Past Events

October 29 — An Evening with Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including "A Thousand Acres," which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006.

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October 28 — Chef Marcus Samuelsson with Jonathan Gold

Samuelsson, the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times -- is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York's Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. He starred on Discovery Home Channel's "Inner Chef," is winner of "Top Chef Masters" and is a five-time James Beard Award recipient.

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October 23 — Chef Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi owns an eponymous group of four restaurants, plus the high-end restaurant, Nopi, in London. His previous cookbooks—Plenty, Jerusalem, and Ottolenghi—have all been on the New York Times bestseller list. He writes for The Guardian, and appears on BBC.

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October 22 — An Evening with George Clinton

George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine captured more than forty R&B hit singles (including three at #1) and recording three platinum albums.

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October 20 — An Evening with Alan Cumming

A beloved star of stage, television, and film, Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. He currently stars as the Master of Ceremonies opposite Michelle Williams in Cabaret on Broadway, wrapped season 5 of the CBS hit drama The Good Wife. In his memoir, Not My Father's Son, he shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

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October 16 — An Evening with Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist for The New York Times and the paper’s Sunday Magazine. Bittman overhauls hundreds of classics through clever (even unorthodox) use of equipment and techniques—encouraging what he calls “naturally fast cooking”—and the results are revelatory

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October 8 — Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Columnist

Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose columns appear twice a week. Equal in urgency and compassion to "Half the Sky," the new book from Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is even more ambitious in scale: a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them.

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October 7 — Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google & Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP Products, Google

Google regularly pushes the boundaries of innovation in a variety of fields. HOW GOOGLE WORKS is a primer containing lessons that Eric and Jonathan learned as they helped build the company -- creating superior products and attracting a new breed of multifaceted employees whom Eric and Jonathan dub "smart creatives."

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October 2 — Peter Thiel, Co-founder, Paypal, in conversation with Peter Guber

As co-founder and leader of PayPal, Thiel made e-commerce easier, faster, and more secure. Currently, he works to accelerate innovation by funding promising technologies and by guiding successful companies to scale and dominate their industries. Some of his investments include: Facebook, SpaceX, LinkedIn, Yelp, RoboteX, and Spotify.

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September 28 — Michael Cho in conversation with Chip Kidd

Join us for the first in our "Newer Voices" series featuring debut authors and newer voices we hope to draw more attention to by pairing them in conversation with more established writers and storytellers. Shoplifter is Michael Cho's debut graphic novel. 

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September 24 — An Evening with Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of 16 books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages. Her memoir,  Daring: My Passages, is a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

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September 14 — Randall Munroe in conversation with Wil Wheaton

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

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September 10 — Ben Mezrich in conversation with Brett Ratner

Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality. His books include Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires (adapted into the movie The Social Network.)

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September 9 — An Evening with Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley's "Death of a King" presents a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.

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May 21 — Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

The revolutionary geniuses and #1 New York Times bestselling authors behind the Freakonomics phenomenon unveil essential tools that will allow you to—“think like a freak”—to see the world more unconventionally, and ultimately, more clearly.

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May 15 — Francine Prose in conversation with Meghan Daum

Inventive, provocative, and unlike anything Francine Prose has done before, LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 is a career defining novel from the writer whom Michael Cunningham calls “not only significant but capable of writing brilliantly about pretty much anything.”

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May 7 — An Evening with Arianna Huffington

Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. Her new book "THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder" is a call to arms to redefine how we measure success both in our work and our personal lives.

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May 6 — Amy Tan in conversation with Lisa See

In her first novel since 2009's "Saving Fish from Drowning," Tan again explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, control and submission, tradition and new beginnings. Jumping from bustling Shanghai to an isolated village in rural China to San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century, the epic story follows three generations of women pulled apart by outside forces.

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