Our Events

Event Recordings

  • Monday, May 16, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | for members and guests | free of charge
    Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony, with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.
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  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    To honor the 75th anniversary of Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2021, here is a unique anthology celebrating the riches and variety of its poetry list―past, present, and future. FSG chairman and executive editor Jonathan Galassi and consulting editor Robyn Creswell illuminate the poems, with dramatic readings by actors Sarah Rose Kearns and Andrea Terrasa.
    Embedded thumbnail for Jonathan Galassi and Robyn Creswell, The FSG Poetry Anthology, with dramatic readers
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Meet the incredible Mrs. Frank Leslie, scandalous Gilded Age celebrity, publishing tycoon, and unsung suffrage hero who changed the world for women.
    Embedded thumbnail for Betsy Prioleau, Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Ronald Koury and writers from The Hudson Review celebrate a treasury of unique and wide-ranging contributions, all establishing a sense of place, its history and significance. Light refreshments will be served.
    Embedded thumbnail for Ronald Koury and special guests, Places Lost and Found: Travel Essays from the Hudson Review
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room and Livestreamed | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    In this unique event, author and journalist Barbara Ascher and celebrated bandleader Peter Duchin share memoirs reflecting on love, family, grief, and what comes after the life one expected.
    Embedded thumbnail for Barbara Ascher, Ghosting: A Widow's Voyage Out and Peter Duchin, Face the Music: A Memoir, moderated by Linda Donn
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    The untold story of how America’s beloved first president, George Washington, borrowed, leveraged, and coerced his way into masterminding the key land purchase of the American era, which led to the creation of the nation’s capital city.
    Embedded thumbnail for Susan Nagel, Patriotism and Profit: Washington, Hamilton, Schuyler & the Rivalry for America's Capital City
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    In this one-of-a-kind event, two scholars passionate about Woolf discuss her life and her place in literature.
    Embedded thumbnail for Anne E. Fernald and Roxana Robinson, The World of Virginia Woolf
  • Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
    Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians including Joan Juliet Buck, Sloane Crosley, Patty Kiernan, Tom Perrotta, and James Harvey on keyboard. Sydney LeBlanc hosts.
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  • Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    A captivating study of Napoleon’s plundering of Europe’s art for the Louvre, told through the story of a Renaissance masterpiece seized from Venice. Author Cynthia Saltzman talks about the history and the art with Xavier F. Salomon, The Frick Collection Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator. A noted Veronese scholar, Salomon curated the 2014 exhibition on the artist at London's National Gallery.
    Embedded thumbnail for Cynthia Saltzman, Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast, with Xavier F. Salomon
  • Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A culminating work on the American Founding by one of its leading historians, The Cause rethinks the American Revolution as we have known it.
    Embedded thumbnail for Joseph J. Ellis, The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783
  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next thirty-plus years, though, it became a different place. Thomas Dyja’s critically acclaimed account shows how this metamorphosis was, in large part, the story of New Yorkers from the poorest outsiders to the Masters of the Universe.
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  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream open to the public (Members' Room by invitation only) | free of charge | registration required
    The brilliant scholar who served as guest curator for the Library's Black Literature Matters exhibition imparts the lessons bequeathed by the Black community and its remarkable artists and thinkers.
    Embedded thumbnail for Farah Jasmine Griffin, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A one-of-a-kind conversation between rising star fiction writers Deesha Philyaw (2020 Pen/Faulkner Award winner) and Dantiel W. Moniz (“a gorgeous debut” - Lauren Groff).
    Embedded thumbnail for Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat, and Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.
    Embedded thumbnail for Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian: A Novel
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    The Boston Globe has called Hilma Wolitzer an "American literary treasure." Here she discusses her new volume of uncannily relevant, deliciously clear-eyed collected stories with beloved novelist Meg Wolitzer.
    Embedded thumbnail for Hilma Wolitzer, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories, in conversation with with Meg Wolitzer
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A poignant coming-of-age memoir by the daughter of artistic, bohemian parents—set against a backdrop of 1950s New York, Cape Cod, and Mexico.
    Embedded thumbnail for Hayden Herrera, Upper Bohemia: A Memoir
  • Monday, June 14, 2021 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Acclaimed mystery writers Jeffery Deaver, Laurie King, Charles Todd, and Caroline Todd discuss crafting mysteries and their ever-shifting publishing landscape. This panel celebrates the release of HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY: A HANDBOOK FROM MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA.
    Embedded thumbnail for Panel: Jeffery Deaver, Laurie King, and Charles and Caroline Todd, How to Write A Mystery (co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America - New York Chapter)
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | YouTube Live | open to the public | drop in
    The New York City Book Awards, founded in 1996, honor each year’s best books about the city. This year's special ceremony honors the creators of great New York City books from 2019 and 2020.
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  • Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. In this special event, Ms. Quade talks about THE FIVE WOUNDS and the art of fiction writing with award-winning novelist Meg Wolitzer.
    Embedded thumbnail for Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds: A Novel, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Reception | YouTube Live | open to the public | drop in
    Award winners and participants are celebrated at a ceremony with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.
    Embedded thumbnail for The 2021 Young Writers Awards Ceremony
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In this original series of live online events, Black writers from the 1700s to the present are re-examined to inspire understanding of race in our country today. Black Literature Matters celebrates Black writers in four extraordinary evenings. This final event of the series showcases brief excerpts from the work of writers from 1960 to the present.
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  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    What would Willa Cather's widely read and cherished novels have looked like if she had never met magazine editor and copywriter Edith Lewis? A groundbreaking new look at the American novelist's creative process.
    Embedded thumbnail for Melissa J. Homestead, The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Edward Hirsch's new book presents 100 of the most moving and inspiring poems of the last 200 years from around the world, a collection that will comfort and enthrall anyone trapped by grief or loneliness, selected by the award-winning, best-selling, and beloved author of HOW TO READ A POEM. In this special event, Dr. Hirsch introduces the poems and their creators, with moving readings by actors R.J. Foster and Sarah Rose Kearns.
    Embedded thumbnail for Edward Hirsch, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart, with dramatic readers
  • Monday, April 19, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    In this grand and thrilling narrative, the acclaimed biographer of Magellan, Columbus, and Marco Polo brings alive the singular life and adventures of Sir Francis Drake, the pirate/explorer/admiral whose mastery of the seas during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I changed the course of history.
    Embedded thumbnail for Laurence Bergreen, In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire
  • Monday, April 12, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online
    AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY illuminates the life and work of Romare Bearden, whose art celebrated the traditions and ceremonies of African American culture. In this special event, biographer Mary Schmidt Campbell discusses Bearden's life and art and talks with gallery owners Sherman Edmiston and June Kelly.
    Embedded thumbnail for Mary Schmidt Campbell, An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden, with special guests

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