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literature | Jul 8th, 2019

From NPR to Fast Company, Lavin Speakers Dominate the Summer Must-Reads Lists

A good book can be the perfect companion for balmy summer days. This year, Lavin speakers dominated the summer 2019 must-read lists, featuring in round-ups from INC, Financial Times, and the New York Post. From Safi Bahcall to Chuck Klosterman, check out these recommended reads from some of the... Continue Reading →
literature | Jun 27th, 2019

The Washington Post Round-Up of Best Books for Every Age Features Four Lavin Speakers

The time in your life that you read a book will alter the impact it will have on you. The Washington Post has rounded up the best book for every age, a list of recommendations chosen based on the “age-appropriate wisdom they impart.” Included in the round-up are Lavin speakers Angie Thomas,... Continue Reading →
literature | Jun 10th, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s Acclaimed Debut Novel—The Edible Woman—Is Being Adapted for Television

Hot on the heels of Emmy award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s first published novel The Edible Woman is being optioned for the small screen. Published on the cusp of the feminist movement, the 1969 novel explores the maddeningly restrictive nature of society’s perscribed... Continue Reading →
literature | Feb 21st, 2018

With Debut Novel The Hate U Give Still a #1 Bestseller, Speaker Angie Thomas Introduces Her Next Dynamic and Timely Book

With The Hate U Give enjoying its 52nd week at the top of The New York Times bestseller list, the follow-up novel by speaker Angie Thomas could not be more eagerly anticipated. Entertainment Weekly released a sneak peek of the forthcoming title’s cover and plotline—about aspiring rapper Bri, as she... Continue Reading →
literature | Apr 15th, 2013

National Library Week: Lev Grossman On Preserving An Important Cultural Institution

"Libraries, like scriptorium which preceded them, are these huge architectural machines for helping you to concentrate," literature speaker Lev Grossman says in an interview (embedded above) with Lavin. He describes the feeling of walking through the stacks in your local library as "traversing [a]... Continue Reading →
literature | Oct 23rd, 2012

Still Ahead of the Curve: Margaret Atwood Writes an eBook Serial

Judging by her massive Twitter following (over 350,000 followers) and her newly released serial book series (which is only being released in E-book form), it's safe to say that Margaret Atwood has a penchant for anything cutting edge. It's no surprise, then, that the L.A.Times says that she is... Continue Reading →
literature | Oct 21st, 2012

Coming Home: Teju Cole Reflects on Returning to America [VIDEO]

Memory is a strange and powerful thing, says Teju Cole in this short video over at the New Yorker. (The video, above, is from a few months back, sure, but it's still amazing!). Cole may be best known as the author of the white-hot debut novel Open City, but he's also a serious photographer. His... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 16th, 2012

Salman Rushdie on Today Show: Free Speech Shouldn't Be "Malicious"

One day before the release of his highly-anticipated memoir, Salman Rushdie sat down with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show to discuss Joseph Anton, the “outrage industry,” and the perils of free speech, something he knows a lot about.  “One of the problems with defending free speech,” Rushdie told... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 7th, 2012

Salman Rushdie Tweets Photo of His New Memoir, Joseph Anton.

Today on Twitter (where else?), Lavin speaker Salman Rushdie tweeted a photo of the UK cover of Joseph Anton, his wildly-anticipated memoir. “Here it is,” he writes. “Worldwide release date September 18. English & 16 other languages.” Earlier, he tweeted: “Today I got my first copy of the UK first... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 31st, 2011

Salman Rushdie, Now a Distinguished Professor, Is Having a Banner Year

Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie has just been named University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, where he's served as Distinguished Writer in Residence for the past five years. The new job means, “Rushdie's teaching role will expand to include participation in courses across... Continue Reading →
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