Our Events

Author events from winter/spring 2022: (top) Jonathan Darman and Anna Pitoniak; (bottom) Quincy Troupe
Author events from winter/spring 2022: (top) Jonathan Darman and Anna Pitoniak; (bottom) Quincy Troupe

Our Events Fall 2022

Our calendar combines in-person and livestreamed events. Click on any event title for more details and to register where required.


Events are added throughout the season. Join our mailing list to get the word first.

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. For Members' Room events, check-in begins 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.

All start times are U.S. Eastern.


Exhibitions | Special Events | Performances | Lectures, Conversations & Panels | PoetrySeminars & Reading Groups | The Writing Life | Children's & Young Adult Events | Informal & Informational Gatherings


Exhibitions

Fabulous Fashion

Open to the public in The Assunta, Ignazio, Ada and Romano Peluso Exhibition Gallery
June 10, 2022-January 15, 2023

In the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery you will discover a world of transcending beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors during periods of war and peace. Here are ravishing images and books culled from the Library’s collection.

Exhibition Lecture: Elizabeth Way: Black American Designers - Emerging in the Press

Thursday, October 20, 6:00 PM
Members' Room and Livestream

free of charge | open to the public | 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.

Fabulous Fashion Gallery Talks

alternating Tuesdays at 11:00 AM and Thursdays at 2:00 PM in The Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required

Join a curator for an intimate look at the books and images. Follow the link for specific Tuesday or Thursday dates.

Special Events

Why Short Fiction? Writing and Publishing Short Stories and Flash Fiction

Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 PM
Members' Room and Livestream
free of charge | open to the public | registration required

Join us for a lively conversation about short stories and flash fiction from the point of view of writers, agents, and editors, brought to you by the Authors Guild Ambassadors, Catherine Torigian, Ginger McKnight-Chavers, and Diana Altman. The panelists are Gessy Alvarez, Megan Cummins, Adam Dalva, Marya Spence, and Hilma Wolitzer, with Ms. Altman moderating.

The Writing Life Special Event: Live from the Library, Fall 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 PM
Members’ Room | $15 per person | open to the public | registration required

Join us for a festive evening of Library members reading from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Reading slots are limited, and readers must be current Library members. To register to read, see the instructions in the main listing.

Performances

A Warning to the Curious: Two Ghost Stories by M.R. James, performed by Robert Lloyd Parry

Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 PM
Members' Room | $15 per person | open to the public | registration required

M.R. James first wrote his ghost stories to perform to friends in Kings College Cambridge in the year leading up to World War One. Now, over a century after their first publication, Nunkie Theatre Company have brought two of the eeriest and most entertaining back to life in this gripping, candlelit one-man show. “Lloyd Parry’s mastery of the role is itself an act of possession.” - The New Yorker

Lectures, Conversations & Panels

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Writing the City: Essays on New York

Thursday, September 8, 6:00 PM
Members' Room - $15 per person |
Livestream - $10 per person
open to the public | 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.

Francesca Stanfill with Sara Nelson, The Falcon's Eyes

Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 PM
Members' Room - $15 per person | Livestream - $10 per person
open to the public | 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.

Hugh Ryan, The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison

Thursday, September 22, 6:00 PM
Members' Room and Livestream

free of charge | open to the public | 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.

Morgan Talty, Night of the Living Rez

Monday, October 3, 6:00 PM
Livestream
| free of charge | open to the public | registration required
Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut fiction 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.

Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me

Thursday, October 6, 6:00 PM
Members' Room - $15 per person | Livestream
- $10 per person
open to the public | registration required
Also a Poet is a staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun, tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet - Frank O'Hara.

Dr. Kimberly Marten, Russia: What's Next?

Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 PM
Members' Room and Livestream
free of charge | open to the public | 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.

Exhibition Lecture: Elizabeth Way: Black American Designers - Emerging in the Press

Thursday, October 20, 6:00 PM
Members' Room and Livestream

free of charge | open to the public | 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.

Poetry

More to come soon.

The Writing Life

The Writing Life Special Event: Live from the Library, Fall 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 PM
Members’ Room | $15 per person | open to the public | registration required

Join us for a festive evening of Library members reading from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Reading slots are limited, and readers must be current Library members. To register to read, see the instructions in the main listing.

The Writing Life Daytime Talk Series - Save the Dates!

Thursday, October 20, 3:30 PM
Thursday, November 17, 3:30 PM
Thursday, December 15, 3:30 PM

all in the Whitridge Room | free of charge | for members only | drop in
More details to come.
 

Prompt!

Join your fellow writers for a fun and stimulating hour and a half of prompts, writing, and sharing. Sessions are separate - attend any or all.

Online with Charlie Allenson

Fridays September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2, 11:00 AM
on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | registration required

Online with Diane Richards

Thursdays September 22, October 27, November 17, December 15, 11:00 AM
On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | registration required

Whitridge Room with Carol Weston

Fridays October 21, November 18, December 16, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
 

Seminars & Reading Groups

Seminar: A Strangeness in My Mind: Modern Turkish Fiction, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesdays September 21, October 19, November 2, November 16, 11:00 AM
On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required

Modern Turkish fiction faced the challenge of not just representing twentieth century life but in doing so in a new alphabet and a radically reformed language. These books offer an opportunity to see how a seemingly peripheral cultural area is in fact at the center of literary developments in the past hundred years.

Seminar: Henry James: The Major Phase, with Jane Mallison

Wednesdays September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required

Literary scholar F. O. Matthiessen created the term “ The Major Phase” to describe the last three major novels of Henry James, published from 1902-1904: The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. This course will offer two sessions on each of those first two titles: The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove.

Children's and Young Adult Events

Animal Antics with James Howe

Tuesday, October 25, 5:00 PM
Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades K and up | $10 per person | registration required

Meet James Howe, author of the perennially popular Bunnicula novels (recently transformed into a graphic novel) and the heartwarming series Houndsley and Catina! Share laughs with the witty writer and also – in the spirit of Houndsley, who loves to bake – enjoy homemade muffins.

SEE THE FULL CHILDREN'S CALENDAR HERE.

View our playlist of recorded children's events here.

Informal and Informational Gatherings

Teatime

most weekdays, 3:00 to 3:30 PM
Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge; donations welcome | drop in

In-person Teatime returns! Take a break for tea, coffee, and cookies in our first-floor public Reference Room.

Digital Teatime

Fridays, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
online | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat.

Member Orientations

Friday, September 30, 11:00 AM
Thursday, November 10, 6:00 PM (separate sessions)
Little Whitridge Room | For members only | free of charge | drop in

It’s your Library. Learn about all the ways to make use of our collections, building, and services in an informal presentation/Q&A with a staff member. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes.


Fabulous Fashion is generously supported by The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation, Bloomingdale’s, and The Felicia Fund.

Writing Life events and Teatime are supported by The Writing Life. The Writing Life events in 2022 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.


The Library will be closed Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4, and Monday, September 5 for Labor Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.