Celebrating 50 Years of ‘The New York Review’

The Future of Literary Journalism

A conversation with Ian Buruma, Andrew Delbanco, Alma Guillermoprieto, and Zoë Heller, moderated by Robert Silvers and Joseph Lelyveld

Noted contributors to the Review honor its essential place in contemporary culture. This event, a co-presentation with the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, will take place in the Celeste Bartos Forum.

Robert Silvers along with Barbara Epstein, was a founding editor of The New York Review of Books, which began during the New York publishing strike of 1963. Mr. Silvers was its co-editor for over forty years with Ms. Epstein and since 2006 has been its editor.

Ian Buruma has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books for almost thirty years, and is co-editor of The New York Review Abroad, a forthcoming anthology of the magazine’s international reportage. He is the Henry R. Luce Professor at Bard College and and, in 2008, was awarded the Erasmus Prize. His latest book, Year Zero: A History of 1945, will be published in the fall of 2013.

Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies at Columbia, has written for The New York Review of Books since 1989. He is the author of Melville: His Life and Work—which he worked on as a Fellow at the Cullman Center in 1999-2000—and Satan: How Americans Have Lost Their Sense of Evil. His most recent books are College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be and The Abolitionist Imagination.

Zoë Heller is the author of Everything You Know, What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal (shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize), and, most recently, The Believers. She contributed twice to The New York Review of Books in 2012 with penetrating and controversial reviews of Naomi Wolf’s Vagina: A New Biography and Salman Rushdie’s memoir Josef Anton.

Alma Guillermoprieto, a Mexican journalist, has written on Latin America for The New York Review of Books since 1994. Her books include Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America and Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution. She lives in Mexico City.

Joseph Lelyveld, a former correspondent and editor of The New York Times, has written on politics and history for The New York Review of Books since 2001. In 1986 he won a Pulitzer Prize for Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White. His latest book is Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India.

Please visit the NYPL site for information about tickets for this event.

Photo credits: Robert Silvers by Beowulf Sheehan, Ian Buruma by Michael Childers, Alma Guillermoprieto by Claudio Alvarez, Zoë Heller by Guy Aroch, Joseph Lelyveld by Aaron Salcido

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