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Conversations at the Newberry

Two speakers. No moderator. One free-ranging conversation on a topic steeped in history and yet palpably of-the-moment. “Conversations at the Newberry” is intended to be the out-loud, public equivalent of what happens here every day when readers encounter books and manuscripts. It brings to the Newberry pairs of authors who are deeply interested in and knowledgeable about a humanities-related topic that deserves attention today and into the future.

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Conversations at the Newberry
A Conversation with David Denby and Adina Hoffman
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” David Denby and Adina Hoffman discuss the life and work of the brilliant chameleon Ben Hecht: sardonic Chicago newspaperman, scandal-seeking novelist, celebrated playwright, outspoken activist for Jewish causes, and the man Pauline Kael called “the greatest American screenwriter.”