Fans of Wally Lamb (She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True) have come to appreciate his honest, intimate talks nearly as much as his powerful writing. His latest novel, We Are Water, set early in the Obama presidency, is a disquieting yet ultimately uplifting portrait of a marriage, a family and human resilience in the face of tragedy. Lamb turns his unflinching gaze on modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.
With winemakers David Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards & Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines
A revolution is afoot in California winemaking. In The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste, Jon Bonné introduces us to the iconoclastic young winemakers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking. Hear innovative “new generation” producers discuss their techniques, and taste their delicious products.
In his new book, Far from the Tree, Solomon examines families coping with children who have extraordinary disabilities as well as children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape and who become criminals. Showing that differences within families are universal, Solomon expands our understanding of what connects us as humans.
Join us for an evening with Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion, Lake Wobegon Days), one of America’s most beloved radio hosts and humorists. A longtime poetry advocate who presents a daily poem on The Writer’s Almanac on public radio, Keillor‘s first poetry collection, O, What A Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound, contains his characteristic humor and insight on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion and other facets of daily life.
Join us for an intimate evening with actor Hal Holbrook, whose memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain, recounts his troubled boyhood, his experience during World War II and how he found refuge onstage, eventually winning a Tony Award for his role as Mark Twain, with whom his career would forever be associated. Holbrook also starred in All the President’s Men, Wall Street and The Firm.
Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz (Chutzpah, The Case For Israel, Reversal of Fortune) has led or been part of the defense team for Bill Clinton, Julian Assange, O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson and the former presidents of Ukraine and Pakistan. His new memoir, Taking the Stand, reveals how his thinking has evolved on fundamental issues like the First Amendment, civil rights, abortion and homicide.
Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Frank Gehry is among the most acclaimed architects of our era. Known for his use of bold, curvilinear shapes and unusual fabrications, his most celebrated designs include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Gehry also designed the Performing Arts Center at Ground Zero and the expansion of Facebook’s campus. He appears in conversation with his biographer, architecture critic Paul Goldberger.
Judith Martin, also known as Miss Manners, shares her advice on navigating the stormy seas of etiquette. She has helped thousands of readers via her column, which runs in more than 200 newspapers. A Washington expert who covered the White House before creating her column, this amusing but sternly correct taskmaster has written 14 books on how to behave.
Take a fresh look at a rich cultural movement with Carla Kaplan, author of Miss Anne: White Women of the Black Renaissance. Miss Anne refers collectively to white women who participated in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Considered scandalous by whites and disdained by some blacks, these iconoclastic women – some Jewish – were mostly highsociety. Among them were Barnard College founder Annie Nathan Meyer, Texas heiress Josephine Cogdell Schuyler and novelist Fannie Hurst.
What happens when underdogs confront the powerful? When does a disability leave someone better off? Why have so many people at the top of their profession had childhoods of deprivation and struggle? Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers) examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and explores the dynamics of classrooms – all to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages.