, Providing Experience

In his novel “American Gods,” Neil Gaiman writes, “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows...

5 Books About Motherhood for Mother’s Day

Relationships are hard. Relationships with our parents can be even harder. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five books that explore motherhood and the ways it intersects with complicated issues like infertility, adoption,...
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