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Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Safwan Masri on the success of Tunisian democracy after the Arab Spring

Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly

This week, our featured book is Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, by Safwan M. Masri, with a foreword by Lisa Anderson. Today, we are happy to present three videos from Masri’s recent talk at George Washington University in which he introduces his book, discusses the four factors that have led to the unique success of Tunisia’s post-Arab Spring democracy, and delves into what makes Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement so special. (more…)

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Columbia University Press at #ASA2017

Theory for the Working Sociologist

Headed to the American Sociologist Association Annual Meeting in Montreal? You can find Columbia University Press at Hall 220C in the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Booth #703.


Saturday, August 12th from 4:30-6:00 PM for a Meet-up & Signing with Fabio Rojas, author of Theory for the Working Sociologist. Aimed at undergraduate students, graduate students, journalists, and interested general readers who want a more formal way to understand social life, Theory for the Working Sociologist presents the underlying themes of sociological thought using contemporary research and plain language.

Sunday, August 13th from 1:30-2:30 PM for a Meet-up & Signing with Jason Schnittker, author of The Diagnostic System, which looks at the multiple actors involved in crafting the DSM and the many interests that the manual hopes to serve. You can read an excerpt from the book here.

Sunday, August 13th from 2:30-3:00 PM for a Meet-up & Signing with Viviana A. Rotman Zelizer, author of Morals and Markets, newly reissued from our ”Legacy Editions” series. Morals and Markets is a pathbreaking study that explores the development of life insurance in the United States.

Catch our editor, Eric Schwartz, on panels on:

Saturday, August 12th from 10:30-12:10 PM”How to Publish in Theory at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 512E.

Sunday, August 12th from 12:30-1:30 PM – “From Dissertation to Book” at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 513C.

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Media Roundup: Capital and the Common Good

Capital and the Common Good

This week, our featured book is Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance Is Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problems, by Georgia Levenson Keohane. For the final post of the feature, we are happy to present a quick roundup of some of the great media attention Capital and the Common Good is getting.

Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of Capital and the Common Good.

Georgia Levenson Keohane’s Capital and the Common Good has received lots of great coverage over the past couple weeks, starting with a review by Brenda Jubin at Seeking Alpha. Jubin claims that “[t]his book may not be an antidote to the constant barrage of attacks on the financial industry, but it shows that finance can be, and often is, allied with the interests of the public good.”

On October 3, Keohane was interviewed by Diane Horn on the Sustainability Segment of Mind Over Matters on KEXP Seattle.

Keohane has also written a number of articles about the use of innovative finance in helping to solve major world issues, including climate change mitigation; health, disaster response, and poverty reduction; and the global refugee crisis.

If you are in New York City next week, please come see Georgia at Columbia Business School where she will discuss how innovative finance is tackling the world’s most urgent problems. Capital and the Common Good 10/17 at Columbia Business School, Uris Hall, Room 322 at 6:30pm. You can find more information about the event at the website of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Eric Kandel, Michael Mann, Kosher Food, Exhaustion, and More Author Events in September

Eric Kandel, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science

From how the brain perceives art and the fight against climate change denialism to the integration of Kosher food into the American mainstream and the history of exhaustion, We’ve got an excellent line-up of author events coming up in September.

We are very excited to be publishing Eric Kandel’s new book Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures and he will be at the recently opened Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City on September 14th to discuss the book.

With words and cartoons, Michael Mann and Tom Toles continue their fight against climate denialism with their new book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy. Mann will be in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Long Island to discuss the book as well as at the American Museum of Natural History on September 29th for what should be an amazing event.

Roger Horowitz will be at various locations on the East to discuss his book Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food while Anna Katharina Schaffner travels to Paris to present her much-discussed and critically acclaimed book Exhaustion: A History.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The Other Catholics Book Tour

The Other Catholics

This week, our featured book is The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion, by Julie Byrne. Today, we are happy to provide the initial schedule for Julie Byrne’s The Other Catholics Book Tour. Professor Byrne is also available for New York City metro area bookings this summer and other cities in the future.

Saturday, June 18, 4:00 PM
Bensalem, PA
Barnes and Noble in the Neshaminy Mall

Saturday, June 25, 3:30 PM
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Public Library (145 Washington Ave)

Thursday, July 14, 6 PM
Chicago, IL
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Sunday, July 17, 10 AM
St. Louis, MO
St. Stanislaus Parish (1413 N 20th Street) (more…)

Monday, April 11th, 2016

This Week’s Author Events: Dogs, Kosher Food, Wall Street, and “None’s”

With Dogs at the Edge of Life

We have a great lineup of author events this week on a range of different subjects and stretching from coast to coast.

Colin Dayan will be in New York and Princeton on Monday and Tuesday to discuss her book With Dogs at the Edge of Life .

Tuesday also sees Roger Horowitz travel to the Brooklyn Historical Society to talk about Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food and Corinna Nicolaou, author of A None’s Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam, visit Kramer Books . Nicolau will then appear at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane on Wednesday.

Edward Morris comes to New York City for two events at the end of the week to speak about his very timely history, Wall Streeters: The Creators and Corruptors of American Finance.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

A Winemaker’s Skill Leads To Great Wine

The Winemaker's Hand

Natalie Berkowitz will be discussing The Winemaker’s Hand tonight at 7 PM at Book Culture on 112th! Brush up on what it is that winemakers add to great wine in the article below:

A Winemaker’s Skill Leads To Great Wine
Natalie Berkowitz

What makes the difference between ordinary wine, sometimes jokingly called plonk, and truly great wines with complex characteristics? The current explanation dictates terroir is determined by terroir, those elements nature provides, such as soil, the amount of sun, rain, wind, and the influence of nearby rivers or oceans. The magic that comes to grapes starts when the vines derive various flavors from a soil’s characteristics. It seems counter-intuitive, but a great wine’s concentrated flavors are the consequence of grapes grown in mineral-rich soils that are often volcanic or strewn with pebbles and rocks, forcing the vine’s roots to dig deeper to find water extracting flavors from a soil’s various strata. In contrast, deep, loamy, soils produce grapes without character and flavor since the roots stay closer to the surface, reducing the opportunity to extract complex characteristics. Winemakers at large- scale wineries are less fussy about soils since they prefer optimum quantity over optimum quality while vintners with a goal of complex wines choose soils that give their vines a head-start. (more…)

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Thursday Fiction Corner: Li Ang and her “Lost Garden”

The Lost Garden

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Author Li Ang, arguably Taiwan’s most controversial feminist writer, discussed her newly translated novel The Lost Garden with a panel that included her translators Sylvia Li-chun Lin and Howard Goldblatt as well as her editor Jennifer Crewe.

Her fiction is known for her frank depictions of female sexuality and violence. In the video below, she discusses her motivation for writing The Lost Garden, Taiwan’s national identity, and the decadence of capitalism. Goldblatt and Lin discuss the problems of translations and the censorship of the White Terror Period.

Thanks goes to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of New York and Columbia University’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library Reading Room for sponsoring the event. Please enjoy!

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Author Events This Week: A Celebration of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and More!

Between Men

We’ve got a great slate of author events this week:

The week kicks off with a talk on understanding climate change from Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.

Tuesday includes a triple-header with George Rupp discussing his book Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities at Columbia University. He will be jointed by Scott Pelley, Wayne Proudfoot, and others. Meanwhile, Alexander Butler, author of Walking the Night Road: Coming of Age in Grief, will be in conversation with poet Joan Retallack in a program entitled In Writing, In Mourning. Heading back uptown, Stuart Schaar talks about his new biography Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age, at Book Culture. Schaar will be joined by Rashid Khalidi.

Wednesday and Thursday bring discussions of the history of American wealth and the fight against inequality. On Wednesday, Edward O’Donnell will be at the Lehman Center in honor of his book Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age. Wall Street itself is the subject of Edward Morris’s new book Wall Streeters: The Creators and Corruptors of American Finance. Morris will be at Left Bank Books to talk about the book.

Finally, on Friday, Wayne Koestenbaum, Sharon Marcus, Michael Moon, and our own Jennifer Crewe join a distinguished group of scholars and publishers in a conference at The Center for the Humanities to celebrate the thirtieth-anniversary edition of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Academic Freedom and Literature – Author Events This Week

Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom?

For those of you planning your weekly agenda, here are a few events we’re looking forward to:

Akeel Bilgrami and Jonathan Cole, the editors of Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom?, discuss their book at a launch event at Book Culture in NYC on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00 PM.

Dalkey Archive Press authors Louis Bury, Exercises in Criticism, and Bruce Bromley, Making Figures, consider the ways in which criticism is itself an act of artistic making in an event at The Humanities Initiative at NYU on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:00 PM.

Dorothy Tse, one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed young writers, reads from her short story collection Snow and Shadow at evening events with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop on Thursday, April 2nd and the China Institute on Friday, April 3rd.

The editors of A Coney Island Reader present a gallery of portraits of the legendary Brooklyn neighborhood from some of the world’s finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers at a lunch hour event at the 92Y.

To find out more about these and other upcoming events check out our Author Events Calendar.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Injustice at Home, New Opportunities Abroad — Author Events this Week

The Greening of Asia, Mark L. Clifford

We’re very excited about this week’s participation of Columbia University Press in two special events that engage with some of the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time:

First off is tonight’s conversation between James Liebman, author of The Wrong Carlos: An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, and Robert Ferguson, George Edward Woodberry Professor in Law, Literature, and Criticism. The two will discuss The Wrong Carlos at the Columbia Law School at 6:30.

Meanwhile, later this week on March 25th and halfway across the world, Mark L. Clifford will discuss his new book The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency, new from Columbia Business School Publishing. The event is part of the The Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing and will be moderated by Stuart Leavenworth, Beijing Bureau Chief of McClatchy Newspapers.

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Mary Helen Washington at the Schomburg Center on Wednesday

On Wednesday night, Mary Helen Washington will discuss her new book The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s at the Schomburg Center. Washington will be in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin.

As a preview for the event, here is Mary Helen Washington explaining how her Catholic upbringing in the 1950s led to an interest in the relationship between African Americans and the Communist Party. She describes how Communist newspaper in the United States became one of the few venues to provide serious discussions and coverage of African American literature during the 1950s. She also talks about her desire to see the work of radical African American artists and writers from this period become part of the canon:

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Eric Walrond, Harlem Renaissance Forgotten Giant — James Davis

Eric Walrond

In celebration of Black History Month, we continue our focus on recent titles in African-American studies. Today, we look at Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean, by James Davis, which was recently featured in the Daily News.

In the article, Davis explains Walrond’s important role in the Harlem Renaissance, who was friends with such figures as Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes. Walrond was best-known for Tropic of Death, his book of short stories, which offered one of the first portrayals of Caribbean characters in American literature. However, after achieving recognition for Tropic of Death, Walrond left New York City and faded into obscurity.

In praising the book, David Levering-Lewis says ““It’s a gorgeous book, and it’s detective work that is really exceptional.” Walrond was born in Guyana and his role in the Harlem Renaissance reflects the important place Caribbean-Americans have had in the history of Harlem.

For more on the book, we’re very excited about an event with James Davis to celebrate the book’s launch at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn, on Monday, February 23rd.

And here’s an excerpt from the book:

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Joseph Stiglitz and Others Help to Launch the Kenneth J. Arrow Series

Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series

Next week there will be two great events relating to the Arrow Lectures and our book series. Both events are free and open to the public:

On Monday, November 17th, Columbia University Faculty House will be hosting a book launch for The Kenneth J. Arrow Series to celebrate the books in the series, including the just-published Moral Hazard in Health Insurance, by Amy Finkelstein. The event will include a roundtable discussion with a remarkable group of economists and scholars, including Kenneth J. Arrow, Stanford University; Scott Barrett, Columbia University; Patrick Bolton, Columbia University; Bruce C. Greenwald, Columbia University; Geoffrey Heal, Columbia University; Eric Maskin, Harvard University and IAS; Bernard Salanié, Columbia University; José A. Scheinkman, Columbia University; and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University. This event will be moderated by Jan Svejnar, Columbia SIPA.

The 7th Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture itself will take place the next night and be delivered by Paul Milgrom, Shirley and Leonard Ely Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, will focus on prices and resource allocations in computationally challenging environments. Discussants will include Kenneth J. Arrow, Stanford University; Jay Sethuraman, Columbia University; Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University.

For more, here is Joseph Stiglitz on the creation of the Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Thursday Fiction Corner: Haïlji and The Republic of Užupis

In a post from earlier this year we featured the recently launched Library of Korean Literature Series, published by Dalkey Archive Press. Next week, Dalkey and the Korean Cultural Centre UK are having a big, two-event launch party on November 4th and 5th, with Haïlji, author of The Republic of Užupis.

On the 4th, there will be a book launch with Hailji; John O’Brien, CEO of Dalkey Archive Press; and Richard Lea, a writer from The Guardian. On the 5th, there will be a discussion and screening of The Road to Racetrack, based on the Haïlji’s controversial novel of the same name.

For more on Haïlji’s work and books from the library, here is a sampler that includes excerpts from the initial books from the series:

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Lawrence Cunningham Discusses “Berkshire Beyond Buffett” at Google

In the following video from his talk at Google, Lawrence Cunningham’s discusses his new book Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values:

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

An Evening with Herve This and Note-By-Note Cooking

Herve This and Adam Gopnik discuss

Hervé This is in town this week, so for those who couldn’t make it to his various events, here’s an account of his recent appearance at the Columbia Maison Française to discuss Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food. And you can still catch him later today at the Institute of Culinary Education

“Molecular cooking is over—it’s for grandfathers!” Hervé This exclaimed on Monday night at the Maison Française on the Columbia University campus. This is in town this week to promote his new book, Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food, published by Columbia University Press. The event was moderated by Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker, who started out the night by declaring that even the Cronut™ isn’t revolutionary in the face of note-by-note cooking.

Hervé This introduced his novel concept by describing a carrot as a sum of its constituent parts—water, cellulose, aminos, minerals—and asked that the audience begin to think of these components as similar to the notes of a song. He claims we can cook food just as a musician writes a melody on a synthesizer (the end result could fall anywhere between Jingle Bells and Rachmaninoff, a candy bar or a truffle sauce). Note-by-note cooking, therefore, is about building, not deconstructing food. This implored the audience to “forget about the word natural” as no cooked food is natural (think of a French fry in relation to a wild potato). Instead we must value the artificial for its inherent “art” and recognize that there will be both good art and bad art.

The audience was clearly entranced by the idea, but everyone wondered how to do it? Hervé answered by describing a typical weeknight dinner he cooks for his family: a tough cut of meat braised for many hours in a low oven with a few drops of truffle compound for a sauce. (He sometimes adds a drop or two of syrah compound to make a red wine reduction.) Even though the compounds have been highly processed, the terroir of the mushrooms and the grapes still comes through and “makes his family smile.” He described the note-by-note kitchen of the future as one full of beautiful lacquered boxes with maybe 10 aminos, 20 pungencies, 30 colors…in addition to bags of flour and jars of paprika.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Herve This Is Bringing Note-by-Note Cooking to the USA!

Herve This, Note-by-Note Cooking

After spending a week reading about Herve This’s Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food, now’s your chance to see the dynamic chemist as he comes to New York and Boston for a series of great events, beginning this Friday!:

Friday, October 24 at 6:00 pm
Boston University Jacques Pepin Lecture Series in Gastronomy and Experiential Food Studies

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Boston Book Festival/Alliance Francaise de Boston

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Columbia University Maison Française
Columbia University’s Maison Française presents Herve This, Michael Laiskonis, and Adam Gopnik in conversation.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Albertine Bookstore at the French Embassy
The discussion will be followed by a tasting prepared by Chef and Creative Director of the Institute of Culinary, Michael Laiskonis.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Institute for Culinary Education

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Experimental Cuisine Collective at New York University

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Culinary Institute of America

Monday, October 6th, 2014

This Week’s Author Events — Blood, The Hockey Stick, Vital Conversations, Lady in the Dark, and More!

Blood, Gil AnidjarOctober brings a great lineup of author events and this week is no exception. Here’s a look:

Monday, October 6:

Gabriel Rockhill discusses his book Radical History and the Politics of Art at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, October 7:

Gil Anidjar talks about Blood: A Critique of Christianity with Mark C. Taylor at Bookculture in New York City.

Wednesday, October 8:

Robert Sitton on Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film at The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Connecticut.

Nancy Foner, editor of One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century, joins others to discuss contemporary immigration in New York City at the Tenement Museum in New York City.

A book release party for Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients, by Dennis Rosen at Newtonville Books.


Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October Author Events: Joseph Stiglitz, Herve This, and More!

Joseph Stiglitz, Creating a Learning SocietyFrom global inequality and global warming to the elements of cooking and male sex work, we’ve got a great lineup of author events in October.

It all begins tonight when Bruce Greenwald and Joseph Stiglitz discuss Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Other highlights include the return of Hervé This to talk about his new book Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food; Robert Sitton visits the Museum of Modern Art and other locales to talk about Iris Barry and his new book Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film; Blood author Gil Anidjar visits Bookculture; Mary Helen Washington discusses the intersection of leftist politics and culture in African American history and her new book The Other Blacklist; and much more.