Grace Jones to Headline N.Y. Times' Inaugural TimesTalks Festival (Exclusive)

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Denzel Washington, Elisabeth Moss, Katie Couric and Margaret Atwood are also scheduled to give talks at the weekendlong festival.

The New York Times has unveiled the program for its inaugural TimesTalks Festival, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the prominent TimesTalks series. The festival will take place April 13-15 at TheTimesCenter, located in the New York Times Building.

Headlining the event is musician and artist Grace Jones, in a talk which celebrates the upcoming documentary about her life, Bloodlight and Bami, followed by a private dinner in her honor.

Other events include a prerelease screening of the opening episode of the second season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale with author Margaret Atwood and star Elisabeth Moss; Denzel Washington and playwright George C. Wolf discussing their upcoming production of The Iceman Cometh; Katie Couric on her upcoming National Geographic series, America Inside Out; and a special panel, "Women of the Senate," featuring U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, Heidi Heitkamp, Joni Ernst and Amy Klobuchar, and moderated by former Times congressional reporter and live journalism editor Jennifer Steinhauer.

Each event will be live-streamed on Facebook and will be available on the TimesTalks YouTube channel. Additional information about the event can be found at

"For 20 years now, TimesTalks has been a platform for spirited discourse between some of the most iconic figures of our time,” said Michelle Grey, creative and programming director of TimesTalks. “With TimesTalks Festival, we’re looking to create an even bigger stage to bring these essential conversations to life.”

In addition to the TimesTalks events, the weekendlong festival will include screenings, performances, a food hall and more. The Strand Bookstore Pop-Up will include a curated selection of books that feature TimesTalks talent, moderators and reporters, as well as a collection of art, design and fashion publications. Absolut Art will debut  artist commissions at the event for the Absolut Art and TimesTalks 20th Anniversary Collection, which will be on view during the festival and available online.