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literature | Jun 22nd, 2021

An Ode to Black Joy: Angie Thomas and Nic Stone Collaborate on Blackout

The pandemic brought its share of hardships, but also enabled the most beloved writers in young adult literature to collaborate on a new novel. Blackout features six award-winning, Black, female authors—including two Lavin Speakers: New York Times bestselling authors ANGIE THOMAS and NIC STONE.... Continue Reading →
literature | Jun 21st, 2021

Acclaimed Author James Ellroy Returns With Tiltiltating Tabloid Thriller

James Ellroy is the author behind L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, and some of the most epic crime novels of our time. In Widespread Panic, his latest novel, he weaves a dark story of 1950’s Hollywood, punctuated by secrets, blackmail, extortion, and prowlers—making it what NPR calls “the most... Continue Reading →
social justice | Jun 16th, 2021

A Force for Social Change: The Lavin Agency Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author Nic Stone

To build an anti-racist society, we must first recognize our shared humanity, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone. In her vivid and timely novels, Stone lays bare the systemic racism in our nation, teaches us to recognize our shared experiences, and creates the foundations necessary... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jun 10th, 2021

George Packer Examines Modern America in Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal

2020 was a year of confusion for America, but ultimately clarity—further exposing the nation’s blatant inequalities and deepening societal rifts. The year left Americans across the country in despair about what was next for their country and its democratic ideals. In his new book Last Best Hope,... Continue Reading →
innovation | May 31st, 2021

The Power of Creative Leadership: The Lavin Agency Welcomes Former Nike CMO Greg Hoffman

There is perhaps no one more qualified to advise you on the ins-and-outs of creative leadership than new Lavin speaker Greg Hoffman. Throughout his 20+ years at Nike, Hoffman helped lead the sporting giant’s most innovative branding, marketing, and design efforts—from the Emmy Award-winning Colin... Continue Reading →
trending | May 28th, 2021

Luke Burgis’ Wanting Reveals the Power of Mimetic Desire

The billion-dollar question of business, politics, even the foundation of society itself—why do we want the things that we want? It is both shocking and revealing that everything we desire, do, or create is powerfully influenced by those around us. In his new book,Wanting, serial entrepreneur... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | May 25th, 2021

Insights for Building a Positive Workplace Culture in 2021: Download Lavin’s Report

In 2020, our world changed overnight—and so did our workplaces. The Lavin Agency’s 2021 WORKPLACE CULTURE REPORT explores the lessons we’ve learned since the pandemic began, and how to apply them to our organizations in a proactive way. Informed by industry-leading experts and trailblazers, this... Continue Reading →
trending | May 18th, 2021

Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg: Geometry is Your Missing X-Ray Vision

We lost an essential toolkit for solving today’s challenges when most of us left geometry behind in the back of a high school classroom. In his new book, Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy and Everything Else, New York Times bestselling author JORDAN ELLENBERG... Continue Reading →
data | May 5th, 2021

Data Artist Jer Thorp Examines the Invisible Systems that Shape Our Lives

To live in data is to be incessantly extracted from; to be classified and categorized, statisti-fied, sold and surveilled. Our data is mined and processed for profit, power and political gain. Our clicks, likes and virtual footsteps feed new digital methods of control. In his new hit book Living in... Continue Reading →
race | Apr 30th, 2021

Historian Annette Gordon-Reed Explores the Long Road to Juneteenth in Her New Book

On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in Galveston, Texas—the state where award-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed was born and raised. In her new book On Juneteenth, she explores the holiday’s integral importance to American history, both from the... Continue Reading →
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