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Edmund de Waal | Paul Holdengräber - SOLD OUT

Monday, November 16, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.

Mary-Louise Parker | Mary Karr

Monday, November 9, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Essayist Mary Karr knows about writing a life. Her new book, The Art of Memoir, is an elegant exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms. She joins actress Mary-Louise Parker, whose unconventional memoir in letters Dear Mr. You was described by Karr as "pants-pissingly funny" and a "magnificent, necessary surprise," for a reflection on the genre.Read More ›

Gloria Steinem | Roberta Kaplan

Monday, October 26, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.

Orhan Pamuk | Mona Eltahawy

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.

Patti Smith | Paul Holdengräber - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.

Shaquille O'Neal | Paul Holdengräber

Monday, October 5, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Ian Schrager

Ian Schrager - POSTPONED

Monday, June 29, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog | Paul Holdengräber - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Hilton Als
Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander | Hilton Als

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon - POSTPONED

Monday, June 8, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Matthew Weiner
A.M. Homes

Matthew Weiner | A.M. Homes

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Gavin Andresen
Nathaniel Popper
Andrew Sorkin
Fred Wilson

Bitcoin: Gavin Andresen | Nathaniel Popper | Andrew Ross Sorkin | Fred Wilson

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Suzanne Farrell

Suzanne Farrell | Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Diane von Furstenberg
Rhonda Garelick

Diane von Furstenberg | Rhonda Garelick

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Per Petterson

Per Petterson

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Sarah Bakewell
Rebecca Mead

Sarah Bakewell | Rebecca Mead

Monday, April 6, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi | Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Slavoj Žižek
Stephen Kotkin

Stephen Kotkin | Slavoj Žižek

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Jeffrey Deitch
Massimiliano Gioni

Jeffrey Deitch | Massimiliano Gioni

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.

RuPaul | Paul Holdengräber

Friday, March 20, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
David Blaine

David Blaine | Paul Holdengräber

Monday, March 16, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.
Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth | Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Marlon James
Salman Rushdie

Marlon James | Salman Rushdie

Monday, December 15, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Joyce Carol Oates

Robert B. Silvers Annual Lecture: Joyce Carol Oates

Friday, December 12, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
James Gleick
William Gibson

William Gibson | James Gleick

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Assaf Gavron
Etgar Keret
Gina Nahai
Salar Abdoh
Rick Moody

Tehran Noir | Tel Aviv Noir

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman | Paul Holdengräber

Friday, October 31, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
George Clinton

George Clinton | Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Sister Helen Prejean
Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson | Sister Helen Prejean

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Bernadette Mayer
Dorothea Lasky
Matthea Harvey
Uzoamaka Maduka

Matthea Harvey | Dorothea Lasky | Uzoamaka Maduka | Bernadette Mayer

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff | Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Alexei Ratmansky

Alexei Ratmansky | Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Hal Foster
Jospeh O'Neill

Joseph O'Neill | Hal Foster

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner | Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Bob Kohn
Danielle Allen
James Patterson
Morgan Entrekin
Tim Wu
Tina Bennett
David Vandagriff

Amazon: Business As Usual?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Geoff Dyer Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer | Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Nathaniel Rich Nathaniel Rich
Elizabeth Kolbert Elizabeth Kolbert

Nathaniel Rich | Elizabeth Kolbert

Monday, June 9, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Karl Ove Knausgaard Karl Ove Knausgaard
Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides

Karl Ove Knausgaard | Jeffrey Eugenides

Friday, June 6, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
John Waters John Waters

John Waters | Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Karen Russell Karen Russell
Rivka Galchen Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen | Karen Russell

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Kara Walker Kara Walker
Jad Abumrad Jad Abumrad

Kara Walker | Jad Abumrad

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
George Prochnik George Prochnik

George Prochnik | Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.
Steve Hindy Steve Hindy
Kim Jordan Kim Jordan
Charlie Papazian Charlie Papazian

Steve Hindy | Kim Jordan | Charlie Papazian

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.

Douglas Coupland | Chuck Palahniuk

Friday, April 11, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.

Katherine Boo | Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.

Ricky Jay

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.

Malcolm Gladwell | Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.

Sarah Lewis | Anna Deavere Smith

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7 - 9 p.m.

Wes Anderson | Paul Holdengräber

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7 - 8 p.m.

Rebecca Mead

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 7 - 8 p.m.

James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 7 - 8 p.m.

Toni Morrison | Junot Díaz

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7 p.m.

Ann Patchett | Elizabeth Gilbert

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7 p.m.

Michael Connelly | Martin Cruz Smith

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7 p.m.

Alice Waters | Kermit Lynch

Monday, November 18, 2013, 7 p.m.

Mike Tyson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7 p.m.
Lou Reed on Edgar Allan Poe Image Lou Reed on Edgar Allan Poe

Lou Reed on Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Lou Reed. Ticket holders to the program can contact the Morgan box office at 212.685.0008 ext. 560 or

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Nico Muhly | Ira Glass

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7 p.m.

Lorrie Moore: "Watching Television"

Friday, October 25, 2013, 7 p.m.

Jaron Lanier

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7 p.m.

Alan Rusbridger

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7 p.m.

Margaret Atwood | Carl Hiaasen

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7 p.m.

Liao Yiwu in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7 p.m.

Liao Yiwu sits down with Paul Holdengräber for a wide-ranging discussion of poetry, protest, and prison, interspersed by a musical performance on the xiao (Chinese flute) and a reading of his poem "Massacre". With the special participation of Wenguang Huang, Liao Yiwu's translator.

"One of the most original and remarkable Chinese writers of our time." - Philip Gourevitch

Liao Yiwu is one of the most prominent and outspoken Chinese writers today. He spent four torturous years in prison for writing the incendiary poem 

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Toni Morrison in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7 p.m.


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Celebrating Federico García Lorca

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 7 p.m.

To coincide with The New York Public Library's exhibition “Back Tomorrow: Federico Garcia Lorca / Poet in New York,” this special installment of LIVE from the NYPL celebrates Lorca's life and legacy with performances and readings. Participants include John Giorno, Will Keen and Maria Fernandez Ache, Philip Levine, Christopher Maurer, Paul Muldoon, Patti Smith, and Tracy K. Smith.

Written while Federico García Lorca Read More ›

Dan Savage in Conversation with Andrew Sullivan

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 7 p.m.


Dan Savage, author of the sex-advice column "Savage Love" and creator of the Emmy-winning "It Gets Better" campaign, has become a leading voice in debates about social issues that affect Americans from coast to coast. In his new book American Savage, he covers topics such as health care, gun control, marriage equality, religion, and parenting. Dan Savage will take the stage at The New York Public Library to discuss a wide range of issues with his signature frankness, honesty, and wit, in a conversation with Andrew 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7 p.m.

In an evening inspired by the release of the book Cook it Raw, Momofuku's David Chang welcomes fellow chefs Massimo Bottura and Daniel Patterson for a conversation with Cook It Raw founder Alessandro Porcelli and moderated by journalist Lisa Abend.

DAVID CHANG David Chang is the chef and founder of Momofuku, which includes restaurants in New York City, Sydney, and Toronto, and a bestselling cookbook by the same name. His quarterly print journal with Peter Meehan and McSweeney’s called Lucky Peach launched in the summer of 2011; Chang also hosts the PBS 

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Matthew Barney in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7 p.m.

From his earliest work, Matthew Barney has explored the transcendence of physical limitations within an interdisciplinary art practice. Even an examination of his work within one medium -- as is the case with Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, The Morgan Library & Museum's new exhibition devoted to the artist's works on paper and Rizzoli's new book by the same name  -- reveals the complexity of his creative vision. Featuring 

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Risk Takers: National Geographic and the New Age of Exploration with Lynsey Addario, James Nachtwey, Dr. Enric Sala, Dr. Zoltan Takacs, and Ann Curry

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7 p.m.

In celebration of National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary theme, The New Age of Exploration, photographers and explorers reveal the physical, personal, and cultural perils involved in pushing the boundaries of discovery and bearing witness. The event will feature a discussion moderated by Ann Curry about the risks of documenting war, conflict, and human rights issues with award-winning National Geographic photojournalists Lynsey Addario and James Nachtwey as well as presentations from National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala, who is working protect 

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Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7 p.m.

How can we improve our schools for the 21st century?   

 Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, believes that his interactive videos, used by millions of students, parents, and teachers across the world, can revolutionize education. Mexican businessman and philanthropist Carlos Slim agrees: "Sal Khan has developed the best and most cost-efficient way to use technology to bring universal high-quality education, creativity, and innovation to all."

SALMAN KHAN is the founder of the Khan Academy (, a nonprofit with Read More ›


Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 7 p.m.

What methods can we use to answer life's most fundamental questions? In his book Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, philosopher Daniel C. Dennett offers a cognitive toolbox filled with novel discussions of familiar moves—Occam’s Razor, reductio ad absurdum— and the “imagination extenders and focus-holders” that he and others have developed for dealing with the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. He is joined in conversation by fellow philosopher Jim Holt, whose recent work Why Does the World Exist: An 

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7 p.m.
SOLD OUT! 2012 MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz joins Paul Holdengräber onstage to discuss multiculturalism, family, love, and the immigrant experience - prominent themes in the author's works. Díaz's first book, the short story collection Drown, established him as a writer with "the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, established him as a bestseller and earned critical acclaim; Wao was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year” by Time Read More ›

The Costs of Assimilation: André Aciman & Nicole Krauss

Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m.

What are the costs of assimilation into American society? And what happens when we become someone other than the person we thought we would be? In his new novel, Harvard Square, André Aciman explores these and other questions in a tale of friendship between a Jewish student and an Arab cab driver, set amid the bars and cafés of late 1970s Cambridge. Aciman is joined in conversation by novelist Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love  to talk about themes that haunt them both: 

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Friday, April 19, 2013, 7 p.m.

William Gibson is the author of ten books, including, most recently, the New York Times-bestselling trilogy Zero History, Spook Country and Pattern Recognition. Gibson’s 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer, was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Gibson is credited with coining the term “cyberspace” in his short story “Burning Chrome,” and with popularizing the concept of the Internet while it was still largely unknown. He is also a 

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Nathaniel Rich in Conversation with Slavoj Žižek: Worst-Case Scenarios

Monday, April 8, 2013, 7 p.m.

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek joins Nathaniel Rich for an exploration of worst-case scenarios, a subject at the heart of Rich's new novel Odds Against Tomorrow.

Set in Manhattan's not-too-distant future, Odds Against Tomorrow tells the tale of Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician hired by a mysterious new consulting firm operating out of the Empire State Building. Zukor's job? Calculate worst-case scenarios for high-end corporations to indemnify them against future catastrophes. Yet when one of his own nightmarish predictions 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.

 Anne Carson’s beloved 1999 modern verse novel Autobiography of Red is an unconventional modern adaptation of ancient Greek myths mixed with original narrative that Alice Munro called “…amazing.  I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing.” In Autobiography of Red, Carson's protagonist, Geryon, begins writing his autobiography at the age of five. Now, Carson brings Geryon into manhood, with her long awaited release Red Doc>. 

Anne Carson was born in Canada and has been a professor of Read More ›


Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7 p.m.

Ed Ruscha's work has profoundly influenced countless modern artists, but his artist books - such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, and A Few Palm Trees - offer a unique opportunity to trace that influence directly to the near and far corners of the modern art world. For decades, a broad spectrum of artists have produced their own small books revisiting, rebelling against, and responding to the American painter and photographer's idiosyncratic collections. 

Now, Ruscha's artist 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7 p.m.

George Saunders, whose latest collection Tenth of December was heralded as "the best book you'll read this year" by The New York Times, joins legendary talk show host Dick Cavett for a candid conversation about the author's career.

    FRIENDS of the NYPL receive discounted tickets and special pre-sales to LIVE events   LIVE from the NYPL is made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.Read More ›


Monday, February 25, 2013, 7 p.m.

All of us lead two parallel lives: the one we are actively living, and the one we feel we should have had or might yet have. As hard as we try to exist in the moment, the unlived life is an inescapable presence, a shadow at our heels. And this itself can become the story of our lives: an elegy to unmet needs and sacrificed desires. We become haunted by the myth of our own potential, of what we have in ourselves to be or to do. And this can make of our lives a perpetual falling-short.

But what happens if we remove the idea of failure from the equation? Called “one Read More ›


Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 7 p.m.

How do we -- as individuals and as communities -- make decisions when faced with uncertainty, inexperience, lack of knowledge or chaos? Nassim N. Taleb and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman have both devoted their careers to explorations of the decision making process: Kahneman approaching it through psychological study; Taleb through a philosophical lens. Their groundbreaking work has profoundly impacted our understanding of the decision making process today while raising new questions about how decisions are made in a world that is increasingly more difficult 

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Being Jewish, Becoming Jewish: Carlo Ginzburg in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Monday, February 4, 2013, 12 noon
In conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Carlo Ginzburg will discuss his ever-evolving relationship between Jewish, becoming Jewish, and his body of work.         THE JOY GOTTESMAN UNGERLEIDER LECTURE   Carlo Ginzburg, son of Leone and Natalia Ginzburg, is a historian. In his latest book, Threads and Traces: True False Fictive, Ginzburg offers a collection of essays weaving autobiography with scholarship and critical commentary on the problematic conventions of historical study. Read More ›

Opening Night! JOHN IRVING

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7 p.m.

John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free The Bears, in 1968. More than four decades, twelve novels, five film adaptations, one Oscar, countless accolades and literary honors later, Irving is one of America's most treasured authors. His stories - from The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules, and his latest, In One Person - are filled with New England charm, compelling outsiders, and enduring characters. He begins LIVE from the NYPL's Spring 2013 season with his only New York appearance celebrating the paperback release of In One 

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CLOSING NIGHT! Building Stories: CHRIS WARE in conversation with ZADIE SMITH

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7 p.m.

Chris Ware’s graphic novel Building Stories is a compilation of narratives about the inhabitants of a Chicago apartment building. Without a semblance of beginning or end, Ware’s stories illustrate bits of life that are heavy with allusions to the nature of American society and the human condition. Many credit Ware with ushering the graphic medium into the realm of “serious literature,” and few others have been as quick to pick up on this literary talent as Zadie Smith, who included Ware in her anthology of short stories, The Book of Other 

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Yes, Chef: MARCUS SAMUELSSON in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Monday, December 10, 2012, 7 p.m.

Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that his new grandmother Helga sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and signature roast chicken. 

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Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN Image Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN
Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN Image Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN

Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7 p.m.
SOLD OUT! In How Music Works, Byrne explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.   Writing as historian, anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, Byrne searches for patterns and shows how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborations with the likes of Brian Eno and Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of Read More ›
Blacks in American Democracy: DARRYL PINCKNEY Image Blacks in American Democracy: DARRYL PINCKNEY

Blacks in American Democracy: DARRYL PINCKNEY

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7 p.m.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture This program is copresented with The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers

Darryl Pinckney will talk about the history of the betrayals and successes that culminated in the Obama presidency, the price of Obama's victory in terms of black politics, and the results of the recent election. Pinckney is the author of the novel High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He was a fellow of The Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at The New 

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Back to Blood: TOM WOLFE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image Back to Blood: TOM WOLFE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Back to Blood: TOM WOLFE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7 p.m.
  SOLD OUT!   “A phrase pops into his head from out of nowhere. ‘Everybody...all of’s back to blood! Religion is dying...but everybody still has to believe in something. It would be intolerable—you couldn’t stand it—to finally have to say to yourself, ‘Why keep pretending? I’m nothing but a random atom inside a supercollider known as the universe.’ But believing in by definition means blindly, irrationally, doesn’t it. So, my people, that leaves only our blood, the bloodlines that Read More ›

Far from the Tree: ANDREW SOLOMON in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Monday, November 12, 2012, 7 p.m.

As a gay child of straight parents, Andrew Solomon was born with a sexual orientation that was considered an illness, but it became a cornerstone of his identity. As a journalist reporting on the growth of Deaf Pride in the 1990s, he began to consider illness and identity as a continuum with shifting boundaries. He saw the communities with such "horizontal identities," spurred by the disability-rights movement and empowered by the Internet, were and are challenging the societal expectations and the norms surrounding identity.

Their stories begin in families 

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Life After Death: DAMIEN ECHOLS in conversation with HENRY ROLLINS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7 p.m.

In 1993, then 18-year-old Damien Echols was arrested along with fellow teenagers Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and charged with the murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. As the supposed “ringleader” of the group, Echols was sentenced to death, while Baldwin and Misskelley were given life sentences. The convicted men, known as the West Memphis Three, ultimately became part of one of the most notorious cases of wrongful conviction in recent 

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