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July Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan


Dangers of the 'foodopoly'... secrets of the original West Village... how Manhattan became capital of the world... a survey of time in love, war, crime, art, money and media... the spectrum of canine-obsessed craziness... 20th century graphic design and architecture... 75 personalized maps of Manhattan... the magic of cacao... a cynic's guide to happiness... Frankenstein's cat... true love lost and found... New York Neon... 1500 years of Islamic leaders... a cultural history of the American middle class... the first 50 years of the American Red Cross... the FBI's manufactured war on terror... the cost of American militarism... habitats of real New Yorkers...

If you're interested in any of these topics, then we've got an Author @ the Library talk for you this month at Mid-Manhattan! We hope you'll join us to hear these accomplished non-fiction authors discuss their work. Since we're a library, we've also got their books for you to read; you can request copies using the links to the catalog included below. Author talks take place at 6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor.





In an illustrated lecture on Monday, July 1, Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America and executive director of Food & Water Watch, presents her thoughts on how America's agricultural system should be reformed.

On Tuesday, July 2, we'll be Exploring the Original West Village and discovering interesting facts about the buildings and the people who have lived there in an illustrated lecture with local authors Alfred and Joyce Pommer.

On Wednesday, July 3, Professor Charlene Mires, author of Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations, tells the story of how the United Nations selected Manhattan, which happened to be the last place on their list, as home.





On Monday, July 8, Lesley Alderman, author of The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures, offers a provocative survey of time, examining a wide swath of life—love, war, crime, art, money and media—through the unerring meter of the clock.

On Tuesday, July 9, humorist and novelist Pamela (Redmond) Satran, author of Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?, considers the spectrum of canine-obsessed craziness.

On Wednesday, July 10, Richard Poulin, author of Graphic Design + Architecture, A 20th Century History: A Guide to Type, Image, Symbol, and Visual Storytelling in the Modern World shows us the relationship between typography, image, symbolism and the built environment.

On Thursday, July 11, cartographer Becky Cooper tells us about the New Yorkers who contributed maps to her book, Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.





On Monday, July 15, take a journey On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao with Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz.

On Tuesday, July 16, Oliver Burkeman of The Guardian helps the cynics among us discover The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.

On Wednesday, July 17, science journalist Emily Anthes takes us from petri dish to pet store as she describes Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts.

On Thursday, July 18, former New York Times reporter Leslie Maitland shares a true love story that began during World War II in Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed.





On Monday, July 22, Thomas E. Rinaldi, author of New York Neon, and Robert J. Yasinsac, co-author with Rinaldi of Hudson Valley Ruins Forgotten Landmarks of An American Landscape, take us on a visual tour, recounting the history of the neon sign and examining its its role in the streets of New York and in America's cultural identity.

On Tuesday, July 23, Saul Silas Fathi tells us about 1500 years of Islamic Leaders: Their Biographies and Accomplishments (from Muhammad to the Present) in an illustrated presentation.

On Wednesday, July 24, Lawrence R. Samuel, author of The American Middle Class: A Cultural History, takes a long look at how the middle class has been winnowed away and reveals how, even in the face of this erosion, the image of the enduring middle class remains the heart and soul of the United States.

On Thursday, July 25, Professor Marian Moser Jones, author of The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal, examines how humanity and neutrality, the two ideals that early Red Cross leaders chose as guiding principles, took on varied and sometimes conflicting meanings in the context of real-world emergencies.





On Monday, July 29, Trevor Aaronson, co-director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, exposes The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terror.

On Tuesday, July 30, Melvin Goodman, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a 24-year CIA veteran, discusses National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism.

On Wednesday, July 31, Constance Rosenblum of the New York Times and author of Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, shares vivid and intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, their apartments, their mansions, their lofts.

You can find lists of non-fiction books by authors who have spoken at the Mid-Manhattan Library this year in the BiblioCommons catalog:

The Author @ the Library lists include only authors discussing their recent non-fiction books at the Mid-Manhattan Library. We have lots of other free programs and classes on our July calendar. If you enjoy fiction, check out our short story readings, too! This month's Story Time for Grown-ups theme is New York, New York: Stories from The New Yorker, part of our NYC Summer reading program. We hope to see you @ the Library this summer!


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