Author Talks: Get Lit March Book Club: Rebecca Makkai with musical guest Dar Williams

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 6 - 7 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.
Tickets available for In-Person and Livestream
Event Details

Join WNYC's Alison Stewart and Rebecca Makkai for a live conversation about her newest book, I Have Some Questions for You, followed by a special musical performance by Dar Williams.

I Have Some Questions For You book cover

The New York Public Library and WNYC—two indispensable New York institutions—are partnering to host a book club that brings New Yorkers together and fosters community.

The March title is I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai. Timely, hypnotic, and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, I Have Some Questions for You is at once a compulsive page-turner and a literary triumph.

Throughout the month, All of It host Alison Stewart and the Library will accompany readers, providing touchpoints on-air and on social media at @allofitwnyc and @nypl. Borrow the book (and more than 300,000 others) for free through the Library’s e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices.

Join Stewart, the author, and readers everywhere for a live conversation, in-person or online, on Tuesday, March 28, at 6 PM. The conversation will be followed by a special musical performance by Dar Williams.

To join in-person

Please be sure to register for an In-Person Ticket. Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.

To join the livestream 

A livestream of this event will be available on this NYPL event page. To receive an email reminder shortly in advance of the event, please be sure to register! If you encounter any issues, please join us on NYPL's YouTube channel.


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  • Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue.
  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email or use this Gmail template.
  • This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. A visual navigation guide is available here.


  • Captions and a transcript will be provided.
  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email or use this Gmail template.


Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. The Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.


An icon of the modern folk era, Dar Williams is acclaimed for her intimate, introspective songs, lyrical wit and wisdom, and incredible three-octave vocal range.  Often compared with Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris and Suzanne Vega, Dar rose out of the vibrant mid-90s Boston music scene and was inspired by the eclectic influences of alt-rockers, Berklee jazz musicians, slam poets, and other folk artists. In the years since, she’s toured with Joan Baez, played main stages throughout North America, became a published author, and continues to make achingly personal, liltingly sweet, sardonically smart music.” (NPR)


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