92Y Fall 2016 Talks – Highlights

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TALKS & READINGS HIGHLIGHTS
–  Fall 2016 –


Tony Bennett, Anthony Bourdain, Justice Stephen Breyer, Joe Buck, Ken Burns, Ta-Nehisi Coates,  Andy Cohen, Judy Collins, Phil Collins, Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Roxane Gay, Shep Gordon, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Lewis, Jim Lehrer, Robert MacNeil, Wynton Marsalis, Bette Midler, Masaharu Morimoto, Tommy Mottola, Daphne Oz, Carol Bayer Sager,Zadie Smith, Rebecca Traister, Alexander Wang, Harvey & Bob Weinstein, Geoffrey Zakarian, and more


For a full list of talks and readings, please go to 92Y.org/Talks

JUDY COLLINS PERFORMANCE AND CONVERSATION MODERATED BY ANTHONY DECURTIS

Tue, Sep 6, 8 pm, tickets from $32

One of the reigning icons of folk music, her relentlessly creative spirit and music helped to 
define a decade and a generation’s sound track. Now in her seventies, she’s just released a new record, Silver Skies Blue, in collaboration with singer-songwriter Ari Hest. She talks about her life and performs some classic hits and new songs.

Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf | DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR

Preview screening & conversation with 
Ken Burns & Artemis Joukowsky with 
moderator Annette Insdorf

Tue, Sep 13, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

Master documentary storyteller Ken Burns joins forces with Artemis Joukowsky to tell the fascinating story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, an American couple who saved imperiled Europeans during World War II. Voiced by Tom Hanks and Marina Goldman, the Unitarian minister and his wife emerge as heroes for our own time, risking everything to help Jews and other refugees. The documentary will be broadcast September 20 on PBS.

IAN McEWAN

Mon, Sep 19, 8:15 pm, tickets from $22

Ian McEwan opens the Poetry Center’s 78th season with a reading from his new novel, Nutshell, a classic tale of murder and deceit. “McEwan forces his readers to turn the pages with greater dread and anticipation than does perhaps any other ‘literary’ writer working in English today,” wrote Claire Messud. “Reading McEwan’s work, we often find it impossible to slow down, so powerful is the pull of ‘What next?’”

Food Talks with Kitchen Arts & Letters | THE CHEW’S DAPHNE OZ IN CONVERSATION WITH MARIO BATALI

Tue, Sep 20, 8 pm, tickets from $32

The bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning co-host of ABC’s The Chew talks with her co-host, superstar chef and restaurateur Mario Batali, about her new book, The Happy Cook. Oz provides inspiring ideas for celebrating every weekday with delicious meals that are as easy to create as they are to enjoy. A book signing follows the event.

SHEP GORDON WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN: THEY CALL ME SUPERMENSCH

Thu, Sep 22, 7 pm, tickets from $32

Manager/agent/producer/author/super-mensch shares the best stories from his legendary career working with everyone from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Nobu Matsuhisa to Wolfgang Puck.

WE ARE ALL FEMINISTS NOW: 

STACEYANN CHIN, C. NICOLE MASON, LINDA SARSOUR & REBECCA TRAISTER

Thu, Sep 22, 7 pm, tickets from $32

Join this dynamic panel of writers, speakers, poets and political activists for a fast-moving talk on issues ranging from leaning in to respectability politics to the future of feminism — and the power of storytelling to accelerate social change.

CHEF GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN IN CONVERSATION 
WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS & DAVID BURTKA

Mon, Sep 26, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian brings his SiriusXM Food Talk radio show to 92Y, dishing with Neil Patrick Harris and husband, David Burtka on their career highlights, upcoming projects and personal milestones — and, of course, their favorite eats and drinks.

KRISTA TIPPETT & ANDREW ZOLLI: ON WISDOM AND BEING

Tue, Sep 27, 7 pm, tickets from $32

Krista Tippett, the Peabody Award-winning host of NPR’s On Being, talks with PopTech leader Andrew Zolli about  about the art of living, and how presence — the exhilaration of engaging with life for its own sake — is driving positive change in the world today. Co-presented with the Garrison Institute.

JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER IN CONVERSATION WITH CHARLIE ROSE

Wed, Oct 5, 7 pm, tickets from $48 (book included)

The Supreme Court justice joins the award-winning broadcaster for a penetrating discussion about today’s most pressing legal issues: the death penalty; gun control; whether foreign law has a place in interpreting the American Constitution; and how, in an increasingly interconnected world, the court is obliged to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders.

BILLY COLLINS AND BARBARA HAMBY

Thu, Oct 6, 7:30 pm, tickets from $22

Billy Collins’s new book of poems is The Rain in Portugal. “He is an American original — a metaphysical poet with a funny bone and a sly questioning intelligence,” wrote Edward Hirsch. Collins is joined by Barbara Hamby, whose latest collection is On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems. “Her poems are wild, outspoken, seriously funny, motor-mouth rambles that take us through hoops of association to places both unexpected and unimpeachable,” wrote Collins.

RITA DOVE AND ROBIN COSTE LEWIS

Thu, Oct 13, 7:30 pm, tickets from $22

Rita Dove’s newly published Collected Poems is 
“an absolutely astounding body of work,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.  Robin Coste Lewis won the 2015 National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus, her first collection of poetry. “Altogether new, open, experimental and groundbreaking, Lewis privileges real life in all its complications,” wrote Claudia Rankine.

CAROLE BAYER SAGER IN CONVERSATION WITH BETTE MIDLER

Mon, Oct 17, 7 pm, tickets from $32

“Nobody Does It Better” than Carole Bayer Sager, who has been an award-winning songwriter for five decades. She talks with legendary entertainer Bette Midler, because “That’s What Friends Are For.”

JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER AND RABIH ALAMEDDINE

Thu, Oct 20, 7:30 pm, tickets from $22

Jonathan Safran Foer’s much-anticipated new novel, Here I Am, showcases the same inventiveness, irreverence and emotional urgency as Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. “Virtuosic, visionary, ingenious, hilarious, heartbreaking — he brings an astonishing array of firepower to the page,” wrote The Village Voice. Set over the course of one night in a psych clinic, Rabih Alameddine’s new novel, The Angel of History, is the story of a poet wrestling with his past. “He is the rare writer who not only breaks our hearts, but gives every broken piece a new life,” wrote Yiyun Li.

PBS NEWSHOUR, TOGETHER AGAIN:
 JIM LEHRER & ROBERT MACNEIL WITH ROGER ROSENBLATT: THE ELECTION

Tue, Oct 25, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

The two legendary TV anchors and founders of the PBS NewsHour discuss everything from the current presidential election to the nation and the world they covered and observed during their distinguished careers. Their conversation is moderated by author and longtime NewsHour essayist Roger Rosenblatt.

PHIL COLLINS IN CONVERSATION

Wed, Oct 26, 8 pm, tickets from $52 (book included)

There’ll be something “In the Air Tonight” as one of the world’s most successful recording artists joins us for an unflinchingly honest look at the highs and lows in his life from his new autobiography Not Dead Yet.

TOMMY MOTTOLA IN CONVERSATION

Tue, Nov 1, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

Music mogul Tommy Mottola was the youngest CEO in the biz; the man behind Hall & Oates, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan — and the trailblazer who ignited the explosion of Latin singers, artists and entertainers in mainstream America. His new book, The New Sound of America, tells all about it.

Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis | ALEXANDER WANG

Thu, Nov 3, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

Born in San Francisco, educated at Parsons School of Design, Alexander Wang showed his first full women’s ready-to-wear collection in fall 2007. Now a global brand with more than 25 stores worldwide, Alexander Wang is, in its essence, a 
reflection on contrasts, blending seamlessly 
between the refined and the imperfect. His 
collections have an unprecious outlook on fashion, and always reflect a sense of ease. He is renowned for his irreverent approach and for perpetually evolving and recontextualizing the urban uniform.

Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf | AN EVENING WITH BOB AND HARVEY WEINSTEIN

Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

Harvey and Bob Weinstein changed the course of American movie making by bringing independent film into the Hollywood-studio mainstream. These creators of Miramax and the Weinstein Company have received 303 Oscar Nominations and won 75 Academy Awards. Join them as they talk about their work with Annette Insdorf and share clips from their favorite films.

Food Talks with Kitchen Arts & Letters | MASAHARU MORIMOTO: MASTERING THE ART OF JAPANESE HOME COOKING

Tue, Nov 10, 8:15 pm, tickets from $32

Iron Chef Morimoto has a reputation as one of today’s most creative culinary geniuses. Born and raised in Hiroshima, he trained at NYC’s Nobu before opening his namesake restaurant, Morimoto, and his restaurants now extend from Mumbai to Mexico City. Discover his secrets for making traditional Japanese dishes at home and hear about recipes and techniques from his new book, Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking . A book signing follows the event.

TONY BENNETT IN CONVERSATION WITH GAYLE KING

Wed, Nov 16, 7 pm, tickets from $32

The 19-time Grammy Award winner has written a new book — Just Getting Started — about the remarkable people, places and things that have influenced him. He talks with Gayle King about the artists — from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga, Charlie Chaplin to 
Amy Winehouse — who have invaluably shaped his life.

LEGENDARY SPORTSCASTER JOE BUCK IN CONVERSATION

Wed, Nov 16, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting many of the biggest games in the NFL every week, doing the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years.  Now, as he publishes his memoir, Lucky Bastard, Joe Buck tells stories his fans haven’t heard before about his funniest and most embarrassing interactions with the biggest sports stars of this era to what it was like growing up in the shadow of his father, sports broadcaster Jack Buck.

ANDY COHEN IN CONVERSATION

Thu, Nov 17, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

The megapopular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back, better than ever, and telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night as he joins us to talk about his new book, Superficial. In this account of his escapades — personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes — Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.

A CELEBRATION OF ALBERT MURRAY 

With Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Renata Adler, Paul Devlin and Ayana Mathis

Mon, Nov 28, 8 pm, tickets from $22

An evening of readings to celebrate the centennial of Albert Murray — “an authority on soul from the days of old” (Duke Ellington) — upon publication of his Collected Essays and Memoirs by the Library of America (Oct. 18). Murray’s art possesses “the poet’s language, the novelist’s sensibility, the essayist’s clarity, the jazzman’s imagination and the gospel singer’s depth of feeling,” wrote The New Yorker.

TRACY LETTS

Mon, Dec 5, 8 pm, tickets from $22

Tracy Letts is the only artist ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama (August: Osage County) and a Tony Award for acting (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). His new play, Mary Page Marlowe, follows the title character from childhood to old age in a series of elliptical scenes presented out of order. “Tracy Letts is a poet of the ordinary — a playwright who writes about commonplace lives in uncommon ways,” wrote Terry Teachout.

ZADIE SMITH

Thu, Dec 8, 7:30 pm, tickets from $28

Smith visits 92Y to read from her new novel, Swing Time, a dazzlingly energetic and deeply human story about friendship, music and stubborn roots.

MICHAEL LEWIS IN CONVERSATION WITH MALCOLM GLADWELL

Mon, Dec 12, 7:30 pm, tickets from $32

Bestselling author Michael Lewis examines how a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky  created the field of behavioral economics and revolutionized everything from big data studies to government regulation. He takes the stage with Malcolm Gladwell to explore that groundbreaking research and discuss why most people overlook the data and go with their guts.

A CELEBRATION OF E.L. DOCTOROW

With Ta-Nehisi Coates, Don DeLillo and Jennifer Egan

Mon, Jan. 9, 7:30 pm, tickets from $28

Friends and fellow writers pay tribute to E. L. Doctorow upon posthumous publication of his Collected Stories. “His prose tends to create its own landscape,” wrote Don DeLillo. “His sensitivity to language is perfectly balanced and complemented by a gigantic vision,” wrote Jennifer Egan. “He did not so much write fiction about history as he seemed to occupy history itself,” wrote Ta-Nehisi Coates. “He owned it. He made it his own.”

ROXANE GAY

Thu, Jan 12, 8 pm, tickets from $22

“Praise Roxane Gay for her big-hearted, self-
examining intelligence, for her inclusive and forgiving stance, for her courage and determination,” wrote Pam Houston. “Now that she’s here, it’s impossible to imagine what we ever did without her.” The author of Bad Feminist, Gay has two new books on the way: the short-story collection 
Difficult Women and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.


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