January 23, 2018
Environmental historian and bestselling, award-winning author Charles C. Mann presents his new book, THE WIZARD AND THE PROPHET (Knopf) on Thursday, January 25, at Seattle University in the Pigott Auditorium, beginning at 7:00 pm. Mann will be giving his own perspective of his exploration.
In forty years, Earth’s population will reach ten billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups–Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin. “Cut back!” was his mantra. Otherwise everyone will lose
! The Wizards are the heirs of Norman Borlaug, whose research, in effect, wrangled the world in service to our species to produce modern high-yield crops that then saved millions from starvation. Innovate
! was Borlaug’s cry. Only in that way can everyone win
! Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints to assess the four great challenges humanity faces–food, water, energy, climate change–grounding each in historical context and weighing the options for the future. With our civilization on the line, the author’s insightful analysis is an essential addition to the urgent conversation about how our children will fare on an increasingly crowded Earth.
starred review states, “Mann’s most spectacular accomplishment is to take no sides. Readers will thrill to the wizards’ astounding advances and believe the prophets’ gloomy forecasts, and they will also discover that technological miracles produce nasty side effects and that self-sacrifice, as prophets urge, has proven contrary to human nature. An insightful, highly significant account that makes no predictions but lays out the critical environmental problems already upon us.”
Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic
, and Wired
, has also written for Fortune
, The New York Times
, Technology Review
, Vanity Fair
, and The Washington Post
, as well as for the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order
. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lanna Foundation. His book 1491
won the National Academies Communication Award for best book of the year.
January 11, 2018
Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America, will present MEDITATION FOR FIDGETY SKEPTICS: A 10% Happier How-To Book (Spiegel & Grau) in conversation with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, along with Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler. Enjoy the chance to become 10% happier on Sunday, January 14 at the 92nd Street Y, in Kaufmann Hall, at 5:00 pm.
Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation’s most vocal public proponents.
Harris and his friend Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and “Meditation MacGyver,” embark on a cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from meditating. They rent a rock-star tour bus (whose previous occupants were Parliament Funkadelic) and travel across eighteen states, talking to scores of would-be meditators—including parents, military cadets, police officers, and even a few celebrities. They create a taxonomy of the most common issues (“I suck at this,” “I don’t have the time,” etc.) and offer up science-based life hacks to help people overcome them.
In author of The Four Tendencies
and The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
‘s words, “If you’re like many people, you’re intrigued by the promise of meditation but don’t know how to begin—or you’ve benefited from meditation in the past but need help to get started again. If so, Dan Harris has written the book for you.”
Harris is also the author of 10% Happier
, a #1 New York Times bestseller. He went on to launch the 10% Happier podcast and app called 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. Jeff Warren is a writer, meditation instructor, and founder of the Consciousness Explorers Club, a meditation adventure group in Toronto. Carlye Adler is a journalist and co-author of many books, including three New York Times
January 5, 2018
Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long will read and present their new picture book, LOVE (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers), a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. Matt and Loren will appear at Books are Magic, beginning at 6:00 pm on January 9 for an evening about LOVE, A Winter 2017-2018 Kids’ Indie Next Top Pick.
LOVE depicts the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of ever age.
“In the beginning there is light
and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed
and the sound of their voices is love.
A cab driver plays love softly on his radio
while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city
and everything smells new, and it smells like life.”
Matt de la Peña is the author of Last Stop on Market Street
, which won the Newbery Medal and was chosen for the Caldecott Honor. He is also the author the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
and six critically acclaimed young adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country. Loren Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid WPA painting style. He has been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He has also illustrated book covers for numerous publishers and has recently concentrated on illustrating books for young readers, where his work has garnered much praise.
January 2, 2018
World renowned singer Art Garfunkel will discuss his new memoir WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS: Notes from an Underground Man (Knopf) at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, January 10 beginning at 7:00 pm. He will be in conversation with Victoria Wilson, vice president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf. Mr. Garfunkel will not be signing books at this event, however pre-signed copies will be available.
From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel, a memoir (of sorts)—moving, lyrical impressions, interspersed throughout a narrative, punctuated by poetry, musings, lists of resonant books loved and admired, revealing a life and the making of a musician, that show us, as well, the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and of a collaboration that became the most successful singing duo in the roiling age that embraced, and was defined by, their pathfinding folk-rock music.
“It’s hard to imagine any single word that would accurately describe this book . . . an entertaining volume that’s more fun to read than a conventional memoir might have been.”
—The Wall Street Journal
Art Garfunkel attended Columbia University, where he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He performed with Paul Simon as Simon & Garfunkel from 1963 to 1970. Garfunkel, with Paul Simon, has been the recipient of six Grammys, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1990 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He continues to travel around the world giving concert performances and has produced twelve solo albums since 1973.
December 21, 2017
Capitol Hill veteran and New York Times bestselling author Bruce Bartlett will discuss THE TRUTH MATTERS (Ten Speed Press), his clear and concise handbook on distinguishing fake news from reliable journalism, at Washington, D.C.’s Politics and Prose bookstore on January 2, beginning at 7:00 pm, followed by a book signing.
Today’s media and political landscapes are littered with untrustworthy sources and the dangerous concept of “fake news.” This accessible guide helps you fight this deeply troubling trend and ensure that truth is not a permanent casualty. THE TRUTH MATTERS presents actionable tips and tricks for reading critically, judging sources, using fact-checking sites, avoiding confirmation bias, identifying trustworthy experts, and more.
David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, praises Bartlett and his book, “What is truth? That ancient question looms large in our era, full of accusations of fake news. Bruce Bartlett’s clear and concise guide reveals how to distinguish reliable journalism from reports riddled with errors, lies, and nonsense. Best of all, Bartlett’s manual is so accessible and direct that anyone will benefit from reading it, from high school students to casual news consumers to professional journalists.”
Mr. Bartlett’s experience ranges from serving as Senior Policy Analyst in the Reagan administration to holding the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department in the Bush 41 White House. He has also authored a column for Forbes
and has written for the Economix blog of the New York Times.