New York Public Library Programming

By Emmy Lee | Posted on September 19th, 2012

Everyone knows New York is a hub of cultural activity but I didn’t realize even the New York Public Library had such enviable programming. Starting tonight, and through December is a series of fabulous talks with distinguished writers, musicians, directors and chefs. Here’s a listing of their fabulous programs to date and visit for tickets, locations and updates to their schedule:

Wednesday, September 19
LIVE from the NYPL & Creative Time present The Last Pictures
Join Trevor Paglen, Werner Herzog, and Tracy K. Smith as they unveil The Last Pictures: a golden disc of 100 images to be launched into space as an eternal representation of humanity. (Free event)

Thursday, September 20
From Fatwa to Freedom: Salman Rushdie in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Under his true identity, author Salman Rushdie explores his life asJoseph Anton, the pseudonym that protected him in his struggle for freespeech for the Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lecture. (Free but ticketed)

Monday, October 1
Winter Journal: Paul Auster in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Novelist Paul Auster discusses his latest work, Winter Journal: a reflection on the fragments that make up the mosaic of his life.

Tuesday,October 2
Sugar Goes Wild: Cheryl Strayed in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Writer Cheryl Strayed talks about her anonymous advice column, “Dear Sugar,” and her best-selling memoir, Wild.

Wednesday, October 3
Is Technology Progressive? Steven Johnson in conversation with Sherry Turkle
Author Steven Johnson and MIT Professor SherryTurkle explore how our hyper-connectivity through new technology impactsour social lives.

Monday, October 8, 7:30pm
Who Is He? Pete Townshend in conversation wit hPaul Holdengräber
Pete Townshend of The Who takes abreak from the roaring crowds to share his experiences as a rock-and-roll icon on the occasion of his new memoir, Who I Am.

Wednesday, October 10
In Praise of Messy Lives: Katie Roiphe in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Provocateur Katie Roiphe discusses her new compilation of essays on literature and contemporary life, In Praise of Messy Lives.

Wednesday, October 24
An evening with Don Delillo & Jonathan Franzen
Don DeLillo discusses his collection of short stories, The Angel Esmerelda, with novelist Jonathan Franzen.

Friday, November 2
The One World Schoolhouse: Salman Khan & Carlos Slim in conversation
To mark the publication of The One World Schoolhouse, Salman Khan presents his vision for the future of education in conversation with businessman and philanthropist Carlos Slim.

Wednesday,November 7
Life After Death: Damien Echols in conversation with Henry Rollins
One of the West Memphis Three, Damien Echols is acentral figure in this notorious case of wrongful conviction. He gives an account of his early life, arrest and trial, eighteen years on death row,and his new life after prison.

Monday, November 12
Far From the Tree: Andrew Solomon in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
National Book Award-winner Andrew Solomontalks about his new book, Far From the Tree, which examines the consequences of extreme personal and cultural differences between parents and children.

Wednesday, November 28
Backto Blood: Tom Wolfe in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe discusses his latest venture of New Journalism, Back to Blood-—a novel about race relations i nMiami.

Thursday, November 29
Race and American Politics: Darryl Pinckney
For this year’s Robert B. Silvers Lecture, writer Darryl Pinckney examines the role of race in American politics and voting.

Wednesday, December 5
How Music Works: David Byrne
Musician David Byrne discusses his new book, How Music Works, which explores how theadvent of recording technology continues to transform our relationship to music.

Monday, December 10
Yes, Chef: Marcus Samuelsson in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses his remarkable journey from his adoptive grandmother’s Swedish kitchen to the opening of his famed Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem.

Tuesday, December 11
Building Stories: Chris Ware in conversation with Zadie Smith
Graphic novelist Chris Ware and writer Zadie Smith join in conversation about their latest works, Building Stories and NW: A Novel.


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