Our Events

Prof. Farah Jasmine Griffin presents her book READ UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND, September 2021
Prof. Farah Jasmine Griffin presents her book READ UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND, September 2021

Our Events Winter 2022

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

We're excited to be presenting in-person and hybrid events. All individuals attending in-person Members’ Room or Whitridge Room events will be required to show proof of vaccination (Excelsior Pass, vaccination card, photo of vaccination card) at check-in. Please note that we continue to monitor all the news about COVID-19, and we reserve the right to make changes to any or all events including postponement, cancelation, or a change to livestreaming only. Registrants will be contacted as far in advance as possible in the case of any such change.

New events are added throughout the season. Join our mailing list to hear about it first (open to all).

All start times are U.S. Eastern.

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


Black Literature Matters
Through May 1, 2022

In a consequential moment in American history, the New York Society Library presents a not-to-be-missed exhibition of its remarkable collection of books by African American, Caribbean, and African writers. The exhibition is open to the public in limited numbers during the Library's open hours.

Special Events

18th-Century Libraries: Book of the Month Club: Hume's History of England
Friday, January 28, 10:00 AM
On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic is a three-year project based in the History Department at the University of Liverpool, investigating the contribution of books to social, cultural, and political change in the eighteenth century. The project's online team, together with partner libraries, will be running a Book of the Month Club throughout 2022, drawing attention to books that appealed to eighteenth-century library goers. As our inaugural Book of the Month, the team has selected David Hume's History of England. Read an optional excerpt to discuss and learn about this book's popularity and impact.

NEW! An Evening with The Continental Magazine
Thursday, February 17, 6:00 PM
open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Members' Room - register here
Livestream - register here

The new literary quarterly The Continental Magazine presents the best writing of Central Europe alongside original work by noted American authors. Join editor-in-chief Sándor Jászberényi and three remarkable contributors for an overview of this new publication and unique perspectives on the first issue's universal theme: prejudice.

Lectures, Conversations & Panels

NOW ONLINE ONLY: Ted Widmer, Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington
Thursday, January 20, 6:00 PM
Livestream - $10 per person

A winner of the Lincoln Forum Book Prize, Lincoln on the Verge tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic.

NOW ONLINE ONLY: Colm Tóibín, The Magician: A Novel
Thursday, January 27, 6:00 PM
Livestream - $10 per person

From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War - the story of novelist Thomas Mann.

NOW ONLINE ONLY: Kia Corthron, Moon and the Mars, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
Thursday, February 3, 6:00 PM
Livestream - $10 per person

Moon and the Mars explores NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young biracial girl. In this one-time-only event, the winner of the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize converses with beloved fiction writer Meg Wolitzer.

Frank Rose, The Sea We Swim In: How Stories Work in a Data-Driven World
Tuesday, February 8, 6:00 PM
Members' Room - $15 per person
Livestream - $10 per person

A practical guide to "narrative thinking," and why it matters in a world defined by data. Building on insights from cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Frank Rose shows us how to see the world in narrative terms, not as a thesis to be argued or a pitch to be made but as a story to be told.

Anna Pitoniak with Jonathan Darman, Our American Friend: A Novel
Tuesday, February 15, 6:00 PM

Members' Room and Livestream
Free of charge | registration required

A mysterious first lady. The intrepid journalist writing her biography. And the secret that could destroy them both. Anna Pitoniak discusses her propulsive Cold War-era thriller with presidential biographer Jonathan Darman.

NEW! Angus Fletcher, Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature
Thursday, March 10, 6:00 PM
Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required

This “fascinating” (Malcolm Gladwell) examination of literary inventions through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Elena Ferrante, shows how writers have created technical breakthroughs—rivaling scientific inventions and engineering enhancements to the human heart and mind.

Seminars and Reading Groups

Seminar: Nostalgist or Liberator?: The Fiction of D.H. Lawrence with Nicholas Birns
Wednesdays December 15, January 5, January 26, February 16, 11:00 AM
on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required

How does the 20th-century British novelist's combination of the visionary, the robust, and the outlandish have new relevance for the 21st century?

FULLY REGISTERED: Seminar: The Oresteia of Aeschylus with Donald McDonough
Thursdays January 27, February 17, March 10, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | for members only | $45 for the three sessions | registration required

Aeschylus' three-play cycle, the Oresteia, presented his Athenian audience with murder within a royal family poisoned by previous crimes and wartime decisions. What is justice and where does it lie in these plays, the only single day's trilogy to survive from the classic period of Athens' festival of Dionysius?

The Writing Life

NEW SESSIONS! The Writing Life: Prompt! Spring 2022 (Online)
Fridays February 18, March 18, April 22, May 20, 11:00 AM
on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | registration required

Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.

In-person Prompt! will return.

Children's and Young Adult Events

Storytime Live!
varying dates
Zoom | for all ages | no registration required

Join us on Zoom for a live face-to-face storytime.

Storytime Online
varying dates
YouTube | for all ages | no registration required


View our playlist of recorded children's events here.

Informal and Informational Gatherings

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 with your fellow members.

Member Orientation Videos
Videos introducing the Library's collections, services, and online resources

The Black Literature Matters exhibition is generously supported by The Florence Gould Foundation.

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