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Mon, April 24
@ 4 p.m.
It's a Draw
Do you love to color? Come to the teen room and take part in the coloring craze. Paper, colored pencils, markers and literary themed coloring pages will be provided.
High Bridge LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Wed, April 26
@ 6 p.m.
Book Discussion - The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Join us for an intriguing discussion of The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli. You can pick up a copy at the Information Desk on L2 of Mulberry Street Library or reserve one here. Book Summary - Highway is a late-in-life world traveller, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the ‘notorious infamous’ like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, T…
Mulberry Street LibraryAdults
Thu, April 27
@ 6 p.m.
Drawing from Observation
Drawing is a basic practice that underlies all visual thinking. This course will focus on drawing from still life and on location in the historic Jefferson Market Library. We will utilize the rich architectural details, decorative motifs and lush garden as subjects. Emphasis will be placed on drawing from observation. Students will use a variety of black and white media to investigate the basic elements of visual language through a series of observations, exercises, and projects. This course is…
Jefferson Market LibraryAdults
Thu, April 27
@ 7 p.m.
Reunification: A film by Alvin Tsang
Synopsis: When his mother and two siblings first emigrated from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, six-year-old Alvin was forced to stay behind with his working, and consequently absent, father. Spending the following three years often alone in an empty apartment, he longed for his family’s reunification. However, upon Alvin and his father’s arrival to America, that dream was utterly and permanently shattered under circumstances the filmmaker has yet to fully comprehend to this day. R…
53rd Street Library, TheaterAdults
Fri, April 28
@ 4 p.m.
Scholar Roundtable: Reassessing Anne Sexton
One of America’s most influential writers, Anne Sexton has long been overshadowed by fellow confessional poets Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell and is seldom featured in literary criticism. This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton (2016), reassesses Sexton and her poetry for the first time in two decades and offers directions for future Sexton scholarship. With new access to her archives, the scholars and poets featured in this volume explore her work, responses to her contemporaries, and…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults,
Book Lovers,
Sat, April 29
@ 2:30 p.m.
Abe Lincoln in the 21st Century
A Performance Reading in the Style of Radio Drama with the Music of American Composers "Abe Lincoln in the 21st Century" Abe Lincoln at Cooper Union, New York, 1860. David Houston as Abe Lincoln in a light-hearted portrait of our most literary president—drawn from Lincoln's letters, speeches and poetry that portray a witty and wise statesman who speaks to us as if he lives today and understands our most pressing, confusing and amusing concerns. Script Adaptation by Dav…
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Sat, May 6
@ 12 noon
The Bronx Book Fair
A Great Day for Book Lovers in the Bronx. The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting to readers and book lovers of all ages. 11:00-7:00 Authors Signings Browse books from over 25 authors/publishers in the Bronx Library Center’s spacious lower level. AUDITORIUM 12:00-12:10 Welcome/Opening Remarks (Auditorium) Michael Alvarez, Associate Director for the Central Bronx Neighborhood Libraries at The New York Pu…
Bronx Library CenterAdults,
Mon, May 15
@ 7 p.m.
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Somi
East African singer-songwriter Somi returns to the Neighborhood Concert series with her blend of jazz and African music. Somi has been praised for being "serious and seductive" (The New York Times), and her 2014 album, The Lagos Music Salon, reached number one on Billboard's jazz chart. Her new album, Petite Afrique, is a song cycle dedicated to the gentrification of Harlem’s African immigrant community—her most political work to date. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Comm…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, May 16
@ 5:30 p.m.
A Night of Fiction and Poetry
Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm Literary Lights will present a night of new fiction, short stories and poetry read by its authors. Presented in the first floor Willa Cather Community Room. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Richard Merli at (347) 463-6252, or
Jefferson Market Library, First FloorAdults
Thu, May 18
@ 6 p.m.
Careers, Jobs, Small Business Seminars
Confront with Confidence
Have you walked away from conversations and wish you said something? Do you have a problem getting a word in edgewise at the meeting? Are you sick and tired of someone’s behavior? Being an effective communicator means you have to have a proactive approach during times when you would just rather run. Most people confuse suggesting, challenging or contesting their thoughts and ideas, as confrontation. Join us to learn the difference between these four approaches and how you can master them to bu…
Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), Conference Room 018Adults,
Sat, May 20
@ 2 p.m.
BostonLit - «Бостонские чтения»
Literary Almanach - BostonLit This event will be conducted entirely in Russian Презентация альманаха «Бостонские чтения» В этом альманахе представлены очень разные поэты. Здесь есть и лауреаты литературных премий, авторы многих сборников— ​и те, кто как поэты мало кому известны. Объединяет их одно: все они пишут стихи на русском языке и все выступали на «Бостонских чтениях» —  ​с индивидуальной программой или у открытого микрофона. Такое соседство не случайно, это одна из определяющих чер…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
Book Lovers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Sat, June 10
@ 10:30 a.m.
Book Club: The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.
Hudson Park LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
Sat, June 10
@ 11 a.m.
Fort Washington Book Discussion Group
Come join us to discuss H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.
Fort Washington LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
Wed, June 14
@ 7:15 p.m.
Meet the Artists of The Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia
Join the stars of the legendary Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia and its legendary director, Rimas Tuminas, to learn about their U.S. Premiere of Anton Chekhov's timeless classic, "Uncle Vanya" at New York City Center June 15 - 18, 2017. The event is part of the 5th International Cherry Orchard Festival of the Arts, presented in partnership with Literary Theater Dialogue ( The production is the winner of the Golden Mask award (equivalent of the Tony Awards)…
53rd Street Library, TheaterAdults
Fri, June 16
@ 6 p.m.
Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Rakesh Satyal, Grant Ginder
FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM. Rakesh Satyal, author of NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME, and Grant Ginder, author of THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING, discuss their recent novels. Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today. All events are free and open to the public. For more upcoming events, visit ABOUT THE AUTHORS Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novel Blue Boy, which won a 2010 Lambda Literary Award and the…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Mon, June 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights, with Paulo Lemos Horta, Assistant Professor of Literature at New York University Abu Dhabi, in conversation with Lawrence Weschler, author of “Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative."
This illustrated lecture reveals the cross-cultural encounters—the collaborations, borrowings, and acts of literary larceny—that produced the Arabian Nights in European languages. Ranging from the coffeehouses of Aleppo to the salons of Paris, from colonial Calcutta to Bohemian London, Paulo Lemos Horta introduces audience to the poets and scholars, pilgrims and charlatans who made crucial but largely unacknowledged contributions to this most famous of story collections. After the talk, there…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Fri, June 30
@ 6 p.m.
Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Hala Alyan, Hannah Lillith Assadi, Jimin Han
FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM. Debut novelists Hala Alyan, Hannah Lillith Assadi, and Jimin Han discuss writing first novels and the interplay between art and identity. Hala Alyan was born in 1986. After living in various parts of the Middle East, she completed a doctorate in psychology and is now in practice at New York University. She has been published in Guernica and other literary journals, and is the award-winning author of three poetry collections. Alyan is also a seas…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults

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