Our Events

Past Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
    Embedded thumbnail for Lecture: John Burnham Schwartz, The Red Daughter: A Novel
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 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.
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Bestselling author Lessard takes a deep dive into our surroundings—cities, countryside, and sprawl—to explore change in the meaning of place and reimagine our American landscape. Ms. Lessard discusses The Absent Hand with the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, author Elizabeth Barlow Rogers.
    Embedded thumbnail for Conversation: Suzannah Lessard, The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape, with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
    Attend a lecture, read the book, then join other event-going members for informal discussion, book-club style.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 6:00 PM | Performance | Members' Room | open to the public | $25 per person | registration required
    To celebrate World Theatre Day, The Arctic Cycle presents a reading of Homo Sapiens, one of the plays from their 2017 collection, written by Chantal Bilodeau. This is followed by a conversation with the creative team plus guest scientists whose work is directly connected to the issues addressed in the play.
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.
  • Monday, March 18, 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.
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person, or free for students with valid ID | registration required
    Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers insights on racial relations and the media, in conversation with journalist and author Pamela Newkirk. (Video link available here.)
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In honor of Einstein's 140th birthday, a lightheartedly scientific look at his life, legacy, and ongoing popularity with physicist and playwright Stephen Rosen.
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  • Monday, March 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    In connection to the Library’s exhibition Women Get the Vote, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation tells the stories of those who made women’s suffrage happen, based on her new anthology.
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  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? one of today’s most compelling thinkers on the subject looks to her own life to help address these questions.
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  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 3:00 PM | Children | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | for ages 2 and up | $10 per child | registration required
    Featuring interactive stories, songs, and fingerplays, this lively program is filled with humor and action.
  • Thursday, February 28, 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, February 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM | Children | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | ages 9 and up | $15 per child | registration required
    Share poetry and snacks with poet and playwright Dave Johnson. Learn how writers turn their ideas into poems, gain the inspiration and knowledge to craft your own poetry, and share your writing with others.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 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.
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Circe, daughter of the mightiest Titan and possessor of the power of witchcraft, crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all mythology. When she finds herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians, she must summon all her strength to protect what she loves most.
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  • Tuesday, February 19, 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.

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