Book Talk | Little Wonder

07/01 Wednesday | 6pm

This event is a virtual discussion that will be live-streamed via Youtube & Twitter
Guests can pose questions via Twitter

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you for a book talk for Little Wonder featuring the author Sasha Abramsky in conversation with literary and art critic, Rowan Ricardo Phillips.

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, the American Prospect, Salon, Slate,  the New Yorker online, the Los Angeles Weekly, The Village Voice, the Daily Beast, and Rolling Stone. Originally from England and a graduate of Oxford University, he has since adopted his mother’s homeland of America and now lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife, daughter and son. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. In 2000 he was awarded an Open Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship. His latest book, Jumping At Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream, published in 2017. In addition, he has written a memoir, titled The House of Twenty Thousand BooksThe American Way of Poverty, which came out in September 2013, and was listed by the New York Times as amongst the 100 Notable Books of the Year. Prior to that, Inside Obama’s Brain, was published in December 2009. Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix was published in June, 2009, by PoliPoint Press. American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment, was published by Beacon Press in the spring of 2007. His first book, Hard Time Blues, was published in 2002; his second book, Conned, was published in 2006.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, author, academic, translator, journalist, and screenwriter. Phillips is the author of The GroundHeavenThe Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, and Living Weapon; all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has also published the influential critical study When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, which will be republished by FSG in 2021. His screenplay for the film Clemente, based on Pulitzer-Prize winner David Maraniss’ biography of baseball icon Roberto Clemente, is set to be directed by Oscar-winner Ezra Edelman. Phillips has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the Pen/Osterweil Prize for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf book award, and the GLCA New Writers Award; he has also been a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award for Poetry, and has been a long-listed finalist for the National Book Award, and the PEN Open Book Award. The Circuit was the winner of the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting. A prodigious sportswriter, Rowan has written on soccer, basketball and tennis for The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe New Republic and The Paris Review. His work has been selected as a book of the year by NPR, one of the best poetry collections of the year by The Washington Post among others, has been featured in Best American Poetry 2016 and Best American Poetry 2017, and has been translated into Catalan, German, Italian, Norwegian and Spanish. Phillips is the Margaret Scott Bundy Professor of English at Williams College and teaches Creative Writing at Princeton. He lives in New York City, Williamstown, and Barcelona.

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