Our Events Fall 2019
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Exhibition | Special Events | Performances | Poetry | Lectures | Seminars & Reading Groups | The Writing Life | Children's & Young Adult Events | Informal and Informational Gatherings
- Writing Life Presentation: Uptown at Night: An Evening of Comedy and Humorous Storytelling (October 10)
- Writing Life Conversation: Amy Hempel, Sing to It: New Stories and Sigrid Nunez, The Friend (October 23)
- Whitridge Room Presentation: Alex Ames, Re-imagining Melville for Modern Times: Behind the Scenes at The Rosenbach’s New American Voyager Exhibition (October 30)
- Linn Cary Mehta: Catharine Sedgwick, Herman Melville, and New York City's Liberal Institutions (November 13)
- Workshop: Women's Leadership in the Creation of Off-Broadway (December 4)
- Special Writing Life Presentation: Library Tales: Short Plays Inspired by the People and History of The New York Society Library (November 17)
- Special Presentation: Manydown, a New Jane Austen Play by Sarah Rose Kearns (December 3)
- Seminar: Bhisham Bherwani, Nature, Poetry, and Ecological Consciousness (September 24, October 15, October 29)
- Seminar: Jane Mallison, Walt Whitman at 200 (October 2, October 30, November 20, December 18)
- Conversation: Amy Hempel, Sing to It: New Stories and Sigrid Nunez, The Friend (October 23)
- Katia Lysy, The Life and Legacy of Iris Origo (October 28)
- Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King: A Novel (November 7)
- Giles Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat (November 12)
- Suketu Mehta, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto (November 19)
- Special Event: Robert A. Caro, Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing (December 11)
Seminars and Reading Groups
- Nicholas Birns, The Marginal and the Universal: Ellison’s Invisible Man and Nguyen’s The Sympathizer (September 18, October 16, November 13, December 11)
- Bhisham Bherwani, Nature, Poetry, and Ecological Consciousness (September 24, October 15, October 29)
- Donald McDonough, Euripides’ Trojan War (September 26, October 24, November 21, December 12)
- Jane Mallison, Walt Whitman at 200 (October 2, October 30, November 20, December 18)
- Blanche Siegal, Tea & Trollope, Fall 2019-Spring 2020 (October 20, November 10, December 15, February 9, March 15, April 19)
The Writing Life
- Prompt! with Carol Weston (separate sessions Fridays September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13)
- Special Writing Life Presentation: Uptown at Night: An Evening of Comedy and Humorous Storytelling (October 10)
- The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (separate sessions October 24 and December 12)
- Workshop: Miral Sattar, Why Writers Need to Learn About SEO, Voice Search, and Getting Found on Google (October 29, December 10)
- Live from the Library, Fall 2019 (November 6)
Children's and Young Adult Events
- Young Writers’ Workshop: Poetry Café with Sarah Porter (October 22)
- Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan, To Night Owl from Dogfish (November 14)
- Treasures of the Heart: Storyteller LuAnn Adams (November 16)
- Interrupting Chicken: A Puppet Show by David Ezra Stein (December 7)
Informal and Informational Gatherings
- Member Orientations (separate sessions August 19, September 4, September 16, October 21, October 30, November 18, December 16)
- Happy Hour (separate sessions September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18)
- Teatime (most weekday afternoons)
The Writing Life events in 2019 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.
Children's events are generously supported by Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner & the Richard Peck Fund.
Registration is required for all events unless individual listings state otherwise, and space is limited. Please see individual listings for details on time, format, and location. Many events are open to the public, with some for members only; check individual listings for details.
The house opens for each event thirty minutes prior to the stated start time. Registrants are asked not to arrive for check-in prior to that time. A seat cannot be guaranteed after an event has begun.
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