Our Events

Our Events Winter/Spring 2021

The Library is open for most services, and events continue online. Click on any event title for more details and to register where required.

All events are open to the public unless otherwise listed.

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


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


Exhibitions

Black Literature Matters
April 28, 2021 - 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

The 25th Anniversary New York City Book Awards
Wednesday, June 9, 6:00 PM
open to the public | free of charge | no registration required

Welcome to the 25th anniversary season for the New York City Book Awards! Founded in 1995, these awards honor the best books about New York City published in a given year, regardless of genre. The 25th anniversary awards ceremony, honoring winners from 2019 and 2020, takes place Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Panel: Jeffrey Deaver, Laurie King, and Charles and Caroline Todd, How to Write A Mystery (co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America - New York Chapter)
Monday, June 14, 6:00 PM

online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Acclaimed mystery writers Jeffery Deaver, Laurie King, Charles Todd, and Caroline Todd discuss crafting mysteries and their ever-shifting publishing landscape. This panel celebrates the release of How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America.

Celebration of Member Writers, June 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 PM
on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required

Members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of Library members who have published books January-June 2021.

Lectures & Panels

Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds: A Novel, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
Thursday, June 3, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required

From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. In this special event, Ms. Quade talks about THE FIVE WOUNDS and the art of fiction writing with award-winning novelist Meg Wolitzer.

Panel: Jeffery Deaver, Laurie King, and Charles and Caroline Todd, How to Write A Mystery (co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America - New York Chapter)
Monday, June 14, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

Acclaimed mystery writers Jeffery Deaver, Laurie King, Charles Todd, and Caroline Todd discuss crafting mysteries and their ever-shifting publishing landscape. This panel celebrates the release of How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America.

Annette Gordon-Reed, On Juneteenth
Thursday, June 17, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | free of charge | presented by the Boston Athenaeum | registration required

Interweaving American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed, the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas in the 1850s, recounts the origins of Juneteenth and explores the legacies of the holiday that remain with us.

Hayden Herrera, Upper Bohemia: A Memoir
Thursday, June 24, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required

A poignant coming-of-age memoir by the daughter of artistic, bohemian parents—set against a backdrop of 1950s New York, Cape Cod, and Mexico.

Seminars and Reading Groups

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, The Brothers Karamazov: Dostoyevsky’s Tale of Crime and Redemption
Wednesdays May 12, May 26, June 9, and June 23, 11:00 AM
online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required

Perhaps the greatest novel about a single family, The Brothers Karamazov depicts the rational Ivan, the emotional Dimitry, the spiritual Alyosha, and the ostracized Smerdyakov in their relationship with their difficult and abrasive father, Fyodor. Set in a complex, changing, and infuriating Russia, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece is riveting, disturbing, and strangely consoling.

NEW! Seminar: "What's with This Trojan War Anyway?" with Jane Mallison
Thursdays June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, 11:00 AM
online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required

Archeologists place the Trojan War somewhere around 1200 B.C.E. How then to explain the fact that the last twenty years have witnessed an outpouring of books on this topic? In the context of the classic ancient texts, discussion covers contemporary reinterpretations from David Malouf to Ursula LeGuin to Daniel Mendelsohn.
 

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell
Friday, June 11, 11:00 AM (separate sessions)
for members only | online | by donation | registration required

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

Panel: Jeffery Deaver, Laurie King, and Charles and Caroline Todd, How to Write A Mystery (co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America - New York Chapter)
Monday, June 14, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

Acclaimed mystery writers Jeffery Deaver, Laurie King, Charles Todd, and Caroline Todd discuss crafting mysteries and their ever-shifting publishing landscape. This panel celebrates the release of How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America.

Workshop: How to Write a Mystery, with Erica Obey and Charles Salzberg
Monday, June 21, 2:00 PM
online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

Sharpen your mystery writing skills with prompts and exercises in this workshop with How to Write a Mystery contributors Erica Obey and Charles Salzberg.

Celebration of Member Writers, June 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 PM
on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required

Members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of Library members who have published books January-June 2021.

 

Children's 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

SEE THE FULL CHILDREN'S CALENDAR HERE.

View our playlist of recorded children's events here.

Informal and Informational Gatherings

Member Orientation Videos
Videos introducing the Library's collections, services, and online resources are now available on the website.

Digital Teatime
Every Friday until further notice, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
for members only | online | by donation | 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.


The Black Literature Matters exhibition is generously supported by The Florence Gould Foundation. Photograph of Langston Hughes Copyright © Van Vechten Trust; Gravure and Compilation copyright © Eakins Press Foundation.

The 2020-2021 New York City Book Awards are generously underwritten by Ellen M. Iseman.

The Writing Life events in 2021 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

Children's events are generously supported by the Richard Peck Fund.


(Sidebar image: Mary Schmidt Campbell spoke on An American Odyssey, her biography of Romare Bearden, in April 2021.)