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New York Public Library (Main Branch)

42nd Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018-3902

previous events

  • Laurie Anderson

    To close the season, Paul Holdengräber welcomes creative powerhouse Laurie Anderson to discuss her work, her inspiration, and what’s next. LAURIE ANDERSON is one of America’s most renowned - and daring - creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of…

    To close the season, Paul Holdengräber welcomes creative powerhouse Laurie Anderson to discuss her work, her inspiration, and what’s next. LAURIE ANDERSON is one of America’s most renowned - and daring - creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Walter Mosley

    Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has found a new passion: penning mystery novels. He joins his hero, author Walter Mosley, for a conversation about the art of writing mystery. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also one of a handful of…

    Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has found a new passion: penning mystery novels. He joins his hero, author Walter Mosley, for a conversation about the art of writing mystery. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also one of a handful of influential and respected black men in America who has a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post

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  • Svetlana Alexievich | Katherine Boo

    Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, is joined by non-fiction writer Katherine Boo in conversation to celebrate the English publication of Alexievich's book Secondhand Time: An Oral History of the Fall of the Soviet Union. SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH was born in Ivano-Frankovsk,…

    Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, is joined by non-fiction writer Katherine Boo in conversation to celebrate the English publication of Alexievich's book Secondhand Time: An Oral History of the Fall of the Soviet Union. SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH was born in Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine in 1948 and has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe.

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  • Liz Deschenes | Liz Deschenes, Eva Respini, Lynne Tillman | An Art Book Series Event

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. On the occasion of the publication of Liz Deschenes, the artist discusses her work with Eva Respini, curator of Deschenes’s exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opening in summer 2016. The writer and contributor Lynne Tillman does a reading…

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. On the occasion of the publication of Liz Deschenes, the artist discusses her work with Eva Respini, curator of Deschenes’s exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opening in summer 2016. The writer and contributor Lynne Tillman does a reading of her fiction piece included in the publication.

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  • William Finnegan

    William Finnegan comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. William Finnegan is the author of Barbarian Days, a New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Notable Book, Cold New World, A Complicated War, Dateline Soweto, and Crossing the Line. He…

    William Finnegan comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. William Finnegan is the author of Barbarian Days, a New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Notable Book, Cold New World, A Complicated War, Dateline Soweto, and Crossing the Line. He has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist and has won numerous journalism awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards since 2009.

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  • Julian Barnes

    Julian Barnes focuses his literary talents on Dmitri Shostakovich in his latest novel The Noise of Time, creating a fictionalized account of the Russian composer's struggle between Soviet values and musical integrity. JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty previous books, for which he has received …

    Julian Barnes focuses his literary talents on Dmitri Shostakovich in his latest novel The Noise of Time, creating a fictionalized account of the Russian composer's struggle between Soviet values and musical integrity. JULIAN BARNES is the author of twenty previous books, for which he has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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  • One World Trade Center | Judith Dupré and special guests | Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how One WTC was planned, designed, built, and funded by those who were intimately involved in this controversial, unprecedented building project. Judith Dupré moderates what promises to be a lively discussion between…

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how One WTC was planned, designed, built, and funded by those who were intimately involved in this controversial, unprecedented building project. Judith Dupré moderates what promises to be a lively discussion between architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; structural engineers WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff; master planner Studio Libeskind

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  • Leanne Shapton

    12 noon Leanne Shapton Leanne Shapton comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Swimming Studies. Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics…

    12 noon Leanne Shapton

    Leanne Shapton comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Swimming Studies. Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

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  • Anne Enright

    Anne Enright comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, The Green Road. Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. Her 2007 novel, The Gathering, won the Man Booker Prize, and her last …

    Anne Enright comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, The Green Road. Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. Her 2007 novel, The Gathering, won the Man Booker Prize, and her last novel, The Forgotten Waltz, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

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  • Siddhartha Mukherjee | David Remnick

    In his new book The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicles our understanding of human heredity and its influence on our personalities, fates, and choices. To launch his book, Mukherjee is joined by The New Yorker’s David Remnick for a conversation about medicine, writing, and …

    In his new book The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicles our understanding of human heredity and its influence on our personalities, fates, and choices. To launch his book, Mukherjee is joined by The New Yorker’s David Remnick for a conversation about medicine, writing, and personal narrative. SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE is a cancer physician and researcher. He is the author of The Gene, The Laws of Medicine, and The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

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  • American Rhapsody | Claudia Roth Pierpont, Jonathan Galassi | Art and Literature Series Event

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. A view of the Chrysler Building, June 17, 1930 , David Stravitz From the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture, and …

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. A view of the Chrysler Building, June 17, 1930 , David Stravitz From the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture, and raises fascinating questions all along the way. Was Orson Welles the twentieth century’s greatest interpreter of Shakespeare? What inspired the Chrysler Building’s glorious crown?

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  • Lenox and Astor Reading Group with Rivka Galchen

    We're thrilled to welcome acclaimed writer Rivka Galchen for our spring Lenox and Astor Reading Group, where she will lead a discussion on Doris Lessing's "The Fifth Child." Ms. Galchen is the author of "Atmospheric Disturbances" and "American Innovations," and has been named a finalist for the …

    We're thrilled to welcome acclaimed writer Rivka Galchen for our spring Lenox and Astor Reading Group, where she will lead a discussion on Doris Lessing's "The Fifth Child." Ms. Galchen is the author of "Atmospheric Disturbances" and "American Innovations," and has been named a finalist for the Canadian Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the Young Lions Fiction Award. She is a contributing editor at Harper's and has taught creative writing at Columbia.

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  • Geoff Dyer

    Geoff Dyer comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, White Sands. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book…

    Geoff Dyer comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, White Sands. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and, in 2015, the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction.

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  • Sarah Sze

    LIVE welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Sze, whose signature visual language challenges the static nature of sculpture and, in doing so, questions the value society places on objects. She comes to the Library on the occasion of the publication of her first substantial monograph, titled…

    LIVE welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Sze, whose signature visual language challenges the static nature of sculpture and, in doing so, questions the value society places on objects. She comes to the Library on the occasion of the publication of her first substantial monograph, titled Sarah Sze. Widely recognized for challenging the boundaries of painting, installation and architecture, SARAH SZE’s sculptural practice ranges from slight gestures discovered in hidden spaces...

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  • Bruce Davidson

    For over half a century, Bruce Davidson has documented the landscape of human life through the lens of his camera. He comes to LIVE in celebration of the publication of Bruce Davidson: Magnum Legacy, the authoritative text on his career, vision, and influence, written by photography critic Vicki …

    For over half a century, Bruce Davidson has documented the landscape of human life through the lens of his camera. He comes to LIVE in celebration of the publication of Bruce Davidson: Magnum Legacy, the authoritative text on his career, vision, and influence, written by photography critic Vicki Goldberg. BRUCE DAVIDSON began his love affair with photography at age ten. His camera released him from the boundaries of his youth and opened the doors to a lifetime’s work.

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  • Jane Mendelsohn

    Jane Mendelsohn comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Burning Down the House. Jane Mendelsohn is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of three previous novels, including the New York Times best seller I Was Amelia Earhart. She lives in New York City. Make the most of your …

    Jane Mendelsohn comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Burning Down the House. Jane Mendelsohn is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of three previous novels, including the New York Times best seller I Was Amelia Earhart. She lives in New York City. Make the most of your lunch hour and come to The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Wednesdays for Books at Noon.

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  • Seymour Hersh

    Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has been at the fore of many of this country’s most important investigative stories. His controversial exposé, The Killing of Osama bin Laden, challenged the official American narrative about the assassination. In a new book of the same title, Hersh pushes …

    Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has been at the fore of many of this country’s most important investigative stories. His controversial exposé, The Killing of Osama bin Laden, challenged the official American narrative about the assassination. In a new book of the same title, Hersh pushes his investigation further, and he comes to LIVE to discuss backlash and backstory.

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