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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry 2

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Children

Young Writers' Workshop: Sara Varon, Visual Storytelling

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | grades 3-8 | $15 per person, payable at the door | registration required
In this ongoing series, young writers are invited to join notable authors in exploring different genres. Author and illustrator Sara Varon leads a discussion about making comic books and graphic novels and works with young writers and artists to explore the possibilities of cartooning. Participants will learn the tools needed to create their own mini comic books.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (October 2018 session)

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on Fourth Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (10/30/18 sessions)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm | for members only | free of charge | by appointment
Library members are invited to stop by and chat, or to bring in their portable electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, e-book readers, cameras, etc.) for a question-and-answer session with a member of the Library’s Systems staff.
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Lecture

Gregory Pardlo, Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition.
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Reading Group

Late Victorians: Bringing Together the Unusual with James Kraft (10/31 session)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Near the end of the nineteenth century, authors addressed unusual aspects of British life at the height of its imperial era, including Henry James with The Princess Casamassima and The Tragic Muse and Joseph Conrad with The Secret Agent. This seminar looks at their settings beyond the subject matter of most novelists of that era, with surprising relevance for today.
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Reading Group

Voltaire and the English Connection with Jane Mallison (11/1 session)

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the set of five sessions | registration required
The quintessential French philosophe cultivated an English literary circle including John Gay, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. This seminar will attempt to give readers a sense of the work of these five writers and an understanding of the way their thoughts and their words reflect—or dissent from—the contemporary culture of France and of England.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 5:00pm | Marshall Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Lecture

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, and a National Book Award finalist, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (11/6/18 session)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
When the imagination is on fire and you’re writing up a storm, it’s great. When it becomes a slog, your efforts mired in resistance, what can you do? Stock your toolkit with 25 specific tools for writing with less struggle and more pleasure. C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off-Broadway and regional credits.
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Reading Group

Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy with Nicholas Birns (11/7 session)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions
Robertson Davies’s Deptford Trilogy is one of the great achievements of Canadian fiction and one of the crucial works that made Canada visible worldwide in literary terms. Popular seminar leader Nicholas Birns guides reading and discussion through this beloved work.
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Reading Group

Euripides: Four Plays for an Athenian Audience with Donald McDonough (11/8 session)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions
From his lifetime until ours, Euripides caused controversy. He does not give his audience, in his own time or ours, the expected, and the result can shock. This representative set of four plays echoes the structure (three tragedies and a comedy) of an Athenian competition. This session covers Euripides’ Hippolytus.
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Children

Peter Sís, Robinson

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | kindergarten-grade 5 | $10 per person, payable at the door | registration required
Bring your heart and imagination with you to meet award-winning author and illustrator Peter Sís. He will describe his unique art techniques and share his newest book, Robinson.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (11/11/18 session)

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 2:30pm | 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.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 1

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: Ask the Genealogists: Tips and Techniques for Researching Your Family History (11/13 session)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required for each session separately
Join certified genealogists and repository personnel for three sessions of insights into methods to navigate the vast, complex, and exciting path to your family history. This workshop takes place over three Tuesdays: October 9, November 13, and December 11. Attend any or all sessions.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (11/13/18 session)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
When the imagination is on fire and you’re writing up a storm, it’s great. When it becomes a slog, your efforts mired in resistance, what can you do? Stock your toolkit with 25 specific tools for writing with less struggle and more pleasure. C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off-Broadway and regional credits.
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Special Event

Member Happy Hour, November 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required

Join your fellow members for an informal drop-in hour of wine and light refreshments. Happy Hour usually takes place each third Wednesday of the month, but this month's is shifted due to Thanksgiving.


Happy Hour is supported by The Writing Life. The Writing Life events in 2018 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

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Lecture

Emily Wilson, The Odyssey

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In this fresh, authoritative version―the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman―this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music. An Oxford University graduate, Emily Wilson is a Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (November 2018 session)

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on Fourth Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Children

Drag Queen Story Hour

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 3:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | for children of all ages | $10 per child, payable at the door | registration required
Don your frilliest, silliest frock and join us for stories, songs, and crafts…with a drag queen!
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Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (11/20/18 sessions)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm | for members only | free of charge | by appointment
Library members are invited to stop by and chat, or to bring in their portable electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, e-book readers, cameras, etc.) for a question-and-answer session with a member of the Library’s Systems staff.
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Exhibitions

The Library showcases our historic collections and the literary culture of the city with themed public exhibitions on the second floor. Exhibitions are offered for six to twelve months, and both members and nonmembers are welcome to drop by any time the Library is open.

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