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The Library will be closed Monday, October 11 for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.

Learn about a vital area of historical memory and get some inspiration for your Indigenous Peoples Day reading from these books and resources collected by Marialuisa Monda: Orange Will Guide the Children Home.

How do we organize our book collection? All you never knew you needed to know about call numbers in this post from Head of Cataloging Peri Pignetti.

It's Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15. Recommended books celebrating Latinx cultures for grown-ups here and for younger readers here.
One-Question Survey

The spooky season is creeping up on us, so we're looking for your favorite or recommended book or story in a ghostly, horror, witchy, or supernatural vein. Kids', adults', terrifying, silly are all welcome. ADD YOUR ANSWER HERE.

Last month we asked for readers' favorite English-language expressions, and you said it was a piece of cake. In the fullness of time - there comes a time in every man's life, and I've had plenty of them (Casey Stengel). Let's bury the hatchet, because we're independent as a pig on ice and fit to be tied: knowledge is power, and they who hesitate are lost. Only speak to those who can hear you, so tell it to the Marines (the sailors will never believe it). But you'll have to excuse us now - we have other fish to fry.
SEMINAR | ONLINE | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Exploring Place and Space in Fiction with Claire Jimenez
Wednesdays October 6, October 27, November 17, December 8, 5:00 PM
$60 for the set of four sessions | registration required

In this seminar, we will read selections from Stuart Dybek, Edward P. Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Tommy Orange, and Grace Paley to understand how each author animates place to create deeper meaning.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the first date.
THE WRITING LIFE | ONLINE | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Writing Together with Esther Cohen
Thursdays October 7, October 21, November 4, 2:00 PM (separate sessions)
on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | registration required

In this free-form creative writing workshop, we will explore what we can say and ways we can say it, by writing and reading together. We will use examples from wonderful writers, prompts, current events, and ideas, knowing that everything has the possibility to become a story or a poem.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the first date.
MEMBERS' ROOM and LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thomas Dyja, New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation
Thursday, October 7, 6:00 PM
Members' Room: $15 per person
Livestream: $10 per person

New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next thirty-plus years, though, it became a different place. Thomas Dyja’s critically acclaimed account shows how this metamorphosis was, in large part, the story of New Yorkers from the poorest outsiders to the Masters of the Universe.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
THE WRITING LIFE | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Prompt! Fall 2021

Come write with us on Friday mornings. Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour and a half of prompts, writing, and sharing. Sessions are separate - attend any or all.

ON THE ZOOM MEETINGS PLATFORM:
Fridays October 8, November 12, December 10, 11:00 AM (separate sessions)
free of charge | registration required
NEW! IN THE WHITRIDGE ROOM:
Fridays October 22, November 19, December 3, 11:00 AM (separate sessions)
free of charge | registration required
THE WRITING LIFE | WHITRIDGE ROOM | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Writing Through the City with Bhisham Bherwani
Fridays October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, 2:00 PM
free of charge | registration required

How do poets employ, adapt, and respond to their urban environments while exploring their personal interests and obsessions? In this practical workshop, we will compose and revise poems informed by urban backdrops and experiences while addressing subjects that individually engage us.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the first date.
THE WRITING LIFE | WHITRIDGE ROOM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa
Tuesdays October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, 11:00 AM
free of charge | registration required

This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the first date, space permitting.
THE WRITING LIFE | MEMBERS' ROOM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Live from the Library Fall 2021
Thursday, October 14, 6:00 PM
$15 per person | registration required

Live from the Library returns to the Members' Room! Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.

Readings are limited to five minutes or less, and readers must be current Library members. For a reading slot, contact Carolyn Waters.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Joseph J. Ellis
The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773-1783
Monday, October 18, 6:00 PM
$10 per person | registration required

A culminating work on the American Founding by one of its leading historians, The Cause rethinks the American Revolution as we have known it.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the next date.
WHITRIDGE ROOM | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Seminar: Literature from Hell with Jane Mallison
Thursdays October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, 11:00 AM
$60 for the four sessions | registration required

Six devilish figures in literature from the 14th century to the 1970s - will they strike us as scary? Hilarious? Intriguing? All of the above? Books addressed include Dante's Inferno and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the next date.
MEMBERS' ROOM and LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Johanna Fernández, The Young Lords: A Radical History
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 PM
free of charge | registration required

The 2020 New York City Book Award-winning author presents her definitive account of the Young Lords from their roots as a street gang to their rise and fall as a political organization in the 1960s and 1970s.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the next date.
MEMBERS' ROOM and LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Cynthia Saltzman, Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast, with Xavier F. Salomon
Monday, October 25, 6:00 PM
Members' Room: $15 per person
Livestream: $10 per person

A captivating study of Napoleon’s plundering of Europe’s art for the Louvre, told through the story of a Renaissance masterpiece seized from Venice. Author Cynthia Saltzman talks about the history and the art with Xavier F. Salomon, The Frick Collection Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator. A noted Veronese scholar, Salomon curated the 2014 exhibition on the artist at London's National Gallery.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the next date.
Plus
We're excited to be presenting in-person events this fall. All individuals attending in-person Members’ Room or Whitridge Room events will be required to show proof of vaccination (Excelsior Pass, vaccination card, photo of vaccination card) at check-in. Please note that we continue to monitor all the news about COVID-19, and we reserve the right to make changes to any or all events including postponement, cancelation, or a change to livestreaming only. Registrants will be contacted as far in advance as possible in the case of any such change.

Online Seminar: Two Great Portuguese-Language Novelists, with Nicholas Birns (September 22, October 13, November 3, November 17)




Digital Teatime (Fridays)

Exhibition: Black Literature Matters (through May 1, 2022)

Request a Book Bundle from our Children's & YA librarians!



More events are added throughout the season. If you were forwarded this message, sign up here to get our newsletter in your inbox.
The Black Literature Matters exhibition is presented with generous support from The Florence Gould Foundation.

The Joseph J. Ellis and Susan Nagel events are Henry S.F. Cooper Jr. Lectures on Early American History and Literature.

The Writing Life events in 2021 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.
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Monday and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Library will be closed Monday, October 11, for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.