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  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:30 AM | Children | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

    Stop by the Children's Library to pick up a pocket-sized poem and celebrate poetry all day!

    For Library members only.
    Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    You might not know Terry McDonell, but you certainly know his work: he has served as top editor for Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated, among others. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar).
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:30 PM | Children | CANCELLED-For members and their guests in grades 3-7 | $10 per person, payable at the door | Advance registration required

    In this ongoing series, young writers are invited to join notable authors in exploring different genres.

  • Monday, April 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Library Conservator Christina Amato discusses the history, craft, and ongoing fascination of miniature books, from devotional items and titillation to children's tales and propaganda.
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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Join us for a special evening of refreshments, conversations, readings, video, and more in our annual evening showcasing great literary magazines.
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  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | For members only | Whitridge Room | $25 for both sessions (recommended); $15 per session
    To “justify the ways of God to men,” John Milton wrote Paradise Lost, in which the serpent got Eve and Adam exiled from Paradise. His Paradise Regained interprets an Old Testament prophecy given to that successful serpent, now identified with Satan. Frequent seminar leader Donald McDonough introduces Milton's lesser-known epic.
  • Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.
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  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The former New Yorker staff writer brings us the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman’s perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime.
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  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | For members and guests | Whitridge Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Lovers of poetry, join us to celebrate the poetry of love during National Poetry Month. Multilinguist Wendy Power Spielmann and beloved seminar leader James Kraft give dramatic and humorous readings of verses from ancient Egypt, Greece, and China through the Renaissance to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—from Horace to Emily Dickinson to Cole Porter.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The author of Free Food for Millionaires writes the sweeping saga of an exceptional Korean family through the generations.
    Embedded thumbnail for Min Jin Lee with Jeannette Watson Sanger, Pachinko: A Novel
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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
    Educator Jane Mallison leads discussion of the English/Irish master of "indignatio," from short works through Gulliver's Travels.
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The first major book about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, Eleanor and Hick offers a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the consequential years in American history.
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  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:30 PM | Children | For members and their guests in grades 3 and older | Whitridge Room | $15 per child, payable at the door; advance registration required

    Explore the art of bookmaking with Library Conservator Christina Amato. Participants will make their own unique blank books using traditional materials and techniques. Adult assistance is recommended.

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Ecstatic love poems of Rumi, a poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. In this breakthrough biography, Brad Gooch brilliantly brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place.
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  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
    Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End tetralogy stands as an unequaled portrayal of the convulsive effects of the First World War on modern civilization. Nicholas Birns, back by popular demand following his Elena Ferrante seminar in fall 2016, leads discussion on how the protagonist’s tangled relationships speak to its era’s evolving manners and morals, and the way Ford’s own innovative style is itself inflected by the changes it depicts.
  • Monday, February 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Today, “Casanova” is a synonym for “great lover,” yet the real story of this remarkable figure is little known. This witty, roisterous biography exposes his astonishing life in rich, intimate detail. At the same time, it is a dazzling portrait of eighteenth-century Europe from serving girls to kings and courtiers. Esteemed biographer Laurence Bergreen brings a sensual world vividly alive in this irresistible book.
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The author of the century's first narrative of the entire Pacific War takes the reader into the war's heart, from mid-1942 to mid-1944, the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative logistically complicated amphibious war in history.
    Embedded thumbnail for Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge | advance registration required
    Three acclaimed mystery writers - Lyndsay Faye, Stefanie Pintoff, and Radha Vatsal - discuss New York City as a setting for crime fiction, historical or present-day, with moderator Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. This event is co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America New York.
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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM | Children | For members and their guests in grades 3-7 | Whitridge Room | $10 per person, payable at the door; advance registration required
    Acclaimed playwright Rob Ackerman will share the fundamental tools of great playwriting and guide participants in writing their own scenes.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:00 AM | The Writing Life | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge | Advance registration required
    Walter Bode, who has spent thirty-five years in publishing, fifteen of them as a freelancer, offers suggestions, tips, cautions, and exemplary tales about choosing an editor and making the most of the experience.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 5:30 PM | Children | For members and their guests in grades 7 and older | Whitridge Room | $10 per person, payable at the door; advance registration required
    YA fantasy author Sarah Porter will guide participants in strategies for writing their own fantasy stories or novels.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $75 for all five sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
    Considered one of the finest American writers, Henry James is also considered a challenging writer. This five-session seminar will survey the best of his stories and reveal his exceptional qualities as a writer.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the series | Advance registration required
    Award-winning playwright C.S. Hanson focuses on problem, climax, and resolution in the magical ten-minute play. Participants will write, rewrite, and hear drafts read by actors, as well as learn how to market ten-minute plays for competitions and festivals.
  • Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Mark Rothko, world-renowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, is rediscovered in this wholly original examination of his art and life written by his son.
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