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January Author Talks at Mid-Manhattan Library


We've got a selection of engaging author talks coming up this month at Mid-Manhattan Library. Come listen to scholars and other experts discuss their recent nonfiction 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 a library copy of the authors' books from the catalog by using the links below.

Our January talks will be about fermented foods, Arab settlers in New York City, a physical look at the Internet, female gender expectations, the financial system, culinary during the Great Depression, medical data privacy, Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin, ADHD controversy, an Isabel Vincent memoir, Brooklyn Bridge Park transformation, New York and Los Angeles photography, New York City’s graffiti and street art, and a view of life from a dog’s perspective.

The Fermented Man


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Fermented Man: A Year on the Front Lines of a Food Revolution with Derek Dellinger, a writer, brewer, and fermentation enthusiast based in the Hudson Valley.

This illustrated lecture spotlights "the fermented man's" year spent on an unorthodox diet, revealing insights about the science of fermentation, as well as its cultural history, its culinary value, and its nutritional impact.

Strangers in the West


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Syrian Colony on Washington Street with Linda K. Jacobs, a New York-based scholar and author of Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900.

This illustrated lecture tells the never-before-told story of the first Arab immigrants to settle in New York City.

Networks of New York


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure with Ingrid Burrington, who writes about the Internet, politics, and art, and has been published in The Atlantic, The Nation, ProPublica, and San Francisco Art Quarterly.

This illustrated lecture offers a guided tour of the physical Internet, as seen on, above, and below the city’s streets.



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why with Sady Doyle, a writer and blogger whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Slate, The Atlantic, Rookie, and other publications.

This talk dissects a centuries-old phenomenon, raising questions about gender expectations and the "female trainwreck."

What they do with your money


Monday, January 9, 2017

What They Do With Your Money: How the Financial System Fails Us and How to Fix It with Jon Lukomnik, executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center and Stephen Davis, Ph.D. a senior fellow at the Harvard Law School.

This illustrated lecture explains a system that doesn’t appear to be working in the public interest and calls to reboot capitalism and preserve $85 trillion in retirement savings for their owners—not for use as the financial industry’s ATM. The industry is supposed to be a service industry and this talk shows how to realign it to make it serve the real economy.

A square meal


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression with food historians Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe.

This illustrated lecture provides an in-depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced—the Great Depression—and how it transformed America’s culinary culture.

Our bodies, our data


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records with Adam Tanner, writer-in-residence at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the 2016–17 Snedden Chair in Journalism at the University of Alaska.

This illustrated lecture explores how the hidden trade in our sensitive medical information became a multi-billion dollar business, but has done little to improve our health-care outcomes.

You must change your life


Thursday, January 12, 2017

You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin with Rachel Corbett, executive editor of Modern Painters magazine.

This illustrated lecture reveals one of the greatest stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke’s years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and ultimately their moving reconciliation.

ADHD nation


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic with Alan Schwarz, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated investigative reporter for "The New York Times."

This illustrated lecture examines the roots and the rise of the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—and how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine with serious effects on children, adults, and society.

Dinner with Edward


Monday, January 23, 2017

Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship with Isabel Vincent, an award-winning investigative reporter for "The New York Post" and author of four books.

This illustrated lecture explores the author's memoir, a story about love, nourishment, and how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher, “sustain us against the hungers of the world.”

Our to Lose


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ours To Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City, with Amy Starecheski, co-director of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University.

This illustrated lecture tells the oral history of the squatting movement through a close look at a diverse group of Lower East Side squatters. 
Brooklyn Bridge Park


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed with Joanne Witty, a lawyer and environmentalist, who has served in both city and state government.

This illustrated lecture spotlights one of the largest and most significant public projects to be built in New York in a generation, unravels the many obstacles faced during the development of the park, and suggests solutions that can be applied to important economic and planning issues around the world.

New York


Thursday, January 26, 2017

New York/Los Angeles, Photographs: 1967-2015 with Lloyd Ziff, photographer, art director and award-winning designer.

This illustrated lecture features the exciting collection of new images of America's two most interesting cities taken over some 40 years, captured in black and white and color photography.



Monday, January 30, 2017

(Un)sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets with Katherine “Luna Park” Lorimer, a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art photographer, curator, and librarian.

This illustrated lecture features a decade of NYC graffiti and street art, a time period which saw a seismic shift in the public perception and acceptance of the art-form.

Being a dog


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell with Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation.

This illustrated lecture explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our underused sense of smell to work in surprising ways.

Don’t miss the many interesting films, book discussions, and computer and technology classes on our program calendar. If you would like to sit back and listen to a good story, try out our Story Time for Grown-ups. The theme for this month is New Year, New Beginnings. If you enjoy talking about books with other readers, join us on Friday, January 13th for Open Book Night. The theme this month is Looking Forward, Looking Back.

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

Check out Mid-Manhattan Library's January 2017 book-related programs:

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