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Jason Robert Brown, Israel Horovitz & Jeff Baron to Judge First International Jewish Play ContestJason Robert Brown, Israel Horovitz & Jeff Baron to Judge First International Jewish Play Contest
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Five plays - one about a young woman's coming of age at the intersection of the Jewish and American communities; one about the friendship between the actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson and Soviet Jews during WWII; one about a feisty, successful Yiddish actress who fiercely guards her agonizing secrets from a zealous director; one about love and scandal in the 1921 Yiddish Art Theater's production of Ansky's 'The Dybbuk'; and one which takes place during 1945 at the closing of WWII in the Jewish neighborhood of Saratoga Springs known as 'Gut' -- have been chosen as the finalists in first-ever National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's [NYTF] International David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play Contest. (more...)

PEN American Center & ACLU to Host Public Reading of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's GUANTANAMO DIARY, 1/26PEN American Center & ACLU to Host Public Reading of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's GUANTANAMO DIARY, 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

On Monday, January 26, PEN American Center, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will present a public reading and conversation to mark the publication of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's Guantanamo Diary (Little, Brown & Company). The first and only diary by a still-imprisoned Guantanamo detainee to be released publicly, Guantanamo Diary is an authoritative first-hand account of imprisonment, torture, and day-to-day human interactions in the world's most infamous detention camp. For this unprecedented international publishing event, a stellar line-up including authors and PEN members Michael Cunningham, Joshua Ferris, Nicole Krauss, Francine Prose, Douglas Rushkoff, and Luc Sante, visual artist Molly Crabapple and actress Lili Taylor will join forces to read from the book. Following the reading, Philip Gourevitch will moderate a conversation between Larry Siems, Guantanamo Diary editor and former PEN American Center Freedom to Write Director, and Nancy Hollander, a lead attorney for Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Suzanne Nossel, PEN American Center Executive Director, and Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project and part of Slahi's legal team, will offer opening remarks. (more...)

Bookworks Presents Today's Shelf Awareness for ReadersBookworks Presents Today's Shelf Awareness for Readers
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

In my novella Cold Comfort, a workaholic photojournalist returns to an Italian-American enclave in Rhode Island to spend Thanksgiving with her only remaining relative, a hip 96-year-old aunt who texts and blogs. Challenged by a blizzard and a blackout, the aunt is intent on serving the family's traditionally Italian, seven-course Thanksgiving feast when a character off-handedly remarks, 'Maybe your aunt thinks the pilgrims were Italian?' (more...)

Scribd Adds 30,000 Audiobooks To Its Library, Creating The Largest Unlimited Book Offering From World's Top PublishersScribd Adds 30,000 Audiobooks To Its Library, Creating The Largest Unlimited Book Offering From World's Top Publishers
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today announced that it is broadening its offering to give subscribers access to more than 30,000 audiobooks. Titles will include new releases, as well as smash hits and award winners like The Hunger Gamestrilogy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano, and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, all for Scribd's current price of $8.99 per month. The addition of this extensive audiobooks selection, which includes titles from Blackstone, HarperCollins, Naxos and Scholastic, to Scribd's existing library of more than half a million e-books represents the largest unlimited-access offering of e-books and audiobooks available today. (more...)

2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist is Announced2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist is Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

TORONTO, ON - A special event to announce the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist at the Soho House in Toronto, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. (more...)

Playwright Colm Toibin to Lead Next Year's PEN World Voices FestivalPlaywright Colm Toibin to Lead Next Year's PEN World Voices Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

PEN American Center announced today that acclaimed writer Colm Toibin will serve as Chairman of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, beginning with next year's Festival. Founded and chaired by Salman Rushdie for a decade, the Festival brings together writers and public intellectuals from around the globe to encourage cross-cultural dialogues on issues central to individual rights and freedoms. (more...)

Photo Flash: Harvey Fierstein, Sheldon Harnick & More Take Part in Public Theater's AN EVENING WITH TEVYA AND CHAVA ForumPhoto Flash: Harvey Fierstein, Sheldon Harnick & More Take Part in Public Theater's AN EVENING WITH TEVYA AND CHAVA Forum
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Last night at Joe's Pub at The Public, Harvey Fierstein, who played a celebrated Tevye in the 2004 revival of Fiddler; Fiddler on the Roof co-creator Sheldon Harnick; original Broadway cast member Austin Pendleton; renowned Yiddish theatermaker Jenny Romaine; Taniesha Duggan, Director of Audience Engagement of Hartbeat Ensemble; andAlisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders, discussed how successive generations of storytellers used Sholom-Alechem's characters to reflect changing concerns about family, identity, and more. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

Public Theater Continues Forum Series with Sarah Lewis, Jose Rivera & Carrie Mae Weems, 4/7Public Theater Continues Forum Series with Sarah Lewis, Jose Rivera & Carrie Mae Weems, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The Public Theater will continue its Spring Public Forum series with an exciting new Public Forum Solo, SARAH LEWIS: PICTURES AND PROGRESS, on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub at The Public. Member tickets are on sale now. Single tickets, starting at $25, go on sale Wednesday, March 12 and can be purchased at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. (more...)

Cynthia Nixon Set for Public Forum Drama Club's THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER,12/10Cynthia Nixon Set for Public Forum Drama Club's THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER,12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2013

The Public Theater announced that Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon has joined the December Public Forum Drama Club event, The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder, on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub. In Public Forum Drama Club, authors, musicians, journalists, scholars, and actors come together to give onstage readings of one-act plays that have some special resonance in our lives today. Each reading concludes with a discussion of the hard questions that the play raises about our politics, our culture, and the way we live now. (more...)

Lonely Planet Publishes A FORK IN THE ROAD, Edited by James OselandLonely Planet Publishes A FORK IN THE ROAD, Edited by James Oseland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2013

Whether reserving at a world-famous restaurant, shopping at an open-air market, or being wowed by street food specialties, our culinary experiences on the road are an integral part of travel. Food is discovery, but as Lonely Planet's new literary anthology, A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road, demonstrates, it's also an emotional and transformative journey. (more...)

Denis O'Hare Joins Tony Kushner, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Marvel for Public Forum TodayDenis O'Hare Joins Tony Kushner, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Marvel for Public Forum Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2013

The Public Theater announced that Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare has joined the next Public Forum Drama Club, Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy by Tony Kushner, tonight, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub, continuing the fourth season of PUBLIC FORUM. (more...)

Denis O'Hare Joins Tony Kushner, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Marvel for Public Forum, 11/3Denis O'Hare Joins Tony Kushner, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Marvel for Public Forum, 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2013

The Public Theater announced that Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare has joined the next Public Forum Drama Club, Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy by Tony Kushner, on Sunday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub, continuing the fourth season of PUBLIC FORUM. (more...)

Public Theater to Continue Forum Season with JOSEPH STIGLITZ ON THE RICH AND POOR, 12/9Public Theater to Continue Forum Season with JOSEPH STIGLITZ ON THE RICH AND POOR, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

The Public Theater will continue its Public Forum season with PUBLIC FORUM SOLO: JOSEPH STIGLITZ ON THE RICH AND POOR on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub. This one-night-only event will feature a talk by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on income inequality and what the artistic community can do about it, followed by a conversation featuring Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, and Public Works Director Lear deBessonet. (more...)

Holly Hunter Set for Public Forum Drama Club's LIFE BY ASPHYXIATION Reading, 10/20Holly Hunter Set for Public Forum Drama Club's LIFE BY ASPHYXIATION Reading, 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

The Public Theater announced that Academy Award winner Holly Hunter has joined the first Public Forum Drama Club, Life By Asphyxiation by Kia Corthron, on Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub, kicking off the fourth season of PUBLIC FORUM. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 10/06/2013Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 10/06/2013
by BWW - Oct 6, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/06/2013 for St. Louis (more...)

Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Marvel & More Set for PUBLIC FORUM Series This FallRachel Maddow, Elizabeth Marvel & More Set for PUBLIC FORUM Series This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) will kick off the fourth season ofPUBLIC FORUM with the new series Drama Club, a book club for plays that will feature one-night-only readings and discussions of works by Kia Corthron, Tony Kushner, and Thornton Wilder at Joe's Pub. Curated by Jeremy McCarter, the popular PUBLIC FORUM series presents the theater of ideas: conversations and performances with leading voices in politics, media, and the arts. (more...)

Lori Bookstein Fine Art Presents Mark Strand: Collages TodayLori Bookstein Fine Art Presents Mark Strand: Collages Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2013

Lori Bookstein Fine Art has announced an exhibition of recent collages by Mark Strand. This is the artist's first solo-show with the gallery. (more...)

Lori Bookstein Fine Art Presents Mark Strand: Collages, 9/5Lori Bookstein Fine Art Presents Mark Strand: Collages, 9/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2013

Lori Bookstein Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent collages by Mark Strand. This is the artist's first solo-show with the gallery. (more...)

Matt Damon, Christine Baranski Join for Public Theater's Public Forum Lineup at The Delacorte TonightMatt Damon, Christine Baranski Join for Public Theater's Public Forum Lineup at The Delacorte Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2013

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) and the Aspen Institute Arts Program (Director, Damian Woetzel) will welcome Christine Baranski, Gloria Reuben and Matt Damon for the free Public Forum, WHAT ARE WE WORTH? SHAKESPEARE, MONEY, AND MORALS, tonight, June 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. (more...)

Matt Damon, Christine Baranski Join for Public Theater's Public Forum Lineup at The Delacorte, 6/17Matt Damon, Christine Baranski Join for Public Theater's Public Forum Lineup at The Delacorte, 6/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2013

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) and the Aspen Institute Arts Program (Director, Damian Woetzel) announced today that Christine Baranski, Gloria Reuben and Matt Damon will join the free Public Forum, WHAT ARE WE WORTH? SHAKESPEARE, MONEY, AND MORALS, on Monday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. (more...)

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