April 16: The Strength of Ignorance
Ross Gay, Poet
Andri Snær Magnason, Novelist
Max Boot, Military Historian
Vicky Ward, Journalist
Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, columnist, and national-security analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for the Washington Post, a Global Affairs Analyst for CNN, and author of the books The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today, the New York Times best-seller Invisible Armies: The Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present, and his most recent book The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.
Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His most recent book, The Book of Delights Essays, was released by Algonquin Books earlier this year.
Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer of novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and films. His novel LoveStar got a Philip K. Dick Special Citation, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France, and “Novel of the year” in Iceland. The Story of the Blue Planet was the first children’s book to receive the Icelandic Literary Award and has been published or performed in 35 countries. He co-directed “Dreamland,” a feature-length documentary film based on his book, Dreamland: A Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. His most recent book, The Casket of Time, has now been published in about 10 languages.
Vicky Ward is a New York Times Bestselling author, investigative reporter, and author. A former contributor to Esquire and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Ward is currently the editor at large of HuffPost and HuffPost’s long-form magazine, Highline, and Town & Country magazine. Ward is the author of two best-selling books, The Liar’s Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How one Building Broke the World’s Toughest Tycoons and The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers, and her new book, Kushner, Inc.
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