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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.
Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi | Paul Holdengräber

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8 - 10 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 tickets@themorgan.org.

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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.

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Dan Savage in Conversation with Andrew Sullivan

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

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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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COOK IT RAW: DAVID CHANG & FRIENDS

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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The One World Schoolhouse: SALMAN KHAN & CARLOS SLIM IN CONVERSATION WITH ANTHONY W. MARX

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7 p.m.
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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 (khanacademy.org), a nonprofit with Read More ›

DANIEL DENNETT & JIM HOLT

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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JUNOT DÍAZ

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.
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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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WILLIAM GIBSON

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.
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 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 ›

ED RUSCHA

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7 p.m.
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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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GEORGE SAUNDERS & DICK CAVETT

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7 p.m.
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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 ›

ADAM PHILLIPS & PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER

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.

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NASSIM TALEB & DANIEL KAHNEMAN

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 7 p.m.
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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 them...it’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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The One World Schoolhouse: SALMAN KHAN & CARLOS SLIM in conversation with JOEL KLEIN

Friday, November 2, 2012, 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."

Both will discuss this vision for the future in a lively conversation moderated by Joel Klein, Read More ›

The Angel Esmeralda: DON DELILLO in conversation with JONATHAN FRANZEN

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7 p.m.
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For a generation of younger novelists, Don DeLillo has been the defining voice, the writer whose sentences have inspired and influenced their own. On the library's stage, DeLillo will read from his collection of short stories, The Angel Esmeralda, a finalist for the Story Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Writer Jonathan Franzen will then join him on stage to discuss DeLillo’s work and the influence it has had on Franzen’s own writing.

Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison, and outer space, the nine stories 

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In Praise of Messy Lives: KATIE ROIPHE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image In Praise of Messy Lives: KATIE ROIPHE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

In Praise of Messy Lives: KATIE ROIPHE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7 p.m.

“It seems that some of us are so busy channeling our energies into doing what is good for us, for our children, into responsible and improving endeavors, that we may have forgotten, somewhere in the harried trips to Express Yourself Through Theater or Trader Joe’s, to seize the day. Of course, people still have hangovers and affairs, but what dominates the wholesome vista is a sense that everything we do should be productive, should be moving toward a sane and balanced end, toward the dubious and fragile illusion of ‘healthy.’ The idea that you would do something 

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Who Is He? PETE TOWNSHEND in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image Who Is He? PETE TOWNSHEND in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Who Is He? PETE TOWNSHEND in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Monday, October 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
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In Who I Am, Pete Townshend—guitarist, songwriter, singer and founding member of The Who—at last tells his story. 

In conversation with Paul Holdengräber, one of rock-and-roll’s biggest icons will talk about his most intimate memories; from the inner sanctum of Eric Clapton’s drug-ridden hotel rooms to the feet of Jimi Hendrix and his electric kool-aid guitar; from the first trial performance of Townshend’s rock opera, Tommy, in a London bar to setting the record with The Who as the world’s loudest band, 

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Is Technology Progressive? STEVEN JOHNSON in conversation with SHERRY TURKLE

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7 p.m.
In his new book Future Perfect, popular author and media theorist Steven Johnson argues that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview—influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, but not dependent on high-tech solutions—that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking. Future Perfect makes the case that progress is still possible, and that new solutions Read More ›

Sugar Gone Wild: CHERYL STRAYED in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 7 p.m.
“I’d finally been able to give it because I’d let go of all the grandiose ideas I’d once had about myself and my writing—so talented! so young! I’d stopped being grandiose. I’d lowered myself to the notion that the absolute only thing that mattered was getting that extra beating heart out of my chest. Which meant I had to write my book. My very possibly mediocre book. My very possibly never-going-to-be-published book. My absolutely no-where-in-league-with-the-writers-I’d-admired-so-much-that-I-practically-memorized-their-sentences book. It was Read More ›
Winter Journal: PAUL AUSTER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image Winter Journal: PAUL AUSTER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Winter Journal: PAUL AUSTER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Monday, October 1, 2012, 7 p.m.

 “Speak now before it is too late, and then hope to go on speaking until there is nothing more to be said. Time is running out, after all. Perhaps it is just as well to put aside your stories for now and try to examine what it has felt like to live inside this body from the first day you can remember being alive until this one. A catalogue of sensory data. What one might call a phenomenology of breathing.” --Paul Auster, Winter Journal

Facing his sixty-forth winter, novelist Paul Auster decides to write a journal documenting his own aging, in ways he 

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OPENING NIGHT! From Fatwa to Freedom: SALMAN RUSHDIE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber: FREE EVENT! Image OPENING NIGHT! From Fatwa to Freedom: SALMAN RUSHDIE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber: FREE EVENT!

OPENING NIGHT! From Fatwa to Freedom: SALMAN RUSHDIE in conversation with Paul Holdengräber: FREE EVENT!

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7 p.m.

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lecture

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On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. His crime? To have written The Satanic Verses, a novel accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran.”

So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias Read More ›

Creative Time & LIVE from the NYPL present THE LAST PICTURES

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 19, join artist and geographer Trevor Paglen, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith for a special evening under the stars in New York's Bryant Park.  This event, co-presented by Creative Time and LIVE from the NYPL, will feature a reading by Smith; Herzog and Paglen in conversation about cultural artifacts, space exploration, and the legacy of human civilization; and a presentation of the images included in The Last Pictures--a golden disc of images created by Paglen, to be launched into outer space attached to the 

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Pray, Love, and especially EAT: JOHN HODGMAN in conversation with ELIZABETH GILBERT Image Pray, Love, and especially EAT: JOHN HODGMAN in conversation with ELIZABETH GILBERT
Pray, Love, and especially EAT: JOHN HODGMAN in conversation with ELIZABETH GILBERT Image Pray, Love, and especially EAT: JOHN HODGMAN in conversation with ELIZABETH GILBERT

Pray, Love, and especially EAT: JOHN HODGMAN in conversation with ELIZABETH GILBERT

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 7 p.m.

 CALF'S BRAINS WITH BLACK BUTTER  "Allow 1 set of brains--or more, for true addicts--for each serving. Soak the brains in cold water for 1 hour or so and drain. Add 1 sliced onion, a bit of chopped parsley and celery, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of vinegar to enough boiling water to cover the brains, and simmer them gently for 1/2 hour. Drain and when cool tenderly remove the skin and any bits of bone the butcher may have left clinging to their surface. For each 2 sets of brains melt 1/2 cup of butter (or as much more as can be spared) in a shallow pan and allow it to 

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LIVE from the NYPL & Christie's present: VAN CLIBURN in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image LIVE from the NYPL & Christie's present: VAN CLIBURN in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

LIVE from the NYPL & Christie's present: VAN CLIBURN in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7 p.m.

LIVE from the NYPL & Christie's present

Van Cliburn, one of the world's great pianists -- once dubbed "The Texan Who Conquered Russia" by Time magazine -- will reflect on the trajectory of his own career, from piano lessons with his mother, Rildia Bee, to performances at the White House for every President of the United States since Harry Truman.   Van Cliburn was propelled to fame in 1958 following his historic victory at the first international Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Embraced by the Soviet Union at the height of the cold war, this Read More ›
JESMYN WARD: SALVAGE THE BONES Image JESMYN WARD: SALVAGE THE BONES

JESMYN WARD: SALVAGE THE BONES

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 7 p.m.
“There is something about living through Katrina and hardship that refines who people are, I think, that showcases their most essential selves. I hope that my fiction wrestles with Faulkner’s eternal question, ‘the problem of the human heart in conflict with itself,’ and that my work realizes the essential selves of my characters and those that live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” --Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward’s National Book Award-winning novel, Salvage the Bones, explores a family’s struggle to find meaning in the days leading Read More ›
SLAVOJ ZIZEK IS BACK with 2011: THE YEAR OF DREAMING DANGEROUSLY Image SLAVOJ ZIZEK IS BACK with 2011: THE YEAR OF DREAMING DANGEROUSLY

SLAVOJ ZIZEK IS BACK with 2011: THE YEAR OF DREAMING DANGEROUSLY

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7 p.m.
  SOLD OUT!     "In 2011, we were witnessing (and participating) in a series of shattering events, from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movements, from the UK suburban protests to Breivik's ideological madness. 2011 was thus the year of dreaming dangerously, in both directions: there were emancipatory dreams mobilizing protesters in New York, on Tahir Square, in London and Athens--and there were the obscure destructive dreams propelling Breivik and other racist populists all around Europe.

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E. O. WILSON: THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7 p.m.
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THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH

"Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Conceived in ultimate simplicity by Paul Gauguin on the canvas of his Tahitian masterpiece, these are in fact the central problems of religion and philosophy. Will we ever be able to solve them? Sometimes it seems not. Yet perhaps we can.”

                                                        

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ERIC KANDEL:  THE AGE OF INSIGHT: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, From Vienna 1900 to the Present. A conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image ERIC KANDEL: THE AGE OF INSIGHT: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, From Vienna 1900 to the Present. A conversation with Paul Holdengräber

ERIC KANDEL: THE AGE OF INSIGHT: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, From Vienna 1900 to the Present. A conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 7 p.m.
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THE AGE OF INSIGHT: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, From Vienna 1900 to the Present

In turn of the century Vienna, an extraordinary mix of scientists and artists—Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Alois Riegl among others—gathered and collectively began exploring a fertile new territory:  the unconscious. In his forthcoming book The Age of Insight, Nobel Prize-winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel brings to life this pivotal time, when the Modernist age was born and 

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CLAUDE LANZMANN: Shoah and My Life, a conversation with Paul Holdengräber  Image CLAUDE LANZMANN: Shoah and My Life, a conversation with Paul Holdengräber

CLAUDE LANZMANN: Shoah and My Life, a conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7 p.m.

Shoah and My Life

Writer and filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, now 85 years old, will discuss his very first book, The Patagonian Hare, which was published in France in 2009 and recently translated into English.  The Patagonian Hare tells Lanzmann's story and the story of France and Europe during the second half of the 20th Century -- from the French resistance movement during World War II to training in Israeli F16 fighter jets in the 1990s, from his friendship with Jean Paul Sartre and love affair with Simone de Beauvoir to the making of his groundbreaking 

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OCCUPY ROUSSEAU: INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Friday, March 9, 2012, 7 p.m.

WHAT WOULD JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU SAY ABOUT OUR DEMOCRACIES IF HE WERE AMONG US TODAY?

Distinguished intellectuals, political leaders, activists, and artists from both Geneva and the U.S. join forces to ask that question. Rousseau was an ardent defender of equality, justice and democratic participation. His moral and civic anger at the ways in which the Enlightenment “threw garlands of flowers over our chains” speaks directly to today’s protest movements, from Occupy Wall Street to the populist side of the Tea Party. What Read More ›
The Organization of Ambition or The Last Gasp, REM KOOLHAAS and HANS ULRICH OBRIST on Project Japan: Metabolism Talks Image The Organization of Ambition or The Last Gasp, REM KOOLHAAS and HANS ULRICH OBRIST on Project Japan: Metabolism Talks
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The Organization of Ambition or The Last Gasp, REM KOOLHAAS and HANS ULRICH OBRIST on Project Japan: Metabolism Talks

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 7 p.m.
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In 1958, a group of young Japanese architects gathered for a barbecue to celebrate the completion of one of their revolutionary new buildings. This run-of-the-mill act of comradery – unthinkable among today’s relentlessly competing architects – led to the formation of a movement that would play a crucial role in the rebuilding and reimagining of postwar Japan: Metabolism. Architect Rem Koolhaas – author of Delirious New York – and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist – known for his exhibitions and his “endless 

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ANCIENT TO FUTURE: SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS and SIMONE LEIGH, a conversation with Claire Barliant Image ANCIENT TO FUTURE: SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS and SIMONE LEIGH, a conversation with Claire Barliant
ANCIENT TO FUTURE: SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS and SIMONE LEIGH, a conversation with Claire Barliant Image ANCIENT TO FUTURE: SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS and SIMONE LEIGH, a conversation with Claire Barliant
ANCIENT TO FUTURE: SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS and SIMONE LEIGH, a conversation with Claire Barliant Image ANCIENT TO FUTURE: SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS and SIMONE LEIGH, a conversation with Claire Barliant

ANCIENT TO FUTURE: SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS and SIMONE LEIGH, a conversation with Claire Barliant

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 7 p.m.

With her book Harlem Is Nowhere, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts set out to write a new political, spiritual and creative geography of black America, where past and present are always colliding. Simone Leigh's videos and sculptures have been described as "relics of the future," drawn from varied sources including colonialist tracts, science fiction, and 1960s Black Arts Movement manifestos. In a conversation moderated by writer Claire Barliant, Rhodes-Pitts and Leigh will discuss their mutual interest in history, memory, and legacy.

Sharifa 

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WERNER HERZOG: DEATH ROW & Other Journeys, a conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image WERNER HERZOG: DEATH ROW & Other Journeys, a conversation with Paul Holdengräber

WERNER HERZOG: DEATH ROW & Other Journeys, a conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7 p.m.
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DEATH ROW & Other Journeys

“I am not an advocate of the death penalty. I do not even have an argument; I only have a story, the history of the barbarism of Nazi Germany. The argument that innocent men and women have been executed is, in my opinion, only a secondary one.  A State should not be allowed—under any 

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PICO IYER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image PICO IYER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
PICO IYER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Image PICO IYER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

PICO IYER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 7 p.m.

THE MAN WITHIN MY HEAD: On GRAHAM GREENE & Other Elective Affinities.

"Some people can't listen to Joni Mitchell songs, because they hit too close to home; some can't read Henry James, for the same reason. Others are convinced they're Gwyneth Paltrow's unacknowledged other half. Who are these people who take root inside our heads and sometimes seem closer than the people we know in life? My particular ghost is Graham Greene. I could cite reasons for the sense of connection--our common upbringing in British boarding-schools, our finding ourselves in Saigon Read More ›

Opening Night! JOHN IRVING

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 7 p.m.

The award-winning novelist will discuss his latest work, In One Person.

    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 ›
OPENING NIGHT! OLIVER STONE and TARIQ ALI: On History Image OPENING NIGHT! OLIVER STONE and TARIQ ALI: On History
OPENING NIGHT! OLIVER STONE and TARIQ ALI: On History Image OPENING NIGHT! OLIVER STONE and TARIQ ALI: On History

OPENING NIGHT! OLIVER STONE and TARIQ ALI: On History

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 7 p.m.

ON HISTORY

Pakistani writer and filmmaker TARIQ ALI and film director OLIVER STONE will continue their ongoing discourse about "forgotten--or deliberately buried--episodes" from American history from the US intervention against the Russian Revolution to the ongoing interference of the United States in Pakistani political affairs. In their recent public dialogue, On History, Oliver Stone asks, according to Jon Wiener, "smart questions about the rise and fall of the United States and its empire in the 20th century." In this conversation, the tables 

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JOSH RITTER, WESLEY STACE & STEVE EARLE Image JOSH RITTER, WESLEY STACE & STEVE EARLE

JOSH RITTER, WESLEY STACE & STEVE EARLE

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7 p.m.

SINGERS, SONGS, WRITERS

Steve Earle, Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding) & Josh Ritter

Three of the best reviewed novels of the year were written by musicians: Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, Wesley Stace's  (AKA John Wesley Harding) Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer and Josh Ritter's Bright's Passage. What's happening here? How do music and fiction inspire each other? Where do they find the time? The three author/musicians join up for a night of talk and songs.

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MARY BEARD

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 7 p.m.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture

Classicist Mary Beard asks Do the Classics Have a Future?  Beard is famous for her scholarly distinction and ability to energize academic and non-academic audiences alike. In addition to her column with the Times, she regularly appears on television. Her commentary is praised for its wit and inventiveness as much as for its intellectual sophistication.

MARY BEARD is a Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and Classics Editor of the 

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JOAN DIDION in conversation with Sloane Crosley

Monday, November 21, 2011, 7 p.m.
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"When we talk about mortality, we are talking about our children." --Joan Didion, Blue Nights

Joan Didion dwells on mortality throughout her most recent memoir, Blue Nights, in which she tries to cope with, or at least understand, the loss of her daughter, Quintana Roo. Didion is well-known as a fiction author, playwright and, most notably, non-fiction essayist. She is widely considered one of the best American writers of the past fifty years. Now, Didion’s last two memoirs, The Year of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights, have focused on the deaths of Read More ›
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DIANE KEATON

Monday, November 14, 2011, 7 p.m.
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We know Diane Keaton as the respected actress who played iconic roles in legendary movies, most memorably as the title character in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. A trend-setting symbol of late 70s New York, Keaton has also set the standard for California interior design. All of which seems to come effortlessly to Keaton; in her new memoir, Then Again, we may get an idea why. The book focuses on the actress’ relationship with her mother, Dorothy Hall, an artist and a writer. Join us as Keaton takes the stage to read from Then Again.

DIANE KEATON has 

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ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: P.O.V choreographed by LEE SERLE (World Premiere)  BEN FROST’S Music For 6 Guitars (U.S. Premiere), introduced by BRIAN ENO  Image ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: P.O.V choreographed by LEE SERLE (World Premiere) BEN FROST’S Music For 6 Guitars (U.S. Premiere), introduced by BRIAN ENO
ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: P.O.V choreographed by LEE SERLE (World Premiere)  BEN FROST’S Music For 6 Guitars (U.S. Premiere), introduced by BRIAN ENO  Image ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: P.O.V choreographed by LEE SERLE (World Premiere) BEN FROST’S Music For 6 Guitars (U.S. Premiere), introduced by BRIAN ENO
ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: P.O.V choreographed by LEE SERLE (World Premiere)  BEN FROST’S Music For 6 Guitars (U.S. Premiere), introduced by BRIAN ENO  Image ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: P.O.V choreographed by LEE SERLE (World Premiere) BEN FROST’S Music For 6 Guitars (U.S. Premiere), introduced by BRIAN ENO

ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: P.O.V choreographed by LEE SERLE (World Premiere) BEN FROST’S Music For 6 Guitars (U.S. Premiere), introduced by BRIAN ENO

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
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LIVE from the NYPL presents ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND

The culmination of LIVE from the NYPL presents Rolex Arts Weekend is a two-part event featuring the work of Protégé in Dance Lee Serle and Protégé in Music Ben Frost, performing in two of the grandest spaces in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the New York Public Library’s main branch. Seating is limited for these one-time-only performances.

P.O.V, a site-specific dance developed by Lee Serle for Astor Hall, the soaring entrance to the New York Public Library, places the 

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ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: MAYA ZBIB's The Music Box (U.S. premiere), introduced by Peter Sellars

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 3:30 p.m.
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LIVE from the NYPL presents ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND 

The Music Box, a one-woman show created by Protégée in Theatre Maya Zbib, is a performance about homes, usually performed in people’s homes. Based on a series of collected and imagined stories narrating incidents, habits, practices, truths and possible truths about women, and what ties them to their homes, the performance travels from the basement to the attic, throughout the various facets of the house and its dual nature of shelter/prison, in an attempt to touch upon a common dimension of 

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ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: BRIAN ENO, ANISH KAPOOR, and PETER SELLARS in conversation with Paul Holdengraber Image ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: BRIAN ENO, ANISH KAPOOR, and PETER SELLARS in conversation with Paul Holdengraber
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ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: BRIAN ENO, ANISH KAPOOR, and PETER SELLARS in conversation with Paul Holdengraber

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 1 p.m.
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LIVE from the NYPL presents ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND

In a rare event featuring three of today’s most significant artists, Paul Holdengräber convenes composer Brian Eno, visual artist Anish Kapoor and theatre/opera director Peter Sellars—mentors to Ben Frost in Music, Nicholas Hlobo in Visual Arts, and Maya Zbib in Theatre, respectively—for a wide-ranging discussion.

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