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NEXT WEEK: New angles on an American classic: Salamishah Tillet, In Search of the Color Purple!

Our third Black Literature Matters event takes place March 25, and the exhibition of the same name opens in April. In the meantime, we're proud to introduce a new online resource: find videos and further reading now, and keep an eye out for more to come.

Children's Librarian Susan Vincent Molinaro introduces the best children's/young adult books of 2020, as declared by the American Library Association.

If this week put you in the mood for Commanders-in-Chief, here's a round-up of our U.S. president-related articles: their reading, their pets...and of course George Washington's overdue books.

See our gorgeous exhibition The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings before it closes April 3. Open to the public in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery.

Three more great food memoirs to be discussed with award-winning author Claire Jimenez - next session February 27.

For kids in grades 3-12: Our Young Writers Awards are accepting submissions through April 6!
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It's February, the month of Valentine's Day and Library Lovers' Day, so we're asking who in literature you love...to hate. FAVORITE BOOK VILLAIN: GO.
THE WRITING LIFE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursdays February 18, March 4, 3:00 PM
online | open to the public; free for members | registration required

It's an unusual season. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together. This popular workshop continues alternate Thursdays through the winter.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the next date.
LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Russell Shorto
Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob

Thursday, February 18, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
Family secrets emerge as the bestselling author of The Island at the Center of the World dives into the history of the mob in small-town America.

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LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Salamishah Tillet
In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece

Wednesday, February 24, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
Mixing cultural criticism, literary history, biography, and memoir, an exploration of Alice Walker’s critically acclaimed and controversial novel The Color Purple.

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LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Ian W. Toll
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945

Thursday, March 4, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, “one of the great storytellers of War” (Evan Thomas). Drawing from a wealth of rich archival sources and new material, Twilight of the Gods casts a penetrating light on the battles, grand strategic decisions and naval logistics that enabled the Allied victory in the Pacific.

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LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Janice P. Nimura,
The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
This richly researched new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women in medicine. "Nimura casts a thoughtful and revelatory new light onto women’s and medical history." (Publishers Weekly).

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NEW! LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Victoria Shorr, The Plum Trees

Monday, March 15, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
From the author of Midnight, a poignant tale about one woman’s quest to recover her family’s history, and a story of loss and survival during the Holocaust.

This event is co-sponsored by the Corner Bookstore.

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NEW! SPECIAL EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Black Literature Matters: 1900-1959

Thursday, March 25, 6:00 PM
online | free of charge | registration required
 
Black Literature Matters celebrates Black writers in four extraordinary evenings. This third event of the series features writers from 1900 through 1959 including James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anna Julia Cooper, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston (shown here), LeRoi Jones, Paule Marshall, and Richard Wright. Head Librarian Carolyn Waters and Columbia University's Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin introduce the writers, their worlds, and the impact they had on readers of their time, with samples of their own speech and dramatic readings by actors Shontelle Thrash and Geoffrey D. Williams.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
PLUS
Black Literature Matters events are presented with generous support from the Florence Gould Foundation.

The Writing Life events in 2021 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.
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