You want to tune in to this one tonight.  Beach balls with glow sticks.  That is all that needs to be said.  

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.

Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation (out Mar. 25) will explore a future America in which an insomnia epidemic is affecting hundreds of thousands of people. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”
Karen Russell joins #LIVENYPL on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - join us for an energizing discussion: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/06/03/rivka-galchen-karen-russell-0?nref=56896

Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation (out Mar. 25) will explore a future America in which an insomnia epidemic is affecting hundreds of thousands of people. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps’ reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Karen Russell joins #LIVENYPL on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - join us for an energizing discussion: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/06/03/rivka-galchen-karen-russell-0?nref=56896