Jongwoo Park discusses his new book DMZ: Demilitarized Zone of Korea

By Jessica Xing, Staff Writer In part with Strand’s partnership with Steindl, a renowned international photobook publishing company, Jongwoo Park discussed his new book DMZ: Demilitarized Zone of Korea with journalist Sara Rosen on Nov. 29. His photo book focuses on the 38th parallel, the zone separating North and South Korea, depicting the unrest but…

Dayton Peace Prize 2017

By Ahsem Anwar Kabir, Contributing Writer This past weekend, writer and NYU alumni Patricia Engel (CAS 99’) received the prestigious Dayton Literary Peace Prize award in best fiction, for her newest work, Veins of the Ocean. Published last year, Veins is the story of Reina Castillo, whose brother is sentenced to death for throwing a baby…

Liner Notes: Discussions on Bob Dylan, LSD, and Life Magazine

By Alesha Bradford, Contributing Writer This is perhaps the first book interview to start with a live guitar performance. Loudon Wainwright III is better known as an actor, prolific songwriter and folksinger. On Thursday, September 7th at The Strand, he treated his audience to one of his more famous songs, “Surviving Twin”. Across from Wainwright sat…

Anna Akbari Deconstructs the Business of Life

By Khrysgiana Pineda, Staff Writer Anna Akbari, an NYU alum and former professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication and the Department of Art and Art Professions, has found a formula that helps us overcome the life’s obstacles — impossible as that may seem — in her new book “Startup Your Life: Hustle…

What We Talk About When We Talk About Music

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer Haruki Murakami may be the most widely-known Japanese author in the world today. His novels regularly appear on tables in the NYU Bookstore and on the shelves of students of all stripes and schools, but his new book “Absolutely on Music” departs from his typical fantastical fiction style. Essentially a…

Writing Community Celebrates Its Authors

By Kaela Vecchia-Zeitz, Contributing Writer Cramped, crowded, full people chattered excitedly. A tunnel of chairs lined through the center of the house funneled listeners through three different rooms. There were seats in which the writer wasn’t even visible, speakers set up alongside the walls to accommodate. NYU Creative Writing Program’s Alumni Reading, hosted at the…

Rona Jaffe Foundation Supports Female Writers

By Arimeta Diop, Staff Writer In a moment of glory for the winners of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, the NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House hosted each author for a reading this past Sunday. The proud featured winners included Lina Maria Ferira Cabeza-Vanegas, Danielle Geller, Jamey Hatley, Ladee Hubbard, Airea D. Matthews and…

Greg McGoon challenges the norms in children’s literature

By Joseph Myers, Theater and Books Editor Fairytales are a staple in childhood, but what are the ramifications in the lack of character diversity? Writer Greg McGoon changes the landscape of traditional fairytales with in the book, “The Royal Heart,: featuring the world’s first transgender character. McGoon just released his newest book, “Traveling the Twisting…

Will the Real David Foster Wallace Please Stand Up?

By Paris Martineau, contributing writer Approaching the 20 year anniversary of the publication of the behemoth “Infinite Jest,” it has become all too clear that David Foster Wallace is lost to us. In the years following his suicide, Wallace has been reduced to a caricature of his true self that is only perpetuated by his…

Insightful Soul: An evening with Renata Adler

by Emma Muto Gordon As a part of their Reading series known as “Literary Publishers,” the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House and the New York Review Books presented Renata Adler. Adler has been throughout the literary world since she began as a reporter with major stories such as her coverage of Selma and the 6-day…