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Past Events

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A one-of-a-kind conversation between rising star fiction writers Deesha Philyaw (2020 Pen/Faulkner Award winner) and Dantiel W. Moniz (“a gorgeous debut” - Lauren Groff).
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  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.
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  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
    This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.
  • Monday, September 13, 2021 - 2:00 PM | Children | Online | Free of Charge | Presented by the Center for Fiction - KidsRead | Registration Required

    In his new novel Ground Zero, bestselling author

  • Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    The Boston Globe has called Hilma Wolitzer an "American literary treasure." Here she discusses her new volume of uncannily relevant, deliciously clear-eyed collected stories with beloved novelist Meg Wolitzer.
    Embedded thumbnail for Hilma Wolitzer, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories, in conversation with with Meg Wolitzer
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and Up

    Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime. Our 2021-22 elementary age program explores the rhymes, rhythms, and pizzazz of poetry.

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!

  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and Up

    Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime.

  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 2:00 PM | The Writing Life | online | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
    We will write about love and write about living and everything in between in this summer writing workshop.
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | 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.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | 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.
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | 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.
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  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!

  • Monday, June 21, 2021 - 2:00 PM | The Writing Life | 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.
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | 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.
  • Monday, June 14, 2021 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | 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.
    Embedded thumbnail for 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)
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | YouTube Live | open to the public | drop in
    The New York City Book Awards, founded in 1996, honor each year’s best books about the city. This year's special ceremony honors the creators of great New York City books from 2019 and 2020.
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  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and Up

    Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime.

  • Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | 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.
    Embedded thumbnail for Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds: A Novel, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Reception | YouTube Live | open to the public | drop in
    Award winners and participants are celebrated at a ceremony with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.
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  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Children | Online (Zoom) | All Ages

    Join us on Zoom for a live, face-to-face storytime for all ages!

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In this original series of live online events, Black writers from the 1700s to the present are re-examined to inspire understanding of race in our country today. Black Literature Matters celebrates Black writers in four extraordinary evenings. This final event of the series showcases brief excerpts from the work of writers from 1960 to the present.
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  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | free of charge | presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
    Walt Whitman believed that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, glorious as they were, were not enough. We needed to learn to learn the true spirit of democracy. What does it feel like at its best to live as a democratic man or woman? In "Song of Myself," Whitman seeks to answer that question.

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