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Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family


This Thursday,  February 3rd, Calm Tóibín discusses his new book, The Empty Family, with Paul Holdengraber for LIVE from the NYPL.

Calm Tóibín’s new collection of short stories, The Empty Family, demonstrates a profound understanding of human fragility and resilience – and the price we pay for 

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Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

Last week at the 2011 ALA Mid-Winter meeting in San Diego, the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Awards were announced as part of the ALA youth media awards. The award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience. This year's winner is Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher.  This groundbreaking young adult novel depicts the troubled Read More ›

Hide/Seek Video

In case you were unable to attend the Library's standing-room-only talk by Hide/Seek curators Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward, check out the video online through our website:Read More ›

Hide/Seek: Seeing and Speaking Sexuality in the Museum



Hide/Seek is a groundbreaking show, the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture, currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery. “Hide/Seek” considers such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting modern America; how artists explored the fluidity of sexuality and gender; how major themes in modern art—especially 

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Take Care of Your Blessings: Items from the Essex Hemphill/Wayson Jones Collection


Take Care of Your Blessings: Items from the Essex Hemphill/Wayson Jones CollectionNovember 3-13, 2010Black Gay & Lesbian Archive Project

Manuscripts, Archives and Rare BooksDivisionSchomburgCenter for Research in Black CultureNew York Public Library

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Special One-Day Exhibit of GMHC Records September 22nd

 The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division is pleased to announce the opening of the records of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). The collection comprises 170 linear feet of GMHC records, chiefly dating from 1982 to 1999, including correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports and brochures that document all aspects of the organization’s activities. Also of particular interest is the nearly 1,000 video recordings of interviews with founders and early members of the organization, Read More ›

John Waters LIVE from the NYPL

  John Waters says "Modern Art hates you because you're stupid." That was just one of a battery of provocative statements that Waters volleyed from the analyst's couch last night with Paul Holdengraber.  Waters is of course the director of cult classics Pink FlamingosFemale Trouble and Hairspray, among others. He is also an Ambassador of the Library's LGBT Committee. Holdengraber played psychoanalyst to Read More ›

Celebrate the Author: June Jordan


 Join Sapphire, Staceyann Chin, Sofia Quintero, and Girls Write Now this Wednesday, June 9th at 5 p.m. at the Countee Cullen Library to celebrate the work of June Jordan. Be there to ask your questions about June Jordan, “His Own Where,” poetry, and more.

The Feminist 

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Modern Classics

  Very sweet picture of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home on display side by side with Catcher in the Rye at the newly opened St. Agnes Branch. The juxtaposition is perfect. It makes me realize how Bechdel's graphic novel is our classic coming-of-age story for contemporary LGBT readers. If you haven't read it yet, ... Read More ›

Vast Fields of Ordinary and The Mariposa Club

Each year the Library's young adult librarians and participating teens pick the very best in young adult literature, music, games, and more in Stuff for the Teenage. This includes the best in the growing genre of LGBT literature for young adults. This year's picks include two great new titles: The Vast Fields of OrdinaryNick Burd   DialBetween his crappy job and his crappy “boyfriend,” Pablo, who won’t even acknowledge their relationship, Dade’s Read More ›

Treasures of The New York Public Library

Start off National Poetry Month right by checking out Walt Whitman's "Blue Book" on the Library's Treasures of The New York Public Library page.  The "Blue Book" is Walt Whitman's hand edited copy of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. The entire book is available online through the Library's Digital Gallery. When you're done, check out Gary Read More ›

Yank: “By the Men… For the Men in the Service”

Yank!, an amazing new musical portraying the lives of gays and lesbians in the armed forces during WWII, opens this week at the York Theatre. The production is incredibly well timed given the renewed debates taking place over the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The musical is even more notable for the in-depth research that the Read More ›

Post-Valentine’s Day Reading

In case this Valentine's day found you lonesome, why not try checking out these two current advice guides for gays and lesbians on finding true love:    Boyfriend 101:  A Gay Guy's Guide to Dating, Romance, and Finding True Loveby Jim Sullivan, provides light-hearted and very practical advice on gay relationships. For the Read More ›

John Ashbery’s Planisphere

 Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Ashbery (who is also an ambassador of the Library's LGBT Committee) just came out with a delicious new book of poems. Planisphere has all of the vision, humor, slant observation, and colloquial intelligence for which Ashbery is famous. The new poems also have a careful intimacy and elegiac sense, which were noted in the New Read More ›

Jack Baker and Michael McConnell

 Above, Michael McConnell and Jack Baker photographed by Kay Tobin Lahusen, 1970.  Given the New York State Senate’s rejection of marriage equality last week, it seems a good moment to remember the history of LGBT struggles for marriage rights in the Read More ›

Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars

 The New York Public Library LGBT Visiting Scholars ProgramMartin Duberman Visiting ScholarsEach year, The New York Public Library provides stipends for up to three Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars. The stipends support travel to New York City and related expenses to do research in the Library’s premier LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) history collections. The travel grants awarded range from $1,000 to $8,500. The program is limited to emerging scholars—those without permanent academic appointments—or those who are unaffiliated with an academic institution. Recipients Read More ›

PANIC! at the Library

  A "tour de fuerza" of queer Latino literary talent convenes in the South Bronx this Saturday for the second part of this groundbreaking queer NYC reading series' visit to the Library.Performance and slam poet-extraordinaire Karen Jaime and writer Charlie Vázquez (who were featured at BAAD!'s recent "From the Page to the Stage" reading) join novelist and playwright Read More ›

Songs from Paradise

Following up on last week's standing-room-only reading at the Schomburg Center, tonight, three esteemed writers will read from their latest works and engage questions about being immigrants, creative artists, and pushing against the grain of social norms as queer artists of color. Featuring Staceyann Chin, Anton Niblett, and Curu Necos-Bloice. Hosted by Steven G. Fullwood, project director of the Library's Black Gay & Lesbian Archive. Books will be available for purchase in the gift shop prior to the event. Tonight, 7 p.m. at the 

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Writing What We Know


Join us on Monday, October 26th at 7 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a lively reading and discussion with four writers whose thought-provoking, innovative works challenge conventional social and cultural norms. Readers include Pamela Sneed, Herukhuti, G. Winston James, and

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PANIC!@the Library

PANIC! is New York City’s only ongoing LGBT reading series, held every last Wednesday of the month at Nowhere in the East Village. Hosted by Charlie Vázquez, PANIC! offers changing themes and features writers from different sectors of New York City’s LGBT community. The New York Public Library is thrilled to present PANIC! @ the Library on Saturday, October 17th at 2:30pm at the Jefferson Market Library, 427 Avenue of the Americas at West 10th Street, 212.243.4334. The scheduled readers are: Read More ›
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