LIT UP by David Denby

February 25, 2016

David Denby spoke about his book, Lit Up, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Denby's latest book recounts his determination to help today’s teenagers get the same satisfaction and pleasure from serious reading. An essayist and film critic for The New Yorker, Denby spent a year in three different schools, public and private, in New Haven, New York City, and Westchester County; he reports on the teachers, the students, and the tenth-grade English curriculum, showing how books, combined with skilled and impassioned instructors, can inspire kids to dive into works like 1984 and Brave New World.

Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. By David Denby Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250117038
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - February 14th, 2017


February 11, 2016

A.O. Scott spoke about his book, Better Living Through Criticism, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

The former book critic for Newsday, Scott has been The New York Times film critic since 2000, and his contributions to publications including Lingua Franca and The New York Times Magazine have examined= a wide range of cultural artifacts. His first book builds on this familiarity with myriad forms of expression to examine criticism in the widest sense, and as Scott moves from the ancients to post-modern thinkers, he shows that criticism is not only one of the most creative ways to think, but that without it, creativity in the forms of literature, the visual arts, and even social and personal relationships, would cease to thrive.