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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 →
authors | Oct 5th, 2016

First Look: Margaret Atwood’s New Book, Hag-Seed

The Hogarth Shakespeare Project began in October of last year, and since then, three of the Bard’s classics—The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale—have been repackaged into modern novels by well-known authors. The project’s fourth installment is Margaret Atwood’s Hag... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 29th, 2016

Two Great Canadian Books: Steve Patterson & Robin Esrock

September marks the release of long-awaited books from two of The Lavin Agency’s most vibrant and entertaining speakers: award-winning comic Steve Patterson and renowned adventurer Robin Esrock. Patterson, the long-standing host of CBC Radio One’s The Debaters, treats us to his debut book, The Book... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 13th, 2016

Margaret Atwood’s Latest? The Stunning Graphic Novel Angel Catbird

Literary icon Margaret Atwood is having one of the busiest years of her career. Two of her classics are being spun into major TV productions (The Handmaid’s Tale by Hulu and Alias Grace by CBC/Netflix), and we’re waiting on her modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, called Hag-Seed, which... Continue Reading →
authors | Aug 17th, 2016

Meet Guy Lawson, the Journalist Behind War Dogs

This Friday (August 19), the crime-war-comedy biopic War Dogs hits theaters, starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller (Whiplash) and Bradley Cooper. War Dogs tells the unlikely story of Efraim Diveroli and David Mackouz, two twenty-something Miami hustlers who land a massive contract to supply weapons to... Continue Reading →
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