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Quarantine Session #20: Raven Leilani + Samantha Irby

By Raven Leilani
Narrated by Samantha Irby /  57 minutes

In this electrifying pre-publication event, Raven Leilani launches her highly anticipated novel Luster in conversation with fiercely brilliant comedian Samantha Irby. Leilani's novel of a young Black woman's artistic and sexual trajectory is the starting point for a passionate and hilarious conversation about (among other things) the... Read more »

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Ibi Zoboi (My Life) with Rita Williams Garcia at Greenlight Bookstore

By Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by Rita Williams Garcia /  57 minutes

Rising star Ibi Zoboi (author of the young adult novels American Street and Pride) presents her middle grade fiction debut My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich , in a conversation with her mentor, iconic young people’s fiction author Rita Williams-Garcia, centered on the culture of 1980s Harlem, hip-hop, and sci-fi and black girl nerdiness.... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #19: Douglas Martin + Darcey Steinke

By Douglas Martin
Narrated by Darcey Steinke /  1 hour 3 minutes

Douglas A. Martin discusses the reissue of his novel, Branwell: A Novel of the Brontë Brother, with his friend and fellow Brooklyn author Darcey Steinke. In their discussion of Martin's fictionalized story of the less-successful sibling of Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte, the two wrestle with how traditional biography fails to make room for... Read more »

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Lindy West (Shrill) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Lindy West
1 hour 2 minutes

The inimitable Lindy West (author of Shrill) owns the stage at St. Joseph’s College for a reading from her new book The Witches Are Coming and a frank and hilarious talk on women (and men) in media and politics, internet trolls, abortion stories, and more. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on November 7, 2019) Read more »

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Quarantine Session #18: Kelli Jo Ford + Emily Nemens

By Kelli Jo Ford
Narrated by Emily Nemens /  55 minutes

Talking about the weather takes on a new dimension when Kelli Jo Ford talks about her debut novel Crooked Hallelujah with Paris Review editor Emily Nemens. Set in Texas and Oklahoma, the novel-in-stories follows four generations of Cherokee women across four decades, and Ford and Nemen's conversation encompasses the novel's craft and language,... Read more »

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Race in America and the Lead-Up to the 2020 Election at Book Passage

By Paula Farmer, Brian Copeland, Ian Haney Lopez, Mimi Lok & Aya de Leon
1 hour 10 minutes

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Quarantine Session #17: David Randall + Celine Gounder

By David Randall
Narrated by Celine Gounder /  47 minutes

David K. Randall presents the paperback edition of his eerily relevant book on a past pandemic, Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague. Along with journalist and infectious diseases specialist Dr. Celine Gounder – who has been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC – Randall... Read more »

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Susan Straight (In the Country of Women) and Emily Bernard (Black is the Body) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Susan Straight
Narrated by Emily Bernard /  1 hour 10 minutes

Two highly celebrated authors tell the story of race and gender in America through their exquisitely written memoirs. Award-winning author Susan Straight’s memoir, In the Country of Women, is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. Straight writes of the hardships and... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #16 Kyle McCarthy + Leslie Jamison

By Kyle McCarthy
Narrated by Leslie Jamison /  56 minutes

In Kyle McCarthy discusses her debut novel Everyone Knows How Much I Love You/em>, about the dark side of female friendship, with award-winning author Leslie Jamison (The Recovering, The Empathy Exams). McCarthy and Jamison explore themes of obsessiveness, boundary breaking, and the complexity of friendships, and the parallels between the... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #15 Emily Temple + Tea Obreht

By Emily Temple
Narrated by Tea Obreht /  58 minutes

Literary Hub senior editor Emily Temple’s debut novel launches her The Lightness -- a meditation on adolescent desire, female friendship, belief, and the female body -- with Téa Obreht, bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife and Inland. The pair discuss the strangeness of writing and launching a debut novel in June 2020, their shared MFA... Read more »

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Ezra Klein (Why We're Polarized) with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Ezra Klein & Ta-Nehisi Coates
1 hour 11 minutes

Acclaimed podcaster and political analyst Ezra Klein of Vox talks with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) in front of a packed house about the evolution of America’s broken system as outlined in his book Why We’re Polarized. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on February 2, 2020) Read more »

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Quarantine Session #14 Jia Lynn Yang + Michael Luo

By Jia Lynn Yang
Narrated by Michael Luo /  1 hour 6 minutes

Author Jia Lynn Yang journalist Michael Luo take a whirlwind ride through the legal, political and cultural history of American immigration in their discussion of Yang's book One Mighty and Irresistible Tide. Bookended by major immigration laws passed in 1924 and 1965, the book and discussion work out the questions: Are we a country predicated... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #13 Zaina Arafat + Mallika Rao

By Zaina Arafat
Narrated by Mallika Rao /  59 minutes

Palestinian-American writer Zaina Arafat presents her debut novel You Exist Too Much with Mallika Rao of the Atlantic. In unfolding the novel's explorations of the longing for love, and a place to call home, they also discuss Arab stereotypes and queer stereotypes in media, the tension between generations and cultures in immigrant families. Read more »

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Quarantine Session #12 Joseph Stiglitz + Felicia Wong

By Joseph Stiglitz
Narrated by Felicia Wong /  59 minutes

Economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses his book People, Power, and Profits with Felicia Wong, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute. Read more »

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Quarantine Session #11 Meredith Talusan + Alok Vaid-Menon

By Meredith Talusan
Narrated by Alok Vaid-Menon /  58 minutes

Award-winning author and journalist Meredith Talusan’s talks about her memoir Fairest — a coming of age story about a precocious boy with albinism, a “sun child” from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America — with her friend (and former roommate), writer and performance artist Alok. Topics of conversation... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #10 Ishmael Beah + Alexis Okeowo

By Ishmael Beah
Narrated by Alexis Okeowo /  53 minutes

Alexis Okeowo interviews Ishmael Beah (author of the memoir A Long Way Gone) about his new novel Little Family, a story of the connections we forge to survive the fate we’re dealt. The two discuss the novel's origins in several African nations and the US, the development of its characters, and its relation to African politics and corruption, as... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #9 Marie-Helene Bertino + Alexandra Kleeman & more

By Marie-Helene Bertino
Narrated by Alexandra Kleeman /  1 hour 4 minutes

In the extraordinary days of early June 2020, Marie-Helene Bertino virtually launches her novel Parakeet in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman, co-hosted by BOMB Magazine. Poet Angel Nafis opens the event with a meditation and poetry reading, setting the stage for an evening encompassing love and family, dark humor, discussions of craft,... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #8 Nicole Dennis-Benn + Imani Perry

By Nicole Dennis-Benn
Narrated by Nicole Dennis-Benn /  1 hour 1 minute
Patsy, in an evening that grapples with intergenerational trauma as well as embracing Black joy. The energetic and inspiring conversation delves into Black women's identity, oppression, and power; post-colonialism and racism; mental health and its stigmas; sexual identity and freedom; the intersection of language and class; literary influences Read more »;...
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Quarantine Session #7 John Freeman with Julia Alvarez at Greenlight Bookstore

By John Freeman
Narrated by Julia Alvarez /  1 hour 8 minutes

Acclaimed authors and friends John Freeman and Julia Alvarez present their new books, both of which engages with questions of how we decide who to care for, which bodies matter, how we occupy space with strangers...and whose presences we don't see.  Freeman’s poetry collection The Park is a series of meditations inspired by The Luxembourg... Read more »

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