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  • An Instant Classic, Even Sooner: Ta-Nehisi Coates's New Book on Race Gets Bumped Up Diversity | June 30, 2015 An Instant Classic, Even Sooner: Ta-Nehisi Coates's New Book on Race Gets Bumped Up

    — Demand for Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book is so great that the publisher, in a rare move, is pushing up its release date. Between the World and Me—a slim but powerful book on race and America—will hit bookstores July 14, two months sooner than planned. A surge in interest, the timely topic, and a confluence of other factors, including praise from John Legend, New Yorker editor David Remnick, and Nobel Laureate...

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  • A Blueprint for Change: Jessica Jackley's First Book, <em>Clay Water Brick</em>, Publishes Today Social Change | June 23, 2015 A Blueprint for Change: Jessica Jackley's First Book, Clay Water Brick, Publishes Today

    — "The heart of entrepreneurship is never about what we have," says Jessica Jackley, co-founder of revolutionary microlending site KIVA. "It’s about what we do.” Jackley's first book, Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, is out today. It features lessons learned from successful businesses in the world’s poorest...

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  • From the Kitchen to the Boardroom: Introducing New Speaker Vikram Vij Entrepreneurship | June 22, 2015 From the Kitchen to the Boardroom: Introducing New Speaker Vikram Vij

    Vikram Vij is the owner of award-winning restaurants Vij’s Restaurant, Vij’s Rangoli, and My Shanti, and food truck Vij’s Railway Express. Vij’s Restaurant is world-renowned, described by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman as “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.” But when Vij immigrated to Canada in 1989, he...

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  • The Comedian & the Sociologist: Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg tackle <em>Modern Romance</em> Science | June 16, 2015 The Comedian & the Sociologist: Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg tackle Modern Romance

    — Stand-up powerhouse and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari releases his first book today, Modern Romance—a hilarious, thought-provoking look at dating. To write it, Ansari star teamed up with NYU sociology professor (and Lavin speaker) Eric Klinenberg. Together, the comedian and the sociologist designed a massive research project spanning hundreds of interviews across continents, from Witchita, Kansas to Tokyo,...

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  • Sparking Change at TEDWomen: Jessica Jackley in the New York Times TED Speakers | June 12, 2015 Sparking Change at TEDWomen: Jessica Jackley in the New York Times

    — The New York Times has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Jessica Jackley's departure from the TEDWomen conference in Monterey, California earlier this month. Jackley (a former TED speaker herself) was asked to leave the conference after bringing her infant son - but after

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  • The Straight Shooter: A Profile of <em>Dragons' Den</em>'s Manjit Minhas Business Strategy | June 09, 2015 The Straight Shooter: A Profile of Dragons' Den's Manjit Minhas

    — This month, Canadian Business ran a feature profile of Lavin speaker Manjit Minhas—the newest member of the hit CBC show Dragons' Den. Observing Minhas and her “family of entrepreneurs” at a recent taping, Canadian Business puts her role in perspective. “Poised and regal, she plays the straight woman,” the magazine writes. “As tapings progress, a consensus...

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