Posts Tagged ‘literature’
Junot Díaz and Jamaica Kincaid read from their novels at the 92nd Street Y, Jan 26, 2009.
Junot reads first, and Kincaid begins her reading at the 2:52 mark
Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. Said Edward P. Jones: It is the untold stories that propel—those vibrant, colorful, magical, historical swirls of humanity that make up our knowing. [This] first novel offers that and more. Jamaica Kincaids fiction vividly and often harrowingly describes the difficult coming-of-age of strong-minded girls who, very much like herself, were born into tropical poverty, wrote Dwight Garner. Kincaids works include Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, My Brother, Talk Stories and Mr. Potter.
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Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa is the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy praised him “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” He is the first South American to win the Prize since Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1982).
Mr. Vargas Llosa has visited the 92Y Poetry Center many times over the years. In a 2007 appearance, he read from his latest novel, The Bad Girl, and took questions from the audience. In this excerpt, he discusses the impact of living abroad on his career as a writer, as well as his early reactions, while he was still abroad, to the political upheaval which was taking place in Latin America in the 1950s and 60s.
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Duration : 0:6:52
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“There was a time,” The New York Times lamented, “when you had to earn the right to draft a memoir.”
We think Joyce Carol Oates has earned that right and believe the Times would agree. After publishing more than 50 novels, her newest book, A Widow’s Story—one of the National Post’s ‘Most Anticipated Books of 2011′—is an intimate memoir about the death of her husband Raymond Smith in 2008 and the unexpected aftermath, after 48 years of marriage. Addressing his death in The New Yorker in December, Oates wrote: “So much to say in a marriage, so much unsaid. You assume that there will be other times, other occasions. Years…”
Joyce Carol Oates read from A Widow’s Story at 92nd Street Y on February 21. Afterward she was interviewed poet Henri Cole.
From the Poetry Center Archive, listen to a 2007 podcast with Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt: http://bit.ly/hDHz6Z
Duration : 0:9:27
Christopher Buckley, the author of 14 books including Supreme Courtship, Boomsday, Thank You For Smoking and his latest Losing Mum and Pup, joined the The Daily Beasts Tina Brown in conversation on May 7 at the 92nd Street Y.
We dont know what was going on in the dressing room, (http://is.gd/xOkH) but we do know what happened on stage. The talk focused on Buckleys new book, which created quite a stir when advance copies were reviewed. (http://is.gd/xOlm) In the video clip here, Tina asks him about the impetus for writing his latest book, his experiences with his father —whom Tina asked of: He was pretty difficult frankly to have as a father, was he not? …There were times when you pretty much felt you had to kind of fight for your life in that setup, as you described. Well…Im the Park Avenue Frank McCourt, Christopher joked. Of course there was also some small talk about politics.
Tina: Are there any Republican candidates you feel optimistic about for in 2012?
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Richard Wilbur was at the 92Y on May 20 for a discussion with Roger Rosenblatt as part of our Afternoon Night Table series. Later that evening Richard read his poems from the stage. Video highlights of both events are included here. Richard even spoke briefly about Twitter!
Former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center David Yezzi, blogging at The Best American Poetry blog, attended Richard Wilburs reading and wrote:
“After a knockout selection of poems new and old, [Wilbur] capped the evening with a bit from his forthcoming translation of Corneilles The Liar, which will be out in August in a volume that also includes his new translation of Le Cid. Dorantes long speech from Act Two absolutely killed!”
When introducing Wilbur, whos work was recently featured on PBSs Poetry Everywhere series, David said:
“Yet so close do Wilburs poems come to seamless utterance, to perfect expression in their music, argument, energy, wit, and sense (which in Wilburs case also means good sense) that one could almost forget that they are hard-won and do not shrink from challenging their own formal elegance. ”
Read more about Richard on the 92Y blog: http://blog.92y.org/index.php/weblog/item/some_words_inside_of_words_by_poet_richard_wilbur/
Duration : 0:8:10
Award-winning writer Anne Carson is “the most exciting poet writing in English today,” said Michael Ondaatje. Carson, an essayist and classicist, is the author of many collections and translations, including Decreation, The Beauty of the Husband, Eros the Bittersweet and Autobiography of Red. Carson made full use of the 92nd Street Y stage for a dramatic reading/performance that has to be seen to be fully appreciated. This is an excerpt of her second piece of evening, “Possessive Used As Drink (Me): A Lecture on Pronouns in the Form of 15 Sonnets.”
Duration : 0:7:5