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Frances FitzGerald speaks on THE EVANGELICALS
Frances FitzGerald speaks on THE EVANGELICALS

Hours of Learning and Entertainment: Event Recordings

Monday, June 26, 2017

Did you know the Library records most Members' Room events? If you couldn't make a date or get a seat, or if you want to share a favorite, take a look at everything on our YouTube channel, or one of the season's highlights below. Most event pages also offer an audio-only version.

Min Jin Lee (at lectern) with Jeannette Watson Sanger

Min Jin Lee with Jeannette Watson Sanger, Pachinko: A Novel (March 30)

The author of Free Food for Millionaires writes the sweeping saga of an exceptional Korean family through the generations.

Daphne Merkin, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression (April 5)

The former New Yorker staff writer brings us the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman’s perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime.

Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (April 10)

This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize­–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.

Literary Magazine Salon: Digging Through The Fat and Guernica (April 13)

A special evening of refreshments, conversations, readings, video, and more in our annual evening showcasing great literary magazines. Presenters include Gessy Alvarez, Cynthia Alvarez, Tobias Carroll, Lauren Hilger, Bud Smith, Katie Rowland, Michael Archer, Carmen Maria Machado, Raluca Albu, and Meara Shama.

Christina Amato, The Monumental World of Miniature Books (April 17)

Library Conservator Christina Amato discusses the history, craft, and ongoing fascination of miniature books, from devotional items and titillation to children’s tales and propaganda.

Terry McDonell, The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers (April 26)

You might not know Terry McDonell, but you certainly know his work: he has served as top editor for Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated, among others. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar).

The New York City Book Awards 2016-2017 (May 3)

Share in the festivities as authors Tyler Anbinder, David Oshinsky, Roxane Orgill, and Corey Pegues accept their awards for great New York City books.

Contributors to the Hudson Review's LITERARY AWAKENINGS

Literary Awakenings: Personal Essays from the Hudson Review (May 11)

During the past thirty years, the editors of the Hudson Review observed a trend among the best literary essayists and reviewers to couch their criticism in a highly personal manner as opposed to the theoretical, technocratic work being produced in other venues. The Hudson Review became a home for this kind of accessible, memoirist writing. This event celebrates the publication of an anthology of such essay/memoirs, introduced by William H. Pritchard and with a panel including Susan Balée, Sir Andrew Motion, and Igor Webb. These diverse contributions unite in the joy of appreciation, the pleasures of engaging with literature.

Theories of Everything, and Much, Much More: An Evening with New Yorker Cartoonist and Author Roz Chast (May 24)

Spend an evening with beloved cartoonist Roz Chast, author of the multi-award-winning Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Daniel T. Potts, Ancient Iran in the Mediaeval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Consciousness of Europe: The Printed Word, the Graven Image, the Learned Traveller, and the Stage (June 1)

Long before archaeological excavations began to reveal the magnificence of the ruins at Persepolis, Ancient Iran was an object of enormous interest in the West. In connection with our exhibition Broken Beauty: Ruins of the Ancient World, one of New York’s leading archaeological scholars introduces the tales, engravings, plays, and operas about Iran and its rulers that circulated across Europe from the late 15th through the 18th centuries.

Alexandra Horowitz and Stuart Firestein, The Olfactory Convergence: How We Smell (June 14)

In this unique event, two writers who are scientists - and whose scientific interests converge on olfaction - discuss their work, the process and joys of science writing, and, of course, smell.