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“The climate movement shouldn’t be seen as a movement that’s [just] specific faces, but a movement with millions of acti...
11/03/2021
Activist Vanessa Nakate On Amplifying The Voices Of Those On The Frontlines Of Climate Change

“The climate movement shouldn’t be seen as a movement that’s [just] specific faces, but a movement with millions of activists from different parts of the world…Every activist has a story to tell and every story has a solution to give, and every solution has a life to change.”

Vanessa Nakate spoke to Vogue about listening and amplifying the voices of activists on the frontline:
https://www.vogue.com/article/vanessa-nakate-activist-book-bringing-new-african-voice-to-climate-crisis

Nakate, who was cut out of an Associated Press image with four other young climate activists—all of whom were white—reflects on the incident in a new book.

Happy publication day to Vanessa Nakate’s A BIGGER PICTURE: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis ...
11/02/2021

Happy publication day to Vanessa Nakate’s A BIGGER PICTURE: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis (Mariner Books)! An absolute must-read. “Young people realize what's at stake. Young people see the kind of future they are walking into.” Thrilled to see her featured on the cover of TIME!

Happy publication day to Vanessa Nakate’s A BIGGER PICTURE: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis (Mariner Books)! An absolute must-read. “Young people realize what's at stake. Young people see the kind of future they are walking into.” Thrilled to see her featured on the cover of TIME!

“In this moment of deep upheaval…community is actually opening up and saying, what a mess, and welcome to this mess, I w...
10/05/2021
Priya Parker — Remaking Gathering: Entering the Mess, Crossing the Thresholds | The On Being Project

“In this moment of deep upheaval…community is actually opening up and saying, what a mess, and welcome to this mess, I want to be in this mess with you”

A wonderful conversation between Priya Parker, the author of THE ART OF GATHERING, and Krista Tippett on this week’s episode of the popular NPR radio show and podcast On Being.

https://onbeing.org/programs/priya-parker-remaking-gathering-entering-the-mess-crossing-the-thresholds/

The conflict resolution strategist and artist of gathering. Physical or virtual, reinventing the “how” of coming together — and the “why.”

Listen to this fascinating conversation about THE MUSICAL CHILD: Using the Power of Music to Raise Children Who Are Happ...
08/23/2021
The Musical Child - Books on Pod with Trey Elling

Listen to this fascinating conversation about THE MUSICAL CHILD: Using the Power of Music to Raise Children Who Are Happy, Healthy, and Whole, between author Joan Koenig and Trey Elling on the podcast Books on Pod.

https://booksonpod.com/books/the-musical-child/

Pioneering music educator Joan Koenig chats with Trey Elling about THE MUSICAL CHILD: USING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO RAISE CHILDREN WHO ARE HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND WHOLE. Questions include: What are some ways for parents to connect with their children musically, under the age of 1? (07:09) Regarding musica...

Happy publication day to Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s AMERICAN ESTRANGEMENT! Thrilled to see a wonderful review of his new colle...
08/10/2021
Stories That Render America Just Strange Enough to Recognize

Happy publication day to Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s AMERICAN ESTRANGEMENT! Thrilled to see a wonderful review of his new collection in the New York Times Book Review today.

““[Sayrafiezadeh] writes with a veteran’s swagger and discipline....the collection joins a list that includes Leonard Michaels’s “I Would Have Saved Them if I Could,” Lorrie Moore’s “Like Life” and Charles D’Ambrosio’s “The Dead Fish Museum” as a second book of stories that exceeds and expands upon the promise of the first, confirming the writer as a major, committed practitioner of a difficult form.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/10/books/review/american-estrangement-said-sayrafiezadeh.html?smid=em-share

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s second story collection, “American Estrangement,” expands on the ambitions of his first.

“Reading became slower and rougher for me several decades ago, when a genetic ailment made the tiny center of my right r...
07/29/2021
As My Vision Deteriorates, Every Word Counts - Electric Literature

“Reading became slower and rougher for me several decades ago, when a genetic ailment made the tiny center of my right retina start to crumble delicately away. I was forty-one.”

A beautiful essay by Alice Mattison about the act of reading – and the challenges that can come with it – is up on Electric Literature:

https://electricliterature.com/as-my-vision-deteriorates-every-word-counts/

How losing my eyesight changed how and what I enjoy reading

Happy to hear Joshua Jelly-Schapiro talking about NAMES OF NEW YORK and the many stories behind our beloved city's place...
04/20/2021
New York City's Identity Through Place Names | All Of It | WNYC

Happy to hear Joshua Jelly-Schapiro talking about NAMES OF NEW YORK and the many stories behind our beloved city's place names on WNYC. Listen in!

Geographer and writer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro joins to discuss his new book, "Names of New York: Discovering The City's Past, Present, And Future Through Its Place-Names."

Happy publication day to Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's NAMES OF NEW YORK: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future Thr...
04/13/2021
Naming New York City | by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro | The New York Review of Books

Happy publication day to Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's NAMES OF NEW YORK: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future Through Its Place-Names (Pantheon Books)!

“Reading Names of New York is a casually wondrous experience; it made me feel like the city was unfolding beneath my feet. This treasure of a book is surprising, delightful, and often quietly heartbreaking; it doesn’t just satisfy curiosity, but creates and renews it, illuminating the palimpsest of human conflict and devotion that lies just under the everyday landscape of New York.” —Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror

Read an excerpt this morning in The New York Review of Books:

My friend Suketu likes to talk about his Gujarati parents’ surprise when they moved here in the seventies from India. They marveled then at how people who

Pleased to see Julia Cooke's COME FLY THE WORLD: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan-Am make People's Best New Books: ...
03/09/2021
PEOPLE Picks the Best New Books of the Week

Pleased to see Julia Cooke's COME FLY THE WORLD: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan-Am make People's Best New Books:

"In the 1960s and '70s, Pan Am stewardesses changed a sexualized job requiring weigh-ins and retirement at 26 into a forum for serious work. They became ambassadors, transported traumatized soldiers, rescued Vietnamese children in Operation Babylift. A fascinating history of a bygone era."

Now out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!

From a tale of trauma and transcendence to a memoir about murder and secrets, here are our picks to read right now

By far the hardest part of writing the life of Stoppard, says the acclaimed biographer Hermione Lee, was that Stoppard, ...
02/23/2021
In ‘Tom Stoppard,’ Hermione Lee Takes On a New Challenge: a Living Subject

By far the hardest part of writing the life of Stoppard, says the acclaimed biographer Hermione Lee, was that Stoppard, now 83, was still living it.

In ‘Tom Stoppard,’ Hermione Lee Takes On a New Challenge: a Living Subject

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/13/books/tom-stoppard-biography-hermione-lee.html

The acclaimed biographer’s life of the widely admired playwright and screenwriter follows her works about Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and others.

Cal Newport reviews Tom Vanderbilt's BEGINNERS for The New York Times Book Review, with some wonderful insights: "Rich i...
01/12/2021
The Joys of Approaching Life as an Amateur

Cal Newport reviews Tom Vanderbilt's BEGINNERS for The New York Times Book Review, with some wonderful insights:

"Rich in obligatory self-deprecation and infectious excitement," BEGINNERS is "an entertaining read" which "when read against the backdrop of the current pandemic, attains a deeper level of meaning."

"As we spent most of 2020 increasingly cut off from the outside world, turning more and more to the easy diversion of the digital to compensate for the persistent sting of loss, 'Beginners'... provides a primer of sorts for re-engaging with life. When society reopens, we could do worse than to find new pursuits to embrace with the open-minded zeal of a child; to rediscover the intrinsic wonders of the world through the eyes of a beginner."

In “Beginners,” the author Tom Vanderbilt tries to acquire a number of skills, from chess playing to surfing, in order to explore how the mind learns.

"I think that moments of personal disruption — a new job, a new town — are important apertures in which to seek change."...
01/08/2021
Tom Vanderbilt: My Fellow Beginners “Were Using This Process to…Expand Their Sense of Self…They Were Finding Magic in Small Acts of Reinvention.”

"I think that moments of personal disruption — a new job, a new town — are important apertures in which to seek change."

Tom Vanderbilt talks with Gretchen Rubin about happiness, habits, and the joy of being a beginner.

Interview: Tom Vanderbilt. Tom Vanderbilt has written for many publications on the subjects of design, technology, science, and culture. He is a contributing editor of Wired (U.K.), Outside, and Artforum. He's the author of a book that I love and have often given as a gift, Traffic: Why We Drive the...

"Surfing has cost me two wedding rings, many thousands of dollars, and a few millimeters of intervertebral space in my s...
01/05/2021
How I Learned to Surf in Middle Age

"Surfing has cost me two wedding rings, many thousands of dollars, and a few millimeters of intervertebral space in my spine. And I’m still not that good at it."

An excerpt from Tom Vanderbilt's BEGINNERS in Outside Magazine today, on the trials -- and, ultimately, joys -- of being a grown-up novice. BEGINNERS is out today from Alfred A. Knopf!

In an excerpt from his new book 'Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning,' Outside contributing editor Tom Vanderbilt takes up surfing as part of an experiment to learn new skills as an adult and discover the benefits of being a grown-up novice

So pleased to see Jennifer Szalai's wonderful review of Tom Vanderbilt's BEGINNERS: The Joy and Transformative Power of ...
01/04/2021
In ‘Beginners,’ a Writer Takes Up Chess and Surfing and Singing and Juggling and …

So pleased to see Jennifer Szalai's wonderful review of Tom Vanderbilt's BEGINNERS: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning in The New York Times.

Coming out tomorrow from Alfred A. Knopf, it's the perfect read for those of us learning chess or drawing or baking at home - or aspiring to!

In his new book, Tom Vanderbilt says that our culture is so caught up in work and ambition that “we’re afraid of being just OK at things.”

Priya Parker lends her advice on improv Thanksgiving in The New York Times:  "All rituals begin as improv, and the lucky...
11/23/2020
Opinion | Abandon Your Thanksgiving Script

Priya Parker lends her advice on improv Thanksgiving in The New York Times:

"All rituals begin as improv, and the lucky ones suffer the curse of becoming scripts. This year, the scripts aren’t going to work for many people. So we should treat these times as 'an offer,' and ask ourselves how we would construct these celebrations if we were starting from scratch."

This year, we have a chance to build a different kind of holiday.

Tom Vanderbilt ventures into the world of Fortnight - and gains a strange window into the lives of his daughter and her ...
10/28/2020
‘Wait, Sylvie’s Dad Plays?!’ The Joy of Fortnite Parenting

Tom Vanderbilt ventures into the world of Fortnight - and gains a strange window into the lives of his daughter and her fellow fifth-graders under quarantine. A hugely enjoyable read up at WIRED.

BEGINNERS: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning, Tom's thought-provoking and ever-playful journey in learning new skills, no matter your age, is coming from Alfred A. Knopf in January.

I picked up the controller to keep tabs on my fifth-grader. What I got was a window into her world—and a lesson in 21st-century fatherhood.

So pleased to see New York City EMS Lieutenant Anthony Almojera on the Today Show, as they honor the heroes on the front...
10/28/2020
Meet the New York City heroes from the front lines of the pandemic

So pleased to see New York City EMS Lieutenant Anthony Almojera on the Today Show, as they honor the heroes on the front lines of the pandemic. Stay tuned for Anthony's remarkable memoir, which will be forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!

Marking National First Responders Day, TODAY spotlights the manager of a firehouse that became an epicenter of the New York City pandemic; a veteran paramedic who contracted COVID back in December, and an officer who went right back to work after the virus put her out of work for a month. Sheinelle....

Thrilled to see Elif Batuman's beautiful piece on the incredible work of Bryan Doerries' Theater of War in The New Yorke...
09/01/2020
Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?

Thrilled to see Elif Batuman's beautiful piece on the incredible work of Bryan Doerries' Theater of War in The New Yorker!

"A theatre company has spent years bringing catharsis to the traumatized. In the coronavirus era, that’s all of us."

A theatre company has spent years bringing catharsis to the traumatized. In the coronavirus era, that’s all of us.

Proud of Abdi Nor Iftin, whose powerful, critically acclaimed memoir CALL ME AMERICAN is now adapted for young adult rea...
07/02/2020
A Somali immigrant hopes his book for young adults will inspire others to tell their story - The Boston Globe

Proud of Abdi Nor Iftin, whose powerful, critically acclaimed memoir CALL ME AMERICAN is now adapted for young adult readers -- and featured today in The Boston Globe!

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/01/arts/somali-immigrant-hopes-his-book-young-adults-will-inspire-others-tell-their-story/

Abdi Nor Iftin had long dreamed of becoming American. His new life here brought an awakening to the inequities Black people and immigrants face.

"Democratic institutions are only as strong as the public allows them to be; when institutions fail, it is up to people ...
06/11/2020
Opinion | What Happened When the Minneapolis Police Lost Legitimacy?

"Democratic institutions are only as strong as the public allows them to be; when institutions fail, it is up to people to become the guardians of democracy."

In The New York Times, Dr. Hahrie Han writes movingly about the coordinated public safety response of community leaders across Minneapolis which succeeded where the police, military and disconnected elected officials never could.

Ordinary people took control of their own safety.

Congratulations to Jonathan Metzl, winner of this year's RFK Human Rights Book Award for DYING OF WHITENESS: How the Pol...
06/11/2020
2020 Winners RFK Book and Journalism Awards

Congratulations to Jonathan Metzl, winner of this year's RFK Human Rights Book Award for DYING OF WHITENESS: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Homeland, and to his publisher Basic Books!

A nonprofit human rights advocacy organization that works to realize Senator Robert F. Kennedy's dream of a peaceful and just world by advancing human rights.

If you liked Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air,' The New York Times suggests Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano's FIRE IN PARADI...
05/20/2020
Summer Reading Suggestions, Hand Picked for Your Taste

If you liked Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air,' The New York Times suggests Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano's FIRE IN PARADISE: An American Tragedy, now out from W. W. Norton & Company.

"Gee and Anguiano offer a gripping ticktock account of the massive fire that devastated Paradise, Calif., and neighboring communities in 2018, killing 85 people and destroying 90 percent of residents’ homes. The book covers the history of that part of California and the influence of climate change on these disasters, but at its core are visceral individual stories of bravery and tragedy."

If you know what you’ve liked in the past, here are some books that might work for you now.

Reviewed in the The New York Times FIRE IN PARADISE: An American Tragedy published today by W. W. Norton & Company"FIRE ...
05/05/2020
How Paradise Went Up in Flames

Reviewed in the The New York Times FIRE IN PARADISE: An American Tragedy published today by W. W. Norton & Company

"FIRE IN PARADISE has the narrative propulsion and granular detail of the best breaking-news disaster journalism."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/books/review/fire-in-paradise-alastair-gee-dani-anguiano.html

In “Fire in Paradise,” Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano recount in granular detail how a raging wildfire destroyed a California town in 2018.

Eduardo Porter, author of AMERICAN POISON: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise, and economics reporter for the NY...
04/23/2020
Trailer: Introducing Pandemic Economics | BFI

Eduardo Porter, author of AMERICAN POISON: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise, and economics reporter for the NYTimes has a new podcast, PANDEMIC ECONOMICS, produced in partnership with the University of Chicago's Becker Friedman Institute and Stitcher

https://bfi.uchicago.edu/podcast/trailer-pandemic-economics-podcast/

As the COVID-19 pandemic has sent world economies into deep freeze, hosts Tess Vigeland, former host of public radio’s Marketplace, and Eduardo Porter, economics reporter for the New York Times, are interviewing top economists from the University of Chicago. Subscribe to this podcast for insights ...

Lincoln scholar Louis P. Masur reminds us that we cannot escape history, or human cruelty, but we can rise to the challe...
04/10/2020
What Abraham Lincoln can teach us about resilience in the face of crisis

Lincoln scholar Louis P. Masur reminds us that we cannot escape history, or human cruelty, but we can rise to the challenges of our time.

Louis Masur writes that part of what made Lincoln such an effective leader was that he never let the gravity of the situation, or his own tendencies toward melancholy, keep him from finding ways to offer solace and hope.

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