In partnership with World Affairs Council
Opening remarks by Ms. Opal Lee, Social Impact Leader
In conversation with Jonathan Holloway, President of Rutgers University
Recording available through June 29
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a MacArthur fellowship, among many other honors, Annette Gordon-Reed is considered one of the nation’s preeminent historians.
Although stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Annette Gordon-Reed—acclaimed historian and Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state with her latest work On Juneteenth. Combining personal anecdotes with American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African Americans played an integral role in the Texas story.
In conversation with Joel Ferrell
Tiny Beautiful Things: From Page to Stage
In partnership with Dallas Theater Center
Recording available through July 12
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar— from page to stage, coming this fall to Dallas Theater Center! This bestselling book from the author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus's Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. "Wise and compassionate" (The New York Times Book Review), brimming with humor and insight—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way. Cheryl Strayed will discuss her writing process and experience as “Sugar;” Joel Ferrell who directs the DTC production, will moderate the conversation and get audiences excited about the upcoming stage adaptation.
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Kevin Kwan is the author of several novels, including Crazy Rich Asians, which became a blockbuster Hollywood film. In 2018 Kwan was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
"Deliciously modern . . . drama, diamonds, and satire galore.” —Vanity Fair
Tuesday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. CDT
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, the acclaimed author of Homegoing, is a “book of blazing brilliance” (The Washington Post)—an intimate and deeply layered depiction of a Ghanaian family grappling with a series of challenges while living in Alabama. It is at once a profound story about race in America and an astonishingly intimate portrait of a young woman reckoning, both spiritually and intellectually, with a legacy of painful loss. Exquisitely written, Transcendent Kingdom is a novel about faith, science, religion, and love.
Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing, won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honors for 2016, and the American Book Award. She was born in Ghana, raised in Alabama, and now resides in Brooklyn.
The Personal Librarian tells the remarkable story of J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy. Belle is an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, but she must go to great lengths to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives. A meticulously researched historic novel about the hidden history of the Morgan Library, The Personal Librarian has been widely praised as virtually impossible to put down.
“An untold story that is simply amazing. It’s timely and impactful.” —Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Follow Your Heart
*Please note that books will ship starting June 29, when the novel is published.
Recording will be available through August 18
Australian author Charlotte McConaghy’s suspenseful, artfully rendered novels celebrate the beauty and resilience of humans and animals and their ability to adapt to a changing world.
Australian author Charlotte McCongahy’s instant bestseller Migrations features researcher Franny Stone who arrives in Greenland with the singular purpose of following the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. When her history begins to unspool-a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime-it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds.
McCongahy’s Once There Were Wolves is a pulse-pounding novel about a biologist charged with reintroducing 14 wolves to the Scottish Highlands in order to rewild the landscape and bring the forest back to life. Fueled by her love of nature, McCongahy crafts a strong lead character in Inti Flynn, who grapples with the harm she has witnessed humans inflict on both the wild and on each other.