Patti Smith: Devotion

Patti Smith delivers the 2016 Windham-Campbell Lecture. “Devotion,” an expanded version of the lecture, will be published by Yale University Press in 2017.

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Abbie Spallen

Abbie Spallen reads from her play Strandline at the 2016 festival. 

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Hannah Moscovitch

Prize recipient Hannah Moscovitch reads from her play Bunny at the 2016 festival. 

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Good Girls, Bad Girls, White Girls, and Clever Girls

Resisting fixed identities is at the heart of creative endeavor. This might be especially true of gender. Professor Amy Hungerford talks to Hilton Als, Helen Garner, and Tessa Hadley about how this resistance comes to shape the work of the writer.

Co-sponsored by the New Haven Free Public Library and the Department of English.

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Cathedrals of the Imagination

Borges famously said that he imagined paradise to be a kind of library. Many writers would agree. Yale Press Director and NHFPL Board Member John Donatich talks to novelists C. E. Morgan, Jerry Pinto, and Tessa Hadley about the role that libraries have played in the development of their imaginative work.

Co-sponsored by the New Haven Free Public Library and Yale University Press.

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Hilton Als: James Baldwin in the 21st Century

Hilton Als and Professor Jacqueline Goldsby discuss the legacy of one of our most significant and complicated authors in post-Civil Rights, post-Ferguson, almost post-Obama America.

Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Whitney Humanities Center.

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Tessa Hadley

Prize recipient Tessa Hadley reads from her short story “Dido's Lament,” which first appeared in the August 8 & 15, 2016 issue of The New Yorker

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Helen Garner

Prize recipient Helen Garner reads from her essay “The Insults of Age” at the 2016 festival. 

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Stanley Crouch

Prize recipient Stanley Crouch reads from the unpublished second volume of his Charlie Parker biography at the 2016 festival. 

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Hilton Als

Prize recipient Hilton Als reads from an unpublished essay at the 2016 festival. 

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