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Shakespeare Around the Globe: Films and Books in the World Languages Collection

Discover world cinema inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.Read More ›

中文书籍讨论会 || Chinese Book Discussion

为了鼓励大家借阅中文书籍,中城图书馆(Mid-Manhattan Library)成立了中文书籍讨论会(Chinese Book Discussion), 每个月聚会一次,大家分享阅读的乐趣。十月二十六号的晚上, 举行了第一次的聚会,共有8个人参加,在会中讨论了下列书籍.Read More ›

Olympic Reading: 192 Authors from around the World

As the 2016 Olympic Games draw to a close in Rio, don’t let that feeling of international fellowship and connection fade away. Read More ›

Lost and Found in Translation: Selected Novels Translated from Other Languages

Only 3% of the books published in the United States are works in translation. Here’s a list to help you challenge yourself, read something out of your comfort zone, and discover new literature from around the world.Read More ›

On Black Aesthetics: The Black Arts Movement

BAM had its roots in the northeastern United States, but spread quickly to the south and the west coast with the transnational movements and communal exchange of artists like Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Touré, and Ntozake Shange. Literary groups such as Umbra Workshop of Manhattan and

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Podcast #119: PRI's The World in Words on Endangered Languages

What works and doesn't to preserve endangered languages.Read More ›

Before It Was Mrs. Dalloway... Novels That Came From Short Stories

Mrs. Dalloway is not the only novel to begin its life as a short story. With the New York Public Library's extensive collection of online newspapers, magazines, and journals, you can read many of these published short stories at home and compare them to their later, expanded versions—all you need is your library card. Read More ›

Learn English With Shakespeare: Free Websites and Books for English Language Learners

Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge for fluent English speakers. If you’re an English language learner, you might think that Shakespeare is not for for you, but there are many different ways you can learn about his work, his life, and his language and improve your English skills. Read More ›

Men, Sex, and the Literary Novel

The discussion of the change in how sex is presented in literary novels, particularly by male authors, has taken place several times over the last few years. This type of novel, which at one point was ubiquitous in the publishing world, has fallen out of favor.Read More ›

#LiteraryMarchMadness 2016

Starting March 17, we'll be holding our Third Annual Literary March Madness! This is a bracket-style tournament like the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, but with a literary twist: our competition pits famous authors against each other and the winner is decided by you! Sixteen authors will enter, only one can be crowned this year's crowd favorite.Read More ›

Famous Author Feuds for the Ages

If you like a contest of words, these literary arguments will suit your fancy. From arguments over the pronunciation of Russian vowels to televised winner-take-alls, here are a few famous author feuds for the ages.Read More ›

Reading Wesleyan Press

The works of four poets and writers from Wesleyan University Press.Read More ›

Finding Love in NYC, Literally

The city that never sleeps is the backdrop for some of literature’s best love stories. Here are our favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city, plus a map with their locations. Read More ›

Famous Literary Locales, Visualized

Public domain images from Digital Collections that remind us of classic books.Read More ›

Five Authors. Six Books.

Recent literary press titles in translation.Read More ›

The United States of Fredonia?

“It was a great oversight” of the Constitution’s framers that they did not give the United States a “proper name.” Read More ›

Summer Reading 2015: A Women's Literary World Cup

Are you watching the Women’s World Cup? The tournament began on June 6 with teams from 24 countries competing in cities around Canada, and the Round of 16 starts tomorrow. If you'd like to indulge in some reading between matches, we've got lots of suggestions for you. Whether or not you're a soccer fan, you can cheer on your favorites in the Women's Literary World Cup. All readers are welcome!Read More ›

My Library, English Conversation Edition: Meet Gani!

Every time Gani enters the room during Mid-Mahattan Library's English Conversation Hour, his positivity is immediately felt by everyone.Read More ›

May Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Dance in unexpected places... walking through literary New York... New York's incredible abandoned spaces... photographing fashion's trendsetters... recipes in literature... unusual hiking destinations... coming of age in postwar America... the art and science of what we eat... southern Italy's most celebrated gardens... urban transformation in Chelsea... the influence of our infrastructure...Read More ›

April Quotes From Your Favorite Literature

While Shakespeare aligned April with youth and vitality, Eliot called it “the cruelest month.” Melville compared April to a red-cheeked dancing girl, and Millay even titled one collection Second April. Here are a few of our favorite April quotes in literature.Read More ›
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