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July Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library


True-crime in New York...cheating Hitler...healthy Jewish cooking...the tainted lives of the children of dictators...the power of imagery...a trip through Provence....the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet...America’s World War II secret...a sequential information memory workshop...the first travel journalist of the '20s and '30s...the life of Lafayette...making good habits matter....the future of LGBT rights.

We've got a selection of engaging author talks coming up at the Mid-Manhattan Library. Come listen to scholars and other experts discuss their recent non-fiction books on a variety of subjects and ask them questions. Author talks take place at 6:30 PM on the 6th floor of the library unless otherwise noted. No reservations are required. Seating is first come, first served. You can also request the authors' books using the links to the catalog included below.

New York Exposed


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal that Launched the Progressive Era with Daniel Czitrom, Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, and author of Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan.

This illustrated lecture is a true-crime New York-based historical thriller featuring a colorful cast of turn-of-the-century figures--Tammany bosses, progressive do-gooders, and all the purveyors of vice and corruption.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer with Walter Shapiro, an acclaimed journalist and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law and a lecturer in political science at Yale.

This illustrated lecture tells the true life story of how the author's great-uncle—a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man—managed to cheat Hitler’s agents in the run-up to WWII.
The New Yiddish Kitchen


Thursday, July 7, 2016-CANCELED

The New Yiddish Kitchen: Grain- and Gluten-free Jewish Recipes for the Holidays and Everyday with Jennifer Robins, author of Down South Paleo, Paleo Kids Cookbook and the food blog Predominantly Paleo.

This illustrated lecture offers a fresh and healthful take on traditional Jewish meals.
Children of Monsters


Monday, July 11, 2016

Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators with Jay Nordlinger, a National Review Institute book fellow, music critic for The New Criterion and City Arts (New York), as well as for NR.

This illustrated lecture surveys the progeny of dictators. Some were loyalists who admired their father. Some actually succeed as dictator. A few were critics, even defectors. What they have in common is the prison house of tainted privilege and the legacy of dubious deference.

The Children's Hour

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday Evening Movie: The Children's Hour

A child's lie has life-shattering consequences in this Oscar-nominated daring adaptation of Lillian Hellman's celebrated play. Karen (Hepburn) and Martha (MacLaine) are the headmistresses of an exclusive school for girls. When they discipline a malicious little girl, the vindictive child twists an overheard comment into slander and accuses her teachers of questionable behavior. Soon the scandalous gossip engulfs the school's community, with repercussions that are swift, crushing and tragic.

DVD | Color | 1962 | 107 min | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. | NR

How to See the World

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How to See the World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More with Nicholas D. Mirzoeff, Professor of Media Culture and Communication at New York University.

This illustrated lecture reveals how images shape our lives, how to harness their power for good, and why they matter.
Markets of Provence

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts, and More with Marjorie R. Williams, a food and travel writer.

This illustrated lecture provides indispensable advice about visiting Provence, France, famous for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and flavorful foods and wines

Magic and Loss

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art with Virginia Heffernan, who writes regularly about digital culture for The New York Times Magazine.

This illustrated lecture reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet.

 Fighting the Shadow War

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War with Marc Wortman, an independent historian and award-winning freelance journalist.

This illustrated lecture explores the little-known history of America’s clandestine involvement in World War II before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

How Could I Forget You!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Flex Your Memory to Master Names and Faces" with Brent Sverdloff, author of How Could I Forget You! A Creative Way to Remember Names and Faces, and a practitioner of trained-memory methods.

This illustrated lecture and lively interactive workshop explores techniques for remembering sequential information (e.g., lists, speeches) plus names and faces.

American Daredevil


Monday, July 25, 2016

American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World’s First Celebrity Travel Writer with Cathryn J. Prince, author of Death in the Baltic, Burn the Town and Sack the Banks, and A Professor, a President, and a Meteor.

This lecture chronicles the life of the first celebrity adventure journalist, who served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the 1920s and ’30s.
The Marquis


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered with Laura Auricchio, a School Dean at The New School in New York and a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art.

This illustrated lecture gives us a rich portrait of the man from birth to death, a man driven by dreams of glory and felled by tragic, human weaknesses.
Better Than Before


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—To Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build A Happier Life with Gretchen Rubin, writer on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature.

Bestselling author and blogger Gretchen Rubin tackles the critical question during an illustrated lecture: How can we make good habits and break bad ones?
After Marriage Equality


Thursday, July 28, 2016

After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights with Carlos A. Ball, Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar at the Rutgers University School of Law.

This illustrated lecture explores crucial and wide-ranging social, political, and legal issues confronting the LGBT movement, including the impact of marriage equality on political activism and mobilization, antidiscrimination laws, transgender rights, LGBT elders, parenting laws and policies, religious liberty, sexual autonomy, and gender and race differences.

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, and computer and technology classes on our program calendar. The theme forStory Time for Grown-ups this month is 21st Century Stories. If you enjoy talking about books, join us on Friday, July 8 for Open Book Night, the theme this month is Summer in the City.

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 July 2016 Program Flyers here:


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PDF iconFLYER - Storytime July 2016.pdf

PDF iconFLYER - BOOK DISCUSSION August 2016 Accidental Tourist.pdf


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