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March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan


Join us for an Author @ the Library talk this March at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions.

Author talks take place at 6:30 pm on the 6th Floor of the Library, unless otherwise noted. You can also request the authors' books by clicking on the book covers below.

Street Smart

Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars with Samuel I. Schwartz, a.k.a. Gridlock Sam, former NYC Traffic Commissioner and one of the leading transportation experts in the United States today.

This illustrated lecture presents the millennial evolution of the urban landscape and the rise of the pedestrian, the cyclist, and the public transportation commuter.
Five one-act plays

Break A Leg Productions presents: Bedtime Story and A Pound On Demand, two one-act plays written by Sean O'Casey.

BEDTIME STORY- A respectable Catholic bachelor invites "a gay lass" back to his room in a Dublin boarding house. Terrified that his land lady and a fellow lodger may discover his indiscretion, he tries to get the girl quietly out of the house in the middle of the night.
A POUND ON DEMAND- An inebriated customer and his layabout companion attempt to withdraw money from the local post office with hilarious results
Me, My Hair, and I

Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession with Elizabeth Benedict, bestselling novelist, journalist, teacher of creative writing, editor, and writing coach in conversation with contributors Siri Hustvedt, Suleika Jaouad, and Honor Moore.
A dynamite cast of women writers candidly share the stories of their lives through the hair on their heads. Representing women from all walks of life, the panelists show just how tightly our identities are tied up in our tresses.
Guest at the Shooters' Banquet

A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth with Rita Gabis, poet and reporter, who was born into a family of East European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics.
This illustrated lecture features the compelling, complicated truth about her grandfather, who had been Chief of Security Police under the Gestapo in the Lithuanian town of Švenčionys, near the killing field of Poligon, where eight thousand Jews were murdered over three days in 1941, and what he had done.
Briefly Seen

Briefly Seen, New York Street Life with Harvey Stein, a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, and author based in New York City.
This illustrated lecture documents the iconic areas of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan in 172 beautiful black-and-white photographs taken over 41 years, from 1974 through 2014.
Up South Cookbook

Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen with Nicole A. Taylor, who currently hosts Hot Grease, a food culture podcast and is the principal of NAT Media.
This illustrated lecture showcases the Georgia native's classic Southern personal favorite recipes, informed and updated by newly-discovered ingredients and different cultures.
When Books Went to War
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016

When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II with Molly Guptill Manning, a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who sits on the board of editors of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly.
This illustrated lecture tells the story of a beloved and nearly forgotten government program, of distributing 120 million paperbacks, cheaply printed and distributed free, to deployed troops, to keep up morale.
The idealist

The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet with Justin Peters, a correspondent for Slate and a contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review.
This illustrated lecture explores the history of the Internet free culture movement and its larger effects on society—and the life and shocking suicide of Aaron Swartz, a founding developer of Reddit and Creative Commons.
Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

Promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.
Forgotten Hollywood with Manny Pacheco, a veteran of more than three decades in radio and television in Southern California.
This presentation highlights Hollywood’s Golden Age stories starring: Lionel Barrymore, Frank Morgan, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Van Heflin, Louis B. Mayer, and Jack Warner and features a documentary trailer, Triumph Over Disability: Lionel Barrymore’s Pioneering Story, with Oscar-winner Margaret O’Brien; Oscar-nominated Debbie Reynolds and with the narration by Emmy-winner Jeff Bordner. It looks at how cinema influenced our fight to change the nation's views regarding people with disabilities, including polio, arthritis, and hearing / sight issues.
This event is part of Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival — March 10-16, 2016 For full festival schedule and information, visit:
Fast Food

Fast Food: The Good, Bad and Hungry with Andrew F. Smith, a writer and lecturer on food and culinary history and the general editor for the Edible Series.
This talk explores why the fast food industry has been so successful and examines the myriad ethical lines it has crossed to become so. It shows that fast food—plain and simple—devised a perfect retail model, one that works everywhere, to provide highly flavored calories with speed, economy, and convenience.
A Loaded Gun

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Shadowboxing with History: The Conundrum of Fiction vs. Non-Fiction—a panel discussion with Jerome Charyn, prolific chronicler of American life, Jay Neugeboren, author of 22 books, and moderator, Paul Hond, associate editor for Columbia Magazine.
In this moderated dialogue, acclaimed authors and two friends of six decades, Jay Neugeboren (Max Baer and the Star of David: A Novel) and Jerome Charyn (A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century) talk about the interplay of history and art in the writing of fiction and non-fiction, about the necessary "lies" of non-fiction, and the reshaping of certain truths in the writing of historical fiction. What do all historical figures, re-imagined or not, have in common? How does language itself reinvent history? Their two fascinating books and the two fascinating historical figures, Max Baer and Emily Dickinson are showcased.

Regina Anderson Andrews

Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian with Ethelene Whitmire, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies.
This illustrated lecture showcases the life of Regina Anderson Andrews (1901 – 1993), the first African American to head her own branch of the New York Public Library, and who also played a key role in the Harlem Renaissance, supporting writers and intellectuals with dedicated workspace at her 135th Street Branch Library.
Gangland New York

Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History with Anthony M. DeStefano, the author of three books on the Italian Mafia, including Vinny Gorgeous, and a staff reporter for Newsday.
This illustrated lecture features an on-the-ground guide to mob life in the Rotten Apple.
Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art

Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art with Jeffrey Ian Ross.

The author highlights the long and rich history, types, and writers/artists of graffiti and street art.
Housing First

Housing First Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems and Changing Lives with Deborah K. Padgett, Benjamin F. Henwood, and Sam J. Tsemberis.
The authors trace the origins of the ‘housing first’ (HF) approach pioneered by Pathways to Housing, Inc. as a paradigm shift that has transformed homeless services in the U.S. and abroad.

Author @ the Library! is a series of monthly events where accomplished non-fiction authors discuss their work. You may meet the Author of interesting and engaging non-fiction reads, participate in a lively discussion and access books and materials on topics of interest. Come checkout a book, DVD or e-book on the topic.

Don’t miss the many interesting films, book discussions, as well as computer and technology classes, on our program calendar. Sit back at Story Time for Grown-ups as we celebrate March 2016—Reader’s Choice: Favorite Stories by Women Authors beginning on March 2. If you enjoy talking about books, join us on Friday, March 11 for Open Book Night,our theme this month is WOMEN IN PRINT. The Contemporary Classic Book Discussion meets on Monday, March 7; the featured novel is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

All of our programs and classes are free, so why not come and check one out! Hope to see you soon at the library!

Download the Mid-Manhattan Library's March 2016 Author Talks & More flyer.

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