Monday, 7:30 pm EST November 16, 2020
Story/Teller features actors reading from new works of fiction to give audiences a taste of the language, characters, and story, followed by moderated conversations with the authors. See events in series.
Edward Norton, who wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a film adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, will perform a dramatic reading of Lethem’s newest novel The Arrest, which takes place in a post-technology world soon disturbed by a new invention. The author will be joined in conversation by Hugo Award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson (New York 2140) after the performance.
Jonathan Lethem is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including The Feral Detective, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Arrest which will be published by Ecco in November 2020. He currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California.
Edward Norton is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation and has starred in, produced, written or directed over 30 films. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won the Golden Globe, an Emmy, an Obie and numerous other awards for his performances and productions.
His most recent film is, Motherless Brooklyn, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in. A meditation on hidden power and the threat of autocracy in America, filmmaker and historian Ken Burns wrote that the film is “nothing less than a modern masterpiece.”
Norton has a substantial parallel career as an entrepreneur, investor and activist in both environmental sustainability and technology ventures.
He currently serves as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity and for nearly 20 years he has served as the Board chair of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a community-based organization working to preserve the endangered wildlife and threatened forest ecosystems in Kenya’s iconic southern rangelands. MWCT’s work to develop an innovative portfolio of sustainable, natural capital-based revenue streams for Maasai communities has been awarded both the UNDP Equator Prize and the UNEP Champions of the Earth Prize. Norton seeded MWCT’s effort to build the Chyulu Hills Carbon project and has led the effort by the project to build a consortium of corporate partners buying offset credits for a market redefining $15/ton.
He also served on the Boards of: Conservation International, Friends of the High Line, Signature Theatre Company, Enterprise Community Partners and Harlem Grown.
Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed New York 2140, The Years of Rice and Salt, and 2312. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.
About this series
Our Story/Teller series features actors reading from new works of fiction to give audiences a taste of the language, characters, and story, followed by moderated conversations with the authors.