A lovely discussion between Judith Jones and Alex Prud'homme on their new books, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food and My Life in France (co-authored by Prud'homme with Julia Child). As a young editor at Knopf, Jones edited Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and a relationship blossomed between her and Child. Since then, Jones has worked with a glorious lineup of cookbook writers from Madhur Jaffrey to Marion Cunningham, and has become an editorial legend.
Symphony Space invited three renowned biographers, James Atlas, Edmund Morris, and Stacy Schiff, to reveal the fascinating, all-absorbing process of researching and writing another person's life story. The conversation delved deeply into the challenges the authors encountered and the pleasures they enjoyed in writing the lives of Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Vera Nabakov, and Saul Bellow, as well as the difficulty of getting past the "unreliable narrator".
Novelists Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), Hustvedt (The Sorrows of an American) and Livesey (The House on Fortune Street) - the trio that brought Middlemarch and Jane Eyre to life at this book club - are back by popular demand to revisit Tolstoy's classic.
Chandler's dark first novel is full of endlessly inventive wordplay, with the wry, cynical, private detective Philip Marlowe. Join the investigation with Jonathan Lethem (Gun, With Occasional Music and Fortress of Solitude), Judith Freeman (The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved), and Rich Cohen (Sweet and Low: A Family Story) as they compare notes on Chandler's grand style, its place in the mystery canon, and its influence on their work.
Novelist and essayist Mallon talks with Freeman, critic and American editor of Granta, about the great, lost art of letter writing and the current frenzy of electronic messaging. A discussion with the audience ensues.
The author and illustrator team behind the popular Clementine - a funny, independent third-grader who has taken her place alongside such beloved book characters as Ramona Quimby, Super Fudge, and Judy Moody - discuss their latest collaboration, Clementine, Friend of the Week.
Green (An Abundance of Katherines) and Levithan (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Executive Editorial Director at Scholastic) discuss their collaborative novel with teens ages 14 and up. In the book, they alternate chapters, each lending his own unique voice to two teens named Will Grayson, one of them gay and one of them straight. The event includes a discussion with the audience.
An all-star line-up of children’s book authors, including Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Libba Bray, and Maureen Johnson, debate the question, “Which are better: zombies or unicorns?”
Susan Cooper talks with Symphony Space's education director about The Dark Is Rising sequence, her series of five thrilling fantasy novels for young readers, among them The Dark Is Rising and 1976 Newbery Medal winner The Grey King.
"WARNING: This is NOT an audio book!!!!"
The team behind the best-selling books that serve as prequels to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan talk about the fourth installment in their Starcatchers series, with middle graders ages 9 and up. Actor Jim Dale, best known from the Harry Potter audiobooks, will perform an excerpt. The event includes a discussion with the audience.
The mysterious author of the New York Times best-selling book The Name of This Book is Secret, as well as the other dangerous and daring adventures in the hugely popular The Secret series makes a rare appearance to talk with Matthew Cody (Powerless) about the latest installment. Performance playlist: Reading by the Author followed by a conversation with Pseudonymous Bosch and Matthew Cody.