Open Book / Open Mind: Andrew Marantz, “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation”Adult Events 01/26/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Andrew Marantz is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has worked since 2011. He has written extensively for the magazine about technology, social media, the alt-right, and the press, as well as about comedy and pop culture. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, New York, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and many other publications. A contributor to Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour, he has spoken at TED and has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many other outlets. Antisocial is his first book.
Andrew will be in conversation with D. T. Max, a staff writer at The New Yorker. His book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery He has been the books editor of the New York Observer, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a pseudonymous food reviewer for Paper. He lives in Montclair with his wife, their two children, and a rescued dachsund/cocker mix named Nemo.
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Open Book/ Open Mind: Dr. Imani Perry, “Breathe: A Letter to My Sons”Adult Events 02/09/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
A professor of African-American studies at Princeton, Perry is a prolific writer whose work, including her recent award-winning biography of the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, contributes to a fuller understanding of black history and culture. But in “BREATHE,” the scholar forsakes the safe harbor of academic objectivity for the wilds of personal vulnerability. She explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world.
Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.
Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the book for purchase and signing at the event.
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Open Book / Open Mind: Charlotte Alter, “The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America”Adult Events 02/23/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
“In ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ TIME correspondent Charlotte Alter defines the class of young leaders who are remaking the nation–how grappling with 9/11 as teens, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, occupying Wall Street and protesting with Black Lives Matter, and shouldering their way into a financially rigged political system has shaped the people who will govern the future.” –Penguin Random HouseClick here for more details...
Open Book / Open Mind: Gail Collins, “No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America”Adult Events 03/01/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
“In her lively social history of American women and aging, acclaimed New York Times columnist Gail Collins illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries. From Plymouth Rock (when a woman was considered marriageable if “civil and under fifty years of age”), to a few generations later, when they were quietly retired to elderdom once they had passed the optimum age for reproduction, to recent decades when freedom from striving in the workplace and caretaking at home is often celebrated, to the first female nominee for president, American attitudes towards age have been a moving target. Gail Collins gives women reason to expect the best of their golden years.” –Little, Brown, and Company
Gail Collins will be in conversation with journalist and author, Dale Russakoff.Click here for more details...
Open Book / Open Mind: Jesse Wegman, “Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College”Adult Events 04/19/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
“New York Times editorial board member Wegman combines in-depth historical analysis and insight into contemporary politics to present a cogent argument that the Electoral College violates America’s ‘core democratic principles’ and should be done away with…His extensive research and careful consideration of the issue from all angles reveal the current system’s defects, though the path to reform in the face of fierce political opposition remains somewhat unclear.” — Publishers Weekly
Jesse Wegman will be in conversation with attorney and activist Jim Johnson, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement.
Click here for more details...The framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 times. To this day, millions of voters, and even members of Congress, misunderstand how it works. It deepens our national divide and distorts the core democratic principles of political equality and majority rule. How can we tolerate the Electoral College when every vote does not count the same and the candidate who gets the most votes can lose?Twice in the last five elections, the Electoral College has overridden the popular vote, calling the integrity of the entire system into question—and creating a false picture of a country divided into bright red and blue blocks when in fact we are purple from coast to coast. Even when the popular-vote winner becomes president, tens of millions of Americans—Republicans and Democrats alike—find that their vote doesn’t matter. Under the statewide winner-take-all rule, a handful of battleground states decide who will become president for all of us.In this thoroughly researched and engaging call-to-arms, Supreme Court journalist and New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman draws upon the history of the founding era, as well as the most up-to-date information gleaned from campaign managers, field directors, and other officials from Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns of the twenty-first century, to make a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College. In Let the People Pick the President he shows how we can at long last make every vote in the United States count—and restore belief in our democratic system.JESSE WEGMAN is a member of the New York Times editorial board, where he has written about the Supreme Court and legal affairs since 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, editor and producer at outlets including National Public Radio, The New York Observer, Reuters, The Daily Beast and Newsweek. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2005.