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March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan


A new approach to health care reform ... 20 years of Harlem Street Portraits ... humanist architecture ... The Extreme Life of the Sea ... New York City's unbuilt subways ... mothers ... the power of storytelling ... a century of candy ... New York's lost amusement parks ... the public library ... 11 missing men of WWII ... great city planning.

Have any of these topics piqued your interest? Then I hope you'll join us for an Author @ the Library talk this March at Mid-Manhattan! Come hear these distinguished non-fiction authors from many disciplines discuss their work and answer your questions. You can request the authors' books using the links to the catalog included below. Author talks take place at 6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor.

Tuesday, March 4: David Goldhill, author of Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--and How We Can Fix It, proposes a completely new approach to health care reform. You can read his 2009 article, "How American Health Care Killed My Father” in The Atlantic.

Wednesday, March 5: In Harlem Street Portraits, well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem. This illustrated lecture will include beautiful black and white photographs taken over 22 years, from 1990 to 2012.

Thursday, March 6: Architect Witold Rybczynski, author of How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit and winner of the 2007 Vincent Scully Prize, addresses our most fundamental questions about how good—and not-so-good—buildings are designed and constructed.

Monday, March 10: Marine biologist Stephen R. Palumbi, director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University and author of The Extreme Life of the Sea, takes the audience to the absolute limits of the aquatic world—the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans.

Tuesday, March 11: Joseph B. Raskin, author of The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System, delves deep into the underbelly of our subway system to reveal the tunnels and stations that might have been.

Wednesday, March 12: Acclaimed photographer Elinor Carucci, a recipient of the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographers and a Guggenheim fellowship, used her camera to capture the maelstrom of emotions that are part of every new mother's experience in Mother.

Monday, March 17: Renowned storyteller and educator Laura Simms, author of Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling, examines the spiritual and social aspects of storytelling, and its process of engagement.

Tuesday, March 18: Samira Kawash, author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure and creator of, explores the cultural history of candy and how candy in America became food and food became more like candy.

Wednesday, March 19: Last month film historian Max Alvarez spoke about his recent book, The Crime Films of Anthony Mann. He returns this month to reveal “Orson Welles: Genius of Stage and Screen” in a multimedia presentation.

Thursday, March 20: Come rediscover the Lost Amusement Parks of New York City: Beyond Coney Island with retired educators and authors Barbara and Wesley Gottlock.

Wednesday, March 26: Since 1994 Robert Dawson has photographed hundreds of libraries in thirty-eight states, from Alaska to Florida, New England to the West Coast. His photographs in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay reveal a vibrant, essential, yet threatened system.

Thursday, March 27: In Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II, Wil S. Hylton tells the true story of the eleven men who vanished when a massive American bomber disappeared over the tiny Pacific archipelago of Palau on September 1, 1944. He explores the mystery of their disappearance, their final days, the loved ones left wondering, and the broad sweep of world events that converged upon their last mission.

Monday, March 31: Alexander Garvin, author of The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities, illustrates the activities that go into successfully transforming a community as exemplified by four cities and their colorful motive forces: Paris (Baron Georges-Eugene Haussman), New York (Robert Moses), Chicago (Daniel Burnham), and Philadelphia (Edmund Bacon).


If you'd like to read any of the books presented at our past author talks, you can find book lists from our January 2013 - February 2014 Author @ the Library programs in the Encore catalog.

The Author @ the Library posts include authors discussing their recent non-fiction books at the Mid-Manhattan Library. Don't miss the many other interesting classes, films, readings and talks on our program calendar. Enjoy art lectures and artist conversations, monthly panel discussions featuring authors from the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, and short story readings at Story Time for Grown-ups. And this month, together with other NYPL locations, we're also proud to be hosting screenings for the Reelabilities New York Disabilities Film Festival, which beings on March 6. We hope you'll join us for some of these wonderful free programs!


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