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Sarah Vowell

Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 6 p.m.

Author, social observer, and contributor to NPR's ?This American Life,? Sarah Vowell talks to the NYPL audience. Described as a Madonna of Americana by the LA Times, Vowell is a brilliant critic and storyteller. She also voiced the character of Violet Parr for the recent smash hit film The Incredibles.

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Bernard-Henri Lévy & David Brooks: A Conversation "A Frenchman in America: In the Footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville"

Wednesday, April 6, 2005, 7 p.m.

How in the world does America look to foreign eyes? Over the past year, preeminent French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy has been travelling through America, visiting its prisons and mega-churches, its high-rises and military facilities, its brothels and malls. Starting in May, 2005, and for much of this year, The Atlantic Monthly will record his myriad observations, establishing a cultural map of America at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In early 2006, Random House will publish the entire series as a book featuring previously unpublished chapters.

On April 

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WHO OWNS CULTURE? LIVE from the NYPL and Wired magazine present: Jeff Tweedy + Lawrence Lessig in conversation with Steven Johnson

Thursday, April 7, 2005, 7 p.m.

Wilco guitarist and frontman Jeff Tweedy and Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig explore the artistic, commercial and legal issues that surround the Internet-enabled freeing of culture. Lessig is the author of Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. Steven Johnson, Wired contributing editor and author of the forthcoming Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter, will moderate the discussion.

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Come to Crumbland R. Crumb & Robert Hughes: A Conversation

Thursday, April 14, 2005, 7 p.m.

Robert Crumb's longstanding and eye-catching career in the graphic arts is celebrated as the bad boy cartoonist makes his only scheduled U.S. appearance at The New York Public Library. The creator of Fritz the Cat, Zap Comix, and Mr. Natural discusses how he went from underground, X-rated artist to cultural icon. Robert Hughes, famous both as an art critic for Time magazine and as author of The Shock of the New and The Epic History of Art in America, will probe the famous, and very private, artist. This event will launch his new book from MQ Publications, The R. Crumb Handbook.

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Paul Auster and Chico Buarque PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature

Saturday, April 16, 2005, 2 p.m.

World renowned singer and composer, CHICO BUARQUE, who defined much of Brazilian culture for the past four decades, comes to the New York Public Library to be interviewed by the American writer PAUL AUSTER. This event is the kick-off for the PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature. This event is co-sponsored by LIVE from the NYPL.

About Paul Auster:

Paul Auster is the author of novels, screenplays, essays, and books of poetry. His most recent novel is Oracle Night. His books The Book of Illusions and Timbuktu were national best-sellers, as was I 

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Confronting the Worst: Writing and Catastrophe PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature

Saturday, April 16, 2005, 4 p.m.

Svetlana Alexievich, François Bizot, Carolin Emcke, Philip Gourevitch, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Elena Poniatowska; moderated by Susie Linfield

Some of the great writers of the late twentieth century (and the early twenty-first) have documented extremities of human suffering, including war, torture, genocide, and famine. What is the writer's role as documentarian, scourge to conscience and action, and moral witness? How has that role been affected by changing technologies, particularly photo- and video-journalism and the Internet? A diverse group of writers who have made 

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Rushdie, Auster, Atwood, Magris and Muñoz Molina Don Quixote at 400: A Tribute PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature

Saturday, April 16, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Assia Djebar, Claudio Magris, Norman Manea, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Laura Restrepo and introduced by Salman Rushdie.

An international and illustrious group of today's literary giants celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Cervantes masterpiece Don Quixote.

First published in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's novel about a man under the spell of fiction has been casting its own spell on readers everywhere for four centuries. The story of Don Quixote has become a kind of natural resource, not only for writers but also for filmmakers, 

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Derek Walcott and Glyn Maxwell Poetry and Power

Tuesday, April 26, 2005, 7 p.m.

Dramatist and poet Derek Walcott, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, discusses translation and the postcolonial mind with one of Walcott's former students, Glyn Maxwell, a writer and the poetry editor of The New Republic.

Derek Walcott was born in 1930 in the town of Castries in Saint Lucia, one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. The experience of growing up on the isolated volcanic island, an ex-British colony, has had a strong influence on Walcott's life and work. After studying at St. Mary's College in his native island and at the University of the 

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The Moth with Jonathan Ames Between the Covers

Wednesday, April 27, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

In the beginning, there was the Word... For all those who worship at the altar of language; for those whose daily divinities are measured in chapters, not chants; we invite you to the High Holy Temple of Text, The New York Public Library, to celebrate the nourishment of the written word. Join us as we welcome The Moth, the urban storytelling organization, which has been called "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal. Five Moth storytellers will explore whether it is we who shape the words, or the words that mystically shape 

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Eric Bogosian

Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 9 p.m.

Come to our first Late Night at the NYPL: A Conversation with Eric Bogosian & Co.

"A New Literacy"

Has literature become an old-fashioned (and worn-out) medium? Should writers still be considered "authors?" Or are they simply worker bees participating in a much larger context? Is everything written simply as a pretext for the future screenplay? Is there such a thing as point of view and can it still be transmitted to an audience via prose and dramatic writing? Where does the enthusiasm for the written word lie today? Comic books? Hip-hop lyrics? In 

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Miss Manners (Judith Martin) & Bob Morris Let's Put Manners on You

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 7 p.m.

Judith Martin (a.k.a. Miss Manners) discusses modern etiquette?her "freshly updated" Miss Manner's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior has just been re-issued by Norton?with Bob Morris, the edgy, hardboiled writer and novelist regularly published in The New York Times Style pages. Expect Martin and Morris to debate about the refined, the uncouth and more.

About Judith Martin:

Widely admired and slightly feared "Miss Manners" is America's leading etiquette expert, reaches 35.8 million readers with "Miss Manners" columns syndicated in 

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A Conversation About The Art Of Conversation

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 7 p.m.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, between the reign of Louis XIII and the Revolution, the French nobility of the "ancien regime" developed an art of sociability in which new forms of conversation were central. Four centuries separate us from this period. Conversation isn't what is used to be and yet, writes Benedetta Craveri, "What could be more necessary in democratic societies than conversation consisting of an exchange in which participants are considered equal, where the pursuit of truth is combined with respect for others' opinions, and whose ultimate goal is 

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In the Shadow of Liberty: Emma Lazarus Revisited

Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 7 p.m.

A conversation with John Hollander and Esther Schor The 2005 Joy Ungerleider Lecture

Emma Lazarus, poet, radical ideologue of Jewish national destiny, and fifth-generation New Yorker, was the first American-Jewish writer to win international fame. Trumpeted during her life by Emerson, Turgenev, and Browning, with her death in 1887, at age 38, everything else she ever did was eclipsed by just a few words very prominently displayed-engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. As she became world-famous for her "huddled masses," the rest of her work 

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Isabel Allende & Elissa Schappell Unmask ZORRO!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 7 p.m.

"Who was Zorro, the masked avenger? Why is he beloved by everybody?especially young women?and why is he still relevant today? Please join Zorro, Elissa Schappell and me for an evening of literature, swashbuckling and fun!" --Isabel Allende

About Isabel Allende:

In Zorro, Isabel Allende offers a fresh, wholly original take on the legendary masked hero of the Spanish New World examining the duality of a man who inhabits two worlds. She has also completed her trilogy for younger readers begun in City of the Beasts, and followed by last year's Kingdom of the Golden 

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Art as Unauthorized Autobiography A Conversation with Richard Dreyfuss & Frederic Morton moderated by David Margolick

Thursday, May 26, 2005, 7 p.m.

Richard Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in "The Goodbye Girl" at age 29 and later was nominated for his role in "Mr. Holland's Opus." Much of his life has been spent as a political and social activist. He was recently appointed to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Frederic Morton is a two-time National Book Award finalist for The Rothschilds and A Nervous Splendor. Now, in his first book in over fifteen years, Morton writes about his own departure from Vienna and his subsequent life in America with Runaway Waltz: A Memoir from 

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The Question Of Torture

Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 7 p.m.
There has been much discussion about the treatment of prisoners and the use of torture since the revelation of prisoner abuse in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and Afghanistan. Panelists will address issues such as what is torture and are any measures to coerce information from a reluctant captive ever appropriate? What "laws" should govern the treatment of captives? To what extent is torture, especially during war, inevitable? And if it is inevitable, how can a nation control it? A discussion moderated by Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Institute and founder of Human Rights Watch with: Read More ›

The Moth with Andy Borowitz UP, DOWN, IN, OUT: Stories About Class in America

Wednesday, June 15, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. In a classless society how do we define the all-pervasive pecking order Is it zip codes, pocketbooks, pedigrees, Ph.D.s, BMWs or BMIs that distinguish top from bottom and in from out Is class in America a question of where we were born, or what we give birth to? A function of how much we earn...or how hard we yearn? Come hear stories of haves and have-nots, the in-crowd and the out-castes. Join us as we welcome The Moth, the urban storytelling organization, which has been called "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street 

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Harold Bloom & Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass

Monday, September 12, 2005, 7 p.m.

OPENING NIGHT: Literary critic extraordinaire Harold Bloom at 75 and Leaves of Grass at 150. A double birthday celebration with Bloom paying tribute to the poet Walt Whitman for "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed" (in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson). Joining him are actors Michael Stuhlbarg (Tony nomination for Pillowman) and Michael Rogers who will read selected stanzas from Song of Myself. Karin Coonrod will direct the event.

About Harold Bloom:

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, 

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WOMEN OF MYSTERY: Nancy Drew Revisited. A Conversation with Melanie Rehak and Laura Lippman with moderator David Ferriero

Wednesday, September 14, 2005, 7 p.m.

A look at Nancy Drew and the whole idea of female investigators with Cullman Center Fellow Melanie Rehak, author of Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, and Laura Lippman, prize-winning author of the Tess Monaghan mystery series and To The Power of Three. David Ferriero, the Andrew W. Mellon Director and Chief Executive of the Research Libraries, NYPL, will moderate. Co-presented with The Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers.

About Melanie Rehak: Melanie Rehak was a 2003-2004 Mel and Lois Tukman Fellow at the New York Public Library's 

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A Celebration of The Paris Review : Salman Rushdie, Philip Gourevitch and Miranda July with The Hungry March Band

Saturday, September 17, 2005, 7 p.m.

Come celebrate the roll-out of the first issue! It's taller, it's trimmer, its shoulders are broader-- The Paris Review , long the heavyweight champion of literary magazines, has been redesigned and revitalized for the new century under the editorship of Philip Gourevitch. Gourevitch will join LIVE from the NYPL for an evening of conversation with, and reading by, Salman Rushdie, subject of the Art of Fiction interview in the current issue of The Paris Review, and Miranda July, contributor to The Paris Review Book of People with Problems published by Picador.

And in keeping with 

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THE PATRIOT ACT: Richard Posner and Geoffrey Stone

Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 7 p.m.

Richard Posner, Judge at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Geoffrey Stone, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and expert on constitutional law, debate the renewal of the Patriot Act. Posner and Stone will discuss the Patriot Act, the Bush administration's surveillance of library records and its investigation of political and religious organizations, and the question whether a democracy must tolerate speech that glorifies and purports to justify terrorism.

About Richard Posner:

Richard Posner is a graduate of Harvard Law School and lectures 

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Voices of A People's History of the United States: Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove

Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 7 p.m.

An evening of dramatic readings from Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Voices is the long-awaited primary-source companion volume to Zinn's best-selling A People's History of the United States. It features the words of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past -- and present. Featuring Howard Zinn (narrator) and Anthony Arnove (narrator), with actors Wally Shawn, Kerry Washington, Brian Jones and Christina Kirk and others to be announced!

About Howard Zinn:

Howard Zinn is a historian, playwright, and social 

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ON VULGARITY: Adam Gopnik and Pascal Bruckner

Thursday, September 22, 2005, 7 p.m.

In the indictment brought against modernity, "the French philosopher and novelist Pascal Bruckner writes," the presence of vulgarity has cropped up time and again, having spread together with social mobility and the ideas of egalitarianism -- a sign of the times when hierarchies are supposedly abolished and everyone is given equal opportunities, including culturally."

Bruckner will talk about vulgarity as a strategy of social advancement, and, paradoxically, as a potential strategy of aesthetic achievement, emphasizing the power of the repressed and the previously 

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JOE LOUIS vs MAX SCHMELING: How A Two-Minute Boxing Event Altered History A Conversation with David Margolick and Jeremy Schaap

Monday, September 26, 2005, 7 p.m.

Perhaps no moment in the history of sports was followed so intensely, and by so many people in so many places, as the two minutes and four seconds Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight on June 22, 1938. The largest radio audience ever gathered, and gasped, as heavyweight champion Louis avenged his loss to the German Schmeling two years earlier, for far more than sports was at stake; it was black versus white, American versus German and, to millions of people on the eve of World War II and the Holocaust, freedom versus fascism. To the Nazis, Schmeling embodied a resurgent Germany, along with Aryan 

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REREADINGS: Anne Fadiman, David Michaelis and David Samuels with moderator André Aciman

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 7 p.m.

Like romantic love, early book-love is ecstatic. As a young reader curls up with a novel, its fictional characters seem real, while the real world pales into comparative insignificance. Can that ecstasy be recaptured? Is a book--or a reader--the same the second time around? In an evening of conversation for bibliophiles, Anne Fadiman will explore the emotionally charged topic of rerereading along with David Samuels and David Michaelis, two of the authors who contributed to REREADINGS: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love, a witty and poignant collection of essays that Fadiman selected 

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Thursday, October 6, 2005, 7 p.m.

"The natural catastrophes that have so afflicted the planet in this last year the Indian Ocean tsunami, the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina, and now Hurricane Rita have served to remind us of the fragility of humankind in the face of the wrath of the planet. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was another bitter example of this same collision between nature's whims and human ambition. It took just fifty seconds for the dreams of an entire nation to be crumpled into insignificance; a small seismic shrug that destroyed a city that stood as the ideal symbol of American brio and 

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FOR THE CITY: Jenny Holzer light projections

Thursday, October 6, 2005, 7 p.m.

Jenny Holzer's light projections will illuminate the facade of the Library with poetry by Wislawa Szymborska, Yehuda Amichai, Henri Cole, Mahmoud Darwish, and other celebrated writers. The illuminated text will move across the nighttime facade, encompassing the reader with the power of language to educate and console. This event is part of citywide public projections on landmark New York City buildings. Poetry will be projected at Rockefeller Center on September 29 - October 2 and declassified United States government documents released under the Freedom of Information Act will be 

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NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND: Patrice Chéreau at Symphony Space

Wednesday, October 12, 2005, 8 a.m.

Patrice Chéreau delivers Dostoyevsky's ferocious and imprecatory monologue Notes from Underground, a magnificent, full frontal assault on Enlightenment rationalism and the very idea of progress. In this extraordinary performance, Patrice Chéreau , a dazzling innovator and one of the most remarkable and celebrated directors in French theater and, lately, cinema, is supremely judicious in the intensity of every syllable and gesture, bringing Dostoyevsky's at once self-loathing and egocentric character, symbol of a generation living on borrowed time, vividly to 

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LOST (AND FOUND) IN TRANSLATION STORIES: The MOTH with Eric Bogosian, Edith Grossman, Alan Rabinowitz, Michael Rips and Flash Rosenberg with host Paul Holdengräber

Monday, October 17, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

"Translation is the art of failure." -- Umberto Eco

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said." -- Peter Drucker

"The original is unfaithful to the translation." -- Jorge Luis Borges

TRADUTTORE! TRADITORE! Is the translator a traitor Is it the translator who betrays his topic, the listener who will not hear, or is it as Flaubert wrote that language itself "is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars"? Join 

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THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE: A Short Happy Evening of Song with Maira Kalman and Nico Muhly

Thursday, October 20, 2005, 8 a.m.

Come celebrate the publication of The Elements of Style: Illustrated by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White with its illustrator Maira Kalman and composer Nico Muhly during the world premiere of a musical adaptation of this classic writing guide in the Rose Main Reading Room. What better place to bring to life the style guide that has aided countless writers, and whose capacious, book-lined span has been a sanctuary for writers and readers for almost one hundred years. With titles such as "Be Obscure Clearly!", "Overly Over," and "Hyphens," the songs are drawn 

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The Book that Changed My Life Marathon at Symphony Space

Saturday, October 22, 2005, 11 a.m.

This twelve-hour event will feature luminaries from many fields, speaking about books that greatly influenced them, followed by readings of excerpts from those works by Broadway and Hollywood actors. A special feature will be readings from books that changed the culture, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the New York Times bestseller list. Co-hosted by Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs, NYPL, and Isaiah Sheffer, Artistic Director, Symphony Space

Co-presented with Symphony Space

SEGMENT ONE: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Jon Scieszka, children's book 

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DESTROYING THE COLOR LINE: John Hope Franklin and President Bill Clinton

Thursday, October 27, 2005, 7 p.m.

John Hope Franklin's upcoming autobiography, Mirror to America, recounts not only the story of his life but also the epic story of the twentieth-century fight for civil rights. In 1997 he was appointed by President Clinton to chair the President's Initiative on Race. On October 27, 2005, they will discuss race in America and how to "destroy the color line that continues to divide our country."

John Hope Franklin lived through America's defining twentieth-century transformation the dismantling of legally protected racial segregation. A renowned scholar, he has explored 

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ORDINARY HEROES: Scott Turow and Jeffrey Toobin

Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 6 p.m.

Jeffrey Toobin and Scott Turow will discuss some of the themes of Turow's new novel, Ordinary Heroes: a son discovers that his father, an Army lawyer in Europe during World War II, had been court-martialed for releasing a suspected spy.

Toobin and Turow will talk about the inevitable secrets and deceptions between the generations, an effect that may have become more pronounced in the case of those who fought in World War II because of their characteristic reluctance to discuss their wartime experiences with their children.

Toobin and Turow also expect to discuss the 

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ATTENTION SPAN: Rebecca Solnit and Jonathan Miller

Friday, November 4, 2005, 6 p.m.

Rebecca Solnit, cultural critic and activist, joins Jonathan Miller, theater and opera director, physician, curator, and author: a conversation between two extraordinary minds. Expect to hear a conversation about.

Attention Span: What does it mean to pay attention from a physiological point of view (Miller) and a metaphysical point of view (Solnit)? How long do people pay attention to something? How long does it take to know, see, comprehend something?

Solnit and Miller will address the increasing restless rapidity of modern life. These questions, as Solnit states are 

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GRAPHIC ART: Nicholson Baker and Art Spiegelman

Monday, November 7, 2005, 6 p.m.

Nicholson Baker and Art Spiegelman discuss the graphic art of Joseph Pulitzer's colorful, chaotic turn-of-the-century newspaper, the New York World.

About Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended The Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. Baker and his wife, Margaret Brentano, co-author of The World on Sunday (2005), founded the American Newspaper Repository in 1999 in order to save a large collection of U.S. newspapers. The collection includes bound runs of the New York Tribune, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Joseph Pulitzer's 

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Co-presented with WIRED Magazine THE BATTLE OVER BOOKS: Authors & Publishers Take on the Google Print Library Project

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 6 p.m.

Allan Adler, Association of American Publishers Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine David Drummond, Google Paul LeClerc & David Ferriero, The New York Public Library Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School Nick Taylor, The Authors Guild

Last December, Google launched its Print Library Project to scan books from the collections of several major libraries: Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, Oxford, and the New York Public Library.

Google explained: "Our ultimate goal is to work with publishers and libraries to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all 

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Sunday, November 20, 2005, 1 p.m.

Please join us for a very special afternoon with Howard Dodson, Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; David Blight, Professor of History and Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University; Heather Williams, Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Charles Turner, award winning Broadway actor; Novella Nelson, singer and actress; and David Burnett, violinist and head of Harlem School of the Arts, for readings, poetry, music and conversation exploring the close relationship between 

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GOING SANE: Adam Phillips and George Prochnik A Conversation

Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 6 p.m.

Writings on madness fill entire libraries, but until now nobody has thought to engage exclusively with the idea of sanity. What is sanity? A seemingly bland and nebulous state? The opposite of insanity? Madness is always present in our lives--in the chaos of our infancy, the rebellion of our adolescence, the insanity and irrational nature of our sexual appetites, the money madness that takes hold of us as the desire for wealth replaces our sexual desires. Sanity confounds us: according to Adam Phillips, it lacks the false allure of madness. Hamlet is glamorous, while the eminently sane 

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GOPNIK x 2: Fact, Myth & Theory of Childhood

Monday, November 28, 2005, 6 p.m.

Brother and sister, Adam and Alison Gopnik, will talk about childhood and debate the logic and imagination of literature (Adam) and of science (Alison) based on their respective books The King in the Window and The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind.

Adam says: Alison and I have been debating the meanings of childhood since we were children, and continue that debate today. We both have a strong sense that the numinous illuminations of childhood are in some way genuinely enchanted that children really do walk with trails of glory but have pursued that 

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LINCOLN'S MELANCHOLY: POWER & DEPRESSION Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Joshua Wolf Shenk

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 6 p.m.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of the new book, Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, discuss Lincoln's struggles and triumphs - and the surprising confluence of private pain and public leadership. Seen by his contemporaries as a crucial aspect of his life and character, Lincoln's lifelong depression has lurked in the shadows of history for generations. Now this dark subject is coming into the light and, with it, vital lessons about the poignant realities and potential of people living with mental illness. First Lady 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This event starts at 7:30 pm.

"Alice Walker has lived many lives: as poet, novelist and essayist; as civil rights fighter and "womanist," a term she coined; as Southerner, Northerner and traveler. She has been much praised and sometimes much attacked. Even as The Color Purple has made its ways from book to film to Broadway, other books and stories of hers are being censored by school boards. I want our conversation to explore these lives—how they have taken shape and direction through the years, and how they go on changing." --Margo 

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THE DILEMMA OF THE NEW: Michael Kimmelman

Friday, December 9, 2005, 6 p.m.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture. What comes after the shock of the new? An informal defense of the personal pleasures of looking at art now, taking in changes over the last few decades and the current scene, from Matthew Barney, Christo, Richard Serra and earth art to modern memorials. A decidedly personal approach to how we might respond to what's new. Kimmelman will argue against ideology and for the benefits of open eyes and an open mind. About Michael Kimmelman: Michael Kimmelman is the longtime chief art critic of The New York Times and a contributor to the New York 

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AMERICAN VERTIGO: Bernard-Henri Lévy and Tina Brown

Thursday, January 26, 2006, 6 p.m.


What can a Frenchman tell us about America? Alexis de Tocqueville told us a lot, some 150 years ago. Today, another Frenchman, writer-philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, has retraced the footsteps of de Tocqueville and gives us his account of contemporary America. Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and host of "Topic A" on CNBC will grill BHL and ask France's most provocative thinker:

Will Paris burn again? Will American Muslims soon be aflame like the French? What's left of the American Dream? Is America the laboratory 

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ALFRED BRENDEL in conversation with Paul Holdengraber

Monday, February 13, 2006, 6 p.m.

It has often been said that Vladimir Horowitz had two topics of conversation, the piano and Horowitz.

Not so of Alfred Brendel. His capacious erudition, his delight in architecture, his love for literature and cartoons, especially Shakespeare, Edward Gorey and Gary Larson, are well known. "The philosopher king of the modern keyboard," and one of the world's greatest living pianists will reveal his love of inspired nonsense, his dadaist propensities and his passion for kitsch in a conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs at the New York Public 

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MY LIVES: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY Edmund White in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 7 p.m.

Having written four autobiographical novels, starting with A Boy's Own Story, Edmund White has now moved into a new genre, pure autobiography. My Lives reveals everything he has foreshortened or disguised in his previous work. Here is the unvarnished truth about his mother and father, his psychiatrists, his legions of hustlers and lovers, his famous friends. If in his fiction he attempted to fashion a representative gay man of his generation moving from the repression of the fifties towards the liberation of the sixties into the fulfillment of the seventies and the tragedy of the age of 

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WHO'S AFRAID OF IRAN? Azar Nafisi, Shirin Neshat, Roya Hakakian, Azadeh Moaveni, Soraya Broukhim, Sussan Deyhim and Lila Azam Zanganeh

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 7 p.m.

As the media tracks Iran's growing nuclear arsenal and its potential as an ideological powder keg, the Islamic Republic looms larger than ever in the American imagination. Yet the country remains grossly misunderstood seen either as the third pillar of Bush's "axis of evil" or as a nation teeming with teens who clamor for democracy, Western-style. Beneath it all, Iranians?and their lives in the Islamic Republic remain shrouded in myth and stereotypes. So who in the world are Iranians in these shifting times?

A CONVERSATION Lila Azam Zanganeh, who aims "to corrode 

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THE LIMITS OF TOLERANCE? Multiculturalism Now PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

Friday, April 28, 2006, 6 p.m.

Necla Kelek, Dubravka Ugresic, Richard Rodriguez, Pascal Bruckner, and Kwame Anthony Appiah, moderator

In distinctive American and European variants, Multiculturalism is embattled from left and right as never before, even as both continents absorb unprecedented numbers of immigrants. Can the Enlightenment ideal of tolerance survive a resurgence of religious extremism A diverse group of American and European observers look at Multiculturalism today.

This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World Voices, The New York Festival of International 

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REVOLUTION: A User's Manual PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

Saturday, April 29, 2006, 8 a.m.

Adam Michnik, Baltasar Garzón, Gioconda Belli, G. M. Tamás, and Christopher Hitchens, moderator

In a year of anniversaries recalling key moments in the last century's complicated romance with revolution (outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, suppression of the Hungarian uprising, Spain's dramatic moment of transition to democracy, and the birth of Solidarity), activist intellectuals reflect on the current status of our centuries-old faith in revolution and what its future may be.

This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World 

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DUONG THU HUONG in conversation with Robert Stone PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 12 noon

The first-ever U.S. appearance by Vietnam's foremost writer, who has been jailed and censored at home. Duong will be joined by distinguished novelist Robert Stone to discuss the writer's role in her society: the realities of war, censorship, and literature.

This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World Voices, The New York Festival of International Literature.

About Duong Thu Huong

Duong Thu Huong was born in the Thai Binh province of Vietnam in 1947. After she published her third novel, Nhung Thien Duong Mu (Paradise of the 

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AYAAN HIRSI ALI in conversation with Philip Gourevitch PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 1:45 p.m.

Despite death threats and intimidation, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has remained a vocal critic of the treatment of Muslim women. With Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch, Ms. Hirsi Ali will discuss her new book, The Caged Virgin, and her experiences throughout Africa and as a Dutch MP.

This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World Voices, The New York Festival of International Literature.

Co-sponsored by The Paris Review.

About Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia in 1969. After she was forced to flee Somalia 

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ZADIE SMITH in conversation with Kurt Andersen PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 3:30 p.m.

Zadie Smith's novels explore the territory shared by what are normally considered separate worlds: the personal and political, the academy and the "street," and the intersection of the increasingly multicultural societies of both England and America. She will discuss her work with novelist and commentator Kurt Andersen.

This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World Voices, The New York Festival of International Literature.

About Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975. Her first novel, White 

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AMARTYA SEN in conversation with Salman Rushdie PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 6 p.m.

World Voices caps a rich day of programming at LIVE from the New York Public Library with a conversation between Festival Chair Salman Rushdie and his compatriot Amartya Sen, who will turn around the cultural telescope and question some cherished orthodoxies regarding multiculturalism, identity politics and liberal values.

This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World Voices, The New York Festival of International Literature.

About Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen was born in West Bengal in 1933. He received the Nobel Prize in 

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LISTENING IN: EAVESDROPPING AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY Patrick Radden Keefe, James Risen, Adm. Bob Inman and Jeffrey Rosen, moderator

Monday, May 8, 2006, 7 p.m.

Recent revelations about a warrantless surveillance program administered by the National Security Agency raise troubling questions about the legality and efficacy of eavesdropping inside the United States, and the politics of secrecy and disclosure in an age of terrorism. Join James Risen, who just received a Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times scoop on secret domestic eavesdropping, and wrote State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration; Admiral Bob Inman, former Director of the NSA; and Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret 

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REPORTING (From the Loser's Locker Room and Elsewhere): DAVID REMNICK in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 7 p.m.

In his new collection, Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker, David Remnick, author, reporter, and editor of The New Yorker, profiles some of the most important, complex and, in many cases, reclusive people of our time. The book includes character studies of figures as varied as Al Gore, Katharine Graham, Philip Roth, Mike Tyson, V clav Havel, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Benjamin Netanyahu. "They are figures in the public arena," writes Remnick, "people who are in the midst of a crisis, passing out of one, or anticipating one on the horizon. They are, with some 

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Monday, June 5, 2006, 7 p.m.

Writers and friends of Octavia E. Butler, who died in February, 2006, will gather to pay tribute to this internationally known science fiction writer whose evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human. Publisher Dan Simon, actor Avery Brooks, publisher and editor Max Rodriguez, writer Harlan Ellison, Professor Sandra Govan, literary agent Merrilee Heifetz, poet Sonia Sanchez, writer Samuel R. Delany and special musical guests will honor Ms. Butler with reminiscence, music and readings from her 

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JOHN UPDIKE in conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 7 p.m.

John Updike lives in rural Massachusetts but he happened to be in New York on September 11, 2001 to witness the collapse of the Twin Towers from a top-floor apartment across the East River. "It was about the worst thing I'd ever seen," Updike said. Terrible though it was, "it's never struck me as something that couldn't be written about." His latest novel is a thriller about a "sympathetic terrorist," in the author's own words. Updike grew interested in how religious zealotry works on the mind of an otherwise decent young man. The main character in Terrorist 

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KITCHEN SECRETS: BILL BUFORD with Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain

Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 7 p.m.

For three frenetic years of trials and errors, disappointments and triumphs, author and New Yorker writer, Bill Buford was kitchen slave to chef Mario Batali at his three-star NYC restaurant, Babbo. As Buford worked his way up the Babbo ladder from kitchen bitch  to line cook, his relationship with the larger-than-life Batali grew while he learned his life story through kitchen encounters and after-work all-nighters. Buford's immersion into the art of butchery in Northern Italy, preparing game in London, and making handmade pasta at an Italian hillside trattoria, become an 

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Thursday, June 22, 2006, 6:30 p.m.


Malcolm Gladwell, Arianna Huffington, Norm Pearlstine, Jacob Weisberg & Michael Kinsley, moderator

When Slate launched in June 1996, online media was little more than a novelty. News now breaks first on the web; internet news sites are primary information sources for young (and not-so-young) readers. Online magazines like Slate and the blogs are driving and at times helping to shape political debate. Print newspapers and magazines are being reborn online. Podcasts, webcasts, texting, RSS feeds, and new technologies are 

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JOEL MEYEROWITZ: Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive

Monday, September 11, 2006, 7 p.m.

September 11 Remembrance Features Ground Zero Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz

LIVE from the NYPL Event Commemorates Fifth Anniversary of Attacks.

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11, a selection of Joel Meyerowitz's photographs from Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive will be projected in the Reading Room with the photographer retelling excerpts from the 100 stories about his experiences at the site. The event will also feature a one-day exhibition of the work including an oversized 8?x22? panorama of the Ground Zero site. The event will close with a performance of 

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TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS with Andr? Leon Talley, Tim Gunn & Martha Nelson

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 7 p.m.

From ever-thicker fashion magazines like Vogue to hit TV shows like Project Runway, the fashion industry is hotter than ever. During Olympus Fashion Week, join photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Vogue's André Leon Talley, PEOPLE Group Editor Martha Nelson, and Tim Gunn of Parsons and Project Runway for a provocative discussion about America's insatiable appetite for fashion and their personal adventures along the way.

For the past three seasons, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has been backstage at Bryant Park photographing the famous faces who assemble for New York's 

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E.O. WILSON in conversation with Ira Flatow

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 7 p.m.

Whether we believe that nature arose through evolution or by divine creation, one thing is certain: our earth, the Creation itself, is in desperate need of protection from the wanton destruction wrought by human hands. NPR's host of Talk Of The Nation: Science Friday, Ira Flatow, will talk with Professor E.O. Wilson about his new book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth,written in the form of a letter to a Southern Baptist minister. Wilson seeks to attract not only his customary audience of science and nature lovers but also Evangelicals, whom he believes will be important 

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INVISIBLE SYMPOSIUM: European Dream Festival with CHARLES GRODIN, master of ceremonies

Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 7 p.m.


To kick off the first ever European Dream Festival, a six-week celebration of the most vibrant and innovative artistic productions from a new Europe, The Invisible Symposium will transform the Celeste Bartos Forum into the scene of a classic symposium in antiquity. Charles Grodin will be the master of ceremonies. The idea of the Invisible Symposium originated with the Hungarian art movement, The European School. In 1948, their members circulated a questionnaire to artists, writers and philosophers asking them to define the relationship of art and politics to artists, 

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CAMERON SINCLAIR, KATE STOHR & CYNTHIA BARTON with John Hockenberry, moderator

Wednesday, September 20, 2006, 7 p.m.


As we enter the 21st century the field of architecture is at a crossroads. From Hurricane Katrina to the war in Iraq, large-scale urbanization, disaster and conflict has destabilized not only our political structures but also the built environment prompting many to question the building practices of the past. Is the role of the architect to create the signature monuments that define and exalt our cultural and economic values? Or, is there an alternative path to building in the world today, one that engages people where they live and work and recognizes 

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SAM HARRIS in conversation with Oliver McTernan

Monday, September 25, 2006, 7 p.m.

According to a recent Pew poll, three-quarters of all Americans believe the Bible is God's word. To Steve Paulson of, Numbers like that make an outspoken atheist like Sam Harris seem either foolhardy or uncommonly brave. In his first book, The End of Faith, Harris argued that much of the violence in the world today comes directly from people willing to live and die by sacred religious texts. The response to this book was thousands of letters from Christians excoriating Harris for not believing in God. Letter to A Christian Nation is his reply. In this open letter, Harris 

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CHRIS ANDERSON in conversation with Lawrence Lessig

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 7 p.m.

The Rise and Fall of the Blockbuster

The twentieth century was the heyday of the hit, when the extraordinary power of broadcast technologies unified countries and even the globe. Mass markets ruled and bestsellers dominated the shelves, snapping societies into cultural lockstep. But then came the Web and the power of digital distribution, with infinite shelf space, near-zero costs and an appetite for a million niches. What will happen to our culture and economy as we shift from blockbusters to "nichebusters" and everything finds an audience, no matter how 

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FRANK RICH in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 8 a.m.

Frank Rich has been a critic, editorialist and columnist for over 30 years. In an excerpt from his new book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina, he states 9/11 was a new morning in America a wake-up call, you'd think, for a country that had been habituated to peace and prosperity and had had the luxury of devoting several years to obsessing about a president's seamy sex life. But whatever else 9/11 was, we can see now that it was the beginning of a new national narrative a compelling and often persuasive story that was told by the president of 

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ROBERT FRANK in conversation with Howard Norman: Beirut

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 7 p.m.

At 80 Robert Frank, the renowned photographer of The Americans, will make a rare personal appearance and reveal the ideas and work behind his new book, Come Again, a facsimile reprint of a sketch book he had originally made in Beirut during 1991. At that time, Frank was invited to Beirut on a commission to photograph the devastated downtown of the city following the end of the Lebanese civil war. Together with the work of five other photographers, his work was included in a book, Beirut City Centre in 1992. But alongside his work on this commission, he made numerous Polaroids of the 

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BILL MOYERS in conversation with Bill McKibben: Welcome to Doomsday

Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 7 p.m.

The influence of the evangelical Christian right on the Bush administration has had a mostly unnoticed impact on America's environmental policy. While some take God?s granting of dominion over the earth to man as a call to good stewardship of our planet, many evangelicals distrust science and disdain environmental protections. They live in anticipation of one event: the Rapture, when Christ will return to cleanse the earth while the true believers are transported to heaven. For those who believe that the Rapture and the destruction of the world are imminent, there is no need to be 

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THE MOTH, YADDO & LIVE from the NYPL Celebrate The Moth @ 10!

Friday, October 6, 2006, 6:30 p.m.


Stories about Wrestling the Muse

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

—Martha Graham

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. —Vincent Van Gogh

In honor of its tenth season premiere, The Moth, New York's Hip Urban Storytelling group, together with Yaddo, the legendary artists retreat, and LIVE from The New York Public 

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ADAM GOPNIK in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 7 p.m.


After five years in Paris, Adam Gopnik moved his family back to New York. His children could now go through "The Children's Gate," the actual entrance to Central Park at 76th Street that opens onto a playground. This entrance is for Gopnik a symbol of the "civilization of childhood" in New York, one which he wanted his children to enter and embrace. At first, the new New York seemed safer and shinier than ever. But not long after their return, the fabric of living became frayed by 9/11.

The subject of the last five years worth of his 

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Celebrating SPECTACLE : A conversation with DAVID ROCKWELL, Julie Taymor, Simon Doonan. John Hockenberry, Instigator

Friday, October 20, 2006, 7 p.m.

As an architect and set designer, David Rockwell creates immersive environments imbued with a sense of theater. He pays attention to texture, craft, and narrative, as well as new materials and technology. According to Business Week,"He always builds a bit of magic into his Rockwell, designing an environment means shaping an experience that lasts in the memory."

Now, in his new book SPECTACLE, in collaboration with noted designer Bruce Mau, Rockwell provides the first exploration of the phenomenon and history of public performance and spectacular man-made 

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JAN MORRIS AT 80 in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Monday, October 23, 2006, 7 p.m.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 YEARS To celebrate the 80th birthday of Jan Morris, Paul Holdengräber will conversationally ramble with the writer through some of the matters that have preoccupied her during a long life. For example: patriotism, dislike of concerts, Norwegian Forest Cats, the practice of travel, marmalade vs grape jelly, Venice vs Trieste, connoisseurship (ugh!), intellectualism (yuk!), 57 years of a curious friendship, 53 years of visiting NY, the British Empire, the superiority of small countries (notably Wales), journalism at Mount Everest, death, glories and agonies of 

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Thursday, October 26, 2006, 7 p.m.

The Borowitz Report on the Future

In a totally improvised and spontaneous program, cybersatirist Andy Borowitz will answer the audience's questions about what the future holds for current events, pop culture, sports, business, and Paris Hilton, with the guarantee that he will be at least as accurate as the New York Post. Borowitz, who enlightens the world daily with his Internet column, The Borowitz Report, has made a career of writing headlines for news stories that haven't happened yet:



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The Library at Night: ALBERTO MANGUEL in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Monday, October 30, 2006, 6 p.m.

Ever wonder what happens when the last person leaves the library, darkness descends, and the books begin to breathe? In the tradition of A History of Reading, Alberto Manguel's The Library at Night is the captivating story of how libraries embody the memories of individuals and whole cultures. Magically, he takes us to libraries when the lights go out, when books are rightful owners and the reader is the interloper. When all daytime order is upended, one book calls to another across the shelves, and new alliances are created across time and space.

He takes us to the "memory 

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SPY Magazine: The Funny Years, the 20th Anniversary with GRAYDON CARTER, KURT ANDERSEN, GEORGE KALOGERAKIS & DAVID CARR

Friday, November 3, 2006, 6 p.m.

SPY: The Funny Years A Loving, 20th Anniversary Interrogation

During its heyday, from 1986 through 1993, Spy magazine broke important ground in journalism and design, defining smartness for its generation. It was a once-in-a-lifetime creation that shaped the zeitgeist and succeeded (for a while) against all odds.

In the process, it introduced into the currency Separated at Birth, Naked City, The Fine Print, Log-Rolling in Our Time, Blurb-o-Mat, those hilarious (and now ubiquitous) charts, the inside stories on The New York Times and Hollywood, plus countless arresting 

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Friday, November 10, 2006, 6 p.m.

Born the son of an impoverished Scottish linen weaver, Andrew Carnegie pulled himself up from bobbin boy in a cotton factory to founder of Carnegie Steel, and one of the richest men in the world. He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. For all that he accomplished and came to represent to the American public a wildly successful business and capitalist, a self-educated writer, peace activist, philanthropist, man of letters, lover of culture, and unabashed enthusiast for American democracy and capitalism Carnegie has 

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Thursday, November 16, 2006, 6 p.m.

The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World

Nine extraordinary men, each celebrated for individual achievements, were part of a unique group who grew up in a time and place that will never come again the few dazzling years of lively café  life during Budapest's Golden Age before the darkness closed in.

One step ahead of Hitler's terror state, these nine men were driven from Hungary by anti-Semitism, fled to the West, especially to the United States, and changed the world.

They were four scientists, Edward Teller, John von Neumann, 

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THE WORLD IN 2050: China the Superpower? The Atlantic Day of Ideas

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 9 a.m.

Is China'cs rise as the global superpower inevitable? What will be the socio-economic and political implications of China's emergence for the world in 2050? What will America and the world be like in China's economic shadow?

A Town Hall discussion moderated by James Bennet.

Panelists: Robert Kaplan Minxin Pei Jonathan Spence Arthur Waldron

This event is co-presented by The Atlantic and sponsored by British Airways

About James Bennet

James Bennet is The Atlantic's newly appointed editor, joining the publication in early 

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The CHANGING FACE OF GLOBAL FINANCE: Can America's Capital Markets Compete? The Atlantic Day of Ideas

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 10 a.m.

Changes in the national regulatory environment, in financial-reporting rules, and in the associated hazard of liability the so-called litigation time-bomb are said to be burdening America?s capital markets and placing them at a worsening disadvantage with respect to overseas competitors. Is this true? If it is, how widely will the effects be felt  Will this affect large and small companies alike? Above all, if America's competitiveness as the capital markets further decreases, what will that mean for the country?

A Town Hall discussion moderated by Atlantic Senior Editor Clive 

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH PBS: The Emotional Animal The Atlantic Day of Ideas

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 10 a.m.

PBS and The Atlantic will host a screening on the program ?Nature,? followed by a discussion moderated by Scott Stossel on how animal emotional intelligence mirrors that of humans.

Panelists: Fred Kaufman Lynn Sherr Vicki Croke Linda Koebner Eugene Linden

This event is co-presented by The Atlantic and sponsored by PBS

About Fred Kaufman

Three-time Emmy Award-winner Fred Kaufman has been executive producer of Nature since 1991 and has worked on the series since its premiere in 1982. Many of Nature?s most memorable 

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Saturday, November 18, 2006, 12 noon

Does the newest high-tech equipment glorify or destroy the freshest low-tech ingredients? Atlantic food writer Corby Kummer gathers a few leading chefs and thinkers, Mario Batali, Dan Barber, and Barbara Kafka, to map out battle plans for the newest culinary frontier.

This event is co-presented by The Atlantic.

About Mario Batali

Mario Batali creates magic in his many NYC hotspots, the flagship being Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in Greenwich Village. Babbo was honored as ?The Best New Restaurant of 1998? by The James Beard Foundation, and Ruth Reichl at the New York 

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Saturday, November 18, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Walter Benn Michaels believes that if there is one thing Americans agree on, it's the value of diversity. Katha Pollitt agrees, but as she wrote in the November 6, 2006 issue of The Nation, that, though "I wanted to admire The Trouble with Diversity, Walter Benn Michael's much discussed polemic against identity politics and economic inequality...right away, I ran into trouble.... Michaels is agressively, almost proudly obtuse about racism and sexism, which he sees as distractions from class struggle." Though our corporation vie for slots in the Diversity top 50, and our 

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Saturday, November 18, 2006, 3 p.m.

The Erotic & the Domestic: The Pitfalls of Modern Intimacy

"In Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic," Esther Perel explains that our cultural penchant for equality, fairness, and absolute candor is antithetical to erotic desire for both men and women. Sexual excitement doesn't always play by the rules of good citizenship.

"Laura Kipnis and I examine the pitfalls of modern intimacy, the emphasis on transparency and talking, the feminization of intimacy and how it often confuses closeness with surveillance. Where she is engaged in the polemics of 

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CREATIVE TIME & THE ATLANTIC DAY OF IDEAS The Art of Disarmament: PAUL CHAN in conversation with KATHY KELLY

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 4:30 p.m.

New York artist and activist Paul Chan spent a month in Iraq with Kathy Kelly and the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated organization Voices in the Wilderness immediately prior to the start of the war. He speaks with her about their work, her recent visits to the Middle East, and the Poetics of nonviolence.

About Paul Chan

Paul Chan is an artist in New York. Working in a variety of mediums, from video to installation to drawing, Chan has achieved much acclaim for both his installations and his digital projections that blend a novel drawing and animating style with subtle 

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A Double Celebration: The Atlantic & Sigmund Freud @ 150 GEORGE PROCHNIK, WAYNE KOESTENBAUM & SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK The Atlantic Day of Ideas

Saturday, November 18, 2006, 6 p.m.


Family History & Its Discontents: Sigmund Freud, Oscar Wilde, Stomach Pains, Death, New England & the Immortal Porcupine

How do our restless readings of our own family histories influence our take on cultural history, and vice-versa?

For all that Freud seems to have been chewed over ad nauseam by detractors and advocates alike, there remain bizarre, intriguing dark spaces where the light at the end of the cigar has failed to fall.

What caused Freud to pass out twice in Jung's presence and, on 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 6 p.m.

Once declared worthless and dehumanizing by the novelist and critic James Baldwin, Uncle Tom's Cabin has lacked literary credibility for over fifty years. Now, in a refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his co-author, Hollis Robbins, demonstrate the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece.

As the annotators show, there has never been a single work of fiction that had a greater effect on the course of American history than Uncle Tom's Cabin. The 1852 epic reified the barbaric cruelties of slavery like no other previous work, transforming it for many 

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THOMAS CAHILL in conversation with MARGARET ATWOOD: Thinking Medievally

Friday, December 1, 2006, 6 p.m.

The High Middle Ages (1100 - 1347 A.D.) were extraordinary years for the advancement of science, women, and the arts. But most people today have exactly the opposite understanding of medieval life, envisioning instead rampant barbarism, superstition, and oppression both religious and secular interspersed with impressive castles and gallant knights as high points. This dark, albeit incorrect, view of the Middle Ages might seem like the ideal setting for an adventure film or bodice-ripper novel, but the truth of the time period is far more interesting.

Join historian Thomas 

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DANIEL MENDELSOHN: From Roman Games to Reality TV--Mass Entertainment & Imperial Politics

Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 6 p.m.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture

Daniel Mendelsohn, a classicist and critic, weaves together observations about popular cultures both ancient and modern, particularly entertainments based on what he calls "spectacles of humiliation" tragedy in Athens, public games in Rome, talk shows and reality TV in America to arrive at provocative conclusions about the relationship between mass entertainment and politics in republics with imperial aspirations.

About Daniel Mendelsohn

Daniel Mendelsohn, an author, journalist, and critic, began his writing career soon after 

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OPENING NIGHT ! Celebrate Valentine's Day with ALINE KOMINSKY CRUMB in conversation with R. CRUMB: Need More Love

Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 6 p.m.


The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

A Valentine's Evening with the Crumbs (The George & Gracie of Comics)

Aline: We've been living and working together for thirty-five years. As I write this I'm astonished that we're so old and that we actually still love each other. Who woulda' thought, when we first met at a party at Robert's girlfriend's house, and he told me that I had "cute knees," that we were about to embark on a life-time adventure together?

Bob: Yeah, who'd a' thought? 

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WERNER HERZOG in conversation with Paul Holdengräber: Was the 20th Century a Mistake?

Friday, February 16, 2007, 6 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

A conversation with Werner Herzog, one of the greatest living film directors of our times. His films include Aguirre, The Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Nosferatu, Fitzcarraldo, Even Dwarfs Started Small, and Grizzly Man. Filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) will introduce the evening.

About Werner Herzog

Born in Munich, director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Werner Herzog grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and never saw films, television, or telephones 

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ANDRÉ ACIMAN & COLM TÓIBÍN: Landscapes of Eros and Loss

Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 6 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

Colm Tóibín and André Aciman discuss longing, heartbreak and language, the poetics of love and death. Which comes first, they ask, desire or heartbreak, love or loss, and which lasts longer, remembrance or remorse, questions that haunt them, and that they both have explored in their most recent work?Aciman's Call Me By Your Name and Toibin's Mothers and Sons: Stories.

About André Aciman

André Aciman is the author of Out of Egypt and False Papers: 

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Saturday, March 10, 2007, 6 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

A dialogue between Pulitzer prize-winning fiction writer Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) and filmmaker Mira Nair, whose motion picture adaptation of The Namesake opens in the U.S. the preceding day.

About Mira Nair

Film Director Mira Nair was born in Rourkela, India. From India Cabaret to The Laughing Club of India, Nair?s documentaries paved the way for her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay! which was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language 

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CLIVE JAMES in conversation with Paul Holdengräber: Cultural Amnesia

Monday, March 26, 2007, 7 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

Echoing Edward Said's belief that "Western humanism is not enough, we need a universal humanism," the renowned critic Clive James presents his life's work in a new cultural canon that celebrates truth over hypocrisy, literature over totalitarianism. Containing over one hundred essays and nearly 40 years in the making, Cultural Amnesia illuminates, rescues, or occasionally destroys the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the twentieth 

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A Tribute to PRIMO LEVI

Thursday, April 5, 2007, 7 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

"I am a normal man with a good memory who fell into a maelstrom and got out of it more by luck than by virtue, and who from that time on has preserved a certain curiosity about maelstroms large and small, metaphorical and actual." Primo Levi 1919-1987

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Primo Levi's death, Joan Acocella, Alessandra Bastagli, Ruth Franklin, Ann Goldstein, and Adam Kirsch pay tribute to Levi's legacy as well as discuss his unpublished stories now translated in A 

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Leslie BENNETTS & Elissa SCHAPPELL debate "The Feminine Mistake"

Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 7 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

Elissa Schappell will take on Leslie Bennetts provocative assertion that women cannot afford to quit their day jobs to be stay-at-home moms. When women agonize about balancing work and family, many  solve  the problem by abandoning their careers. But as Leslie Bennetts demonstrates in her new book, The Feminine Mistake, it's dangerous to depend on anyone else to support you, and most full-time mothers will ultimately find their economic security challenged by divorce, a husband's 

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JAN MORRIS, Travel Writer Extraordinaire, in conversation with Paul Holdengräber: Around the World in 50 Years

Friday, April 13, 2007, 7 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:


To celebrate the 80th birthday of Jan Morris, one of the greatest travel writers and essayist, Paul Holdengräber will conversationally ramble with the writer through some of the matters that have preoccupied her during a long life. For example:

Patriotism The Practice of Travel Dislike of Concerts Norwegian Forest Cats The British Empire The Superiority of Small Countries (Notably Wales) Journalism at Mount Everest  Read More ›

THE ROSENBACH COMPANY: A Musical A Story of Bibliomania by Ben Katchor & Mark Mulcahy

Friday, April 20, 2007, 7 p.m.

BIBLIOMANIA is brought to vivid life at the Library in this pop-musical account of one of the world's pre-eminent rare-book dealers of the last century, Abe Rosenbach, and his brother Philip. Libretto and animated, projected illustrations by current Cullman Fellow and graphic novelist Ben Katchor, and music by composer and singer Mark Mulcahy.

This event is co-presented with

About Ben Katchor

Ben Katchor is a graphic novelist whose books include Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories; The Jew of New York; and The Beauty Supply District. His 

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JULIA ALVAREZ: Saving the World

Monday, April 23, 2007, 7 p.m.

An evening with Julia Alvarez, whose latest book is Saving the World, a novel that probes the depths of politics, medicine, activism, and love featuring two extraordinary women — a 19th-century Spanish spinster and a best-selling Latina novelist transplanted to the United States.

About Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. She spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic, emigrating to this country at the age of ten. Her works include How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, which was selected as a Notable Book by the New 

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VOYAGE & VOYEUR: Travel and Travel Writing PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 12 noon

What place does travel writing have in an age of instant news and pictures? Are there truths that only language can convey? What is the relationship of a travel writer to his or her subject? Alain de Botton, Ma Jian, and IIija Trojanow will discuss using words to capture the feeling of a place for their readers at home and around the world. Paul Holdengräber will moderate.

About Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton was born in Switzerland and moved with his family to England when he was eight years old. De Botton has written about literature in How Proust Can Change Your 

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