WRITERS SUSAN MINOT, A.M. HOLES, ANAND GIRIDHARADAS, MARIA POPOVA, MATTHIEU AIKINS TO SPEAK & READ
SPECIAL EVENT BENEFITS PLANNED PARENTHOOD, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER, THE TREVOR PROJECT, AND NRDC
Special event Dear America will be held on April 13 with musical
performances from GRAMMY-nominee Regina Spektor; musician, author, and
performance artist Amanda Palmer; and “dark, delicate” (NY Time) music
of Elvis Perkins; and John Forte of the Fugees, and noted soprano Julia
Bullock. Also speaking and reading is an array of writers, including
poet, short-story writer, novelist and screenwriter and incarceration
activist Susan Minot; A.M. Homes; author of The True America: Murder and
Mercy in Texas Anand Giridharadas; Brain Pickings podcast mastermind
and published writer Maria Popova; and noted war correspondant Matthieu
Aikins. The special event benefits Planned Parenthood, the Southern
Poverty Law Center, the Trevor Project, and the National Resources
Defense Council. Tickets are on sale now:
Regina Spector is Russian-born, American musician Regina Spektor is an
internationally known, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter.
Amanda Palmer is a performer, songwriter, and New York Times best
selling author. She first came to prominence as the piano-playing
songwriting half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The
Elvis Perkins has released three full-length collections of songs, two
under his own name ( 'Ash Wednesday' ’07 XL Recordings & 'I Aubade',
’15 MIR) and one under the band name Elvis Perkins in Dearland (’09 XL
Recordings). The band with whom he has toured extensively also released
the 6 track 'Doomsday EP' in 2009 (XL). In the past two years he has
made two film scores:“I am the Pretty Thing the Lives in the House”
(Netflix Original, October ’16) and “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (A24
’17). A soundtrack album for the latter will be released in 2017. Elvis
is currently collaborating with theatre performer/creator Geoff Sobelle
(Object Lesson) on his new piece HOME, set to premiere at BAM's Next
Wave Festival in December.
Susan Minot is the author of Monkeys, Lust & Other Stories, Folly,
Evening, Rapture, a poetry collection Poems 4 A.M. and, most recently,
Thirty Girls about children abducted by the LRA in Uganda and how women
struggle to cope with trauma. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, O
Henry Prize Stories, Granta. New York Times, McSweeney's and Vogue.
She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty” and
the film "Evening" was adapted from her novel.
John Forte is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, filmmaker and
activist. First recognized for his work with multi-platinum hip hop
group The Fugees, Forté's felony conviction and eventual Presidential
commutation cemented Forté's commitment to reforming America's broken
criminal justice system.” Forté has released several solo and
collaborative projects to-date including, Music Supervisor Brooklyn D.A.
(CBS/television), Created inaugural anthem for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA),
The Russian Winter (feature film/documentary), Schools Not Prisons
A.M. Homes is the author of numerous books including, May We Be
Forgiven, and The Mistress’s Daughter and teaches at Princeton
Anand Giridharadas is a former columnist and correspondent for The New
York Times. Most recently, he is the author of The True America: Murder
and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare the
life of the Death Row sentenced white supremacist who tried to kill him.
The book has been optioned to be directed Kathryn Bigelow. In 2011,
he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,
about returning to the India his parents left.
Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads
on Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is included in the Library
of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials. She has also
written for The New York Times, Wired UK, and The Atlantic, among
others, and is an MIT Fellow.
Julia Bullock is a versatile soprano. This season, she debuts with the
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Baltimore
Symphony. She also appears as Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress at The
Festival International in Aix-en-Provence and Kitty Oppenheimer in the
BBC Symphony’s production and recording of Dr. Atomic, conducted by John
Adams. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the
London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony,
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and San Francisco Symphony.
Ekow Yankah is a law professor whose work focuses on questions of
criminal and political theory and punishment. He has written for
publications spanning The New York Times, The New Yorker and The
Huffington Post, among others and has been a regular commentator on
criminal law issues on television and radio including MSNBC, BBC
Mark Warren was raised and educated in southeast Texas, where he worked
in Democratic politics, until he realized how that whole situation was
playing out and relocated to New York City, where he worked in magazines
- first Harper's, then Esquire, where he would stay for 28 years, 19 of
them as executive editor. In that time, he had the privilege to work
with some of the greatest writers ever. And he wrote a little, too.
Matthieu Aikins is the Schell Fellow at the Nation Institute. He has
been reporting from South Asia and the Middle East since 2008. His
writing has appeared in US, Canadian, British, and French publications
such as Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, New York Times
Magazine, and The Atlantic among others.