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The New York Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day.

Books at Noon


Make the most of your lunch hour and come to The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Wednesdays for Books at Noon, a series of free midday conversations hosted by Jessica Strand and featuring acclaimed authors. Books at Noon events are standing room only and take place under the center arch in historic Astor Hall, right upon entrance at 5th Ave. An audience Q&A and book-signing will follow each half-hour program. 

Buy a copy of the featured book at the Library's Shop right after the event, and get your book signed! No registration needed. 

For more information about Books at Noon, please email

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All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Although this is primarily a standing room only series, we always have chairs available for those that need upon request. 


Richard Dawkins

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 12 - 1 p.m.
Discussing his latest work, A Brief Candle in the Dark. Read More ›

Yusef Komunyakaa

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12 - 1 p.m.
Discussing his latest work, The Emperor of Water Clocks. Read More ›

Sloane Crosley

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12 - 1 p.m.
Discussing her latest work, The Clasp. Read More ›

David Hare

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12 - 1 p.m.
Discussing his latest work, The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir. Read More ›

Sarah Ruhl

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 12 - 1 p.m.
Discussing her latest work, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time To Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater.Read More ›

Ann Goldstein

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12 - 1 p.m.
Discussing her latest translation, The Story of the Lost Child.Read More ›

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