LIVE from NYPL—The New York Public Library’s premier cultural series—brings together distinguished writers, artists, and scholars for conversations and performances.

Sign up for our e-newsletters to stay up to date on upcoming events and Library offerings.

Explore our archive of past programs.

Purchase titles featured in our programs—proceeds benefit The New York Public Library.

The New York Public Library's free services and resources are made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library.  Join today!

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund, and the support of Library patrons and friends.


Lilliana Mason headshot Courtesy Lilliana Mason
Jeff Sharlet headshot Jeff Sharlet © Julia Rabig
Nermeen Shaikh headshot Courtesy Nermeen Shaikh

Jeff Sharlet and Lilliana Mason with Nermeen Shaikh: Political Violence & Antidemocratic Extremism

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Discuss the ever-hardening fractures in politics, culture, and social life with a bestselling journalist and a political scientist who both focus on American polarization.Read More ›
Tickets available for In-Person & Livestream
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah headshot Courtesy Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Tochi Onyebuchi headshot Tochi Onyebuchi © Christina Orlando

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah with Tochi Onyebuchi: Chain-Gang All-Stars

Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
The bestselling author discusses his debut novel, an “alarmingly pertinent dystopian” vision of violence and criminal justice. Read More ›
Tickets available for In-Person & Livestream
Pride at NYPL
Amelia Possanza Amelia Possanza © Becca Farsace
Casey McQuiston headshot Casey McQuiston © Sylvie Rosokoff

Lesbian Love Story: Amelia Possanza with Casey McQuiston

Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Uncover romances and role models written out of history and what their stories can teach us all about how to love.Read More ›
Tickets available for In-Person & Livestream
Joel Meyerowitz headshot Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz
Lorenzo Braca headshot Courtesy Lorenzo Braca

Joel Meyerowitz with Lorenzo Braca: the Pleasure of Seeing

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
The pioneering street photographer who reshaped the use of color recounts the story of his life and career.Read More ›
Tickets available for In-Person & Livestream
Christian McBride headshot Christian McBride © Ebru Yildiz
Elizabeth Alexander headshot Elizabeth Alexander © Sharif Hamza

Christian McBride and Elizabeth Alexander: The Movement Revisited

Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
The Grammy-winning bassist and composer joins the award-winning poet and scholar to discuss music, art, activism, and history.Read More ›
Tickets available for In-Person & Livestream
Luis Alberto Urrea headshot Courtesy Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea: Good Night, Irene

Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
The new novel by the award-winning author tells an overlooked story of women’s heroism in World War II, inspired by the experiences of his own mother.Read More ›
Tickets available for In-Person & Livestream
Pride at NYPL

Rooftop Happy Hour with Lesbian Herstory Archives

Friday, June 30, 2023, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join us on the SNFL terrace for readings, drinks, crafts, and more with Lesbian Herstory Archives! Read More ›
Tickets available starting June 18
Sign up to be notified when registration opens