Jane Austen & Chuck Palahniuk (upcoming #LIVENYPL guest, author of “Fight Club”) in the same sentence? Check it out here.

L.A. Times Festival of Books

Steve Hindy, upcoming #LIVENYPL guest, has been added to the lineup for this year’s L.A. Times Festival of Books!

From the L.A. Times:

"The L.A. Times Festival of Books announced on Tuesday the names of the hundreds of authors who will  participate in the annual event. Taking place at USC, the Festival of Books is one of the largest literary festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 150,000 attendees. The 2014 Festival of Books will be held April 12 and 13.”

New York Observer’s Top 10 Books - Spring Preview

The New York Observer recently compiled a list of its top upcoming books - future #LIVENYPL guests Geoff Dyer and Karl ove Knausgaard made the cut!

From the spring preview:

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

by Geoff Dyer

(Pantheon, May 20)

It’s Geoff Dyer. Talking about his experiences aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. He’s the tallest and oldest person on the ship. If that isn’t enough to make you want to read it, you’re reading the wrong paper.

My Struggle Book Three

by Karl ove Knausgaard

(Archipelago Books, May 27)

Another year, another addition to Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume autobiographical novel, My Struggle. Book Two showed Mr. Knausgaard’s protagonist—named Karl Ove Knausgaard—starting a family with his second wife. In Book Three, he goes back to the early 1970s, to his own childhood. Book Three is billed by its publisher as “the most Proustian in the series.” No matter how you feel about Proust, the truth is that with each subsequent book of his that is translated into English, Mr. Knausgaard continues to solidify his reputation as one of the most vital writers working today.

Is it too late to prepare for climate change?

Upcoming #LIVENYPL guest Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, recently examined the prospects of preparing for climate change:

"Promoting ‘preparedness’ is doubtless a good idea. As the executive order notes, climate impacts—which include, but are not limited to, heat waves, heavier downpours, and an increase in the number and intensity of wildfires—are ‘already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation.’ However, one of the dangers of this enterprise is that it tends to presuppose, in a Boy Scout-ish sort of way, that “preparedness” is possible."

Read the article here.

Mr Knausgaard is the author of one of the most idiosyncratic literary works of recent years: a six-volume, 3,500-page autobiography called “My Struggle”, after Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”. It starts with a portrait of his father’s alcohol-soaked death, ends with a meditation on Hitler and takes the author through the cycle of his life. Mr Knausgaard is now 45.