Evan Smith, Editor of The Texas Tribune
“The Evolution will be Digitized: The Future of the New News” by Evan Smith, Editor of The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith gave a talk entitled “The Evolution will be Digitized: The Future of the New News.” Smith is Editor of The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news organization based in Austin. The Tribune’s deep coverage of Texas politics can be found on its own website as well as in the pages of The New York Times, and in newspapers, radio programs and TV shows throughout the state. Before co-founding the Tribune, Smith spent eighteen years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor in Chief.
Slam Poetry with Anis Mojgani and Andrea Gibson
Anis Mojgani and Andrea Gibson are two of the most accomplished and most recognized slam poets in the world. In February they perform together in a sold out show hosted by the Joynes Reading Room.
“Sexual and Social Mobility in The Duchess of Malfi“ by Prof. Frank Whigham
English Professor Frank Whigham hosted a lecture entitled “Sexual and Social Mobility in The Duchess of Malfi.” Professor Whigham is one of the world’s experts on John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. His article on the play, originally published in PMLA and reprinted multiple times, is one of the most important works of recent criticism on John Webster’s tragedy, which is also discussed in his book, Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Novelist Paul La Farge
In November, the Joynes Reading Room hosted a reading by the inimitable novelist Paul La Farge. His latest book, Luminous Airplanes, is the story of a computer specialist who returns to his childhood home to handle his late grandfather’s estate, and finds himself entangled not only in family history, but also the history of flight, the history of computer science, the history of music, and the “discovery” of America. The novel is accompanied by an online “immersive text” which expands the continuously evolving story.
Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão and his English-language translator, Alexis Levitin
Salgado Maranhão is one of the best known and most beloved contemporary poets in Brazil. In addition to his nine books of poetry, he has composed songs for many top Brazilian musical groups. Blood of the Sun is his first book available in English translation. Together with his English language translator Alexis Levitin, Salgado Maranhão read from and discussed his new book. This was a rare opportunity to see an internationally recognized poet in the intimate venue of the Joynes Reading Room at UT.
Poet and critic John Taggart
John Taggart provided a poetry reading in the Joynes Reading Room. Taggart is the author of fourteen books of poetry and two books of criticism. His work is influenced by medieval and modern musical traditions and by visual art. A major retrospective of his work, IS MUSIC, was published in 2010 by Copper Canyon Press.
The Parties Versus The People author Congressman Mickey Edwards
Former U.S. Congressman Mickey Edwards visited the Joynes Reading Room to discuss the current election and his new book, entitled The Parties Versus The People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. Edwards represented Oklahoma’s 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years, and served on the Budget and Appropriations Committees. He is now director of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. He has taught graduate courses on politics and government at Harvard, Princeton, and George Washington University.
Swamplandia! author Karen Russell
Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, gave a guest lecture in the Joynes Reading Room. The event included Q&A, and a book signing. Russell was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction, and is one of the 20 writers under 40 featured by the New Yorker magazine.
Memoirist and short-story writer Elva Trevino Hart
Elva Trevino Hart’s award-winning memoir, Barefoot Hart, has been widely praised for its unflinching portrayal of childhood in a migrant family. Her latest book, Simpaticas: San Miguel Stories, is a collection of short fiction that observes the lives of wealthy American tourists through the eyes of their Mexican maids.