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authors | Oct 16th, 2017

The Reviews Are in: Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House Is “A Great Gatsby for our time”

Sir Salman Rushdie has won every top literary prize and even received a Queen’s Knighthood for his “services to literature.” Simultaneously timely and timeless, his fiction walks the delicate line of critiquing the present without feeling fleeting. When it was announced that The Golden House... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 18th, 2017

In a Historic Sweep, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale Wins Eight Emmys, Including Outstanding Drama Series

With eight history-making Emmy wins, Margaret Atwood received the biggest standing ovation of the night for The Handmaid’s Tale, the Hulu adaptation of her dystopian classic.  Set in a totalitarian society where a small population of women are enslaved due to their much-coveted fertility, the... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 14th, 2017

Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace Netflix Adaptation Is Led by an All-Star (and All-Female) Team

After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale—Hulu’s most watched show ever, nabbing 13 Emmy nominations—Netflix is adapting another Margaret Atwood novel: the Giller-winning, Booker-shortlisted murder mystery Alias Grace, written, produced and directed by women.  Every episode is directed by indie... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 5th, 2017

“Truth is whatever you say it is. And that’s terrifying”: Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House Is Out

Set against the bizarre, surreal, and often frightening backdrop of current American culture and politics, Sir Salman Rushdie’s latest novel The Golden House thrillingly speaks to a world where objective truth is the crumbling social foundation that we’re only now on the brink of. René, the... Continue Reading →
authors | Aug 4th, 2017

Just Released, Teju Cole’s Blind Spot Has Already Been Named One of TIME’s Best Books of 2017 So Far

“The author annotates his own photography with short essays that read like prose poetry,” says TIME, which placed TEJU COLE’s Blind Spot alongside Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply on its Best of 2017 So Far list. That’s one way to describe the book. Former United States Poet Laureate Robert... Continue Reading →
authors | Apr 26th, 2017

How Does a 30-Year-Old Novel Become a Runaway Bestseller and Hit TV Show? Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale Rides Again

Wherever you look these days, swaths of red seem to be marking the pages of every major publication, from The New York Times to Teen Vogue. Why? That vibrant crimson is the visceral memory cue for Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, and it means anything but “stop,” as its current... Continue Reading →
authors | Jan 26th, 2017

2017 Book Preview: The Hottest New Titles in Business, Tech, Politics, Culture, and More

Readers rejoice! Below, we round up some of the most anticipated books of the first half of 2017. Discover new works by Matt Taibbi, Shawn Micallef, Scott Sonenshein, Derek Thompson, MJ Hegar, Adam Alter, Daniel Lerner, Anthony Tjan, David Kwong, Douglas Stephens, and Helen Papagiannis.... Continue Reading →
authors | Dec 22nd, 2016

The Best of 2016: Lavin Speakers Top Lists from NYT, Time, Harper’s, & More

It’s nearing the end of the year, and that means Best-of lists. And recent books from Lavin speakers—Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things, Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog, and more—have won over critics and readers alike. To start, four Lavin speaker books... Continue Reading →
authors | Nov 29th, 2016

Two Lavin Speakers Named to Time’s Top 10 Nonfiction — Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures & Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things

Time’s Top 10 lists for 2016 are out, and the Nonfiction Books category features two Lavin speakers: Margot Lee Shetterly for her true-but-untold space-race history Hidden Figures and Teju Cole for his remarkable essay collection Known and Strange Things. Shetterly’s Hidden Figures chronicles the... Continue Reading →
authors | Oct 14th, 2016

Blurring the “lines between genius and madness”: Literary Legend Margaret Atwood’s New Book

This week saw the release of Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood’s modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And the reviews are flooding in: A.V. Club calls it “a brilliant retelling,” Paste says it “blurs the lines between genius and madness,” and the Los Angeles Review of Books argues that “Atwood... Continue Reading →
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