1. What interests me when I’m writing is being able to crawl into a character’s head and speak from his or her mouth. It’s not pulling the strings on a marionette, it’s not playing ventriloquist, and it’s not mimicry. It’s about inhabiting a character, and, at the same time, being totally unaware of what you’ve become.

    — 

    - Nathan Englander (New Yorker, Dec. 2011)

    Tomorrow Sarah Jones will meet with Nathan Englander and discuss the launch of his new book “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.”

    The room is booked solid (are you suprised??), but if seats do become available, we will offer them on a first come, first-served basis.

  2. NYPL Offers FREE Seminars for NYC Teachers →

    The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers is a dedicated program that offers opportunities for teachers to gain professional development and enrich their understanding of history and literature by attending seminars taught by the accomplished writers and scholars of NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Courses offered this Spring include: writing workshops for Fiction, Non-Fiction or Romance, seminars about the history of New York, the Middle Ages, or African-American culture, or an in-depth look at The Great Gatsby and more. It’s a diverse group of classes, sure to inspire - but hurry, the deadline is January 9th! To apply click here.

  3. …it is reassuring that in a world of many bewildering changes, a little bit of one’s childhood will forever remain the same.

    — Ian Buruma, Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and celebrating a birthday today!

  4. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/ →

    Tune in today at noon, when NYPL’s own Jean Strouse talks with Leonard Lopate about the life of Alice James - the subject of Jean’s biography Alice James. The biography is a beautiful portrait of the sister of famed writers William and Henry, the only daughter in a family of brilliant and eccentric men.

    If you’re interested in learning more - tomorrow, Jean will be discussing this fascinating subject with Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review. Although, the program is full, there may be seats available on a first-come, first-served basis that evening, so we encourage you to stop by!

  5. Examining Pop Culture’s Heroes, and Himself →

    “‘Pulp­­head’ is the best, and most important, collection of magazine writing since [David Foster] Wallace’s ‘A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.’”  - says New York Times reviewer Gideon Lewis-Kraus. And you can hear about it for yourself at NYPL on December 15 when Pulphead’s author John Jeremiah Sullivan discusses his latest work with fellow acclaimed author Wells Tower (both were fellows at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers).  

  6. Karen Russell’s critically acclaimed novel, Swamplandia, is coming to your small screen! The witty, yet haunting tale of Ava Bigtree, which Karen began during her fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, has been approved by HBO. Producer Scott Rudin will lead the half-hour comedy project.  

    Earlier this year, Karen spoke with fellow Fellow (that was fun to write) Wells Tower about her work, her process, and her sense of humor and you can listen to it right here!  Now… don’t miss another great opportunity to meet the illustrious fellows at the Cullman Center - sign up for Cullman Center news and events.

  7. Yay for the NBA!

    The 2011 National Book Award finalists have been announced, and we’re proud to shout a hearty congratulations to 2008-2009 Cullman Center Fellows Deborah Baker, author of THE CONVERT, and Lauren Redniss, creator of RADIOACTIVE, for their nominations in the non-fiction category. Both artists researched their books while at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and we’re thrilled to share such wonderful news with everyone. 

    Even better news for all… Deborah Baker will be visiting the Library next Tuesday (10/18) to discuss her award-nominated book THE CONVERT with journalist Elizabeth Rubin. It’s a can’t-don’t-won’t miss event! 

  8. Cleopatra at NYPL →

    Did you know that Cleopatra wasn’t Egyptian? She was actually Mesopotamian, which makes her reign as Queen of Egypt all the more remarkable. Even better, all our Tumblr followers can get 20% off the the ticket cost of tomorrow night’s historical discussion with Cleopatra author (and Pulitzer Prize winner!) Stacy Schiff and acclaimed biographer Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Just click the link, use the coupon code “CLEO” at purchase and watch history unfold. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it! 

  9. If you missed it, here’s your chance to watch last week’s discussion with Salon.com co-founder Laura Miller and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan  about her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad at the Pulitzer Prize-loving New York Public Library. (We do get excited about the Pulitzer Prize!)

    (This event was brought to you by LIVE from the NYPL and Conversations from the Cullman Center, check out the events they have coming up!)

  10. For Your (Goony) Eyes Only… Win Two Free Tickets

    Have you seen the outstanding reviews for Jennifer Egan’s latest novel “A Visit From the Goon Squad”?

    Have you thought about buying a copy for your bookshelf, e-reader, upcoming flight to Africa?

    Have you wondered what it takes to write a critically-acclaimed novel?

    Have you considered what an actual goon squad would look like?

    If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then you might be eligible to win two free tickets to next Thursday’s event featuring best-selling author Jennifer Egan (of the aforementioned “A Visit from the Goon Squad) and acclaimed reviewer, writer, and novelist Laura Miller of Slate.com.

    Reblog, repost, or respond. The winner will be selected at random and contacted via email.

    Everyone should be so lucky.