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  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
    Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
  • Repeats every month until Thu Jun 13 2019 except Wed May 01 2019, Sat Jun 01 2019. Also includes Wed May 15 2019, Wed Jun 12 2019.
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    In his ambitious historical novels Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens ventured from his usual subject matter to ask political and social questions that still resonate today.
  • Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the third Tuesday until Tue Jun 25 2019. Also includes Tue Jun 11 2019.
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    Erwin Flaxman, PhD, leads discussion of four seminal novels by the only author to be included in the Library of America during his lifetime.
  • Monday, June 10, 2019 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | 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 2019.
  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00 PM | The Writing Life | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required
    Marcia Butler’s new documentary The Creative Imperative blends many artists’ interviews about their relationship with the creative process. In this one-time-only event, Ms. Butler screens her film, then further explores its questions in a panel discussion with four remarkable authors.
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 2:00 PM | Special Event | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Exhibition curators Harriet Shapiro and Cathy McGowan introduce the women (and men) behind American women’s right to vote.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
    Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    Erwin Flaxman, PhD, leads discussion of four seminal novels by the only author to be included in the Library of America during his lifetime.
  • Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM | Reception | Members' Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
    Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony and reception, with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Running from her father’s brutal legacy, Joseph Stalin’s daughter defects to the United States during the turbulence of the 1960s. This sweeping historical novel and unexpected love story is inspired by the remarkable life of Svetlana Alliluyeva.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    In his ambitious historical novels Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens ventured from his usual subject matter to ask political and social questions that still resonate today.
  • Repeats every month on March, April, May on the third Monday until Tue May 14 2019. Also includes Mon May 13 2019.
    Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Monday, April 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Monday, May 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    Homer’s depiction of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad is often cited as the earliest example of ekphrastic poetry - poetry that responds to visual art. This seminar will survey ekphrastic poetry and consider how poets have resourcefully engaged with visual art - painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and other media - to address their individual agendas, impulses, and interests.
  • Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the second Wednesday until Wed May 08 2019 except Wed Feb 13 2019.
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    For more than a century, the dark, gloomy vision of a “dystopia” has flourished. While such books can sound depressing, the ingenuity and wit of their authors makes them fascinating. Popular seminar leader Jane Mallison guides readers throught the wreckage of four modern-classic dystopias, from 1984 to Parable of the Sower.
  • Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May on the second Sunday until Mon May 06 2019 except Sun Apr 14 2019. Also includes Sun Apr 07 2019, Sun May 05 2019.
    Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:30 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
    Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
  • Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
    Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:00 PM | Reception | For members and guests | Members' Room | 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 2018-2019
  • Repeats every month on February, March, April on the fourth Tuesday until Wed May 01 2019 except Tue Apr 23 2019. Also includes Tue Apr 30 2019.
    Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | open to the public | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    Whenever change happens, reading fiction and nonfiction in combination – “BookBundles” – can be a great way to gain understanding and participate in a new conversation. In connection with the new exhibition Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the 19th Amendment, this seminar offers three BookBundle-based discussions, exploring cultural questions raised by women’s suffrage and still debated today.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required
    Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant new lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians including Jim Shepard, Emmy Blotnick, James Harvey, Jocelyn Chia, and Dr. George Lombardi.
    Embedded thumbnail for Uptown at Night: An Evening of Humorous Storytelling and Comedy (Spring 2019)
    Event Recording
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    Erwin Flaxman, PhD, leads discussion of four seminal novels by the only author to be included in the Library of America during his lifetime.
  • Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Monday, April 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Monday, May 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    Homer’s depiction of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad is often cited as the earliest example of ekphrastic poetry - poetry that responds to visual art. This seminar will survey ekphrastic poetry and consider how poets have resourcefully engaged with visual art - painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and other media - to address their individual agendas, impulses, and interests.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | for ages 13 and up | free of charge | registration required
    Join the conversation with award-winning, bestselling author Renée Watson and writer/performer Ellen Hagan as they discuss their powerful new YA novel Watch Us Rise.
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    For more than a century, the dark, gloomy vision of a “dystopia” has flourished. While such books can sound depressing, the ingenuity and wit of their authors makes them fascinating. Popular seminar leader Jane Mallison guides readers throught the wreckage of four modern-classic dystopias, from 1984 to Parable of the Sower.
  • Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    In this one-of-a-kind event, two outstanding American poets read and discuss their work. Jenny Xie is the author of the debut poetry collection Eye Level, winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:30 PM, Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:30 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
    Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
    In his ambitious historical novels Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens ventured from his usual subject matter to ask political and social questions that still resonate today.

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