Colson Whitehead and Arundhati Roy: A Reading

Colson Whitehead and Arundhati Roy, two writers whose work has become powerfully embedded in our imagination over the past few decades, read from their recent work, followed by Q & A.  Whitehead, winner of the 2017 BoBi award, will read from his novel, The Nickel Boys, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Roy, […]

Ripples of Violence: Personal and Literary

While the world faces unrest from a multitude of directions, in some countries it’s been part of their very foundation. These authors’ books meditate on dispossession, violence, and language in Palestine; familial ties and political murder in 1970s Congo; and the kidnapping of a Mexican student by unlikely gangsters before his flight abroad to Spain. […]

Coming of Age in Challenging Times

Childhood can seem to exist in a bubble, defined by the rituals of family and home. But outside pressures are never far off. In Romesh Gunesekera’s Suncatcher, a young boy in 1960s Sri Lanka revels in the thrill of the make-believe, while gradually becoming aware of the social and religious forces that threaten to divide […]

Multiple Witnesses/Multiple Realities (in Spanish)

Who do we trust to tell a story and who are the true witnesses to a reality impossible to understand from just one angle? Featuring Fernanda Melchor, Marcial Gala, and Nona Fernandez, this panel delves into the work of three vibrant new writers from Latin America whose novels provide polyphonic examinations of collective reckoning. Fernanda […]

Time-Travelers: From Creation Myths to Future Worlds

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Alexis Wright, two giants of contemporary literature, share creative visions that encompass millennia. For more than a half-century, Kenyan author Ngũgĩ  has been creating a highly-influential body of work ranging from novels, stories, plays, and memoir to radical essays on literary decolonization and language. His latest work, The Perfect Nine, marks […]

Maaza Mengiste and Salman Rushdie in Conversation

Salman Rushdie, the author most recently of Quichotte,and Maaza Mengiste, editor of Addis Ababa Noir and author of The Shadow King discuss the influence and inspiration of historical texts and structures on their writing, plus spy literature, noir and the impact of immigrant writers on American  literature. Moderated by Leigh Haber. 

Failed Promise: Talking About My Generation

There are moments in the lives of countries and generations when the future appears to burn especially bright with hope and youthful promise. But what happens when dreams sour, when pioneering generations lurch into middle-age? Daniel Galera’s Twenty After Midnight follows a circle of literary provocateurs whose webzine revolutionized the internet and shook up Brazilian […]

The New Republic Salon Series with Yaa Gyasi

Join The New Republic for a livestream of its Salon book series featuring Yaa Gyasi, author and Rumaan Alam, TNR contributor as they talk Transcendent Kingdom, Gyasi’s new novel. Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.