LIVE from NYPL: The Moth: Featuring George Dawes Green, Andrew Solomon, Catherine Burns and More!

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Mazz Swift in 7 Words:* I want to go back to Africa.
George Dawes Green in 7 Words:* What a liar! And that's the truth.
Peter Aguero in 7 Words:* Big-bodied delicate warrior poet from South Jersey.
Carly Johnstone in 7 Words:* Work in progress, please excuse the dust.
Andrew Solomon in 7 Words:* Glamour needn't be in conflict with kindness.
Catherine Burns in 7 Words:* Alabama roots, New York branches and leaves.
Calvin Trillin in 7 Words*: Resident out-of-towner. Competent parallel parker.

* Great people in 7 Words:


A captivating forum for sharing experiences, The Moth has asserted itself as a remarkable space to express and indulge in stories that shape our lives.

Sixteen years ago The Moth launched what has become a world-wide storytelling movement. Join novelist and Moth Founder George Dawes Green (Ravens, The Juror), writer Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree, The Noonday Demon), and The Moth's long-time Artistic Director Catherine Burns for a performance and conversation with LIVE’s Paul Holdengräber about the art and craft of storytelling and its power to re-shape the world. The event celebrates the publication of the Peabody Award-winning organization’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hyperion).

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

FRIENDS of the NYPL receive discounted tickets and special pre-sales to LIVE events.  



A note to our patrons: LIVE from the NYPL programs begin promptly at 7p.m. We recommend arriving twenty minutes before the scheduled start time to get to your seats. In order to minimize disturbances to other audience members, we are unable to provide late seating. 

LIVE from the NYPL is made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.
Morgan Stanley is proud to partner with The New York Public Library to present the fall 2013 LIVE from the NYPL season.