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

March 18 - Frank Bruni
March 25 - Colson Whitehead
April 1 - T.C. Boyle
April 8 - Tavis Smiley
April 15 - Akhil Sharma
April 22 - Chigozie Obioma
April 29 - Jorie Graham
May 6 - Alan Cumming 
May 13 - Sally Mann
May 20 - Vivian Gornick

For more information about Books at Noon, please email booksatnoon@nypl.org.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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TimeEventLocationAudience
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
12 noonFrank Bruni
Frank Bruni comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995, and has been both a White House correspondent and the chief restaurant critic. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics: American politics, higher education, violence in football, gay rights and his own life…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12 noonColson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead comes to Books at Noon to discuss his work, The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death, recently released in paperback. Colson Whitehead is the New York Times best-selling author of Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City. Make the most of your lunch hour and c…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
12 noonT.C. Boyle
T.C. Boyle comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, The Harder They Come. Tom Coraghessan Boyle is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published fourteen novels and more than 100 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988, for his third novel, World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger (France) for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995. His stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascin…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12 noonTavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, My Journey With Maya. Tavis Smiley — broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist — is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily online radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on BlogTalk Radio. Covenant with Black America, which he edited, became the first nonfiction book…
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12 noonAkhil Sharma
Akhil Sharma comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Family Life: A Novel. Akhil Sharma has been among the most compelling voices in U.S. fiction since his short stories began appearing in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and subsequently winning O. Henry Awards. His blockbuster first novel, An Obedient Father, earned exuberant praise both for its subtlety and its power, and won numerous accolades, including the PEN/Hemingway Award. Granta has chosen him for their once-a-decade Best…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
12 noonChigozie Obioma
Chigozie Obioma comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, The Fishermen. Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a Fall 2012 OMI Fellow at Ledig House, New York. He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he has completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. The Fishermen is his first novel. Make the most of your lu…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
12 noonJorie Graham
Jorie Graham comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, From the New World: Poems 1976-2014. Jorie Graham is the author of numerous award-winning and widely translated collections of poetry, including Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts (1980), Erosion (1983), The End of Beauty (1987), Region of Unlikeness (1991), The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1992 (1995) winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Never (2002), Sea Change (2008), and Place (2012), winner of the 2012 Forward…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
12 noonAlan Cumming
Alan Cumming comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Not My Father's Son: A Memoir. Alan Cumming is an actor and activist beyond eclectic. He plays Eli Gold on CBS’s The Good Wife, for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG and Satellite award nominations, and is currently reprising his Tony Award-winning role of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. Cumming is also Host of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery and appears opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime's Web Therapy. He has written fo…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
12 noonSally Mann
Sally Mann comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs. Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include Second Sight (1983), At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), Proud Fl…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallBook Lovers
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
12 noonVivian Gornick
Vivian Gornick comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, The Odd Woman and the City. Vivian Gornick is the bestselling author of the acclaimed memoir Fierce Attachments, a biography of Emma Goldman, and three essay collections: The Men in My Life, Approaching Eye Level, and The End of the Novel of Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Make the most of your lunch hour and come to The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Wednesdays…
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