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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The first major book about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, Eleanor and Hick offers a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the consequential years in American history.
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Ecstatic love poems of Rumi, a poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. In this breakthrough biography, Brad Gooch brilliantly brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place.
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  • Monday, February 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Today, “Casanova” is a synonym for “great lover,” yet the real story of this remarkable figure is little known. This witty, roisterous biography exposes his astonishing life in rich, intimate detail. At the same time, it is a dazzling portrait of eighteenth-century Europe from serving girls to kings and courtiers. Esteemed biographer Laurence Bergreen brings a sensual world vividly alive in this irresistible book.
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The author of the century's first narrative of the entire Pacific War takes the reader into the war's heart, from mid-1942 to mid-1944, the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative logistically complicated amphibious war in history.
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge | advance registration required
    Three acclaimed mystery writers - Lyndsay Faye, Stefanie Pintoff, and Radha Vatsal - discuss New York City as a setting for crime fiction, historical or present-day, with moderator Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. This event is co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America New York.
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  • Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Mark Rothko, world-renowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, is rediscovered in this wholly original examination of his art and life written by his son.
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  • Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Elliot Ackerman discusses with SPARTA author Roxana Robinson his new novel set on the Turkey-Syria border and exploring loss, second chances, and why we choose to believe.
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Refreshments at 6:00 PM; presentation at 6:30 PM | $20 per person | Advance registration required
    The storytelling and comedy scene in New York City is a source of endless creativity. Not quite under the radar, it’s bubbling up on small storytelling stages and in feisty comedy venues, primarily located in the far reaches of Manhattan and beyond. Join us as we bring to the Members’ Room a delightful roster of storytellers and comic actors with fresh, funny observations of our life and times, including Michael Arkin, Carmen Maria Machado, Nancy McCabe Kelly, Bruce Jarchow, Dorothea Benton Frank, Matthew Mercier, and Sarah Fearon.
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  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Donna Kaz, aka Aphra Behn, shares her experiences as the Guerrilla Girl Aphra Behn, who created comedic art and theater that blasted the blatant sexism of the theater world while proving feminists are funny at the same time - all from behind a gorilla mask.
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  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, this is a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants.

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  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 3:00 PM | Children | Open to the public | For Grade 4 and older | Members' Room | $5 per person, payable at the door

    Join us for this exceptional event for young readers and writers. To begin, author Elizabeth Winthrop will share her creative process, including the secret of where she gets her ideas.

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  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    A memoir of self-discovery and the dilemma of connection in our time, The Odd Woman and the City explores the rhythms, chance encounters, and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge the sensibility of a fiercely independent woman who ha

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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:30 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required

    with Julia Claiborne Johnson, Imbolo Mbue, and Jonathan Putnam; moderated by Lauren Belfer

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  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known today for his witty limericks and endearing nonsense verse (“The Owl and the Pussycat” etc.).

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  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    Artist and author Adam Van Doren and preeminent historian David McCullough unite for an excursion to the celebrated homes of fifteen American presidents, past and present.

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  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required

    Before Connelly there was Christie. Before Child there was Chandler. And before King there was Queen.

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  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a sudden fit of inspiration. Proponents didn’t just dream; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and largely through wilderness.

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  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    Another wild, expansive collection from the eternally surprising Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

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  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    Historians of the Revolutionary War in America have been fortunate in their resources: few wars in history have such a rich literary and cartographic heritage.

    Embedded thumbnail for Richard H. Brown and Paul E. Cohen with Barnet Schecter, Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783
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  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    Over half of the world’s citizens now live in cities, and this number is rapidly growing. At the heart of these municipalities is the square—the defining urban public space since the dawn of democracy in Ancient Greece.

    Embedded thumbnail for Catie Marron with Adam Gopnik, City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World
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  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:00 PM | Reception | For Members and Their Guests | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required

    The New York Society Library’s New York City Book Awards, established in 1996, honor books of literary quality or historical importance that, in the opinion of the selection committee, evoke the spirit or enhance appreciation of New York City.

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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in the New Yorker’s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards.

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  • Monday, April 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    Michael Dirda has been hailed as “the best-read person in America” (The Paris Review) and “the best book critic in America” (The New York Observer).

    Embedded thumbnail for National Library Week: Michael Dirda, Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    The bestselling author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

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  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration, $15 at the door

    The provocative and compelling story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century: Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood—an indomitable woman who, more than any other, and at great personal cost, sha

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