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