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April Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

A psychedelic road trip and the hippie underground... the sad event of February 25, 1996... the innocent on death row... the hidden waters of New York... undercover union organizing... Albert Camus in New York City... the art of perception and deception... fieldwork analysis of Harlem superintendents... iconic New Yorkers... scientific discovery... how disasters deepen social inequalities...

If any of these topics have piqued your interest, then please join us for an Author @ the Library program this April at the 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.

Smuggler's Blues


Smuggler's Blues: A True Story of the Hippie Mafia with Richard Stratton, the author of the underground cult classic novel, Smack Goddess, and an award-winning writer and filmmaker.

This illustrated lecture is a psychedelic road trip through international drug smuggling, the hippie underground, and the war on weed.

Bus on Jaffa Road


Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice with Mike Kelly, a journalist and author of two books as well as numerous prize-winning newspaper projects and columns for The Bergen Record.

This lecture takes the audience on a horrifying trip through the sad events of February 25, 1996 and their aftermath. When a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest on the No. 18 bus in Jerusalem, the lives of the terrorists and victims intersected It looks at both the personal and political aspects of the event, providing some insight into the difficult situation in the Middle East today.

Convicting the innocent


Convicting the Innocent: Death Row and America's Broken System of Justice with Stanley Cohen, a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist.

This illustrated lecture explores our justice system that has delivered the ultimate punishment nearly one thousand times since 1976, though it cannot guarantee accurate convictions.

	 Hidden waters of New York City


Hidden Waters of New York City with Sergey Kadinsky, a staffer for the New York City Parks Department and an adjunct professor of history at Touro College.

This illustrated lecture offers a glimpse at the big city’s forgotten past and ever-changing present, including: Minetta Brook, which ran through today's Greenwich Village; Collect Pond in the Financial District, the city's first water source; Newtown Creek, separating Brooklyn and Queens; and Bronx River, still a hotspot for urban canoeing and hiking.

	 Playing against the house


Playing Against the House: The Dramatic World of an Undercover Union Organizer with James D. Walsh, journalist.

This lecture highlights the author's experience when he went undercover posing as a buffet server and attempted to organize a labor union at a Florida casino. It explores the trials of day-to-day life for the working poor, labor organizing's effects on the middle class and the face of twenty-first century union busting. His investigation sheds light on the inner-workings of the casino industry, as well as the fight for labor rights in the growing service sector of the economy.

 ​Albert Camus, elements of a life


Camus: A Stranger in New York, with historian Robert Zaretsky, author of Albert Camus: Elements of a Life and Camus: A Life Worth Living in conversation with writer and essayist Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon.

On the occasion of Camus: A Stranger in the City, a festival celebrating the 70th anniversary of Albert Camus' one and only visit to New York, historian Robert Zaretsky and writer and essayist Adam Gopnik discuss the relevance of Camus’ work in the contemporary era.

Fifty-six years after his tragic death in a car crash, French writer Albert Camus remains a colossal intellectual figure. His reflections on the search for meaning in life preoccupy readers from all over the world. His views on violence and counter-violence as well as justice and freedom continue to stimulate discussion and provoke debate.

Confidence Game


The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time with Maria Konnikova, bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, and a contributing writer for The New Yorker.

This talk features the art of persuasion—and deception. It explores and explains the psychological principles that make swindling so easy and provides an investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists. In her entertaining and insightful talk, she tells the fascinating stories about some of the most seductive impostors in history, taking us into the world of the con to examine not only why we believe in confidence artists, but how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

Harlem supers


Harlem Supers: The Social Life of a Community in Transition

Terry Williams, a Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research, considers the large role that superintendents play in forming relationships and networks within their neighborhood.

Footprints in New York


Footprints in New York: Tracing The Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers with James and Michelle Nevius, New York City experts.

This illustrated lecture explores the lives of two dozen iconic New Yorkers, including Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Central Park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, business titan JP Morgan, and music legend Bob Dylan.

Love and science


Love and Science: A Memoir

Jan Vilcek, Research Professor, Department of Microbiology at New York University's Langone Medical Center, tells two intertwined stories—one personal, one professional—about how the enormous obstacles he faced went hand in hand with a charmed life of scientific discovery.

The Disaster Profiteers


The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Poorer with Dr. John C. Mutter, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Department of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

In this lecture, Dr. Mutter weaves together natural science and physical science to explore how disasters deepen social inequalities.

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 eBook on the topic.

Don’t miss the many interesting films, book discussions, as well as computer and technology classes on our program calendar. National Library Week is observed each year in April and the theme forStory Time for Grown-ups this month is Favorite Library Stories - beginning April 11 and contnuing throughout the month, so sit back and listen to excerpts from the works of Nikki Giovanni, Ray Bradbury, Frank McCourt and Anthony Boucher. The Contemporary Classics Book Discussion meets on Monday, April 4; the featured novel is The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill. If you enjoy talking about books, join us on Friday, April 8 for Open Book Night, the theme this month is Feeling Healthy. Tinta, Papel, y... Café - Tertulias de escritura en español (Ink, Paper, and ... Café - Tertulias writing in Spanish) meets on April 2,16 and 30 and May 14.

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 April 2016 Program Flyers here

PDF iconFLYER - April 2016 Author Talks & More flyer.pdf

PDF iconopen book night April 2016.pdf

PDF iconFLYER - BOOK DISCUSSION APRIL 2016 Dept of Speculation.pdf

PDF iconebook Help Hour Apr-May 2016.pdf

PDF iconNEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP April 2016 flyer.pdf


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