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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Today
@ 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)
Tue, May 30
@ 6 p.m.
Book Discussion - The Rocks by Peter Nichols
Join us to discuss, The Rocks by Peter Nichols. Copies available in advance at the front Service Desk. "A literary island vacation with a wordly, wonderfully salacious storyteller." -Kirkus Starred Review
Stapleton Library, Community RoomAdults
Wed, May 31
@ 1 p.m.
Creative Writing Class
Join John Nangle as he coaches you to unleash the hidden storyteller within! Weave your poetic tapestries and astound your friends. You have talent, you have time. Your literary life will never be the same!
Morris Park LibraryAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Immigrants,
Job Seekers,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
Adults
Fri, June 2
@ 7 p.m.
Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party
Come spend an evening with Greenwich Villager Lisa Davis, author of UNDERCOVER GIRL: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party! Friday, June 2 at 7 pm At the height of the Red Scare, Greenwich Village photographer Angela Calomiris was a paid FBI informant inside the American Communist Party spying on the New York Photo League, pioneers i…
Jefferson Market Library, First FloorAdults
Mon, June 5
@ 6 p.m.
Biblio File
Contemporary Classics Book Discussion: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Mid-Manhattan Library, Room 101 (First Floor) Monday, June 5, 2017 6 - 7 PM All are Welcome Looking for a little something to liven up your Monday? Join us after work for our monthly Contemporary Classics Book Discussion. This informal group offers an opportunity to dig deeply into some of the finest examples of contemporary writing and make friends with some fellow book-lovers. About the Book: The hero of Haddon's debut novel is 15-year-old Christopher Boone, an autistic math genius who…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, June 6
@ 5 p.m.
Russian Émigré Literature: The Dialog of Generations - «Литература Русского Зарубежья: Диалог Поколений»
THIS EVENT WILL BE CONDUCTED IN RUSSIAN WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION* PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED ВХОД ПО ПРЕДВАРИТЕЛЬНОЙ ЗАПИСИ (*limited number of earpiece translation units is available on first-come, first served basis) Literary historian, Radio Liberty broadcaster, and TV personality Ivan Tolstoy, will discuss the main achievements and contributions of Russian-émigré writers, poets, and journalists of the 20th and 21st centuries. He will be joined in a roundtable discussion by:…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Families,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teachers
Wed, June 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
Architecture and the Art Museum | Anthony Alofsin, Francesco Dal Co, Arezoo Moseni, Troy Conrad Therrien, Billie Tsien, Tod Williams | Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Watch the livestream here What is the place of the museum in the modern city? What role does architecture play? How can these buildings be effectively interpreted? Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan broke with all existing convent…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
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,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
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,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Mon, June 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
AMIABLE WITH BIG TEETH by Claude McKay: A Roundtable Discussion
The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed typescript of Claude McKay’s final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay’s life and work, Amiable with Big Teeth centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history. Coeditors Brent Hayes Edwards and Jean-Christophe Cloutier…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, June 13
@ 6 p.m.
Author Talks
Periodically Speaking: Immigrant Voices
Join us for the next Periodically Speaking, featuring four outstanding writers, editors, and teachers in conversation about literature, immigration, and the literary life. The world is changing for immigrants in the arts in 2017. How are stories of immigration impacting literature? Who is telling these stories and where can they be read? What does it mean to be an immigrant writer in America today? Featured Panelists: Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel,…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults
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 (www.dialoguetheater.com). 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 http://bit.ly/midsentence 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
Mon, June 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
Mosholu Book Discussion
June's selection: Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herse…
Mosholu LibraryAdults
Thu, June 29
@ 5:30 p.m.
Poetry reading with Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer
Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer will present their poetry at the Muhlenberg Library. Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the publisher and editor of Posit (positjournal.com). Her most recent book, Heisenberg’s Salon, was just published by BlazeVOX Books. She is the author of eight other books and chapbooks, including This Visit, How to be Another, and State of the Union. Her poetry has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and appeared in a great number of anthologies and journals, includin…
Muhlenberg Library, Community RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Thu, June 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
The Making of Jane Austen, with Devoney Looser, a professor of English at Arizona State University.
This illustrated lecture tells new stories about how Jane Austen (1775-1817) was made into an international literary icon in the two centuries after her death. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
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
Tue, July 11
@ 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday Evening Movies: The Prize
Mid-Manhattan Library, Sixth Floor Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Elevator access after 6 PM. First come, first served. The Prize DVD |Color | 1963 | 136 min | Warner Bros. | NR A group of Nobel laureates descend on Stockholm to accept their awards. Among them is American novelist Andrew Craig (Paul Newman), a former literary luminary now writing pulp detective stories to earn a living. Craig, who is infamous for his drinking and womanizing, formulates a wild theory that phy…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
Wed, September 6
@ 7:15 p.m.
Over the Barrier: Reflections on Love...based on the poetry, prose, and novel Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Literary Theater Dialogue (based in NY since 2003) presents a staged reading and discussion of the new play Over the Barriers: Reflections on Love...based on the poetry, prose, and novel Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. The program will feature: Scenes from the new play Over the Barriers. Discussion with script writer/director Irina Volkovich and actors Rustem Galitch, Snezhana Chernova, Liza Kaymin, and Inna Yesilevskaya. Moderated by Marina Adamovich, editor-in-chief of The New Review, t…
53rd Street Library, TheaterAdults

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