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  • Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    On the 150th anniversary of his birth, a definitive new biography of a pivotal figure in American literary history.
    Embedded thumbnail for Gene Andrew Jarrett, Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Life and Times of a Caged Bird
  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Shirley Hazzard's authorized biographer tells the extraordinary story of the singular woman who created some of the 20th century's most enduring fiction, alongside other authors whose lives and works have been inspired and influenced by Hazzard.
    Embedded thumbnail for Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life, with Brigitta Olubas, Annabel Davis-Goff, Lisabeth During, Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, and Francesca Wade
  • Monday, November 14, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    The daughter of a famous journalist and his young British bride looks backward at her parents’ storied love affair in London during World War II, discovering that their wartime secret-keeping became a habit that undermined the peacetime marriage. In this special event, Alsop converses with Tim Gunn who, as the son of an FBI agent and a CIA librarian, grew up in the same strangely muted and ominous world that was cold war Washington.
    Embedded thumbnail for Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop with Tim Gunn, Daughter of Spies: Wartime Secrets, Family Lies
  • Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 2:00 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In this special event, bestselling biographer/memoirist Sallie Bingham discusses techniques, blessings, and pitfalls of writing about loss and grief, with a focus on her recent book Little Brother.
    Embedded thumbnail for Sallie Bingham, Little Brother: Writing About Grief
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 7:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In this special event, internationally praised vocalist Zachary James presents highlights from Kristin Hevner's opera The Raven, adapted from the beloved poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. James and Ms. Hevner will also say a few words together about their collaboration on the piece and take questions about their work and the contemporary opera world.
    Embedded thumbnail for Poe Meets Opera: Kristin Hevner's The Raven, with Zachary James
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    During the first generations of European settlement in North America, a number of interconnected Northeastern families carved out private empires. In Bound by Bondage, Nicole Saffold Maskiell argues that slavery was a crucial component to the rise and enduring influence of this emergent aristocracy. Bound by Bondage is a new chapter in the history of early North America.
    Embedded thumbnail for Nicole Saffold Maskiell, Bound by Bondage: Slavery and the Creation of a Northern Gentry
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    As part of our Fabulous Fashion exhibition season, the editor of the 2021 book Black Designers in American Fashion will explore how a selection of these designers fashioned their personas in the press as adeptly as the clothing they produced, helping to lay the foundation of how American designers are perceived today.
    Embedded thumbnail for Elizabeth Way: Black American Designers - Emerging in the Press
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Join Barnard College's expert on Russia and international relations for an up-to-the-minute look at the war in Ukraine, Russia's policies, and the United States' response. Your questions welcome.
    Embedded thumbnail for Dr. Kimberly Marten, Russia: What's Next?
  • Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.
    Embedded thumbnail for Morgan Talty, Night of the Living Rez
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    This singular history of a Greenwich Village prison, and the queer women and trans people held there, is a window into the policing of queerness and radical politics in the twentieth century.
    Embedded thumbnail for Hugh Ryan, The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Set in France and England at the end of the twelfth century, the moving story of a spirited, questing young woman, Isabelle, who defies convention to forge a remarkable life, one profoundly influenced by the fabled queen she idolizes and comes to know – Eleanor of Aquitaine.
    Embedded thumbnail for Francesca Stanfill with Sara Nelson, The Falcon's Eyes
  • Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    The eminent preservationist, author, and landscape historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is also a committed New Yorker. Writing the City reveals the many facets of her passion as a citizen of the great metropolis and her lifelong efforts to protect and improve it.
    Embedded thumbnail for Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Writing the City: Essays on New York
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | free of charge
    Six top romance-fiction writers - Ruby Barrett, Kate Bromley, Timothy Janovsky, Yamile Saied Méndez, Farrah Rochon, and Jamie Wesley - join host Marialuisa Monda to discuss their beloved genre: from their upcoming/newly published works and their favorite romantic tropes to their writing process and tips for future authors.
    Embedded thumbnail for Isn't It Romantic? Romance Novelists in Conversation
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A dazzling, debut novel-within-a-novel about a young author writing about the secret love affair between E.M. Forster and Mohammed el Adl—in which Mohammed’s story collides with his own, blending fact and fiction.
    Embedded thumbnail for David Santos Donaldson, Greenland: A Novel, with Bill Goldstein
  • Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Join the Founder & Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world, for a special two-part presentation and discussion on using this massive resource and on the societal and policy issues affecting access to knowledge.
    Embedded thumbnail for Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive: Universal Access to All Knowledge, with Maria Bustillos
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    With more than eight hundred sprawling green acres in the middle of one of the world’s densest cities, Central Park is an urban masterpiece. But before it became Central Park, the land was the site of farms, businesses, churches, wars, and burial grounds―and home to many different kinds of New Yorkers. The historian emerita of the Central Park Conservancy gives us the authoritative account of the place that would become Central Park.
    Embedded thumbnail for Sara Cedar Miller, Before Central Park
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | for Library members and guests | reception at 6:00 PM, presentation at 6:30 PM | free of charge | advance registration required
    The New York City Book Awards, founded in 1996, honor each year’s best books about the city. This annual ceremony honors the winning authors and publishers.
    Embedded thumbnail for The New York City Book Awards Ceremony 2021-2022
  • 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.
    Embedded thumbnail for The 2022 Young Writers Awards Ceremony
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A fascinating, epic exploration of who gets to record the world’s history—from Julius Caesar to William Shakespeare to Ken Burns—and how their biases influence our understanding about the past.
    Embedded thumbnail for Richard Cohen, Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    A tour through the original thirteen colonies in search of historical sites and their stories in America’s founding. Obscure, well-known, off-the-beaten path, and on busy city streets, here are taverns, meeting houses, battlefields, forts, monuments, homes which all combine to define our country—the places where daring people forged a revolution.
    Embedded thumbnail for Adam Van Doren, In the Founders' Footsteps: Landmarks of the American Revolution
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A "magnificent, empowering" (Bill McKibben) memoir about a woman spearheading a global initiative to heal the world’s rainforests and the communities who depend on them: Dr. Kinari Webb in conversation with Dr. Anna Gibb Hallemeier.
    Embedded thumbnail for Dr. Kinari Webb, Guardians of the Trees: A Journey of Hope Through Healing the Planet: A Memoir, with Anna Gibb Hallemeier
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    The great poet and biographer and friend of Miles Davis shares selected poems from over fifty years, in conversation with New York City Book Award-winning poet Willie Perdomo.
    Embedded thumbnail for Quincy Troupe, Duende: Poems, 1966-Now, with Willie Perdomo
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 12:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A playful history of the humble index and its outsized effect on our reading lives.
    Embedded thumbnail for Dennis Duncan, Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A brilliant debut by lawyer and critic Hawa Allan on the history of the 1807 Insurrection Act and the paradoxical state of Black citizenship in the United States.
    Embedded thumbnail for Hawa Allan, Insurrection: Rebellion, Civil Rights, and the Paradoxical State of Black Citizenship
  • 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

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