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Thursday, January 16, 2014
6:30 p.m."Second Bite of the Apple: Bright Lights, Dark Deeds," with moderator Katia Lief, and panelists, Reed Farrel Coleman, Triss Stein, Cathi Stoler, and Joe Trigoboff of Mystery Writers of America - The New York Chapter.
New York, New York, our town of beautiful people and (sometimes) ugly actions. Join us for the second program about mysteries set right here. Panelists include an intriguing mix: author of a multi-award winning PI series who has also been called a “hard boiled poet”; a New Yorker who experienced some of the tough life before he wrote about it; a native of farm country who writes about the history and neighborhoods of Brooklyn, her adopted home; and a newcomer who tells tales of international…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, February 1, 2014
2:30 p.m.Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Lindsay Howard | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - 1st Floor Corner Room - Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Join us for a conversation between artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg and curator Lindsay Howard, exploring the intersection of art, science, and technology. Inspired by Dewey Hagborg's Stranger Visions project, on display as part of the Art Wall on Third and Art in the Windows exhibition series, the conversation addresses her process of collecting and analyzing genetic material from public spaces, as well as broader themes such as privacy, genet…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:30 p.m."Pathways to Publication," with moderator, Kate Lincoln, and panelists, Laura K. Curtis, Sharon Linnea, Laura Joh Rowland, and Cathi Stoler of Mystery Writers of America - New York Chapter.
You’ve written a novel and want to see it published. How will it reach your potential readers? Whether you’re aiming for a major publishing house, a small press, or one of the new e-book-only presses, the options—from traditional books to on-demand printing, e-books and recordings—are many. Come hear four members of Mystery Writers of America describe their journeys to publication. Learn what worked for them to find out what might work for you.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:30 p.m."Conflict: And the Writers Who Love It, " with moderator, Peggy Ehrhart, and panelists, Jillian Abbott, Deborah Nolan, Dirk Robertson, and Laura Joh Rowland from Mystery Writers of America -- New York Chapter.
What is it that makes our breath come quicker, our pulse beat faster, our eyes flash and our knees grow weak? Love? Hah! It’s Conflict! That spark-throwing feeling of tension that comes when two opposing sides have something to gain. Power. Vengeance. World domination. Come hear how some of our favorite mystery writers create it, nurture it, would be lost without it.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:30 p.m.Crime in Translation with moderator, Shizuka Otake and panelists, Annamaria Alfieri, Chris Pavone and Jeffrey Siger of Mystery Writers of America -- New York Chapter.
Skip the security line and the jet lag, and travel comfortably by mystery novel. Our panelists expertly combine suspense with a foreign setting. One writes crime stories set in Greece, so current they are almost ahead of the headlines. One wrote a novel about nice American families in Luxemburg, right in the heart of Europe. Only, they are keeping some dark secrets, not nice at all. And what does the author have planned for his new book? Travel in both time and space for mysteries about th…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, June 7, 2014
2:30 p.m.Stephanie Hightower, Dorothea Hokema and Cyriaco Lopes | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:30 p.m. Stephanie Hightower and Dorothea Hokema discuss with artist and moderator Cyriaco Lopes, their Art Wall on Third and Photo Walls in Picture Collection exhibitions titled Urban Arcadia: Landscapes of New York and Berlin and the existence of aesthetic harmony within even the most anti-Arcadian environments. They examine the Arcadian idyll and contemporary landscape as constructions, interpreted within the classical genres of landscape painting and ph…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Thursday, June 12, 2014
6:30 p.m."Chills and Fever: The Tell-Tale Signs of a Really Good Mystery," with moderator, Sheila York, and panelists, Laura K. Curtis, Mary Anna Evans, Mitchell Scott Lewis and Lisa Shiroff from Mystery Writers of America -- The New York Chapter.
How do you like your crimes served up? Cold and calculating? Or burning with passion? It takes all kinds, right? Come hear what our panel of mystery writers have to say about when and how they turn up the heat... or send in the big chill. And bring some searing questions of your own. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: JUNE EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:30 p.m.True Lies: Ripped from the headlines! Inspired by real events! Scandal! Intrigue! Murder!" with moderator, Dana Isaacson and panelists, Carole Bugge (C. E. Lawrence), Kieran Crowley, Kevin Egan, and John Florio of Mystery Writers of America -- NY.
How do current events influence writers? Is truth stranger than fiction when it comes to mystery writing? What are the boundaries for using real events in fiction? Come hear how our distinguished panelists blur the lines between fiction and reality. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here:OCTOBER EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf The New York Public Library does not endorse any organization, product or individual. Library sponsorship of a program does not constitute an endo…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
6:30 p.m."50 Shades of Noir: Is Noir the new black? What determines how dark or light a mystery is?" with moderator, Lokke Heiss, and panelists, Jillian Abbott, Larry Light, Ed Lin, and S.A. Solomon from Mystery Writers of America -- The New York Chapter.
Mysteries come in many shades—from light cozies to darker crime to the deepest Noir. Our panelists will discuss where on the spectrum they feel most comfortable writing—and how they vary the intensity to keep things interesting. Come listen as we shed light on the dark corners of mystery writing. Bring some illuminating questions of your own. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: November Events Calendar.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, November 22, 2014
2:30 p.m.Qiana Mestrich, Susan Bright | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:00 p.m. Join us for a conversation between artist Qiana Mestrich and curator Susan Bright on how an American chemical company made fashion history and inspired thousands of mothers to name their children after a nylon fabric. From Inherited Patterns, Untitled #2 (Geoffrey Beene evening separates), digital inkjet print on DuPont™ Tyvek® Vivia, 30 x 23 inches, 2014. This conversation explores the artist’s research into the creation of DuPont’s Qian…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryCollege & Graduate Students
Saturday, December 6, 2014
2:30 p.m.Outside the Comfort Zone: Collaboration and Expansion | Mary Judge, Kate Teale | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:30 p.m. Rose Sky over the Plains, 68 x 35 inches, unique relief print on handmade paper, 2014 Join us for a discussion, between Mary Judge and Kate Teale, focusing around the fertile ground that the process of collaboration produces with cited examples within the visual arts in general and in the work of Mary Judge in particular. They converse about the creative process in the printmaking studio and how is differs from that of the painter working so…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Thursday, December 11, 2014
6:30 p.m."Dark Deeds for a Dark Season," with moderator, Kenneth Wishnia and panelists, Megan Abbot, Nancy Bilyeau and Katia Lief. of Mystery Writers of America -- The New York Chapter.
It’s December. Time for holiday cheer? Or to grapple with shorter days; longer nights; paler sunlight? Perhaps a darker story suits the mood. Come hear Megan Abbot, author of the acclaimed new novel The Fever; Nancy Bilyeau, who writes of the dark Tudor world; and Katia Lief, best-selling author of The Money Kill. Kenneth Wishnia, multi-award nominated mystery author and teacher, will lead the conversation as they talk about what they write. Will they share some dark secrets? Who knows? Find o…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
6:30 p.m.Mystery in All Its Variety, with moderator, Dirk Robertson, and panelists, Jeff Markowitz, Erica Obey, and Shelia York of Mystery Writers of America -- New York Chapter.
From the darkest secrets to the frothiest moments, February’s panel of mystery writers tell the stories behind the stories. We have it all: a writer who works with teen gangs, an academic who is now telling her own tales,.a creator of darkly humorous thrillers, and a specialist in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here:February Events Calendar 2015.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, February 21, 2015
2:30 p.m.Big Open Book | Patricia Dahlman, Margaret Mathews-Berenson | An Artist Dialogue Series
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:30 p.m. Artist Patricia Dahlman begins the event with a presentation on her past and present work particularly focusing on Big Open Book, the site specific piece she made for Art Wall on Third exhibition series. The presentation is followed by a discussion between the distinguished curator Margaret Mathews-Berenson and Patricia Dahlman talking about her influences, materials and making contemporary art today. Big Open Book; 2014; 58 x 83 x 8; canvas…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Saturday, March 28, 2015
2:30 p.m.Plastic Age | Barbara Madsen, B. Wurtz | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:30 p.m. Artist B. Wurtz joins Barbara Madsen for An Artist Dialogue on Saturday March 28 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner room. They converse about Madsen's Art in the Corner Room, Art in the Windows and Photo Walls in Picture Collection site specific exhibitions as well as what inspires their work. Plastic Age: IN/OUT, detail, 2014-2015 Barbara Madsen is an artist and Associate Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Madsen is known for her work i…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6:30 p.m.Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America, with Michael McCarthy, author of "The Sun Farmer," and former reporter and editor on feature stories at The Wall Street Journal.
This year marks the centennial of one of the nation's worst disasters, the 1915 sinking of the steamship Eastland in the Chicago River, with more passenger deaths than the Titanic. This illustrated lecture illuminates the sinister story behind the Eastland, which was still tied to its dock when it capsized and killed a stunning 844 people. For a century, the cause of this nearly forgotten tragedy had remained a mystery, but now the author discusses the explanation as well as Clarence Darrow’s bi…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. Writers Who Walked in New York, with Stephen Miller, the author of "Walking New York Reflections of American Writers from Walt Whitman to Teju Cole," a freelance writer, and the author of five other books.
This talk is literary walking tour of New York City as seen through the eyes of American and British writers. It is a study of twleve American and several British writers who walked the streets of New York and wrote about their impressions of the city in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our May 2015 Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: May Calendar 2015.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, June 6, 2015
2:30 p.m.The Challenge of Painting | Susan Bee, Raphael Rubinstein | An Artist Dialogue Series
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:30 p.m. Held in conjunction with Art Wall on Third exhibition Susan Bee: The Challenge of Painting, please join us for a discussion between painter Susan Bee and poet-critic Raphael Rubinstein, focusing on Bee's narrative-based work, which incorporates elements from the 20th-century abstract painting and cinematic history including film noir. Bee and Rubinstein also consider poet and painter collaborations, a genre in which both have considerable experien…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
6:30 p.m.BRUNO SCHULZ: Polish, Jewish and Modern
Please join us for an illustrated lecture on the life and works of Bruno Schulz. Bruno Schulz (1892-1942) has enjoyed a double afterlife, as an artist and writer who has become a major figure in the literary mythologies of such prominently Jewish authors as Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Danilo Kiš, David Grossman, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Nicole Krauss, while spawning an extensive critical and creative literature in Polish, inspiring writers and artists of many fields as Witold Gombrowicz…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Thursday, July 9, 2015
6:30 p.m.Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York City's Subway System, with Matt Litwack, American Photographer and Graffiti Artist
Only a handful of transit workers, daring explorers and graffiti writers have experienced the full scope of the New York subway system. Beneath the Streets reveals this world for the first time with fantastic photographs captured from throughout the tunnels and byways of the subway. Although it provides service to over 5 million riders every day, the subway is for most a sealed system. Very few of its patrons are aware of the extent of this vast underground infrastructure. The authors of Beneath…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, July 23, 2015
6:30 p.m.What's Jewish About Jewish Folklore?
The illustrated lecture - "What's Jewish About Jewish Folklore?" - examines the specific traits of Jewish, and particularly Ashkenazic and Yiddish folklore, to see whether they are indeed unique or rather part of a broader European folklore. At the end of the 19th century folklore was considered "irrational" and "imaginative" and since "Jews are a rational people", some scholars concluded that the Jewish people have no folklore. Today of course, we see that it is in fact the Yiddish writers…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6:30 p.m.Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren't Aware Of, with Doogie Horner, author, illustrator, and comedian.
This illustrated lecture is an original and funny new take on cats. Discover what it is about cats that so obsesses and delights us—their impenetrable personalities, their self-contained quirkiness, the aura of mystery that makes it seem as if they are always up to something that they do not want us to know. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here:October Events Calendar 2015.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Monday, November 9, 2015
6:30 p.m.Exotic Ghost Stories for Adults | Hermes Payrhuber, Geoffrey Hendricks, Sur Rodney | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hermes Payrhuber, To the People of New York, installation view, 2015 Geoffrey Hendricks and Sur Rodney (Sur) join Hermes Payrhuber to discuss his Art in the Corner and Art in the Windows site-specific exhibitions, To the People of New York: Catalogue Raisonné, Exotic Ghost Stories for Adults and Hither Thither (From One Place or Situation to Another), dedicated to art historian and cultural theorist Abby Warburg who founded the Kulturwiss…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Saturday, November 21, 2015
2:30 p.m.Vortex | Michael Palladino, Jamie Lustberg | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:00 p.m. Michael Palladino, Vortex 7, digital photograph on watercolor paper with encaustic wax, 22 x 22 inches, 2015 Acclaimed producer, director and art consultant Jamie Lustberg joins artist Michael Palladino to converse about his Vortex exhibitions created specifically for Art Wall on Third and Photo Walls in Picture Collection exhibitions series. The dialogue is followed by audience Q&A. Michael Palladino is a mixed media artist living in New…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, December 19, 2015
2:30 p.m.Gifts New York Gave Me | Amelia Coulter, Allen Coulter | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:00 p.m. In celebration of the site-specific Art in the Windows exhibition Gifts New York Gave Me, acclaimed director Allen Coulter joins artist and culinarian Amelia Coulter to discuss how their shared multidisciplinary interest in storytelling overlaps, and how New York City has encouraged, affected and inspired their work in different eras, neighborhoods and fields. They also consider whether there are particular family values that lead them to the subje…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
College & Graduate Students

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