At summit, Obama urges activists to be patient for change
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama urged community organizers and social innovators to be patient in their pursuits of wide-scale community change.
Obama made the plea during a talk Monday at the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago.
The former president noted that patience is needed because societies are "complex, organic things that you don't turn (like) switches. They evolve. They shift. They change."
Obama to speak at foundation’s summit in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama, author Dave Eggers and actress and singer Janelle Monae are will be among the speakers at the second Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago.
The summit is Sunday and Monday. It brings together young leaders from the foundation's programs, including Obama Foundation Fellows, Africa Leaders and the Global Girls Alliance. They'll discuss how people can bring about positive change in their communities and around the world.
The lineup for the 2018-19 Ten Evenings series, presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, features 10 writers, eight of whom are women. According to executive director Stephanie Flom, there was no concentrated effort to feature a predominately female lineup. But she did want to mirror the current zeitgeist.
BernExpo: Sen. Bernie Sanders to speak at BookExpo
NEW YORK (AP) — BookExpo is feeling the Bern.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will be speaking at publishing's annual national gathering, convention organizers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Vermont independent and 2016 Democratic presidential contender is scheduled for May 31 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.
He is expected to discuss his upcoming book "Where We Go From Here," scheduled for release in November.
This heartwarming story of a man who surmounts immense obstacles to start his own coffee company is what certified literary good guy Dave Eggers does best: a true account of a scrappy underdog, told in a lively, accessible style.
Book recounts quest to revive coffee trade in Yemen
"The Monk of Mokha" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Dave Eggers
As legend has it, coffee was born in Yemen, when a Sufi brewed the beverage to fuel his late-night devotions. Roughly 700 years later, a Yemeni-American set out to revive the country's languished and forgotten role in the world's coffee trade.
One assumes it’s hard enough to start a coffee business without having to get the beans out of a country in the midst of a civil war. Yet that’s the circumstance that Yemeni-American Mokhtar Alkhanshali found himself in when, in 2015, he started a direct-trade coffee company, the first of its kind to use beans grown in Yemen, the birthplace of coffee.
So youve read your Christmas books and youre wondering whats coming up next year? Im glad you asked! Here are some of the biggies:
The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers. (Jan. 30.) The true story of a Yemeni immigrant to the United States who returns to his country to start a coffee business just as civil war breaks out.
Dave Eggers writes middle-school novel ‘The Lifters’
NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Eggers' next literary adventure will be for a younger crowd.
Watson’s hotline to Eggers
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" NEW
Filmmaker James Gunn delivers Mixtape #2 as the team explores the mystery of Peter Quill’s heritage and fights galactic baddies. With Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell. (2:16) PG-13.
Tom Hanks going on ‘NFL moratorium’ over Raiders move
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tom Hanks says he's going on an "NFL moratorium" for two years after his hometown Oakland Raiders leave for Las Vegas, but he didn't explain what that entails.
The NFL approved the Raiders' plan to move last month. A $1.9 billion stadium is slated to be built for the team with the help of $750 million in public money.
"The Circle" NEW
A young woman experiences success at the world’s largest technology and social media company and is encouraged to live her life completely in the open. With Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Patton Oswalt, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane. Written and directed by James Ponsoldt, based on the novel by Dave Eggers.
NEW YORK (AP) — A highly praised and proudly off-beat literary magazine, where contributors have ranged from Nick Hornby and Anne Carson to Leslie Jamison and Daniel Handler, is changing ownership.
Poetry center Cave Canem wins honorary National Book Award
NEW YORK (AP) — Cave Canem, a poetry center that has nurtured and championed African-American poets, has won an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the American literary community.
The National Book Foundation announced Tuesday that Cave Canem is the recipient of the Literarian Award, a prize that in previous years has gone to Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers and Terry Gross, among others.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest stop on Dave Eggers' long-running fictional tour: Alaska.
Eggers' "Heroes of the Frontier," which comes out July 26, tells of a single mother from Ohio who flees to Alaska with her young son and daughter in the wake of financial and personal disaster. Josie is a dentist forced to sell off her practice after being sued by a former patient. Meanwhile, the father of her children is increasingly unreliable and she is haunted by guilt for...