This issue includes
What's New in Publishing | The Contemporary Art Market | All About the Dalai Lama
News and Links
Our gorgeous new exhibition The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings opened in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery on January 15. It's open to the public whenever the Library's open - come by!

The 18th Annual Young Writers Awards honor excellent writing by young members of the Library community. Young writers in grades 3 through 12 are invited to submit a short story, essay, or poem by Tuesday, March 31. For further details, see the competition guidelines.

Project Cicero is celebrating 20 years of book drives for underserved NYC schools! Books are collected at the Library February 27-March 5. Full details and the wish list here .
One-Question Survey
February is Black History Month, so we're looking for your favorite African American author.  ADD YOUR ANSWER HERE .
FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Member Orientations

Monday, February 3, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, February 12, 6:00 PM
Monday, March 2, 10:00 AM
Little Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in

It's your Library. Learn about all the ways to make use of our collections, building, and services in a friendly presentation/Q&A with a staff member. Sessions last 45-60 minutes.
MEET THE PUBLISHING PROS - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Mike Shatzkin
How Book Publishing Has Changed in the 21st Century

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM
Members' Room | $15 per person | registration required

In this occasional series, writers and patrons interested in the publishing world are invited to an insightful discussion with one of its stars. Here, a widely acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry shares cutting-edge insights and answers questions from writers and anyone interested in publishing.

READING GROUP - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Tea & Trollope with Blanche Siegal

Sundays February 9, March 15, April 19, 2:30 PM
Whitridge Room | by donation | registration required

Informal discussions of the works of the beloved Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and other master writers resume in February. Tea and light refreshments are served.

GALLERY TALKS - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Thursday, February 13, 2:00 PM
Tuesday, February 25, 11:00 AM
Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes. Learn more about the exhibition here .
CHILDREN'S EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Rebecca Behrens
Writing Famous and Fascinating Places

Thursday, February 13, 5:00 PM
Members' Room | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person | registration required

The author reads from her latest book, The Disaster Days, and leads a mini-workshop for young writers.


THIS EVENT IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY JEANETTE SARKISIAN WAGNER.
THE WRITING LIFE - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Prompt! with Carol Weston

Friday, February 14, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in

Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and advice columnist Carol Weston.


THE WRITING LIFE EVENTS IN 2020 ARE GENEROUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY JENNY LAWRENCE.
SOCIAL EVENT - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30-6:30 PM
Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in

Join your fellow members for an informal hour of wine and light refreshments.
LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Michael Shnayerson
Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 PM
Members' Room | $15 per person | registration required

The meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world - for contemporary art - is driven by a few passionate, guileful, and very hard-nosed dealers, who can make and break careers and fortunes.

SEMINAR - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Erwin Flaxman
The World of Philip Roth

Tuesdays February 25, March 24, April 28, May 26, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | $60 for the four sessions | registration required

Early and middle novels including Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy’s Complaint show Roth at his entertaining best on himself, his world, and politics.

LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Alexander Norman
The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life

Thursday, February 27, 6:30 PM
Members' Room | $15 per person | registration required

The first authoritative biography of the Dalai Lama—a story by turns inspiring and shocking—from an acclaimed Tibet scholar with exceptional access to his subject.

OUTSIDE EVENTS OF INTEREST
Fiction Book Club

Library members have formed an independent book club, reading both modern and contemporary novels from the U.S. and Great Britain, as well as novels in translation. A few additional participants are welcome; they should be members of the Library and plan to attend each month. Contact Carol Stanger to learn more .
About Love
a new play with songs and music

February 25-March 4: $25
March 6-22: $33 (discount for Library members with code LOVE20)
The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street

Based on Ivan Turgenev's exquisite short story “First Love," About Love features a haunting jazz score by Library member Nancy Harrow and a versatile cast of six playing eighteen characters, all within a bold, theatrical staging by Will Pomerantz.

A young man expects to spend a quiet summer with his parents in the Russian countryside, but soon discovers those three months will be most consequential of his life, as he learns the difference between love and passion and the ephemeral nature of life itself. About Love promises to be a unique theatrical event.


or contact the box office at 212.925.2812, Monday-Friday 12:00-5:00 PM
PLUS


Registration is required for all events unless individual listings state otherwise, and space is limited. Please see individual listings for details on time, format, and location. Many events are open to the public, with some for members only; check individual listings for details.

The house opens for each event thirty minutes prior to the stated start time. Registrants are asked not to arrive for check-in prior to that time. A seat cannot be guaranteed after an event has begun.

April - June events will be announced in our March newsletter, and new events are added throughout the season. To receive the latest updates,  sign up for our electronic newsletters .

The Writing Life events in 2020 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

Children's events are generously supported by Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner and by the Richard Peck Fund.
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