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81 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!

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Lament From Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which follows a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. As author Christopher  King hunts for traces of two long-lost virtuosos—one of whom may have committed a murder—he tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and whose descendants continue the tradition today. His journey becomes an investigation into song and dance’s role as a means of spiritual healing—and what this may reveal about music’s original purpose.  Christopher King comes to the Library to discuss his research and share stories and songs of the Epirotic folk music tradition. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 18
6:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, June 18, 2018, 06/18/2018, A Journey into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music

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Blending memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reporting, Leslie Jamison upends the traditional addiction narrative. In addition to her own struggle, she reflects on creative geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and dependence, drawing connections between intoxication and creation. In a similar way, the disappearance of a small island motel owner sends Cutter Wood careening head first into a murder investigation and interviews of people within its radius. Going beyond the basic facts of the case allows for a meditation on the ways in which we hurt the ones we love. Jamison is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, and the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams and the novel The Gin Closet. Wood completed an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa in 2010 and his essays have appeared in Harper’s and other magazines. The two will discuss The Recovering and their respective works on toxicity and desire. Registration does not guarantee admission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 18
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, June 18, 2018, 06/18/2018, The Recovering: stories of addiction and recovery, desire and destruction

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Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 18
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 18, 2018, 06/18/2018, Why 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today

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The weather is finally warm and beautiful! Why not enjoy a nice book in a beautiful courtyard. *Space is limited! To ensure everyone has a chance to read in the courtyard, sessions will be 1 hour long. If no one is waiting, you may be granted extra time.
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Tue, Jun 19
12:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 19, 2018, 06/19/2018, Garden Reading

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Featuring the poets: Myra Shapiro Brad Davis Ellen Rachlin Marjory Wentworth Amir Or
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 19
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, June 19, 2018, 06/19/2018, The Poets of Antrim House Books

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A sweet collection of comics by Catana Chetwynd about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 19
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 19, 2018, 06/19/2018, Little Moments of Love: Sweet Comics About Relationships

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Author Mona Hanna-Attisha tells the dramatic story of the Flint water crisis—the signature environmental disaster of our time—and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 19
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 19, 2018, 06/19/2018, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

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Author Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee. In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America--filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi--did not come easily. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life. Abdi Nor Iftin currently lives in Portland, Maine, where he works as an interpreter for Somalis who have immigrated to the state. Abdi was accepted to the University of Southern Maine, where he will be studying political science.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 19
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 19, 2018, 06/19/2018, Call Me American: From Somalia to America

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The weather is finally warm and beautiful! Why not enjoy a nice book in a beautiful courtyard. *Space is limited! To ensure everyone has a chance to read in the courtyard, sessions will be 1 hour long. If no one is waiting, you may be granted extra time.
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Wed, Jun 20
3:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Garden Reading

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Despite fifty years of LGBTQ progress, activists' more radical goals may have fallen by the wayside. A renowned historian and activist of the American left and LGBTQ movements, Martin Duberman recounts the progressive vision for society as a whole and critiques the left's failure to embrace the queer potential for social transformation. Not without hope, Duberman's history lesson can shine a light towards a truly inclusive and expansive society.   Duberman will be joined in conversation by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Humanities and LGBT Collections. Registration does not guarantee admission. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. The Program Room opens at 6 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Famous historian asks: Has The Gay Movement Failed?

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From two students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School comes a declaration for our times, and an in-depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement that arose after the Parkland, Florida, shooting. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Jun 20
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Parkland shooting survivors David and Lauren Hogg discuss their book #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line

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In her first story collection since Love in Infant Monkeys, Lydia Millet explores what it means to be home. Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web of stories connecting fractured communities and families. She moves through the houses of L.A.'s wealthy elite and finds men and women both crass and tender, vicious and desperate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
7:00 pm

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Book Signings, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Fight No More: Stories on the Meaning of Home

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This book co-authored by Rob Biederman, co-founder and CEO of Catalant Technologies, is the business leader's guide to surviving—and thriving—in the new on-demand economy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Jun 21
12:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce

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Poets from Mexico and Dominican Republic come together to talk about books.
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Thu, Jun 21
5:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, Book Talk & Poetry Reading About Domestic Violence

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Grammy Award winning contributing editor for Rolling Stone Anthony DeCurtis (who knew and interviewed Reed extensively) tells the story of Lou Reed’s life in an illuminating tribute to one of the most incendiary artists of our time. DeCurtis tracks Reed's progress through the accounts of those who knew him and through Reed's most revealing testimony, his music, as well as his relationships with such legendary figures as Andy Warhol, David Bowie, and Laurie Anderson. Lou Reed was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground, with a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground achieved little commercial success during their existence, but are now regarded as one of the most influential bands in rock, underground, and alternative music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Jun 21
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, Grammy-winning Rolling Stone writer talks about Lou Reed’s life

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Author Emmanuelle de Villepin as she discusses her latest novel. In The Devil’s Reward, three generations of women untangle a complex family history that spans both world wars and reveals unexpected insights about marriage and fidelity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 21
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, The Devil’s Reward: A Novel About Family Secrets

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With the psychological tension of Patricia Highsmith and the emotional complexity of Ian McEwan, Evgenia Citkowitz's The Shades tackles the question of how we come to terms with death, and how after a catastrophe we can linger in an in-between state, living but barely alive.
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Thu, Jun 21
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, The Shades: After the Death of a Child

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The weather is finally warm and beautiful! Why not enjoy a nice book in a beautiful courtyard. *Space is limited! To ensure everyone has a chance to read in the courtyard, sessions will be 1 hour long. If no one is waiting, you may be granted extra time.
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Sat, Jun 23
11:00 am

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Readings, June 23, 2018, 06/23/2018, Garden Reading

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Thaddeus Rutkowski introduces his first full-length collection of poetry. The “crossings” of the title are both geographical and psychological. In some of the poems, the speaker travels from one country to another. In others, he moves from one state of mind to another. His topics are his rural childhood and Asian heritage, his adult life in New York City, and his relation (throughout his journeys) to people, animals and nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jun 24
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, June 24, 2018, 06/24/2018, Border Crossings: A Debut Poetry Collection

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For ten years, author Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis's side--first as an employee, and then as her closest friend--and in Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star's harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear.
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Mon, Jun 25
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, June 25, 2018, 06/25/2018, Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis

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Readers: Jill Hoffman, Philip Schultz, Erica Jong, and Jennifer Belle.       
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 25
7:00 pm

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Readings, June 25, 2018, 06/25/2018, Mudfish 20 Reading

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The weather is finally warm and beautiful! Why not enjoy a nice book in a beautiful courtyard. *Space is limited! To ensure everyone has a chance to read in the courtyard, sessions will be 1 hour long. If no one is waiting, you may be granted extra time.
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Tue, Jun 26
12:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 26, 2018, 06/26/2018, Garden Reading

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Featuring the poets: Anastacia-Reneé Pamela Sneed Sherese Francis Patricia Spears Jones
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Tue, Jun 26
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, June 26, 2018, 06/26/2018, Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon

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Written by Deborah Reber, a mother in the midst of an eye-opening journey with her son who is twice exceptional (he has ADHD, Asperger’s, and is highly gifted), Differently Wired is a how-to, a manifesto, a book of wise advice, and the best kind of been-there, done-that companion.
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Tue, Jun 26
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 26, 2018, 06/26/2018, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

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Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of many middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children. She shows how our country has failed its families. Powerfully argued, deeply reported, and ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Jun 26
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 26, 2018, 06/26/2018, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America

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In the riveting new novel from the #1 bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Jun 26
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 26, 2018, 06/26/2018, Bestselling author Emily Giffin discusses her novel All We Ever Wanted

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Six of the talented authors featured in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, an anthology of Asian myth and legend retellings, will read.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 26
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 26, 2018, 06/26/2018, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: Asian Myth and Legend Retellings

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The weather is finally warm and beautiful! Why not enjoy a nice book in a beautiful courtyard. *Space is limited! To ensure everyone has a chance to read in the courtyard, sessions will be 1 hour long. If no one is waiting, you may be granted extra time.
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Wed, Jun 27
3:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, Garden Reading

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An evening of original poems by Natalie H. Rogers with a short film by Tova Beck–Friedman. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with audience about the Loss of Youth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, My youngness gone? followed by a short film and discussion

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Here is New York, in charming and funny graphic streetscapes as seen in The New Yorker and Harper's.  Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist, amateur historian, and part time urban explorer/photographer whose new book Tenements, Towers, and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City documents the side streets and store fronts you won't see from the top of a tour bus: Ray's Pizza, trash treasure, illicit pinball, and more. Wertz will be joined in conversation with Roz Chast, the New Yorker cartoonist and author of Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York. Doors open at 6 PM. Registration does not guarantee admission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, Tenements, Towers, and Trash: An illustrated look at NYC with the New Yorker cartoonist

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Journalist and best-selling author turns to the past in an effort to understand the troubled present—and discovers the people who are quietly struggling to create a brighter future. Over the past half century, argues Steven Brill, values at the heart of American democracy have transformed themselves from national strengths into forces powering our decline. Major American institutions don’t deliver as they should; rifts between the vulnerable majority and the protected few grow wider; and principles such as meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and the rule of law are weaponized against the people they were intended to serve. In his new book, Tailspin, Brill asks how we ended up this way, finding answers in an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. But among it all, there are people fighting for change, those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. Brill will discuss this and more with civic leader and author, Philip Howard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, America in Tailspin: award-winning journalist and best-selling author discuss problems of the present day

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In the midst of current debates about the accessibility of public spaces, resurfacing as a result of highly visible demonstrations and occupations, this book illuminates an overlooked domain of civic participation: the office, workshop, or building where activist groups meet to organize and plan acts of political dissent and collective participation. Author Nandini Bagchee examines three re-purposed buildings on the Lower East Side that have been used by activists to launch actions over the past forty years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, Counter Institution: Buildings Where Activists Meet

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“Mom knows.” A simple text that would change two twin brothers’ lives forever. Coming out is hard. The struggle is ongoing, a daily part of life whether to a new friend, a co-worker, or most importantly yourself. Pray the Gay Away chronicles Michael and Zach Zakar as they face awkward sexual encounters, drug-fueled escapades, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom, a woman who not only gave birth to what she calls one regret – but two. The memoir hilariously and poignantly explores what it’s like growing up as gay, Iraqi twins in modern America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, Pray the Gay Away: A Memoir of Coming Out

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The community is joining together in a mission of inspiration and exchange! On one special evening, you’ll have an opportunity to express your ideas and insights for the future, and share your messages of light and hope. Perform a monologue, recite a poem, sing a song, share an insight, express your heart-felt opinions – – or if you’d like, simply listen and reflect. Be part of a democratic process of individuals coming together to discuss and implement our very best ideas in our communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
8:00 pm

Free
Open Mikes, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, Open Mic Night of Theatre, Songs, Ideas and Current Events

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This richly illustrated biography by NYU's Richard Sylla portrays Alexander Hamilton’s fascinating life alongside his key contributions to American history, including his unsung role as an early abolitionist. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 28
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, June 28, 2018, 06/28/2018, Alexander Hamilton: The Illustrated Biography

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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. All literary enthusiasts are welcome. 
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Thu, Jun 28
1:00 pm

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Readings, June 28, 2018, 06/28/2018, Literature Workshop

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A reading and discussion featuring contributors to the anthology Who Will Speak for America?, including Melissa Febos, Lynn Melnick, Nathaniel Popkin, Stephanie Feldman, Cynthia Oka, and Bassey Ikpi. The editors and contributors are passionate and justifiably angry voices providing a literary response to today’s political crisis.
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Thu, Jun 28
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, June 28, 2018, 06/28/2018, Who Will Speak for America?: A Literary Response to Our Current Situation

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The weather is finally warm and beautiful! Why not enjoy a nice book in a beautiful courtyard. *Space is limited! To ensure everyone has a chance to read in the courtyard, sessions will be 1 hour long. If no one is waiting, you may be granted extra time.
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Sat, Jun 30
11:00 am

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Readings, June 30, 2018, 06/30/2018, Garden Reading

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Ruth Danon will read from her just-released collection. Natania Rosenfeld will read from her May, 2018 e-chapbook She and I and from her 2015 poetry collection Wild Domestic. After the reading the poets will engage in a conversation about their work and the challenges of writing during this particular historical moment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 30
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, June 30, 2018, 06/30/2018, Word Has It: Writing in and against the Present Moment

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Author Thomas Doherty takes us behind the scenes at the first full-on media-political spectacle of the postwar era, a courtroom drama starring glamorous actors, colorful moguls, on-the-make congressmen, high-priced lawyers, single-minded investigators, and recalcitrant screenwriters, all recorded by newsreel cameras and broadcast over radio. Doherty explores the deep background to the hearings and details the theatrical elements of a proceeding that bridged the realms of entertainment and politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 2
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 02, 2018, 07/02/2018, Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC , and the Birth of the Blacklist

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An evening of poetry, short stories, and songs in an Open Mic-setting. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 7
2:00 pm

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Open Mikes, July 07, 2018, 07/07/2018, Poetry, short stories, songs and more

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Poets reading their favorite poems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 7
3:00 pm

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Open Mikes, July 07, 2018, 07/07/2018, Poetry reading

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Author Dennis Lim’s remarkably smart and concise book proposes several lenses through which to view the filmmaker and his work: through the age-old mysteries of the uncanny and the sublime, through the creative energies of surrealism and postmodernism, through ideas of America and theories of good and evil. Lynch himself often warns against overinterpretation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 9
12:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, July 09, 2018, 07/09/2018, David Lynch: The Man from Another Place

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Featuring the poets: Donald Revell Shara McCallum Jill McDonough Alessandra Lynch
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Tue, Jul 10
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, July 10, 2018, 07/10/2018, The Poets of Alice James Books

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At the end of World War II, the British empire was crumbling  just as Stalin's was beginning to rise. The U.S. government and secretary of state George C. Marshall planned the reconstruction of western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. The subsequent creation of NATO, the European Union, and a collective Western identity continues to shape world events. But Stalin was determined to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe. The critical years from 1947 to 1949 witnessed the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In The Marshall Plan, Benn Steil provides critical context of the international landscape, showing that the tenuous balance of power and uncertainty of the late 1940s still has ramifications today. Benn Steil is the senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He will be joined in conversation by NYU professor Timothy Naftali, who specializes in national security and presidential history.
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Wed, Jul 11
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 11, 2018, 07/11/2018, The Marshall Plan: The dawn of the Cold War and the reverberations that can still be felt today

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1968 was an unprecedented year in terms of upheaval on numerous scales: political, military, economic, social, cultural. In the United States, perhaps no one was more undone by the events of 1968 than President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Author Kyle Longley leads his readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of what Johnson characterized as the "year of a continuous nightmare."
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Jul 11
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, July 11, 2018, 07/11/2018, LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval

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Bronx-based author Alcy Leyva is celebrating the release of his debut novel. Set in Queens, Amanda Grey rents a room to demon she goes from a woman battling her personal demons to being responsible for recapturing the Shades from Hell she’s unleashed on the city. She manages to survive with the help of an antisocial seraphim who resides in an upstairs apartment and her new demon roommate, who is plotting to enslave mankind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 11
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 11, 2018, 07/11/2018, And Then There Were Crows: Demons in Queens

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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. All literary enthusiasts are welcome.
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Thu, Jul 12
1:00 pm

Free
Readings, July 12, 2018, 07/12/2018, Literature Workshop

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Come and share a book you loved reading or a book you plan to read. What to expect at an Open Book Hour book social: - Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.).  - Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. - No negative criticism please. - Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. The theme is Beach Reads! What’s your perfect beach book? Do you prefer something light and humorous or do you like to tackle weightier works as you relax in the sun? Is summer vacation time for the latest big book or something you’ve always meant to read? Sign up for booktalking slots begins at 1:45 PM.
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Fri, Jul 13
2:00 pm

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Readings, July 13, 2018, 07/13/2018, Share A Book You Loved

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This book brings Italian film studies into dialogue with fields outside its usual purview by showing how films can contribute to our understanding of aesthetic questions that stretch back to Homer. Author Joseph Luzzi considers the relation between film and literature, especially the cinematic adaptation of literary sources and, more generally, the fields of rhetoric, media studies, and modern Italian culture.
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Mon, Jul 16
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 16, 2018, 07/16/2018, A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film

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Edmund White made his name through his writing but remembers his life through the books he has read. Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White’s life and work. His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world’s best-loved cultural figures.
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Mon, Jul 16
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 16, 2018, 07/16/2018, The Unpunished Vice: A Life Well Read

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Featuring the poets: Sharon Dolin Terrance Hayes Rickey Laurentiis Tommy Pico
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Tue, Jul 17
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, July 17, 2018, 07/17/2018, Poetry in the Park

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Journalist and activist Onnesha Roychoudhuri reads from her book and discusses the true power behind minority-led activism and intersectionality today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 17
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 17, 2018, 07/17/2018, The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America

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Ken Brown discusses his book, U-boat assault on America : why the US was unprepared for war in the Atlantic. The "Second Happy Time" was the informal name given to the phase of the battle of the Atlantic when German U-boats attacked both merchant and U.S. naval vessels along America's east coast. With tankers burning and petrol rationing in New York City, the U.S. Navy seemed powerless to stop the deprivations of Hitler's marauding U-boats. In this book, Ken Brown seeks to explain how the United States responded to these deadly assaults and looks at the steps that the Navy Department took to train the men, harness the scientists, and make the organizational changes that were required to defeat the German threat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 18
5:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 18, 2018, 07/18/2018, U-boat assault on America : why the US was unprepared for war in the Atlantic?

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In It’s Not Always Depression, psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel provides readers with new tools to identify feelings and inhibitions that prevent us from accessing our true selves. The concepts in the book help readers move toward a state where we are calm, curious, connected, compassionate, confident, courageous, and clear. Through compelling case studies of working the Change Triangle with her own patients, Hendel explains how to apply these principles in everyday life. Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, will be joined in conversation by Diana Fosha, PhD, the innovator of AEDP and author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 18
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 18, 2018, 07/18/2018, It's Not Always Depression: a new psychological technique for moving towards emotional equilibrium

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Author Joyce Lee Malcolm presents this vivid and timely re-examination of one of young America’s most complicated figures: the war hero turned infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold.  Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) was an early American hero of the Revolutionary War (1775-83) who later became one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history after he switched sides and fought for the British. At the outbreak of the war, Arnold participated in the capture of the British garrison of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. In 1776, he hindered a British invasion of New York at the Battle of Lake Champlain. The following year, he played a crucial role in bringing about the surrender of British General John Burgoyne’s (1722-92) army at Saratoga. Yet Arnold never received the recognition he thought he deserved. In 1779, he entered into secret negotiations with the British, agreeing to turn over the U.S. post at West Point in return for money and a command in the British army. The plot was discovered, but Arnold escaped to British lines. His name has since become synonymous with the word “traitor.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 18
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 18, 2018, 07/18/2018, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life

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On a summer day in New York Jonathan Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had—writing, social engagements, and working on his art—but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, or to himself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 18
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 18, 2018, 07/18/2018, The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir of Grief

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David Moore's book focuses on the story of three women–Nancy Sandberg, Dudley Dudley and Phyllis Bennett–who fought against Aristotle Onassis's plan to build an oil refinery in the town of Durham. Small Town, Big Oil is the story of how the residents of Durham, led by these three women, out-organized, out-witted, and out-maneuvered the governor, the media, and the Onassis cartel to hand the powerful Greek billionaire the most humiliating defeat of his business career, and spare the New Hampshire seacoast from becoming an industrial wasteland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 19
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 19, 2018, 07/19/2018, Small Town, Big Oil: How 3 Women of Saved New Hampshire from Turning into an Oil Refinery

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In 2014, author Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer. She served her time at the tail end of a 414-day relapse into alcohol addiction after more than a decade of sobriety. During that year and seven weeks, she was in what she describes as a “chronic state of blackout.” She found herself completely alone in the mental illness that accompanies alcoholism…until Lynwood jail. Known for people doing the hardest time anyone will ever do in the state of California, it was here in this brutal place that she began a path toward restoration. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 19
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 19, 2018, 07/19/2018, The Lost Chapters: Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time

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Breanne Fahs will read from her new book, followed by a discussion of radical feminist tactics and activism and its utility for today’s political climate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jul 22
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 22, 2018, 07/22/2018, Firebrand Feminism: The Radical Lives of Ti-Grace Atkinson, Kathie Sarachild, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Dana Densmore

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Author Lou Sabini points his comprehensive spotlight on the often forgotten yet always fascinating films that dared depict violence, drugs, and sex with a sinful flair. 107 films profiled. Illustrated with 178 rare photographs and memorabilia from the world’s archives. Complete casts, credits, production history, and biographical profiles of the stars, director, writers, and cameramen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 23
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 23, 2018, 07/23/2018, Sex in the Cinema: The ‘Pre-Code’ Years (1929-1934)

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Featuring the poets: Alicia Ostriker Grace Schulman Amber West Nancy White
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 24
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, July 24, 2018, 07/24/2018, The Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press

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Johanna Baldwin discusses her debut novel, All (Wo)men Desire to Know, an emotional and spiritual journey of love and loss that takes a woman to the mysterious world of the Ancient Greek Philosophers. Baldwin’s courageous heroine can’t move on after the death of the love of her life. She’s plagued by one burning question: Will I ever see him again? She doesn’t go to the ends of the earth for her answer, instead she goes to the beginnings, back to Ancient Greece where the greatest philosophers of all time teach her their metaphysical practices so she can find her true answer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 25
5:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 25, 2018, 07/25/2018, All (Wo)men Desire to Know: mysterious world of the Ancient Greek Philosophers

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Poetry by Nicole Cooley, Ruth Danon, Gerry LaFemina, Eva Salzman, Sean Singer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 25
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, July 25, 2018, 07/25/2018, An evening of poetry and music

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Eugenia Bone went back to school in middle age to find out all she could about microbes—those organisms that can only be observed under a microscope. Attending Columbia University to study Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology she learned that the field is simply teeming with them. In her new book, Microbia, Bone provides a broad but accessible overview of the role microbes play, and underscores their importance to the existence of everything on earth: atmosphere, soil, plants, and people. Bone will be joined in conversation by Julie Wolf, Communications Specialist at American Society for Microbiology Science, followed by a Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 25
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 25, 2018, 07/25/2018, Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You

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New York Times bestselling historian J. D. Dickey sheds new light on Sherman’s epic “March to the Sea,” especially the soldiers, doctors, nurses, and civilians who would change the nation for the better.  Sherman's March to the Sea (also known as the Savannah Campaign) was a military campaign of the American Civil War conducted through Georgia from November 15 until December 21, 1864, by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army. America in the antebellum years was a deeply troubled country, divided by partisan gridlock and ideological warfare, angry voices in the streets and the statehouses, furious clashes over race and immigration, and a growing chasm between immense wealth and desperate poverty. (Sounds familiar?) The Civil War that followed brought America to the brink of self-destruction. But it also created a new country from the ruins of the old one -- bolder and stronger than ever.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 25
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, July 25, 2018, 07/25/2018, Rising in Flames: Sherman’s March and the Fight for a New Nation

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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. All literary enthusiasts are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 26
1:00 pm

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Readings, July 26, 2018, 07/26/2018, Literature Workshop

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The world knows her as the First Lady of Television, but Lucille Ball's talent also shone brightly on the cinema screen in over eighty films spanning five decades, most from Hollywood's glamorous golden age of the 1930s and '40s. Lucy at the Movies by Cindy De La Hoz is a long overdue showcase for this area of the star's career, offering behind-the-scenes stories and essential information for every film in which she appeared.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 30
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, July 30, 2018, 07/30/2018, Lucy at the Movies: The Complete Films of Lucille Ball

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Established and emerging poets present summer evening readings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 31
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, July 31, 2018, 07/31/2018, Poetry in the Park

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Author John Shaw's monumental new history reveals how the transition of power from Eisenhower to Kennedy marked more than a succession of presidents―it was the culmination of a generational shift in American politics, policy and culture.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 1
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 01, 2018, 08/01/2018, Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Changed America

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Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life.
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Mon, Aug 6
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, August 06, 2018, 08/06/2018, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott discusses his bookBetter Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth

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Featuring the poets: Donna Masini Jill Bialosky Kimiko Hahn Tina Chang
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 7
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, August 07, 2018, 08/07/2018, The Poets of W.W. Norton Books

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In this sweeping new biography, Colin Calloway uses the prism of George Washington's life to bring focus to the great Native leaders of his time--Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Red Jacket, Little Turtle--and the tribes they represented: the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware; in the process, he returns them to their rightful place in the story of America's founding.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 8
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 08, 2018, 08/08/2018, The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

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Come and share a book you loved reading or a book you plan to read. What to expect at an Open Book Hour book social: - Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.).  - Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. - No negative criticism please. - Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. The theme is Literary Swindlers. From Dickens to detective novels, fiction is filled with swindlers—characters that lie, spin, or deceive to get ahead. Sign up for booktalking slots begins at 1:45 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Aug 10
2:00 pm

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Readings, August 10, 2018, 08/10/2018, Share A Book You Loved

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A groundbreaking investigation by author Paul Anderer into the early life of the iconic Akira Kurosawa in connection to his most famous film―taking us deeper into Kurosawa and his world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 13
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, August 13, 2018, 08/13/2018,  Kurosawa’s Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films

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Author Joel Richard Paul presents the remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 15
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 15, 2018, 08/15/2018, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

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In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 20
12:30 pm

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Author Readings, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

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In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower’s accomplishments were enormous, and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 22
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 22, 2018, 08/22/2018, The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

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Author Elaine Weiss presents the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history; the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 29
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 29, 2018, 08/29/2018, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

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Come and share a book you loved reading or a book you plan to read. What to expect at an Open Book Hour book social: - Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.).  - Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. - No negative criticism please. - Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. The theme is Bookish Best Friends. Frodo and Sam, Elena and Lila, Morrie and Mitch … From fictional BFFs to real life pals, we’d love to hear about best friends you’ve met in books. Sign up for booktalking slots begins at 1:45 PM.
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Fri, Sep 14
2:00 pm

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Readings, September 14, 2018, 09/14/2018, Share A Book You Loved

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On a bedrock of scholarly research, Caroline Weber weaves together the lives of Marcel Proust’s three muses for his character, the Duchess de Guermantes.  Weber’s new book is addictive reading for Proustians, who will discover surprises hidden inside the lives of these three singular women.  Lecture, followed by a book signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 10
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 10, 2018, 10/10/2018, Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris
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