Unpopular Opinions: Children’s Book Series

If you weren’t already aware, “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” is coming out this week. Since it’s based on the popular children’s book series, the Arts Desk is taking a look at some...

Five Books by and About Women for International Women’s Day

Beyond the Bechdel Test, I’ve found that my standards for gender equality in books are basically nonexistent. In honor of International Women’s Day, here are five refreshing books, written by women from different eras,...

Suggestions for Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Reads

Tolstoy wrote that “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us may find ourselves, happily or begrudgingly, with love on the brain. While I...

Terrance Hayes Talks Trump, Teaching at NYU

Terrance Hayes, the acclaimed poet and NYU Creative Writing professor, came to NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House on Thursday for a discussion and reading of some of his recent work.  In her introduction, Deborah...

The Poets Behind the First Queer POC Anthology

Three queer poets of color talked the role of poetry at an event at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, while celebrating the release of the new anthology, “Nepantla.”

Unpopular Opinions: 20th Century Authors

The 20th century birthed a plethora of renowned authors, some overrated and some underrated. This week, the Arts Desk tackles Unpopular Opinions: 20th Century Authors.

‘An American Marriage’ and a Distinctly American Writer

Acclaimed novelist Tayari Jones visited the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House to discuss her new book "An American Marriage" and her writing process.

Hillary Clinton Speaks Candidly at PEN World Voices

Hillary Clinton is going to keep talking. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state is not going to let her election defeat, or what anyone is saying about it, keep her from...

Ron Chernow Explores ‘Grant’ at PEN World Voices

Acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow sat down with MSNBC host Chris Hayes at PEN World Voices Festival this past Sunday to discuss his newest book, “Grant.” The discussion explored Ulysses S. Grant’s complicated life and...

Hasan Minhaj Talks Muslim Community and the Hustle at PEN World Voices

When Wajahat Ali asked how Hasan Minhaj persuades the “modern whites,” or the white gatekeepers of the entertainment industry, to fund his projects, Minhaj explained the necessary audacity to believe in one’s projects. Minhaj’s optimistic...

Min Jin Lee Talks Representation at ‘West 10th’ Launch

Min Jin Lee, acclaimed author of the bestselling book “Pachinko,” spoke at the official launch of this year’s issue of “West 10th,” the official journal of NYU’s undergraduate Creative Writing program. Held at NYU’s Lillian...

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Speaks At East Village Festival

On Wednesday night, deep in the East Village, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o gathered at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe to discuss his new book “Wrestling with the Devil” and the concept of decolonizing our minds. The...
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