A mystical history of NYC below Chambers Street… the link between our financial and environmental crises… the life and photographs of Ansel Adams… our always-on, simultaneous society… the government’s use of our personal information… parallels between art and food… cupcakes… the balance of power on the Supreme Court… Google-style rankings of history’s most significant people… fanaticism and the Civil War… the career of muckraker Seymour Hersh… New York’s year of anarchy… good and evil and babies...
Have you resolved to read more, get out more, or learn new things in 2014? Well, if you're interested in any of the topics above, then we've got an Author @ the Library talk for you in January at Mid-Manhattan! We hope you'll join us to hear these distinguished non-fiction authors from a wide variety of fields discuss their work and answer your questions. You can request the authors' books using the links to the catalog included below. Author talks take place at 6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor.
Thursday, January 2: Historian Ronald J. Brown, author of How New York Became the Empire City: A Mythical Tour of Lower Manhattan, tells the story of how a minor Dutch colonial outpost became the Empire City.
Tuesday, January 7
: Andrea G. Stillman, author of Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man
, worked with Ansel Adams in the 1970s and edited several of his books. She offers a visual lecture of America’s most honored photographer and one of its most influential and effective environmental advocates.
Wednesday, January 8
: In Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,
prominent media theorist Douglas Rushkoff explores the always-on, simultaneous society in which we live, as well as how this new temporal landscape influences media, culture, economics, politics, and meaning.
Monday, January 13
: Professor Mary Ann Caws of the Graduate Center, CUNY, author of The Modern Art Cookbook,
surveys how artists and writers have eaten, cooked, and depicted food and examines the parallels between the art of cuisine and the visual arts and literature.
Thursday, January 23
: Computer scientist Steven Skiena, author of Who's Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank
, ranks and compares historical reputations of more than one thousand of history's most significant people by aggregating the traces of millions of opinions, just as Google ranks webpages.
Tuesday, January 28
: Award-winning author and journalist Robert Miraldi highlights some of Seymour Hersh’s major "scoops," paying particular attention to his time in New York City reporting for The New York Times,
and describes his own time pursuing the controversial reporter while writing Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist.
Thursday, January 30
: In his most recent book, Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil
, renowned psychologist Paul Bloom of Yale University argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Join him for a fascinating discussion on the moral judgments and feelings of babies.
If you'd like to read any of the books presented at our past author talks, you can find book lists from our 2013 Author @ the Library programs in the BiblioCommons catalog.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year! We look forward to seeing you at the Mid-Manhattan Library in 2014.