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Tom Barbash is the author of the new book of stories "Stay Up With Me." Previous books include award-winning novel "The Last Good Chance" and "On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11," which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published and performed on National Public Radio. Here he reads to an audience at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 12/04/2014.

Ari Shavit discusses his book "My Promised Land" in which he draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters to examine the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition. His intent is to promote a deeper, better-informed, and far more balanced discussion of Israel and the Middle East. As the great American democracy and the frontier Israeli democracy face dramatic challenges, Shavit contends that we should all be engaged in profound, free, and civilized discussion of the past, present, and future of the Promised Land.

Lydia Davis reads from her latest collection of short stories, "Can't and Won't," and speaks of her writing processes when dealing with her own work and translated work.

The Neo Noir series examines different aspects of the film noir style. The films showcase the "soul of the city," interpreting the Los Angeles of the past, present, and future. In "Collateral", director Michael Mann brings noir to a modern-day Los Angeles. Screenwriter Stuart Beattie talks with Anna Brusutti, Film and Media Studies Lecturer at UCSB, and the audience about his writing process. Recorded on 5/20/2015.
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