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literature | Sep 9th, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s Hotly Anticipated Handmaid’s Sequel is Out Tomorrow

Atwood fans, rejoice! The Testaments—Margaret Atwood’s hyped-up sequel to The Handmaid's Tale—hits shelves tomorrow.  It’s been nearly 35 years since Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, and three years since the book was adapted into an Emmy award-winning series. Fans, old and new, are now... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 6th, 2019

"The Godfather of Crime Fiction" James Ellroy Named GQ’s Writer of the Year

James Ellroy, the prolific author known for the blockbuster novels L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia, released his fourteenth book this year. This Storm tells the story of war fever and racial hatred brewing in 1940’s America.  “There are crime writers and then there is James Ellroy,”... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 4th, 2019

The Reluctant Prophet: Margaret Atwood Featured in TIME, Long-Listed for the Giller Prize

Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s sequel The Testaments is almost here. The prolific author opens up about the decision to revisit the fictional world of Gilead, her knack for capturing the dark side of history, and her status as a national treasure in TIME magazine.   “Only dead people are allowed to... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 3rd, 2019

Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie Both Shortlisted for Booker Prize

The much-anticipated shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced, and Lavin Speakers Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie have made the cut. Announced today at the British Library in London, this year’s Booker shortlist has been called “a wide-ranging and ambitious line-up”.  Atwood is... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 27th, 2019

Kate Bolick Releases New Book The March Sisters

Just in time for the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic Little Women, Kate Bolick’s newest offering, The March Sisters, is hitting the shelves.   Along with three other notable writers;  Jenny Zhang (Sour Heart), Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties), and Jane Smiley (A... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 6th, 2019

Four Lavin Speakers Named Among Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019 by Publisher's Weekly

For its “Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019” list, Publisher’s Weekly includes work by four Lavin speakers: beloved author Margaret Atwood, education journalist Paul Tough, activist Megan Phelps-Roper, and music legend Patti Smith. Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, called The... Continue Reading →
literature | Jul 31st, 2019

Surviving the Internet: Chuck Klosterman Speaks to GQ about Life in the Digital Age

When Chuck Klosterman first emerged into public consciousness, he was a cultural critic hailed for his funny, idiosyncratic, and prescient voice. But as social media has become more ubiquitous, it seems everyone on the Internet is now a “cultural critic” of sorts. In his GQ interview, Klosterman... Continue Reading →
literature | Jul 29th, 2019

Hulu Series Based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale Will Return for Season Four

After an incredible response to its’ first three seasons, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is returning to television for a highly anticipated fourth run. Following the story of Offred and her fellow “handmaids” in a dystopian near-future, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 classic still strikes a... Continue Reading →
literature | Jul 24th, 2019

Two Lavin Speakers—Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie—Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

The leading literary award for original fiction written in the English language, The Booker Prize, has announced its much anticipated long list for 2019. Nominated this year are two Lavin speakers—and both former winners as well—Margaret Atwood and Sir Salman Rushdie. Having won for The Blind... Continue Reading →
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 →
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