Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series


Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series at the 92nd Street Y.

Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series at 92nd Street Y
Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series


Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series 2023

Daughters of Latin America: An Anthology Reading Hosted by Rosie Perez amd featuring Giannina Braschi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Jamaica Kincaid, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, and Esmeralda Santiago.

An eclectic and inclusive time capsule spanning centuries, genres, and geographical and linguistic diversity, Daughters of Latin America is divided into 13 parts representing the 13 Mayan Moons, each cycle honoring a different theme. Within its pages are poems from U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón and celebrated Cervantes Prize–winner Dulce María Loynaz; lyric essays from New York Times bestselling author Naima Coster, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Guggenheim Fellow Maryse Condé; rousing speeches from U.S. Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, and Lencan Indigenous land and water protector Berta Caceres; and a transcendent Mazatec chant from shaman and poet María Sabina testifying to the power of language as a cure, which opens the book. Enjoy this multilingual event as part of the Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series at the Unterberg Poetry Center.

Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series
2023 Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series


Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series

THURSDAY OCTOBER 5, 2023 at 8:00pm 

Kay Redfield Jamison: Fires in the Dark In conversation with Atul Gawande

Kay Redfield Jamison and Atul Gawande at 92nd Street Y

Pulitzer Prize finalist Kay Redfield Jamison (An Unquiet MindRobert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire) presents a major new work of nonfiction — Fires in the Dark: Healing the Unquiet Mind — in conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author, surgeon, and global public-health advocate Atul Gawande (Being Mortal). At once an expertly crafted cultural history and a starkly personal account of the age-old quest for relief from psychological pain, Fires in the Dark is a timely and timeless meditation on the transformative power of psychotherapy. Deftly moving between the trauma of 20th-century battlefields to her own struggles with bipolar disorder to our shifting conceptions of grief and clinical depression, Jamison presents a profoundly moving and nuanced portrait of how a century of clinical, spiritual, and aesthetic interventions have changed the way we understand our psyches. Don’t miss this event as part of the Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series.


Recanati-Kaplan Talks

Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks with George Stephanopoulos

Build the Life You Want
Oprah Winfrey, Arthur C. Brooks and George Stephanopoulos

Join Oprah Winfrey and bestselling author Arthur C. Brooks (creator of the popular “How to Build a Life” column in The Atlantic) on the secrets behind living a happy life — and a conversation about their new book, Building the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier, with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

How can we mobilize our lives toward greater happiness? How do we translate ideas about happiness into action? How do we take control of our present and future? Winfrey and Brooks have each spent decades tackling big questions about finding happiness and achieving self-actualization. In their fascinating collaborative book, they lay out their hard-earned wisdom in concrete steps with practical solutions for how to strengthen four crucial pillars of happiness: family, friendship, work, and faith. In this intimate, powerful conversation, hear them discuss what they’ve learned about happiness — why it matters, how to build your blueprint for a more fulfilling future, the adventure that awaits you in the process, personal stories that didn’t make it into the book, and more.

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