The New Republic and Strand present Salons at the Strand

Upcoming Events

The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Kevin Nguyen)

Monday April 6: 7:00PM – 8:00PM EST
Kevin Nguyen dives into the New York City tech world in New Waves, his wry, edgy debut novel, as he follows Margo and Lucas, one start-up's sole black employee and a low-paid Asian service rep, who decide to steal their tech start-up's user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret--and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo's computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her secret online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend. With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider's knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and start-up culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know each other? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?
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The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Kate Zambreno)

Thursday May 21: 7:00PM – 8:00PM EST
Beguiling and compulsively readable, Drifts is an intimate portrait of reading, writing, and creative obsession. At work on a novel that is overdue to her publisher, spending long days alone with her restless terrier, corresponding ardently with fellow writers, the novel’s narrator grows obsessed with the challenge of writing the present tense, of capturing time itself. Entranced by the work of Rilke, Dürer, Chantal Akerman, and others, she photographs the residents and strays of her neighborhood, haunts bookstores and galleries, and records her thoughts in a yellow notebook that soon subsumes her work on the novel. As winter closes in, a series of disturbances—the appearances and disappearances of enigmatic figures, the burglary of her apartment—leaves her distracted and uncertain…until an intense and tender disruption changes everything.

A story of artistic ambition, personal crisis, and the possibilities and failures of literature, Drifts is a dramatic step forward for one of our most-watched writers.
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The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Nicholson Baker)

Wednesday July 22: 7:00PM – 8:00PM EST
Ten years into researching a book about the possibility that the United States had used biological weapons in the Korean War, Nicholson Baker was frustrated and disheartened. In the course of his research, he had become deeply disillusioned with the process of FOIA requests. He has been forced to wait years in some cases, while other requests have been answered only with documents rendered inscrutable, or even illegible, by copious redactions. Rather than wait forever, with his head full of secrets about government atrocities committed by his own country, Baker sets out to keep a personal journal of his obstructed research instead. He begins documenting his correspondence with the government administrators who are charged with responding to, and thus stymying, his requests. The result is one of the most original and daring works of nonfiction in recent memory, a singular and mesmerizing narrative into the history of some of the darkest and most shameful secrets of the CIA and US government—all willfully concealed to some degree despite the existence of the so-called Freedom of Information Act.

In his preternaturally lucid and unassuming style, Baker unearths stories of CIA programs involving weaponized insects and the deliberate spread Lyme disease; dangerous military experiments carried out on unsuspecting American citizens; and devastating chemical munitions designed to inflict terrible harm on innocent civilians in far-flung countries. At the same time, he shares beautiful anecdotes from his daily life in Maine feeding his dogs and watching the morning light gather on the horizon. The result is an astonishing and utterly disarming story about waiting, bureaucracy, the horrors of war, and, above all, the deadly secrets the United States government keeps from its citizens.
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Past Events

The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Vivian Gornick)

Monday March 2: 7:00PM – 8:00PM EST
Vivian Gornick, one of America's most beloved writers, celebrates a life of passionate reading with Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader. In nine essays that traverse literary criticism, memoir, and biography, she muses on the importance of reading?and re-reading?as life progresses. From identifying with multiple characters in D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, to assessing womanhood in Colette’s The Vagabond and The Shackle, to soaking in Natalia Ginzburg, “a writer whose work has often made me love life more,” her essays are luminous hymns to the books and writers who have shaped her life. Guided by Gornick’s trademark verve and insight, Unfinished Business is a masterful appreciation of literature’s power to illuminate our lives from a peerless writer and thinker who “still read[s] to feel the power of Life with a capital L.”

The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Andre Aciman)

Tuesday February 4: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Andre Aciman's career as a novelist and memoirist has seen him receive multiple awards, and his work translated into many languages. His first novel, Call Me By Your Name, became a bestseller around the world, with an Academy Award-winning film adaptation bringing it to life on the screen. In Find Me, Aciman picks back up with Elio, Oliver, the Perlman family, and his own mastery of emotions and sensibilities across time. Join us in the Rare Book Room as Andre Aciman discusses the changes in the lives of his greatest characters, and the process of creating one of the most enduring love stories of our time.

The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Anna Wiener)

Wednesday January 15: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Anna Wiener's Uncanny Valley is one of the most anticipated books of the year, described by Sweetbitter author Stephanie Danler as a "generation-defining account" of her time in Silicon Valley. After she leaves book publishing in New York for work at a San Francisco big-data startup, Wiener arrived in the midst of a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. Join us in the Rare Book Room for a conversation about this unsparing and incisive look into the dream-world of Northern California from an up-and-coming writer.

The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Mary Gaitskill)

Wednesday November 13: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Join us in the Rare Book Room for the inaugural meeting of the New Republic's Salon at the Strand! Each month, the New Republic will sit down with a lauded author to discuss their latest work in depth, and their works in progress.

Mary Gaitskill, acclaimed for her fiction in collections like Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, along with her novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Veronica, and The Mare, will be joined by literary editor Laura Marsh for a conversation about This Is Pleasure, her latest searing novel. Don't miss this first Salon from the New Republic with one of today's most beloved authors!

The New Republic - Salon at the Strand (with Carmen Maria Machado)

Friday December 6: 7:00PM - 8:00PM EST
Carmen Maria Machado, finalist for the National Book Award, shares In the Dream House, her searing and innovative memoir of an abusive relationship. Already widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year, it's a "breathtakingly inventive" (The New Yorker) tale told by a modern master.

Don't miss this discussion of a must-read new book from a brilliant writer!

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