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Library Live at Labyrinth Presents: Jessica Bruder in Conversation with Matthew Desmond — Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books (PR)
The end of retirement? From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Join us for a conversation about some of the invisible casualties of the Great Recession.   Finding that social security comes up short, often … read more
Joan Wallach Scott & Peter Coviello in Conversation — Sex and Secularism
Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books (PR)
Renowned historian Joan Scott and her colleague at the Institute for Advanced Study, Peter Coviello, discuss how secularism has been used to justify the subordination of women.Please join us.   Joan Wallach Scott’s acclaimed and controversial writings have been foundational for the field of gender history. With Sex and Secularism, she challenges one of the central claims of the “clash of ci… read more
Michael Cook, Mark Beissinger, Jack Tannous, Kanchan Chandra, Kevan Harris — What Makes Islam Unique? -- A Panel Discussion
Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books (PR)
Coming together to honor and discuss Michael Cooks recently published book, Ancient Religions, Modern Politics, are the author and several distinguished colleagues. We invite you to join this debate about the reasons why Islam plays a larger role in contemporary politics than other religions. Is there something about the Islamic heritage that makes Muslims more likely than adherents of ot… read more
Thomas Trezise — Witnessing Witnessing: On the Reception of Holocaust Survivor Testimony
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Witnessing Witnessing focuses critical attention on those who receive the testimony of Holocaust survivors. We invite you to a presentation and conversation with the author. Questioning the notion that traumatic experience is intrinsically unspeakable and that the Holocaust thus lies in a quasi-sacred realm beyond history, the book asks whether much current theory does not hav… read more
Michael Wood & Giovanna Calvino in Conversation — Italo Calvino: Letters -- Selected and Introduced by Michael Wood
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Labyrinth celebrates the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the 20th century with a conversation between Michael Wood, who selected and introduced these letters, and Calvinos daughter, Giovanna Calvino. Please join us. Italys most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomis, Invisible Citie… read more
Joshua Dubler — Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison
Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Joshua Dubler has written a bold and provocative interpretation of one of the most religiously vibrant places in America -- a state penitentiary. We invite you to a presentation and discussion with the author. Baraka, Al, Teddy, and Sayyid -- four black men from South Philadelphia, two Christian and two Muslim -- are serving life sentences in Pennsylvanias maximum-security Graterford Prison. All … read more
Dr. Cornel West & James H. Cone in Conversation — Black Prophetic Fire
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Cornel West takes an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders. Joining him to discuss these visionary legacies is James H. Cone. Please join us. In his new book, Cornel West, together with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Mart… read more
Dider Fassin & Carol Greenhouse in Conversation — Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
We invite you to a discussion with 2 eminent anthropologists about law enforcement in situations of urban unrest. We will be honoring Didier Fassins newly translated book -- an account of contemporary urban policing, which shows that instead of enforcing the law, the police are engaged in the task of enforcing an unequal social order in the name of public security. Most incidents of urban unrest… read more
Andrew Cole & Eduardo Cadava in Conversation — The Birth of Theory
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Modern theory needs a history lesson. Neither Marx nor Nietzsche first gave us theory—Hegel did. We invite you to come hear Andrew Cole’s clear and lively account of the origins and legacy of Hegel’s dialectic as theory and Eduardo Cadava’s comments and questions.   Cole explains how Hegel boldly broke from modern philosophy when he adopted medieval dialectical habits of thought to fashion… read more
Maureen McLane — World Enough: Poems
Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Princeton Universitys Contemporary Poetry Colloquium and Labyrinth Books invite you to hear poet and visiting professor Maureen McLane read from her new collection. World Enough maps a universe of feeling and thought via skyscapes, city strolls, lunar vistas, and passages through environments given and built. These poems explore how we come to know ourselves --sensually, intellectually, political… read more
Judith Hamera & Jill Dolan in Conversation — Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and American Deindustrialization
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
How does structural economic change look and feel? How are such changes normalized? Who represents hope? Who are the cautionary tales? Please join us for a discussion with two eminent cultural critics of the changing nature of work and capitalism between the 1980s and 2016 through the prism of Detroit and of works by and about African Americans.   Hamera’s Unfinished Business argues that U.… read more
Hal Foster in Conversation with Devin Fore — Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
One of the world’s leading art theorists dissects a quarter century of artistic practice – please join us for a presentation and discussion with author Hal Foster and fellow critic and scholar, Devin Fore. Bad New Days examines the evolution of art and criticism in Western Europe and North America over the last twenty-five years, exploring their dynamic relation to the general condition of em… read more
Peter Singer & Robert George in Conversation — Ethics in the Real World
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Peter Singer is often described as the world’s most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. He helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words. We invite you for what p… read more
Jill Dolan — The Feminist Spectator in Action
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books, Princeton (PR)
Labyrinth Books and Princeton Universitys Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies are pleased to invite you for a celebration of Jill Dolans new book, based on her award-winning blog, The Feminist Spectator. Jill Dolan presents a lively feminist perspective in reviews and essays on a variety of theatre productions, films and television series—from The Social Network and Homeland to Split … read more
Mary Norris — Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Mary Norris, who has spent more than three decades in The New Yorkers copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards, has written the most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Timesbestseller Eats, Shoots Leaves. We invite you to come, listen, laugh, and learn. Between You Me features Norriss hilarious descriptions of some of the most common and vexing … read more
Daniella Gitlin & Michael Wood — Operation Massacre: A Conversation about R. Walsh's Classic of Investigative Journalism
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Operation Massacre has long been considered a pioneering piece of true crime reportage in Latin America and is now available in English for the first time. Translator Daniella Gitlin and critic Michael Wood will be discussing the books importance in the history of Latin American literature, as well as its relevance today. Rodolfo Walsh’s classic of investigative journalism is a detailed account… read more
Matthew Desmond — Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond has published a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America. Labyrinth Books and Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP) are proud to invite you to a presentation and discussion with the celebrated author of Evicted. To join Matthew Desmond for more conversation at an intimate ga… read more
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Americanah
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Labyrinth Books, Princetons Lewis Center for the Arts, Center for African American Studies, and Program in African Studies, and the Carl Fields Center at Princeton University invite you to a reading by acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from her new novel. Introduction by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu of Princeton. From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, comes a daz… read more
Mark Mazzetti — The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
We invite you to come out to a presentation and conversation about the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war. We will be honoring Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Mark Mazzetti’s new book. The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has take… read more
Keith Wailoo — Pain: A Political History
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
People in chronic pain have always sought relief -- and have always been judged -- but who decides whether someone is truly in pain? The story of pain in politics is more than rhetoric; it is a story of ailing bodies, broken lives, illness, and disability that has vexed government agencies and politicians from the World War II era to the present. Keith Wailoo tells this story and examines … read more
Anthony Appiah & Cornel West in Conversation — Lines of Descent: W.E.B. du Bois and the Emergence of Identity
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
W. E. B. Du Bois never felt so at home as when he was a student at the University of Berlin. But Du Bois was also American to his core, scarred but not crippled by the racial humiliations of his homeland. In Lines of Descent, Kwame Anthony Appiah traces the twin lineages of Du Bois’ American experience and German apprenticeship, showing how they shaped the great African-American scholar’s i… read more
Amy Goodman — Democracy Now! Covering the Movements Changing America
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
The Wilson College Signature Lecture Series, Labyrinth Books, The Princeton Public Library, and Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities and Ferris Seminars in Journalism invite you to join Amy Goodman for a talk on the threats to journalism and a free press, and the role of independent media in reporting on movements for social change. The talk will be followed by a book signing of t… read more
Edmund Keeley — The Megabuilders of Queenston Park
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Labyrinth Books and Wild River Review invite you to hear acclaimed author Edmund Keeley read from his eighth novel, this one set in present-day Princeton. Refreshments provided by Hopewell Valley Community Bank/FDIC. The Megabuilders of Queenston Park opens as the town faces mounting changes in its architectural and cultural landscape. Ambitious builders roam the neighborhoods in search of mod… read more
Eric Foner & Matthew Karp in Conversation — Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Eric Foner has had a profound influence on our understanding of Americas history. Now, making brilliant use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian once again reconfigures the national saga of American slavery and freedom. We invite you to a presentation and discussion. A deeply entrenched institution, slavery lived on legally and commercially even in the northern stat… read more
Saskia Sassen — Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Soaring income inequality and unemployment, expanding populations of the displaced and imprisoned, accelerating destruction of land and water bodies: according to renowned sociologist Saskia Sassen, todays socioeconomic and environmental dislocations cannot be fully understood in the usual terms of poverty and injustice. They are more accurately understood as a type of expulsion -- from profession… read more
Michael Walzer — The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
The eminent political theorist Michael Walzer has played a critical role in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics in his field and beyond. We invite you to a presentation and discussion in honor of his timely new book.   Many of the successful campaigns for national liberation in the years following World War II were initially based on democratic and secular ideals. Once establish… read more
Saladin Ambar — Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Saladin Ambars important new book is the first to place Malcolm Xs speech at Oxford in 1964 in the canon of great civil rights speeches of the 20th century, where it belongs. Please join us for a presentation by and conversation with the author. Ambar demonstrates that Malcom X was seeking to organize a black human rights movement not only in America, the Middle East, or Africa, but in cities su… read more
Kevin Kruse — One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Were often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of "Christian America" is an invention—and a relatively recent one at that.  One Nation Under God shows how the unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day.… read more
Alicia Ostriker — The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog: Poems
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Alicia Ostrikers new sequence of poems will surprise and delight readers—in the voices of an old woman full of memories, a glamorous tulip, and an earthy dog who always has the last word. Please join us for a reading. Alicia Suskin Ostriker is a poet and critic. She is the author of fifteen poetry collections, including The Book of Life, The Book of Seventy, The Mother/Child Papers, No Heave… read more
Chang Rae Lee — On Such a Full Sea: A Novel
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
“Ive never been a fan of grand hyperbolic declarations in book reviews, but faced with On Such a Full Sea, I have no choice but to ask: Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?”—P Khakpour, The LA Times. We are pleased to invite you to hear Chang Rae Lee read from his new novel, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman’s legendary quest in a shocking, future America… read more
Michael Wood — Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Alfred Hitchcock had a gift for creating suspense and a shrewd knowledge of human psychology. In Hitchcock, Michael Wood has found an ideal subject—an artist for whom explicit statement was anathema, who made conventional plot a hiding place rather than a source of revelation.  Please join us for a discussion in honor of Michael Wood’s new study of one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmaker… read more
LLL Presents: Freeman Dyson — Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Both recalling his life story and recounting many of the major advances in twentieth-century science, renowned physicist Dyson shares his autobiography through letters. Labyrinth and the Princeton Public Library are pleased to welcome him to the store and invite you to join us.   While recognizing that quantum mechanics “demands serious attention,” Albert Einstein in 1926 admonished fellow ph… read more
Hassan Blasim, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, and Roy Scranton — War from the Inside: A Reading. Introduction by Chris Hedges
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
The Iraq War is over and the war in Afghanistan is winding down — for Americans, at least. As we struggle to understand these wars, we often turn to literature. So far, however, most of the stories and novels about Iraq and Afghanistan have been about Americans. We have yet to hear from the Iraqis and Afghans who live with the consequences of a decade of war. We have yet to recko… read more
Robert Mankoff — How about Never? My Life in Cartoons
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
We invite you out for a presentation by the longtime cartoon editor of The New Yorker in honor of his new memoir. People tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, he explains to us, in the opening of this singular, delightfully eccentric book, that because he is also a cartoonist at the m… read more
Migrations Series: Joao Biehl in Conversation with Arcadio Diaz-Quinones & Adriana Petryna — Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Unfinished is a field-changing collection edited by Joao Biehl, which explores the plasticity of human subjects and lifeworlds, advancing the conceptual terrain of an anthropology of becoming. We invite you to a presentation and discussion.   Peoples becomings trouble and exceed ways of knowing and acting, producing new possibilities for research, methodology, and writing. The contributor… read more
Joan Breton Connelly & Angelos Chaniotis in Conversation — The Parthenon Enigma
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Connellys new "book is that rare thing: the exposition of a truly great idea, and a reminder of what a thrilling subject the past, that foreign country, can be." (NYT) We invite you to a conversation with her and her colleague from the Advanced Studies Institute, Angelos Chaniotis, about the long-buried meaning of the Parthenon frieze. Since the Enlightenment, the Parthenon has come to re… read more
P. Muldoon, I. Novey, J. Richardson & Winners of the Milberg 2ndary School Poetry Prize — A Poetry Reading
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Labyrinth and Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts invite you to a very special poetry reading. The reading will feature Paul Muldoon, Idra Novey, James Richardson, and 3 young debut poets: Adina Lasser, Tim D. Housand, and Katie Hibner, the winners of the 2013 Leonard L. Milberg 53 Secondary School Poetry Prize,. The Poetry Prize, awarded annually, is open to high school students in the eleventh… read more
Susan Jacoby — Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books (PR)
In a groundbreaking historical work that addresses religious conversion in the West from an uncompromisingly secular perspective, Susan Jacoby challenges the conventional narrative of conversion as a purely spiritual journey. We are proud to welcome renowned critic Jacoby to Labyrinth for a presentation and discussion. From the transformation on the road to Damascus of the Jew Saul into the … read more
Mark Lyons — Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines: Stories
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Labyrinth Books and Wild River Review invite you to a reading of stories that probe ordinary lives as well as the struggles and insights of undocumented Mexican immigrants, hospital “lifers,” returning veterans and highway philosophers, among other unforgettable characters.   “Author Mark Lyons asks us to slow down, pull over, and turn down the engine...and manages to create a world rich en… read more
Robert Wuthnow & David Miller in Conversation — The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
What is fueling rural Americas outrage toward the federal government? Why did rural Americans vote overwhelmingly for Donald Trump? And, beyond economic and demographic decline, is there a more nuanced explanation for the growing rural-urban divide? Join us for a presentation and discussion of these urgent issues.   Drawing on more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, Rober… read more
Naomi Murakawa and Eddie Glaude in Conversation — The First Civil Right
Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Naomi Murakawa’s The First Civil Right is a groundbreaking analysis of the root of the conflicts that lie at the intersection of race and the legal system in America. Please join us for a discussion that will provide a crucial context for the question of the re-kindling of a civil rights movement after the events in Ferguson. Many believe that the explosive rise in the US incarceration rate… read more
Stanley Corngold & Michael Jennings in Conversation — Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis: A Bug's Life
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
We invite you out to help us celebrate the Modern Library Classics edition of Kafkas Metamorphosis, translated, edited, and introduced by Stanley Corngold. Joining Professor Corngold will be his colleague, Michael Jennings. They will discuss the work and some of its renowned readers, including Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin, who are also featured with essays in this beautiful … read more
Eddie Glaude, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Imani Perry in Conversation — Race and Democracy in the U.S.: Black Thought in the Hour of Chaos
Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books (PR)
For most black Americans, the promise of equality rings hollow and false, a feeling made palpable by the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others. In the face of structural inequality and racism, the Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists. Labyrinth Books and Princeton Universitys Department of African American Studies invite you to a discussion of race… read more
Melissa Lane & Danielle Allen in Conversation — The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
In The Birth of Politics, Melissa Lane introduces the reader to the foundations of Western political thought, from the Greeks, who invented democracy, to the Romans, who created a republic and then transformed it into an empire. Please join us for a conversation between the author and political theorist Danielle Allen. Tracing the origins of our political concepts from Socrates to Plutarch to… read more
Joyce Carol Oates — Carthage
Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
A young girls disappearance rocks a community and a family in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation) . We are honored to invite you out to hear her read from her new novel. Zeno Mayfields daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the… read more
Michael Walzer — A Foreign Policy for the Left
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
A leftist foreign policy with a clear moral basis is long overdue. We invite you to a discussion with one of America’s foremost political thinkers. Foreign policy, for leftists, used to be relatively simple. They were for the breakdown of capitalism and its replacement with a centrally planned economy. They were for the workers against the moneyed interests and for colonized peoples ag… read more
Migrations Series: Jhumpa Lahiri & Alessandro Giammei — Trick: A Novel by Domenico Starnone, translated by J. Lahiri
Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
Sharp, succinct storytelling and breathtaking prose combine in this new novel by the author of the New York Times editor’s pick, Ties. His work is beautifully rendered in English by Jhumpa Lahiri, who will read from Trick and discuss both the novel and the art of translation with fellow-translator and Italian scholar Alessandro Giammei. This event is part of the Princeton Migrations Series.  … read more
Edmund White — Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 12AM — Labyrinth Books Princeton (PR)
When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was forty-three years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. He will be at Labyrinth to read from his new memoir of this time; please join us. In middle age, White discovered the new anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture. When he left Pa… read more
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