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Online Author Talks

Inspiring ideas and in-depth conversations with the world's leading writers and thinkers.

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Live! Wednesday, December 8, 7:30 PM EST

Nikole Hannah-Jones with cover of The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times

When Nikole Hannah-Jones published 1619 Project, her award-winning multimedia series for The New York Times Magazine, she reframed the public’s understanding of the legacy of slavery in American life—and incurred the wrath of Donald Trump and other leading politicians opposed to social change.

Event Recordings

Bill Buford with cover of Dirt

Adventures in France: Bill Buford on the Joys of French Cuisine

Bestselling food writer Bill Buford offers the inside dish on the art of French cooking and cuisine, and the valuable lessons he learned in writing Dirt, his anticipated follow-up to the bestselling classic, Heat.
Ben Rhodes with cover of After the Fall

After the Fall: Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes on The Future of Democracy

Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? Help find the answer with former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes who’s recently released new book, After The Fall, draws inspiration from the politicians, activists and dissidents fighting for a more just and democratic world.
André Picard, Katie Engelhart and Paul Wells

André Picard, Katie Engelhart and Paul Wells on Aging with Dignity

It took the pandemic to open our eyes to society’s systemic neglect of our elders. Is it time to reimagine the systems that support them? In conversation with Maclean's' Paul Wells, The Globe and Mail's André Picard and veteran journalist Katie Engelhart will help us reassess how we approach life’s final chapters, drawing from their important new books, Neglected No More and The Inevitable.
Eddie Glaude with illustration of James Baldwin

A Living Legacy: MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude on James Baldwin

Join Princeton historian and MSNBC commentator Eddie Glaude for a timely look at the legacy of the late great public thinker James Baldwin—and how his life and work can serve as a powerful guide for our moment of social change.
Salman Rushdie with cover of Languages of Truth

Salman Rushdie on the Languages of Truth

Join us for an evening of mind-expanding conversation with the Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie whose latest collection of non-fiction, Languages of Truth, solidifies his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time.
Evan Osnos with cover of Joe Biden book

What's Next for America? The New Yorker's Evan Osnos on Joe Biden

As President Biden enters his first term in office, join The New Yorker's Evan Osnos for a timely look at the man and his moment in history, as outlined in his anticipated new biography, Joe Biden.

Walter Isaacson on The Future of Genetics

The bestselling biographer behind Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs joins Anna Maria Tremonti to discuss his latest book, The Code Breaker, a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna launched a revolution with the invention of CRISPR, the groundbreaking gene editing tool.