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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
6 p.m.Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Exploring New York's Past and Present
Explore New York's past and present! This workshop will explore and uncover New York's foregone eras and get you oriented with the a set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps. The workshop will focus on the core activity of the website: georectification, or "warping" maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to Google M…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
4 p.m.Canceled
Global Partners Junior: Literary Cities
Literary Cities, focuses on creative writing and digital storytelling in cities around the world. Children will explore issues unique to cities by looking at literature, interviewing local residents, and by writing fictional stories inspired by individuals that have worked to improve their communities. New York City and international classes will collaborate on the same curriculum, sharing insights through blogs, video chats, and online discussions. Participants will develop critical technology…
Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, Children's RoomChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Sunday, February 23, 2014
2 p.m.The MET Opera at NYPL
Meet the stars of The MET Opera to discuss new production of Alexander Borodin’s Russian epic opera “Prince Igor” by the world-renowned director, Dmitri Tcherniakov. The opera returns to the MET for the first time in almost 100 years, with its famous Polovtsian Dances, exciting new set design, star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role, and conductor Gianandrea Noseda on the podium. Join us to have an extraordinary opportunity to hear artists from this production discuss defining Ru…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court AuditoriumAdults,
Families,
Immigrants
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
5 p.m.A Musical History of Chelsea From the 1880’s to WWII
Ride the musical time-train back to what life was like when Chelsea was the most brutal neighborhood in Manhattan. Sip tea with literary residents of the infamous Chelsea Hotel, attend a demonstration of Thomas Edison’s early movie machine, or shop at the ritzy stores on “Ladies Mile.”Presented by Shelli Kwiat, PhD, Music Professor
Muhlenberg Library, Community RoomAdults,
50+,
Adults
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4 p.m.Global Partners Junior: Literary Cities
Literary Cities, focuses on creative writing and digital storytelling in cities around the world. Children will explore issues unique to cities by looking at literature, interviewing local residents, and by writing fictional stories inspired by individuals that have worked to improve their communities. New York City and international classes will collaborate on the same curriculum, sharing insights through blogs, video chats, and online discussions. Participants will develop critical technology…
Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, Children's RoomChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
6 p.m.Modern Art Cookbook | Mary Ann Caws, Wayne Koestenbaum, Andrew F. Smith, Arezoo Moseni | Art and Food Series Event
FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m. A gift copy of the book is given to the first audience member asking a question at the end of the discussion. Author and food historian Andrew F. Smith and poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum join author and art historian Mary Ann Caws for a conversation moderated by Arezoo Moseni, centering on the newly published The Modern Art Cookbook nominated for 2013 André Simon Food and Drink Award. Gustav Klimt, Garden Path with Chickens, 1916 They…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:15 p.m.Jane Austen's Hatred
In 1939, psychologist Denys Harding explained to the Literary Society of Manchester that English “gentleman of an older generation” had completely misread Jane Austen. The novelist, he announced and subsequently argued in the pages of F.R. Leavis’s Scrutiny, was no delicate satirist. Instead, she was a “regulated hater,” who managed and finessed the subtle “eruption of fear and hatred into the relationships of everyday social life.” Harding’s essay changed the current of Austen studies, permane…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
7:30 p.m.Harlem Opera Theatre: Salute to Black History Month
The annual Salute to Black History Month program will feature the works of Alexander Pushkin, the African-Russian literary genius, and his contribution to the world of opera with international singers Morenike Fadayomi, soprano, and Everett Suttle, tenor, under the artistic direction of Gregory Hopkins. Alexander Pushkin (June 6, 1799 – February 10, 1837) A Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literatu…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10 a.m.Memoirs OutLOUD: Creative Writing Workshop
Please come join us for to this Memoirs OutLOUD creative writing studio at the St. George Library Center and tap into your memories and experiences in a friendly and welcoming environment. Many participants are just beginning to write for the first time, while others are somewhat more experienced. At each session, a different writing challenge will be explored. Participants can read their work to one another for comments, ideas and fun. This Memoirs OutLOUD creative writing workshop is conduct…
St. George Library CenterAdults
10 a.m.Ellison at 100
Ralph Ellison lived in Harlem from the late 1930s until his death on April 16, 1994. He was a prominent figure in the neighborhood’s overlapping literary and artistic communities. Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man honors this legacy through a landmark collaboration between two leading Harlem-based cultural institutions. The participating artists in the program have been specially curated by the Studio Museum and the Schomburg Center teams, following in both institutions’ tradition of explori…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
2 p.m.The Children's Literary Salon - Photography and Children's Books: A Complex Pairing
Photographers Nina Crews, Joanne Dugan, Charles R. Smith, and Susan Kuklin, all of whom work in the realm of children's literature, discuss the highs and lows of this skilled but rarely properly credited art.Nina Crews uses photography and collage to create distinctive picture books. Her stories draw inspiration from the children and neighborhoods of Brooklyn – her home for over 25 years. She is the daughter of children’s book authors Donald Crews and Ann Jonas and grew up watching them work. He…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetBook Lovers,
Parents/Caregivers,
Teachers
Monday, March 3, 2014
5 p.m.The Lady Aye - Step Right Up!
Ilise “The Lady Aye” Carter shares her evolution from mild-mannered financial editor to the celebrated “Sweetheart of the Sideshow”. This is a unique opportunity to see a larger than life stage personality, pull back the curtain to expose the challenges she had to overcome in an honest and relatable way. Her story exemplifies how overcoming fears can make perceived failures into real opportunities – a skill everyone can benefit from. Live performances of traditional sideshow skills like walking…
Tompkins Square LibraryAdults
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
9 a.m.Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Russia's “Gilded Age"
Peter Holquist, Instructor The nineteenth century was a time of change and progress in politics, society, and the arts. Among its great developments was the flowering of Russian art, music, and literature. Chekhov’s great 1904 play The Cherry Orchard can be seen as a critique and parody of the Russian literary tradition with its celebration of the nobility’s attachment to the land. The seminar will discuss this text as a literary work and also use it as a window onto Russian history and cultur…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumTeachers
6 p.m.Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Building a Virtual Atlas of New York
Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! This workshop will get you oriented with the set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps by overlaying digital images of historical maps onto a contemporary digital map through a process called georectification, or "warping" maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
6:30 p.m.It Is Almost That | Ann Hamilton, Jane Hammond, Lisa Pearson | Art and Literature Series Event
FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 6:00 p.m.Detail from Domestic Peace by Eleanor Antin, 1971-72, published in It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists & Writers, Siglio, 2011.Artists Ann Hamilton and Jane Hammond converse with Siglio publisher Lisa Pearson about the myriad and fascinating ways in which their works and practices engage language and the literary. Both artists contributed works to It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Works by Women Artists &a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Saturday, March 8, 2014
2 p.m.Saturday Afternoon Movie: Capote
The creation of one of the most memorable books of the 1960s -- and the impact the writing and research would have on its author -- is explored in this drama based on a true story. In 1959, Truman Capote (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) was a critically acclaimed novelist who had earned a small degree of celebrity for his work when he read a short newspaper item about a multiple murder in a small Kansas town. For some reason, the story fascinated Capote, and he asked William Shawn (Bob Balaban…
St. Agnes LibraryAdults
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
1 p.m.Publishing 101: What is a literary agent?
Will you like to hire a literary agent to help you get published but don't know exactly what they do? Then come down to West Farms Library and learn what you need to know about literary agents.
West Farms LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
6 p.m.Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Discovering Local Histories
Discover the microhistories of the neighborhoods and streets where you live, work and play! This workshop will get you oriented with the set of a powerful new research tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to and capture important historical features from old maps. You will use the tools to explore the past lives of familiar areas and begin to build local histories. The above image shows…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10 a.m.Memoirs OutLOUD: Creative Writing Workshop
Please come join us for to this Memoirs OutLOUD creative writing studio at the St. George Library Center and tap into your memories and experiences in a friendly and welcoming environment. Many participants are just beginning to write for the first time, while others are somewhat more experienced. At each session, a different writing challenge will be explored. Participants can read their work to one another for comments, ideas and fun. This Memoirs OutLOUD creative writing workshop is conduct…
St. George Library CenterAdults
1:30 p.m.Introducing Unified English Braille (UEB): A Workshop
Please join us for an informative, interactive workshop offered in partnership with the NY Association of of Blind Students that will acquaint you with upcoming changes to the English Braille code. The Unified English Braille (UEB) code will replace Grade II Literary Braille as the official Braille code in the United States in January 2016. This workshop will cover the following topics: What is the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), and how has it come to be responsible for charting…
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, Community Meeting RoomAdults,
Persons with Disabilities,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Monday, March 17, 2014
6 p.m.John van Druten: A Writer's Writer
Featuring Treasures from the John van Druten Papers Join Off-Broadway’s Mint Theater Company for an intimate celebration of playwright John van Druten. Excerpts from the author’s unpublished essays, letters, diary, and plays will be read, revealing van Druten’s relationship with such literary peers as Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, and Rogers & Hammerstein. Van Druten is the author of such plays as I Am a Camera (the basis for Cabaret), I Remember Mama (at Transport Group beginn…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6 p.m.Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Exploring New York's Past and Present
Explore New York's past and present! This workshop will explore and uncover New York's foregone eras and get you oriented with the a set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps. The workshop will focus on the core activity of the website: georectification, or "warping" maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to Google M…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12 noonBooks at Noon with Paul Auster
Paul Auster is the author of numerous novels, screenplays, poems, and works of non-fiction. His work has been translated into forty-three languages. Mr. Auster’s most current works are two pieces of non-fiction, Report from the Interior and Here and Now Letters (2008-2011), a correspondence between Auster and literary Nobelist JM Coetzee.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor HallAdults
Friday, March 21, 2014
2 p.m.NYC Teen Author Festival Symposium
When I Was Young… Nothing rocks the house like a juvenilia panel. Here, some rather accomplished writers share some of their less accomplished work – written when they were kids or teens. Authors Coe Booth Aaron Hartzler Barry Lyga Diana Peterfreund Mindy Raf Natalie Standiford Melissa Walker moderator: David Levithan The People Who Get You Through -- Navigating Love and Friendship in High School It is nearly impossible to make it through high school on your own. Each of th…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumBook Lovers,
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Saturday, March 22, 2014
1 p.m.NYC Teen Author Festival Symposium
What’s the Worst Thing That Could Happen? Each of the authors below puts his or her characters through some pretty harsh conditions. In this session, each one will come to the podium to argue for the worst thing that could happen to a character (i.e., “She could be forced to fight to the death against twenty-three other teens in a televised arena!”) and then read short passage from his or her book to support the argument. At the end, the moderator will weigh all the arguments and determine wh…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumBook Lovers,
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9 a.m.Sci Fi, Then and Now: A Creative Writing Workshop
Paul LaFarge, Instructor Since the publication of Hugo Gernsback's novel Ralph 124C 41+ in 1911 (and probably long before then), science fiction has given creative writers a means to imagine alternate worlds, and to comment on the "real" world as they see it. Science fiction is remarkable in that it is both deeply escapist and pointedly (and sometimes presciently) critical. In this writing workshop, we'll look at texts that illustrate the craft of science fiction as it has evolved from the Gol…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumTeachers
Friday, March 28, 2014
3 p.m.Publishing 101: What is a literary agent?
Will you like to hire a literary agent to help you get published but don't know exactly what they do? Then come down to West Farms Library and learn what you need to know about literary agents.
West Farms LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
Saturday, March 29, 2014
2 p.m.LIFE IS TOO SHORT - SERGEI DOVLATOV
Literary Theater Dialogue"Life is Too Short...," a tribute to the life and legacy of iconic Russian-American writer Sergei Dovlatov. The script is based on literature, music, and documentary images. The program will weave together readings of Dovlatov’s prose, personal recollections from his widow, fellow writers and journalists, and jazz music. The evening will also include a visual arts presentation and photo exhibit from Dovlatov family archive. This program will be conducted In Russian. Scr…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court AuditoriumAdults,
Immigrants
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6 p.m.Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Building a Virtual Atlas of New York
Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! This workshop will get you oriented with the set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps by overlaying digital images of historical maps onto a contemporary digital map through a process called georectification, or "warping" maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10 a.m.Finding the Past: Researching NYC history in Libraries and Archives
New York Public Library Visual Materials - Manuscripts and Archives Division New York City is home to many wonderful museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies whose collections record the history of the five boroughs. Part of New York Public Library's first New York City History Day, this morning session offers a unique opportunity to learn about collections held at some of those institutions, with presentations from librarians and archivists from New York Public Library’s Mil…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teachers
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6 p.m.Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Discovering Local Histories
Discover the microhistories of the neighborhoods and streets where you live, work and play! This workshop will get you oriented with the set of a powerful new research tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to and capture important historical features from old maps. You will use the tools to explore the past lives of familiar areas and begin to build local histories. The above image shows a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
6:30 p.m.New York Writers Workshop: CREATING GRAPHIC NOVELS with Alissa Torres
Creating Graphic Novels Presenter: Alissa Torres Explore the powerful genre of the graphic novel. Please bring a notebook (preferably unlined), and pens or pencils with erasers. Alissa Torres is the author of AMERICAN WIDOW (art by Sungyoon Choi), a graphic novel memoir, about her experiences as a 9/11 widow and new mother. She has written many personal essays and articles for publications including salon.com. Her book was listed as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was an award final…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Adults
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6 p.m.Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist | John Colapinto, Alessandra Comini, Marie Darrieussecq, Susanne Gerlach, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Diane Radycki | An Art Book Series Event
FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m. “The complication of the artist’s being a woman,” mused the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, “ah, that really is a whole new question.” On the anniversary of the publication of Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist by Diane Radycki (Yale University Press, 2013), the author is joined by critic John Colapinto (The New Yorker), scholar Alessandra Comini (National Book Award nominee), author Marie Darrieussecq (2013 Prix Médicis winner), museum di…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teachers
Thursday, April 10, 2014
12 noonPoetry Reading & Workshop with George Tait.
Thursday April 10th and 17th at 12pm featuring George Edward Tait, Harlem's Poet Laureate. Mr. Tait was born in Oakland, California and raised in Harlem. He graduated from Pace University in 1968 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a minor in French Language and Literature after being a member of the literary society and The Pace Press. From 1968-1972, he taught and tutored English at Queens College while conducting Creative Writing workshops. The year 2010 represente…
Hamilton Grange LibraryAdults,
50+,
Adults
Friday, April 11, 2014
7 p.m.Douglas Coupland | Chuck Palahniuk
Watch and share our LIVE Short of this event on our YouTube chanel. And be sure to subscribe for more videos. Chuck Palahniuk in 7 Words*: Recovering cynic falling in love with everything. Douglas Coupland in 7 Words*: Anywhere is everywhere is everything is anything * Great people in 7 Words: http://goo.gl/bl6HcF Can a literary conversation double as a social experiment? Absolutely, if the writers on stage are Douglas Coupland, author of Worst. Person. Ever., and Chuck Palahniuk, au…

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumBook Lovers
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6 p.m.Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Exploring New York's Past and Present
Explore New York's past and present! This workshop will explore and uncover New York's foregone eras and get you oriented with the a set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps. The workshop will focus on the core activity of the website: georectification, or "warping" maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to Google M…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thursday, April 17, 2014
12 noonPoetry Reading & Workshop with George Tait.
Thursday April 10th and 17th at 12pm featuring George Edward Tait, Harlem's Poet Laureate. Mr. Tait was born in Oakland, California and raised in Harlem. He graduated from Pace University in 1968 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a minor in French Language and Literature after being a member of the literary society and The Pace Press. From 1968-1972, he taught and tutored English at Queens College while conducting Creative Writing workshops. The year 2010 represente…
Hamilton Grange LibraryAdults,
50+,
Adults
1:15 p.m.Living in the Crypt : Mourning, Melancholy, and the Afterlife of Romeo and Juliet
We are told right at the start of Romeo and Juliet that their love is "death mark'd" - that they will be dead by the end of the play. But the lovers imagine themselves in states of living death so persistently before that promised end that a kind of mourning is deeply embedded in their self-awareness, in their love for each other, and in the audience's love for them. Ultimately, the play asks its audiences to reflect on the theater itself as a sacred space in which tragic characters cycle eter…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
5:30 p.m. New York Writers Workshop Presents:
How to Write A Book Proposal DOUG GARR In order to sell a non-fiction book, memoir, or a family history it takes an extensive outline to convince a literary agent, editor, or publisher to consider your project. In this session, I'llexplain the process, from the development of your idea,writing the critical overview, the sample chapter, and the marketing plan. Doug Garr is the author and co-author of several books, including an acclaimed book on IBM,…
St. Agnes LibraryAdults
Saturday, April 19, 2014
2 p.m.The Children's Literary Salon - Podcasting Children's Books: Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs
Join podcasters Katie Davis (Brain Burps About Books), John Sellers (PW KidsCast), and Matthew Winner (Let's Get Busy) in conversation about the world of children's literary podcasting and their experiences with the form. Katie Davis is a children’s author/illustrator with titles ranging from picture books like Little Chicken's Big Day to her latest, a young adult novel called Dancing With the Devil. She's a video marketing maven and a “writerpreneur" with the #1 podcast in iTunes in the Childr…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetBook Lovers,
Teachers
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