Dear Members and Friends of the New York Society Library,

Thank you for being a part of our community of readers and writers—seeing so many longtime members and new faces at virtual events and here in the building has meant the world to us as we faced the challenges of the past year.

As we launch our Spring Appeal, I hope that you will take a moment to watch a special message from celebrated authors and Library members Elizabeth Winthrop and Tim Gunn.
Membership dues cover only a quarter of our annual budget, and we rely on the generosity of our community to sustain our work. Thank you to those who have already made a donation this year.

It is crucial that all our members and friends who are in a position to do so make a gift in 2021. So please, donate if you can, renew your membership, and introduce a friend to your favorite place.

We look forward to seeing you soon at 53 East 79th Street!

With gratitude,
Carolyn Waters
Head Librarian
Black Literature Matters
open to the public in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery through May 1, 2022
In a consequential moment in American history, the New York Society Library presents a not-to-be-missed exhibition of its collection of books by African American, Caribbean, and African writers. The Library showcases our remarkable holdings of books by Black writers dating from the late eighteenth century to the present day.

Capturing Place in Fiction, with Claire Jimenez

Tuesdays May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, 3:00 PM
online | open to the public | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
In this workshop, we will explore how to animate setting and build a strong sense of place in fiction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, how have stay-at-home orders made us think about the influence of place on our own psychic spaces? In this four-week workshop, you will also have the opportunity to write and share your own fiction during class.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the first date.
Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds: A Novel, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer

Thursday, June 3, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. In this special event, Ms. Quade talks about The Five Wounds and the art of fiction writing with award-winning novelist Meg Wolitzer.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
Coming Up on the Calendar
The 2020-2021 New York City Book Awards are generously underwritten by Ellen M. Iseman.

The Black Literature Matters exhibition and 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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The Library will be closed Saturday, May 29, Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day weekend.