Picture above of LIVE’s director Paul Holdengräber was taken by Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal.
Happy 83th Birthday to Nobel prize-winning author, Toni Morrison!
In celebration, stop by one of our NYPL branches to grab any of Morrison’s books, which include Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon.
Also, watch this LIVE from NYPL video, where Morrison discusses races and writing with author, Junot Diaz.
It’s finally here - LIVE from the NYPL’s Spring 2014 season goes on sale to the general public on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00am. Can’t wait? Become a Friend of the Library and get access to our exclusive pre-sale, going on now.
Our lineup includes filmmakers Wes Anderson and John Waters; Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy; magician Ricky Jay; and writers Katherine Boo, Chuck Palahniuk, Geoff Dyer, and more! View our lineup and become a Friend here.
My longest love affair: with a book.
— There’s a tradition at LIVE from the NYPL that all guests must write their own biography for the occasion using only seven words. In that spirit, we asked next week’s guest Rebecca Mead to summarize her experience with Middlemarch in seven words. We knew that might be a bit of a challenge, considering the fact that Rebecca spends a few hundred pages exploring her relationship to George Eliot’s novel in her new book My Life in Middlemarch. But Rebecca was up for it, and answered with the seven words above.
"One of the many treasures of The New York Public Library is a notebook used by George Eliot right around the time that she was writing Middlemarch. Having the chance to look at this notebook—to turn the pages she had turned, to see the scratch of her pen and even the occasional print of her…
A passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories. For Rebecca Mead, that book was George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which she first read as a young woman in an English coastal town, and reread regularly throughout her life. In My…
Tickets to LIVE from the NYPL's event Exploring The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records sold out…well, if you’ll excuse the pun, in record time. If you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag tickets, you’re still in luck: we’ll be LIVEstreaming (another pun, sorry) the entire program tonight on our YouTube page (link above). Tune in at 7pm sharp to hear Jack White, Dean and Scott Blackwood, Daphne A. Brooks, and Greil Marcus talk about how this Wisconsin chair company managed to build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled in just 15 years.
Not sure what’s best about this Times’ T Magazine feature on authors and the rooms where they write: the photos, or what the writers have to say about their spaces. Pictured above is Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones and the memoir Men We Reaped, and upcoming LIVE from the NYPL guest. “I don’t understand why the rest of my house is fairly spartan,” she says, “and yet the room I intend to write in is burdened by everything I need to do one day.” The rest of what she has to say about her space is a mini masterpiece. Read it - along with what Jonathan Lethem, Julian Barnes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edwidge Danticat, and Richard Dawkins have to say about their spaces - here.
Live from the NYPL, a must for local culturati, hones the art of the very short autobiography…
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: LIVE from the NYPL’s Fall 2013 Schedule, LIVE announces the new line-up featuring exciting authors, personalities and speakers. You won’t want to miss it
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Margaret Atwood | Carl Hiaasen (Tuesday September 17) here
Adam Fitzgerald, John Ashbery, Timothy Donnelly (Thursday, September 19) here
Jesmyn Ward (Monday, September 30) here
Jaron Lanier (Thursday, October 10) here
The Moth [featuring George Dawes Green, Andrew Solomon, Catherine Burns and more] (Tuesday, October 15) here
Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, Howard W. Buffett (Wednesday, October 23) here
Lorrie Moore: Watching Television (Friday, October 25) here
Nico Muhly and Ira Glass [Co-Presented by The Metropolitan Opera] (Tuesday, October 29) here
Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch (Monday, November 18) here
Michael Connelly (Wednesday, December 4) here
Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert (Tuesday, December 10) here
Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz (Thursday, December 12) here