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121 free (and almost free) readings in New York City (NYC)

Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Author Reading | Selfie Made: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom


Selfie Made is Meridith Valiando Rojas's one-of-a-kind guide to creating a digital identity, finding an audience, and building a powerful brand—your own!—on the Internet. Whether you want to be in front of or behind the camera, produce click-worthy content or start your own business, this book is the place to begin. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 20
3:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 20, 2018, 10/20/2018, Selfie Made: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom

Poetry Reading | This Void Beckons: Dazzling Poetic Epic


Poet and activist a.j.k. o’donnell is reading from her second book. This Void Beckons has been deemed “a dazzling epic of creative genius…” and “a work that is sorely needed at this point in history.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 20
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, October 20, 2018, 10/20/2018, This Void Beckons: Dazzling Poetic Epic

Poetry Reading | 3 poets read from their work


Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, farmer, freelance editor, critic, and small-town librarian. She is the author of two poetry collections: Midden (Fordham University Press, 2018) and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017). Henk Rossouw's book-length poem Xamissa won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize (Fordham University Press, 2018). Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (Wesleyan University Press) featured an excerpt. An assistant professor, he teaches creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Asiya Wadud's debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in October 2018. Her work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Dickinson House (Belgium), Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 20
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, October 20, 2018, 10/20/2018, 3 poets read from their work

Author Reading | The Chinese Pleasure Book: The Connection to Health


Michael Nylan's book takes up one of the most important themes in Chinese thought: the relation of pleasurable activities to bodily health and the health of the body politic. All early writings on the subject contrast pleasure not with pain but with insecurity, in an important contrast with Western writings devoted to the same subject. All assume that it is right and proper to seek and take pleasure, as well as short-term delight, but equally that certain long-term relational pleasures are more easily sustained, as well as potentially more satisfying and less damaging.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 21
2:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, The Chinese Pleasure Book: The Connection to Health

Reading | History, Memory, Craft: 2 Writers Read


How do fictional narratives woven through intimate and collective histories allow us to imagine futures where we are all more free? This is a reading and discussion with award-winning writers Zinzi Clemmons, author of What we Lose, and Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me, whose works explore the intimate legacies of political upheaval, race, migration, sexuality, motherhood, trauma and loss, and the malleability of memory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 22
6:00 pm

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Readings, October 22, 2018, 10/22/2018, History, Memory, Craft: 2 Writers Read

Author Reading | Riddance: ghosts, stuttering, and learning the value of your voice


In her first novel in twelve years, Shelley Jackson travels to the border separating life and death and asks us to listen. When eleven-year old Jane Grandison receives an invitation to join the Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children, she thinks she has finally found a safe place where she can learn to control her stutter. However, rather than rid the children of their speech impediments, Headmistress Sybil Jones, a dedicated pioneer of the field of necrophysics, considers their stutters “gifts” that can be used as a channel to access the other side of reality: the land of the dead.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 22
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2018, 10/22/2018, Riddance: ghosts, stuttering, and learning the value of your voice

Author Reading | We Met in Paris: Grace Frick and Her Life with Marguerite Yourcenar


Joan E. Howard will discuss her intimate and scrupulously documented biography of translator Grace Frick and acclaimed author Marguerite Yourcenar. We Met in Paris is both an intimate account and a thorough investigation of the relationship between famous French author of Mémoires d’Hadrien and the translator who introduced her to English-language readers in 1954. This enthralling portrait contains a great deal of information that will disrupt long-held beliefs about Yourcenar, and might even surprise some of her longtime fans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 22
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2018, 10/22/2018, We Met in Paris: Grace Frick and Her Life with Marguerite Yourcenar

Author Reading | Cancer as a Wake-Up Call: An Oncologist's Integrative Approach to What You Can Do to Become Whole Again


Dr. Laura Nasi will present an integrative look at cancer treatment and prevention—and all the things besides traditional therapies like chemo and radiation that patients can do to feel better. Drawing from her decades of experience as an integrative oncologist, she’ll present whole body-mind-spirit approaches that include boundary setting and picking your cancer “team”; mental health strategies; mindfulness and meditation; astrology; nutrition; and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 22
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2018, 10/22/2018, Cancer as a Wake-Up Call: An Oncologist's Integrative Approach to What You Can Do to Become Whole Again

Poetry Reading | bury it: Poems of Death and Personhood


Sam Sax’s bury it, winner of the 2017 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, begins with poems written in response to the spate of highly publicized young gay suicides in the summer of 2010. What follows are raw and expertly crafted meditations on death, rituals of passage, translation, desire, diaspora, and personhood. What’s at stake is survival itself and the archiving of a lived and lyric history. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 22
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, October 22, 2018, 10/22/2018, bury it: Poems of Death and Personhood

Author Reading | American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives


A devastatingly hilarious satire that cuts closer to the truth of than any nonfiction account: Anthony Atamanuik, the creator and star of Comedy Central’s acclaimed The President Show, opens the vault and imagines Donald J. Trump’s presidential archives, exposing documents from his childhood in Queens to his toddlerhood in the Oval Office.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Oct 23
6:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives

Author Reading | The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing


In The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing, authors Rebecca Comay, and Frank Ruda present a reading of Hegel’s most reviled concept, absolute knowing.  Their book sets out from a counterintuitive premise: the “mystical shell” of Hegel's system proves to be its most “rational kernel.” Hegel's radicalism is located precisely at the point where his thought seems to regress most. With Slavoj Žižek, a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a visiting professor at a number of American universities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Oct 23
6:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing

Author Reading | Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age


Michel Feher’s new book describes the extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation—among companies, governments, and individuals—generated by financialization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 23
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age

Author Reading | Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks


In her new cookbook, Ina Garten shares a brand-new collection of recipes, tips, and techniques, so readers can cook with confidence no matter how much experience they have in the kitchen. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 23
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks

Author Reading | Philosophy, Pussycats, and Porn A Pornographer Speaks


An evening celebrating the release of Stoya’s book of essays, blog posts, and stories surveying more than a decade of poignant journalistic accounts from internationally recognized writer, actor, and pornographer Stoya.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 23
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, Philosophy, Pussycats, and Porn A Pornographer Speaks

Author Reading | The Baltimore Book of the Dead: Portaits of the Passed


The Baltimore Book of the Dead is another collection of portraits of the dead, their compressed narratives weaving a unusual, richly populated memoir. Approaching mourning and memory with intimacy, humor, and an eye for the idiosyncratic, the story begins in the 1960s in Marion Winik’s native New Jersey, winds through Austin, Texas and rural Pennsylvania, and finally settles in her current home of Baltimore.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 23
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, The Baltimore Book of the Dead: Portaits of the Passed

Author Reading | Brand New Art from China


Award-winning journalist, art critic and curator Barbara Pollack discusses her new book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 23
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, Brand New Art from China

Reading | Double Take Reading


Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award-winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences. Experience a one-of-a-kind evening of stories and reflections. In this instance, writers will respond to: laughter. Featuring: Edwin Frank Joseph Salvatore Emily Skillings Perry Yung
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 23
7:00 pm

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Readings, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, Double Take Reading

Author Reading | TR's Last War: the tumultuous last years of Theodore Roosevelt


On his death bed he reflected, “I promised myself that I would work up to the hilt until I was sixty, and I have done it. I have kept my promise...” Highlighting the 1916 presidential campaign, America’s entry into the Great War in 1917, his fury surrounding Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, and his own sons going off to fight, TR's Last War captures the state of American politics and paints a portrait of an indomitable spirit. Author David Pietrusza will be joined in conversation by Kevin Fitzpatrick, author of World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Oct 24
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 24, 2018, 10/24/2018, TR's Last War: the tumultuous last years of Theodore Roosevelt

Author Reading | Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age


Michel Feher’s new book describes the extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation—among companies, governments, and individuals—generated by financialization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 24
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 24, 2018, 10/24/2018, Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age

Author Reading | Moral Combat: Women, Gender, and War in Italian Renaissance Literature


The Italian sixteenth century offers the first sustained discussion of women’s militarism since antiquity. Across a variety of genres, male and female writers raised questions about women’s right and ability to fight in combat. Treatise literature engaged scientific, religious, and cultural discourses about women’s virtues, while epic poetry and biographical literature famously featured examples of women as soldiers, commanders, observers, and victims of war. With author Gerry Milligan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 24
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 24, 2018, 10/24/2018, Moral Combat: Women, Gender, and War in Italian Renaissance Literature

Author Reading | What It Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics


Equal parts oral history and analysis of craft, Jarrett  Earnest’s new book offers an unprecedented overview of American art writing. His wide-ranging conversations with critics, historians, journalists, novelists, poets and theorists illustrate different ways of writing, thinking and looking at art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 24
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 24, 2018, 10/24/2018, What It Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics

Author Reading | Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg


The event features readings from the book and storytelling about legendary Beat icons from key collaborators and associates. Featured performers include Steven Taylor, editor of the book; Peter Hale, Ginsberg Archives executor; Hal Willner, revered NYC music producer; and Steve Dalachinsky, internationally-renowned poet and Beat associate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Oct 24
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 24, 2018, 10/24/2018, Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg

Reading | Shakespeare Reading and Discussion Group


The group will be discussing Shakespeare's Richard II.  King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 25
1:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Shakespeare Reading and Discussion Group

Author Reading | Prime Time Parenting: The Two-Hour-a-Day Secret to Raising Great Kids


Parent, educator and author Heather Miller has worked in education for over 20 years. A former editorial director in educational publishing, she has helped develop reading and writing programs for children that are used across the United States. A graduate of MIT, Harvard Graduate School of Education and NYU, Heather is the director of LePage-Miller, Inc, an education firm based in New York City. She works with schools, museums, nonprofit organizations and corporations interested in building educational programs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 25
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Prime Time Parenting: The Two-Hour-a-Day Secret to Raising Great Kids

Poetry Reading | Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across: Resilience in Dark Times


Beautiful and brutally honest, Mary Lambert's poetry is a beacon to anyone who's ever been knocked down—and picked themselves up again. In verse that deals with sexual assault, mental illness, and body acceptance, Lambert emerges as an important new voice in poetry, providing strength and resilience even in the darkest of times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Oct 25
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across: Resilience in Dark Times

Author Reading | Proust’s Duchess: Muses of a Great Writer


Caroline Weber discusses her triple biography of the three Parisian high society women who served as inspiration for one of Proust’s greatest characters, the Duchesse de Guermantes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 25
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Proust’s Duchess: Muses of a Great Writer

Reading | Washington Square Review Reading


Celebrate the launch of Washington Square Review's Issue #42 with readings by contributors Marwa Helal, Cynthia Cruz and Lincoln Michel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 25
7:00 pm

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Readings, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Washington Square Review Reading

Book Signing | Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, signs copies of his book Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story


The frontman of one of the greatest bands of all time tells the story of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar, and his wild journey as the voice of The Who. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Oct 26
1:00 pm

Free
Book Signings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, signs copies of his book Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story

Author Reading | There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids


Linda Åkeson McGurk, outdoor play advocate, will share her best secrets for getting outside every day, rain or shine. Come and learn how to dress your kids for playing in all types of weather and how the Scandinavian concept of friluftsliv – “free air life” – can help you raise happy, healthy and confident children in the US.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 26
4:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids

Author Reading | The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks


Writing professor Susan Shapiro celebrates her new writing guide about how three pages can change your life - along with several former students of hers who are now editors, agents and published authors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 26
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks

Author Reading | The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design


The New York City launch of department chair, designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller’s book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 26
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design

Author Reading | Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation


Zahra Ali foregrounds a wide range of interviews with a variety of women involved in women’s rights activism, showing how everyday life and intellectual life has development since the US-led invasion. In addition to this, Ali offers detailed historical research of social, economic and political contexts since the formation of the Iraqi state in the 1920s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 26
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation

Poetry Reading | Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color


A reading with Saeed Jones, Pamela Sneed, and Christopher Soto to celebrate this survey of poetry by queer poets of color throughout U.S. history. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 26
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color

Author Reading | Small Country: Forced into Exile


French-Rwandan author and rapper Gaël Faye will discuss his award-winning novel, just out in the US with Hogarth. Faye will recount the poignant coming-of-age story of his fictional doppelgänger, Gabriel, who is forced to move to France when Burundi and Rwanda are hit by civil war and genocide. This depiction of a loss of innocence dives right into the maelstrom of African history, interweaving light and shadows, tragedy and humor in a stirring tribute to Faye’s past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 27
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 27, 2018, 10/27/2018, Small Country: Forced into Exile

Author Reading | Semi Queer: Inside the Lives of Trans, Gay, and Black Truck Drivers


Semi Queer describes drivers' experiences in their own words, examining the connections between sexual identities, work worlds, and government regulatory structures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 27
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 27, 2018, 10/27/2018, Semi Queer: Inside the Lives of Trans, Gay, and Black Truck Drivers

Poetry Reading | Light & Glory: Varieties of Love


Nina Carey Tassi reads from her new book of poetry about love in its varieties.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 28
3:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, October 28, 2018, 10/28/2018, Light & Glory: Varieties of Love

Author Reading | The Order of the Day: Behind the Scenes of the Anschluss


French author Éric Vuillard will discuss his 2017 Prix Goncourt-winning book, a behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in March 1938. In this short, dazzling narrative, Vuillard exposes the mechanics of hubris, manipulation, and bluff that led to the meeting of 24 German captains of industry with Nazi officials to extract funds for the National Socialist Party in 1933; then to the annexation of Austria in 1938.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 28
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 28, 2018, 10/28/2018, The Order of the Day: Behind the Scenes of the Anschluss

Author Reading | Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal


Heather Widdows looks at how beauty has become a moral imperative in today’s society. While beauty has been somewhat of a prerequisite in our society for some time now, what is new here is that Widdows argues that beauty ideals are becoming shared ethical ideals— ideals by which we judge ourselves and others as good or bad. Increasingly we believe attaining some aspect of the beauty ideal – being thin or firm enough – will deliver the goods of the good life – relationship success, work success and happiness. Therefore, if we fail physically, we fail everywhere else.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 28
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 28, 2018, 10/28/2018, Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal

Author Reading | In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators


Photographer and author Barbara Mensch has lived alongside the Brooklyn Bridge for over 30 years. Combining her first-person perspective with striking photography, In the Shadow of Genius takes us on a journey of Mensch’s life by the bridge and her curious path to understand the brilliant minds and remarkable lives of those who built it: John, Washington, and Emily Roebling. From New York to Germany, as well as Pennsylvania and other sites of Roebling projects, Mensch fuses her contemporary photography and historical records, giving us a new perspective on Roebling’s masterwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 29
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 29, 2018, 10/29/2018, In the Shadow of Genius: The Brooklyn Bridge and Its Creators

Poetry Reading | American Poets Magazine Reading


Launched in 1996, American Poets is published in April and October each year exclusively for the members of the Academy of American Poets. The features in the publication are written by some of today's most acclaimed and influential poets. To celebrate the Fall/Winter issue, three of contemporary poetry's biggest writers will read from their work: Catherine Barnett, Shane McCrae and Craig Morgan Teicher.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 29
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Poetry Readings, October 29, 2018, 10/29/2018, American Poets Magazine Reading

Author Reading | In Search of Lost Books: The Forgotten Stories of Eight Mythical Volumes


They exist as a rumour or a fading memory. They vanished from history leaving scarcely a trace, lost to fire, censorship, theft, war or deliberate destruction, yet those who seek them are convinced they will find them. This is the story of one man’s quest for eight mysterious lost books. Taking us from Florence to Regency London, the Russian Steppe to British Columbia, Giorgio van Straten unearths stories of infamy and tragedy, glimmers of hope and bitter twists of fate. With André Aciman.
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Author Readings, October 29, 2018, 10/29/2018, In Search of Lost Books: The Forgotten Stories of Eight Mythical Volumes

Author Reading | The Order of the Day: Behind the Scenes of the Anschluss


In his Prix Goncourt-winning book newly translated into English, author Éric Vuillard masterfully reconstructs and looks anew at the extraordinary sequence of events and individual acts that led to the catastrophe of the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany).  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 29
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Author Readings, October 29, 2018, 10/29/2018, The Order of the Day: Behind the Scenes of the Anschluss

Author Reading | The Forever Letter : writing letters with a professional writer


Don’t wait until the end of your life to heal what is broken, ask for forgiveness or forgive, accept responsibility for misunderstandings and hurts, express your love, gratitude, or support. Authentic connection with ourselves and with those we love is at the core of writing forever letters. Through inspirational stories, sample letters and writing guidance, Rabbi Elana Zaiman’s book, The Forever Letter, serves as your companion on a transformational journey of self-discovery, and of healing, deepening and uplifting relationships. Join Elana as she reads selections from her book, shares stories from her workshops, and encourages you to become a forever letter writer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 30
1:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, The Forever Letter : writing letters with a professional writer

Author Reading | Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal


Rosalind Fredericks is an Associate Professor of Geography and Development at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her first book chronicles Dakar's volatile municipal garbage politics in the wake of structural adjustment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 30
2:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal

Author Reading | Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River


Beyond the urban density of Mumbai and the IT centers of Bangalore and Hyderabad lies the Ganges River basin, the world’s most densely populated river basin. Not only is it densely populated, agriculturally productive, and monsoonal, but also one of the most hyper-engineered landscapes on the planet. Presenting original research from his award-winning book, Ganges Water Machine, Anthony Acciavatti will present how and why this basin became a laboratory for testing out and building a new culture around water management. In particular, he will share why he spent a decade walking and boating across the Ganges and combing through dusty archives to write the first environmental history of the basin in half a century, but also why it led him to develop new ways of mapping and visualizing environmental change.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 30
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River

Author Reading | The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost


Peter Manseau presents his new book. In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America’s imagination. A “spirit photographer,” William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln, who arrived at his studio in disguise amidst rumors of séances in the White House.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 30
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost

Author Reading | Worn in New York: 68 Sartorial Memoirs of the City


Bestselling author Emily Spivack presents a contemporary cultural history of well-loved clothes and the people who wore them. Contributors in and out of the public eye share personal, wild, poignant, funny stories about the clothes that are part of their New York lives. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, Worn in New York: 68 Sartorial Memoirs of the City

Reading | Off the Page: A Bellevue Literary Review Reading


To celebrate the publication of the Bellevue Literary Review’s latest issue, on the theme of "Displacement," editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri hosts an evening of readings by actors from stage and screen. Ryan Duncan who recently appeared on Broadway in Gettin' the Band Back Together, and before that, Shrek (on Broadway and on Netflix). His off-Broadway credits include Liberty, Altar Boyz (Drama League nomination), Soul Doctor, The Yellow Brick Road, and The Fifth Column. In TV and film, Ryan has appeared in Blue Bloods, He's With Me, Obits, In Stereo, and I Don't Believe in That, among others. Ingeborg Riedmaier is a South African-German born actress, voice artist, and writer based in New York. She's best known for her lead role in the indie feature film Expiration and is a proud member of Dirty Little Secrets—a monthly improv show at The Niagara Bar in NYC’s East Village. Recent career highlights include narrating, producing and directing for season one of the podcast Restoration Row and completing narration for the international bestselling romance trilogy Alpha Men written by Natasha Anders.  
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Author Reading | Historian Simon Schama speaks about his latest book Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900


In this second volume of his Jewish history trilogy, Schama studies a crucial time period—from the expulsion of the Jews from Spain to the beginnings of Zionism—by immersing readers in the lives of individuals both well-known and obscure. The TimesLiterary Supplement calls it“an extraordinary feat of historical imagination.” Schama’s accompanying television series, The Story of the Jews, was broadcast by PBS in 2014.
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Tue, Oct 30
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, Historian Simon Schama speaks about his latest book Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Author Reading | The Ghost Photographer: A Hollywood Executive's True Story of Discovering the Real World of Make-Believe


Julie Rieger's inspirational memoir, told with uncensored Southern wit and guidance, recounts the story of a Hollywood film executive who journeys through the cosmic wilderness and, against all odds, discovers psychic superpowers that radically transform her life. 
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Author Reading | Artaud's Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies Without Organs


Despite being one of the most influential artists and writers of the mid-20th Century, Antonin Artaud’s voice remains inadequately deciphered. Jay Murphy’s Artaud’s Metamorphosis is the first book on the transformation from his ‘early’ to ‘late’ work, and it shows how the ‘final’ Artaud leads straight into our digital present. This Artaud will alter how you think of media, the virtual, the political, and thought itself.
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Author Readings, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, Artaud's Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies Without Organs

Reading | Literature Workshop: Gothic Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This session we'll be reading and discussing the genre of Gothic poetry. Come for a discussion of poets who invoke darkness, fearfulness, and repressed desire in their verses. We'll be reading from Poe, Wilde, and Baudelaire, among others. All literary enthusiasts are welcome.
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Readings, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, Literature Workshop: Gothic Poetry

Author Reading | My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan and Bush Years


Sarah Schulman’s experiences as an artist and as a lesbian, AIDS and feminist activist spotlight the intrinsic homophobia of American society, and provide the basis for crucial discussions about the ways forward in the fight for equality. My American History is a collection that gives voice to both the personal and political struggles of feminist and lesbian and gay communities in the 1980s. It is an important historical record that will enlighten and inform activists, as well as academics of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies, in the 21st century.
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Author Readings, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan and Bush Years

Poetry Reading | Useful Verses: Prize-Winning Poetry


Welcome the winner of one of the poetry world’s most coveted prizes, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection. Richard Osmond will read from his collection. Osmond will be introduced by Northern Irish poet and novelist Nick Laird.  
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Poetry Readings, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, Useful Verses: Prize-Winning Poetry

Author Reading | Jane Dickson in Times Square: When New York Was New York


Artist Jane Dickson is a deep-rooted and central voice in New York City's complex creative history. In the late 1970s and early '80s, she was part of the movement joining the legacies of downtown art, punk rock, and hip hop through her involvement with the Colab art collective, the Fashion Moda gallery, and legendary exhibitions including the Real Estate Show and Times Square Show. In the midst of this groundbreaking work, Dickson lived, worked and raised two children in an apartment on 43rd Street and 8th Avenue at a time when the neighborhood was at its most infamous, crime-ridden, and spectacularly seedy. Through it all, she photographed, drew and painted extraordinary scenes of life in Times Square. These works, many of which are reproduced here for the first time, include candid documentary snapshots, roughly vibrant charcoal sketches, and paintings created on surfaces ranging from sandpaper to Brillo pads. Featuring a foreword by Chris Kraus and afterword by Fab Five Freddy, Jane Dickson in Times Square is a time machine back to a New York City that was truly wild: lawless, manic, sometimes squalid, sometimes magnificent.
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Author Readings, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, Jane Dickson in Times Square: When New York Was New York

Open Mike | Poetry, short stories, songs and more


An evening of poetry, short stories, and songs in an Open Mic-setting.
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Open Mikes, November 03, 2018, 11/03/2018, Poetry, short stories, songs and more

Poetry Reading | PoetryFest


Featuring: Natalie Diaz and Annemarie Ní Churreáin
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Author Reading | Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos


Priyamvada Natarajan, professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University, will recount the evolution of celestial map-making and will show how maps literally track our ever-evolving cosmic view, tracing our understanding of the universe, its contents and its evolution.
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Sat, Nov 3
2:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 03, 2018, 11/03/2018, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Poetry Reading | PoetryFest


Featuring: Michelle O'Sullivan Maureen McLane
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Poetry Reading | PoetryFest


Featuring: Vona Groarke Ben Lerner Richard Osmond
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Poetry Readings, November 03, 2018, 11/03/2018, PoetryFest

Reading | Fatventure Mag Launch Party


Fatventure Mag is a new magazine that features work by fat writers and artists who love spending time outdoors and being active, but hate toxic weight-loss culture. Listen to readings and presentations from the founders.
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Author Reading | Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics


Celebrate Christoph Cox’s book, newly published by the University of Chicago Press. The evening will include solo sets by Maria Chavez (turntables) and Jake Meginsky (electronics). Along with artist Aura Satz, Cox will discuss the central themes and arguments of the book, which offers a philosophical examination of sound art and experimental music conceived as disclosing the perennial flow of sonic matter.
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Author Readings, November 03, 2018, 11/03/2018, Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics

Poetry Reading | PoetryFest


Featuring: Billy Ramsell Nicole Sealey
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Poetry Reading | PoetryFest


Featuring: Ciaran Carson Marie Howe
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Poetry Reading | PoetryFest


Featuring: Ciaran Carson Marie Howe
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Reading | First Mondays: Readings of New Works in Progress


First Mondays allows for a mutually beneficial exchange between authors and audiences. Tonight's event: New Trans Literature with Jeanne Thornton, Nahshon Anderson and Torrey Peters.
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Readings, November 05, 2018, 11/05/2018, First Mondays: Readings of New Works in Progress

Author Reading | Dumb: Life After Losing Her Voice


Dumb’s protagonist Georgia lives the relatively carefree and ordinary life of a twentysomething in Montreal: working at a café, volunteering at a local bike co-op, and going out on the town with friends. But when a sudden unanticipated throat injury forces her into months of silence, her life is thrown into disarray. Unable to work her customer service job, she must find new income. Conversing with friends becomes complicated and exhausting. And she is forced to give up a hobby she loves — singing! Navigating a world that appears to be closing in on her seems more and more impossible. With author Georgia Webber.
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Author Readings, November 05, 2018, 11/05/2018, Dumb: Life After Losing Her Voice

Author Reading | Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Thriller


Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from bestselling author Lee Child. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Readings, November 05, 2018, 11/05/2018, Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Thriller

Author Reading | Jerome Robbins, A Life in Dance


Critic, writer, and editor Wendy Lesser presents a lively and inspired biography celebrating the centennial of this master choreographer, dancer, and stage director.
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Author Reading | The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism


Catherine Rottenberg discusses her new book which offers a new framework for understanding the kind of cultural work neoliberal feminism carries out. Rottenberg argues that neoliberalism needs this new variant of feminism to colonize more domains, and examines the high-powered women and celebrities who are embracing this new variant of feminism. 
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Author Readings, November 06, 2018, 11/06/2018, The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism

Author Reading | India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World's Largest Democracy


Former chief CNN India correspondent and award-wining journalist Ravi Agrawal takes readers on a journey across the Subcontinent, through its remote rural villages and its massive metropolises, seeking out the nexuses of change created by smartphones, and with them connection to the internet. 
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Author Readings, November 06, 2018, 11/06/2018, India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World's Largest Democracy

Poetry Reading | Near/Miss: Sharp Edges and Subtle Intimacies


Praised in recent years as a “calculating, improvisatory, essential poet” by The New York Times, and as “the foremost poet-critic of our time” by Craig Dworkin, Charles Bernstein is a leading voice in American poetry. Bernstein’s first poetry collection in five years is the apotheosis of his late style, thick with off-center rhythms, hilarious riffs, and verbal extravagance. Grounded in a politics of multiplicity and dissent, and replete with both sharp edges and subtle intimacies, Near/Miss is full of close encounters of every kind. 
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Poetry Readings, November 07, 2018, 11/07/2018, Near/Miss: Sharp Edges and Subtle Intimacies

Reading | Literature Out Loud: What's New in American Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This session we'll be reading and discussing some of our library's vast offerings of brand new American poetry. Come for a discussion of poets published within the last year, who tackle themes of identity, American culture, and what it means to be a poet in today's artistic and political climate. All literary enthusiasts are welcome.
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Reading | Field Magaizine Launch Party


Ashleigh Deosaran on Marlon Griffith Jen Schwarting interviews Courtney Puckett Kristen Racaniello on Auto(Arto)phasia Artist Project by Louis Cameron Personal History by Tom Brauer Comics by Aharon Levy Milkmade curated by Mikela Wesson
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Author Reading | University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education


Investigative journalist Joshua Hunt discusses the complicated financial history between one of America’s most-recognized schools, The University of Oregon, and Nike. In the last twenty years, Nike founder Phil Knight has donated over half a billion dollars to Oregon’s sports department, ensuring an immense cash flow for Nike and an increasing say in the school’s future.
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Author Reading | Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Jozef Czapski


A celebration and discussion on Józef Czpaski, painter, writer, and eyewitness to the turbulent history of the twentieth century. As a Polish reserve officer fighting against the invading Nazis in the opening weeks of the Second World War, Józef Czapski was taken prisoner by the Soviets and survived the Katyn Massacre. His experience of POW camp, the Polish army, and treks throughout eastern Europe became the basis for his most famous book, Inhuman Land, which has been translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Czapski spent the rest of his life in Paris, where he painted, wrote, and was a conduit for a network of political refugees, artists, and thinkers, both Polish and not. Eric Karpeles, in Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Jozef Czapski, brings this remarkable figure to the page, and joins Lloyd-Jones and Irena Grudzińska-Gross to talk about the life, times, and work of Józef Czapski.
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Author Reading | The Colors of All the Cattle: A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Mystery


In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office—much to her dismay.
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Author Reading | Assassins Against the Old Order: Italian Anarchist Violence in Fin de Siècle Europe


The image of the anarchist assassin haunted the corridors of power and the popular imagination in the late nineteenth century. Fear spawned a gross but persistent stereotype: a swarthy "Italian" armed with a bloody knife or revolver and bred to violence by a combination of radical politics, madness, innate criminality, and poor genes. That Italian anarchists targeted--and even killed--high-profile figures added to their exaggerated, demonic image. Nunzio Pernicone and Fraser M. Ottanelli dig into the transnational experiences and the historical, social, cultural, and political conditions behind the phenomenon of anarchist violence in Italy. Looking at political assassinations in the 1890s, they illuminate the public effort to equate anarchy's goals with violent overthrow. Throughout, Pernicone and Ottanelli combine a cutting-edge synthesis of the intellectual origins, milieu, and nature of Italian anarchist violence with vivid portraits of its major players and their still-misunderstood movement.
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Author Reading | A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning


Cathy Curtis's biography of Elaine de Kooning portrays a woman whose intelligence, droll sense of humor, and generosity of spirit endeared her to friends and gave her a starring role in the close-knit world of New York artists. Her zest for adventure and freewheeling spending were as legendary as her ever-present cigarette. Flamboyant and witty in person, she was an incisive art writer who expressed maverick opinions in a deceptively casual style. As a painter, she melded Abstract Expressionism with a lifelong interest in bodily movement to capture subjects as diverse as President John F. Kennedy and bullfights. 
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Author Reading | Those Who Knew: Assaulted by a Powerful Man


The second novel by award-winning poet and translator Idra Novey is about a woman who watches with trepidation as the fellow student who assaulted her in college becomes an increasingly powerful senator.
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Author Reading | I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me


From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our “crown and glory.” Where does this notion fit for females with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness)? This new photography book by Alyscia Cunningham should bring light to the issue.
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Author Readings, November 10, 2018, 11/10/2018, I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me

Author Reading | The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife 1965-2005


Zachary Leader, in conversation with Martin Amis, on the second volume of Leader's two-volume biography of Bellow. When this volume begins, Bellow, at forty-nine, is at the pinnacle of American letters - rich, famous, critically acclaimed. The expected trajectory is one of decline: volume 1, rise; volume 2, fall. Bellow never fell, producing some of his greatest fiction (Mr Sammler's Planet, Humboldt's Gift, all his best stories), winning two more National Book Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize.
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Mon, Nov 12
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 12, 2018, 11/12/2018, The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife 1965-2005

Author Reading | This Splintered Silence: A Virus in Space


From Kayla Olson, the author of The Sandcastle Empire, comes a sci-fi thriller that’s equal parts Illuminae and One of Us Is Lying. Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.
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Poetry Reading | Bring Your Own Poem


Bring a poem you love and one you've written to the library for a workshop. Discuss each other's poems and suggest ways to make them more poetic.
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Author Reading | The Truth Shall Set Your Wallet Free: Myths That Hold People Back


Nicholas Stuller's The Truth Shall Set Your Wallet Free is aimed at debunking the myths that prevent people from achieving their wealth goals. And the first myth that needs to be bashed is that financial advisors are only for the very rich. In fact, there are more financial advisors who cater to modest-income Americans than those who cater to the rich. There will be a talk followed by a signing. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | Bing Crosby Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946 -- With His Son, Harry Crosby


Biographer Gary Giddins in conversation with Bing’s son Harry Crosby. In the much-anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed first volume, A Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903-1940, Giddins focuses on Crosby’s most memorable period, as his skyrocketing career reshaped American popular music and cinema. A renowned music journalist and cultural critic, Giddins is the author of Jazz, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, among many books.  
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Tue, Nov 13
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Author Readings, November 13, 2018, 11/13/2018, Bing Crosby Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946 -- With His Son, Harry Crosby

Poetry Reading | Atmospheric Embroidery: From India to Sudan


At the heart of Meena Alexander’s eighth volume of poetry is the poem cycle "Indian Ocean Blues," a sustained meditation on the journey of the poet as a young child from India to Sudan..There are poems inspired by the drawings of children from war torn Darfur and others set in New York City in the present or in India — the suicide of a Dalit student, the gang rape of a young woman in Delhi. There are poems of love and poems of war.
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Author Reading | Site Planning: International Practice


Gary Hack has studied, taught, and practiced site planning for more than forty years in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. In 1984, and in many subsequent editions, he joined Kevin Lynch as co-author of the classic text book Site Planning. His new solo volume is a summary of a life’s work, and a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated state-of-the-art guide to the subject. It covers planning processes and standards, new technologies, sustainability, and cultural context, addressing the roles of all participants and stakeholders and offering extensive treatment of practices in rapidly urbanizing countries. Reservations are required, and priority is given to Members and Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST  to assure admittance to the event. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!
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Author Reading | Sketchtasy: Perils of Being Gay


Lambda Literary Award winner Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from and discusses her new novel. Set in Boston, Sketchtasy is an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-1990s, about Alexa, a resilient young queen who faces everday brutality with determined nonchalance.
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Author Reading | Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon


Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his “solo” turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. Reading like a jazz composition, the blend of research, anecdote, and a selection of Dexter’s personal letters reflects his colorful life and legendary times.
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Author Reading | The New Order: Stories About Changing American Culture


Karen Bender, National Book Award finalist for Refund, returns with a new collection of stories that boldly examines the changes in American culture over the last two years through the increasing presence of violence, bigotry, sexual harassment, and the emotional costs of living under constant threat. 
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Author Reading | We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival


Author Jabari Asim disrupts what Toni Morrison has exposed as the “Master Narrative” and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body.
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Author Reading | Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man


Author Michèle Gerber Klein discusses her new biography of revolutionary fashion designer Charles James. Klein tells the story of James’s life and career as seen through his own and other people’s eyes.
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Author Reading | Unhappy Silences: Activist Feelings, Feminist Thinking, Resisting Injustice


Reading from her new book, Berenice Malka Fisher shares her own and other women activists’ stories about both speaking out and remaining silent in numerous peace and justice movements from the 1950s to the present. Through analyzing these accounts with the help of many feminist authors, she shows how closer attention to the feelings contained in these silent moments can strengthen collective resistance.
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Poetry Reading | Mouthguard: Feminism, Music, Poetry


Sadie Dupuis, guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist of indie rock band Speedy Ortiz, returns with the release of her new poetry book. This book comes just six months after Speedy Ortiz's critically-acclaimed third album, Twerp Verse, which The New York Times called "the band's most accessible offering yet, with a slight pop gloss on top of the deadpan, grungy indie rock that defined their previous two albums."
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Author Reading | #FearlessWomen: Speculative Fiction Authors


Authors SL Huang (Zero Sum Game), K Arsenault Rivera (The Phoenix Empress), and Seth Dickinson (The Monster Baru Cormorant) talk about their work and characters, and a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.
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Author Readings, November 14, 2018, 11/14/2018, #FearlessWomen: Speculative Fiction Authors

Author Reading | The Mother of Black Hollywood: An Entertainer's Memoir


From her more than three hundred appearances for film and television, stage and cabaret, performing comedy or drama, as an unforgettable lead or a scene stealing supporting character, Jenifer Lewis has established herself as one of the most respected, admired, talented, and versatile entertainers working today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 14
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 14, 2018, 11/14/2018, The Mother of Black Hollywood: An Entertainer's Memoir

Author Reading | Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geoffroy, and the New Look


Design historian Maureen Footer and TV producer and award-winning author Marie-France Pochna will be discussing Footer’s latest book, the first in-depth account of the two Parisian interior designers associated with Christian Dior.
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Thu, Nov 15
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 15, 2018, 11/15/2018, Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geoffroy, and the New Look

Author Reading | Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War


Renowned cultural historian H. Bruce Franklin will discuss his new book, offering a unique firsthand look at the American Century’s darkest hours. Crash Course is essential reading for anyone who wonders how America ended up with a deeply divided and disillusioned populace, led by a dysfunctional government and mired in unwinnable wars.
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Thu, Nov 15
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 15, 2018, 11/15/2018, Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War

Author Reading | Buddhism for Western Children: Boy Escapes Subjugation


Set on the coast of Maine and in the high desert of New Mexico, Buddhism for Western Children is a universal and timeless story of a boy who must escape subjugation, tell his story, and reclaim his soul. With author Kirstin Allio.
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Thu, Nov 15
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 15, 2018, 11/15/2018, Buddhism for Western Children: Boy Escapes Subjugation

Author Reading | Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War


Martina Caruso of John Cabot University in Rome will discuss her recent book with David Forgacs, Contemporary Italian Studies, and Maria Antonella Pelizzari, History of Photography, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.
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Fri, Nov 16
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 16, 2018, 11/16/2018, Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War

Author Reading | Perfectionism and the Athlete’s Body in History


A reading and conversation about perfectionism and the female body with two debut novelists Jaclyn Gilbert and Jessie Chaffee. Jaclyn Gilbert’s debut Late Air interrogates the dangers of perfectionism in elite women’s distance running, while Jessie Chaffee’s novel Florence In Ecstasy looks at one woman’s search for herself in Florence after she joins a local rowing club, consumed by her quest for perfection through sport, and Florence’s own dangerous history of sainthood for women who starved themselves for God.
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Fri, Nov 16
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 16, 2018, 11/16/2018, Perfectionism and the Athlete’s Body in History

Author Reading | Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling


Mikhail Iossel discusses his new book which brings together his most trenchant and enduring political and cultural commentary since the 2016 US presidential election. From a youth spent in the USSR to a life remade in the USA, Iossel shares the brunt of this experience on Facebook, where thousands follow his blistering posts on Trump’s America and Putin’s Russia, and his pensive, eerily timely recollections of life under totalitarianism.
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Sat, Nov 17
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling

Author Reading | Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock


The uncensored and long-awaited life story of radio’s most notorious shock jock, Anthony Cumia.
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Mon, Nov 19
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 19, 2018, 11/19/2018, Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock

Poetry Reading | Poem Revision


Share your revised poems, discuss, and trace their journey from start to revision to finish.  
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Tue, Nov 20
4:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, November 20, 2018, 11/20/2018, Poem Revision

Poetry Reading | Captive: A Pioneering Feminist Figure


Forugh Farrokhzad's Captive is a contemporary English translation of the iconic Persian poet's first collection, published in 1955 in Tehran. Rhombus Press publisher Shahrzad Kamel and editor Ilka Scobie will provide a brief biography and an introduction and insights into this pioneering feminist figure, who helped spearhead the Iranian avant garde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 20
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, November 20, 2018, 11/20/2018, Captive: A Pioneering Feminist Figure

Author Reading | Lou Reed: A Life : a story of a legendary musician


As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. DeCurtis, who knew Reed and interviewed him extensively, tells the provocative story of his complex and chameleonic life. He tracks Reed's five-decade career through the accounts of those who knew him and through Reed's most revealing testimony, his music.  Gritty, intimate, and unflinching, Lou Reed: A Life is an illuminating tribute to one of the most incendiary artists of our time.
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Mon, Nov 26
5:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 26, 2018, 11/26/2018, Lou Reed: A Life : a story of a legendary musician

Author Reading | Will & Grace star Sean Hayes presents his children's book Plum


From Hayes and composer Scott Icenogle comes a modern classic inspired by The Nutcracker about how the Sugar Plum Fairy got her wings. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Mon, Nov 26
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 26, 2018, 11/26/2018, Will & Grace star Sean Hayes presents his children's book Plum

Author Reading | Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers presents his memoir Acid for the Children


Michael Peter Balzary, known professionally as Flea, is an Australian-American musician, singer and actor. He is best known as the bassist and founding member of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. He tells his story in this memoir. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Nov 27
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 27, 2018, 11/27/2018, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers presents his memoir Acid for the Children

Poetry Reading | Found Object Poetry


Experience writing poems in a new and exciting way. You'll find various objects set up in the library that will serve as the subjects of your amazing poetry that you'll write on the spot.
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Tue, Nov 27
4:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, November 27, 2018, 11/27/2018, Found Object Poetry

Author Reading | The Ha-Ha: a book about the cost of war and the infinite worth of human connection


Author Dave King will discuss his novel, The Ha-Ha. Rendered unable to speak, read, or write after a Vietnam War injury thirty years earlier, Howard Kapostash feels trapped by his disability until his high school sweetheart, recently forced into rehab, asks him to care for her nine-year-old son. The Ha-Ha follows Howard down his difficult path to a new life. It is a story about the cost of war and the infinite worth of human connection.
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Tue, Nov 27
5:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 27, 2018, 11/27/2018, The Ha-Ha: a book about the cost of war and the infinite worth of human connection

Author Reading | 3 writers read from their work


Anna Solomon is the author of the novels The Little Bride and Leaving Lucy Pear, named a must-read book of 2016 by Time, BookPage, and elsewhere, and co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers.   Alexandra Horowitz teaches in the departments of English and Psychology, where she also runs the Dog Cognition Lab. She is the author of three books of nonfiction, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (2013), and Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (2016); her fourth, tentatively entitled Our Dogs, Ourselves, is due to be published in 2019. Mary Beth Keane’s debut novel, The Walking People, received a PEN/Hemingway Award, and in 2011 she was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35.” Her second novel, Fever, was named one of the best books of 2013 by The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR Books, and Library Journal, and is now in development to be a mini-series with BBC America. She was a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction and her third novel, Ask Again Yes, is forthcoming in the spring of 2019.  
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Tue, Nov 27
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Author Readings, November 27, 2018, 11/27/2018, 3 writers read from their work

Author Reading | What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape: Spoken and Unspoken


Writing from the viewpoint of a survivor, writer, daughter, mother, counselor and activist, Sohaila Abdulali looks at what we – women, men, trans people, politicians, teachers, writers, sex workers, feminists, sages, mansplainers, victims and families – think about rape. She also explores what we don’t say.
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Tue, Nov 27
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Author Readings, November 27, 2018, 11/27/2018, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape: Spoken and Unspoken

Author Reading | The Global Pigeon: the city’s most global bird


The pigeon is the quintessential city bird. Domesticated thousands of years ago as a messenger and a source of food, its presence on our sidewalks is so common that people consider the bird a nuisance--if they notice it at all. Yet pigeons are also kept for pleasure, sport, and profit by people all over the world, from the "pigeon wars" waged by breeding enthusiasts in the skies over Brooklyn to the Million Dollar Pigeon Race held every year in South Africa. Professor and author Colin Jerolmack discusses the local aspects of the city’s most global bird.
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Wed, Nov 28
5:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 28, 2018, 11/28/2018, The Global Pigeon:  the city’s most global bird

Author Reading | Come With Me: Mind-Bending Silicon Valley Story


Helen Schulman talks about her new novel, a mind-bending story set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate.
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Wed, Nov 28
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Author Readings, November 28, 2018, 11/28/2018, Come With Me: Mind-Bending Silicon Valley Story

Poetry Reading | Poems inspired by art works


Professor Fragos will read a number of poems inspired by art works of all mediums and movements, accompanied by images of the works.  A few of the highlighted poems include "Archaic Torso of Apollo" by Rainier Maria Rilke, "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" by Adrienne Rich, "The Starry Night" by Anne Sexton, "The Dance" by William Carlos Williams, and more.
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Thu, Nov 29
5:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, November 29, 2018, 11/29/2018, Poems inspired by art works

Author Reading | Unseen: Unpublished Black History from The New York Times Photo Archives


Hundreds of stunning images from black history have long been buried in The New York Times archives, none of them published. When authors Darcy Eveleigh, Rachel L. Swarns, and colleagues discovered this treasure trove, they began exploring the history behind it and eventually created Unseen, a book of never-before published photographs.
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Thu, Nov 29
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 29, 2018, 11/29/2018, Unseen: Unpublished Black History from The New York Times Photo Archives

Author Reading | Tehran Children: On the Trail of WW2 Refugees in Central Asia and Iran


During the first months of WWII, over a million Polish citizens, Jews and Poles, escaped to the Soviet border. More than half were exiled by the Soviets in 1940, released in 1941, and spent the remainder of the war in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, with some continuing on to Iran, India, and Palestine. The majority of Polish Jews who survived Nazi extermination survived as refugees in these lands. Mikhal Dekel will outline some of their paths and talk about her forthcoming book. .
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Fri, Nov 30
10:30 am

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Author Readings, November 30, 2018, 11/30/2018, Tehran Children: On the Trail of WW2 Refugees in Central Asia and Iran

Open Mike | Poetry, short stories, songs and more


An evening of poetry, short stories, and songs in an Open Mic-setting.
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Sat, Dec 1
2:00 pm

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Open Mikes, December 01, 2018, 12/01/2018, Poetry, short stories, songs and more

Reading | First Mondays: Readings of New Works in Progress


First Mondays allows for a mutually beneficial exchange between authors and audiences. Tonight's event features Matt Brim and John Keene.
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Mon, Dec 3
6:30 pm

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Readings, December 03, 2018, 12/03/2018, First Mondays: Readings of New Works in Progress

Author Reading | Devil's Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery


Nicknamed “Satan’s Highway,” “The Mile of Hell,” and “The Street of Forgotten Men,” the Bowery was a synonym for despair throughout most of the 20th century. In Devil’s Mile, Alice Sparberg Alexiou traces the history of the thoroughfare to explain how it evolved from a street of high-end homes to an infamous stretch of flophouses and dive bars. From the origins of the “bouwerie” as a Lenape trail, to its deterioration, then ebirth in the 1990s, Alexiou bears witness as the old Bowery, and retrieves its disappearing memories.
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Tue, Dec 4
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, December 04, 2018, 12/04/2018, Devil's Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery
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Performance | A science show!

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Play | Parody of Golden Globe winning TV show

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