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"The Empire of Necessity is scholarship at its best. Greg Grandin’s deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary.” - Toni Morrison
Former Cullman Center fellow Greg Grandin is earning high praise for his new book The Empire of Necessity, a deeply-researched account of the slave revolt that inspired Melville’s Benito Cereno. Grandin’s returning to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on January 21 with his Cullman Center classmate Philip Gourevitch to discuss The Empire of Necessity for the next installment of the Conversations from the Cullman Center series. Reserve your free ticket - and check out more praise for Grandin’s book - here. 

    "The Empire of Necessity is scholarship at its best. Greg Grandin’s deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary.” - Toni Morrison

    Former Cullman Center fellow Greg Grandin is earning high praise for his new book The Empire of Necessity, a deeply-researched account of the slave revolt that inspired Melville’s Benito Cereno. Grandin’s returning to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on January 21 with his Cullman Center classmate Philip Gourevitch to discuss The Empire of Necessity for the next installment of the Conversations from the Cullman Center series. Reserve your free ticket - and check out more praise for Grandin’s book - here

  2. Congratulations to Director Steve McQueen’s fabulous film 12 Years A Slave for winning the Golden Globe last night for Best Drama. The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from the North (Saratoga Springs, NY to be exact) who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum south. While the movie hasn’t been released on dvd yet you can check out the book the film is based on (published in 1853) which can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system. 

    Congratulations to Director Steve McQueen’s fabulous film 12 Years A Slave for winning the Golden Globe last night for Best Drama. The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from the North (Saratoga Springs, NY to be exact) who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum south. While the movie hasn’t been released on dvd yet you can check out the book the film is based on (published in 1853) which can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system. 

  3. Some things will never change - and the glam of the Rockettes is one of them! 
Join us Thursday, January 9th as Dr. Seth Gopin hosts a lecture on Rockefeller Center: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Rockettes at our Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    Some things will never change - and the glam of the Rockettes is one of them! 

    Join us Thursday, January 9th as Dr. Seth Gopin hosts a lecture on Rockefeller Center: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Rockettes at our Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

  4. Happy 81st Birthday to Radio City Music Hall which opened today in 1932. This image - taken from our Digital Gallery - is of the iconic building from 1934. You can check out several books and materials related to Radio City Music Hall that can be found at branches of The New York Public Library throughout the system.

    Happy 81st Birthday to Radio City Music Hall which opened today in 1932. This image - taken from our Digital Gallery - is of the iconic building from 1934. You can check out several books and materials related to Radio City Music Hall that can be found at branches of The New York Public Library throughout the system.

  5. The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers is now accepting applications for their Spring 2014 seminars! These free, day-long seminars taught by award-winning Cullman Center fellows are open to any full-time teacher, school librarian, or administrator, and applications are due by January 13, 2014. Click here for more information and application instructions.
Illustration by Gary Panter

    The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers is now accepting applications for their Spring 2014 seminars! These free, day-long seminars taught by award-winning Cullman Center fellows are open to any full-time teacher, school librarian, or administrator, and applications are due by January 13, 2014. Click here for more information and application instructions.

    Illustration by Gary Panter

  6. Yesterday was a special day as the Mariners Harbor Library in Staten Island became the 88th branch of The New York Public Library system! To celebrate this grand opening, the acclaimed PS22 Chorus - photographed above with their new buddy Patience the Lion - joined the festivities to sing a few songs during the ribbon cutting ceremony. If you want to visit this stunning new branch (it is designed to resemble an open Oyster shell!!)  you can find it at 206 South Avenue in Mariners Harbor. Please officially welcome the Mariners Harbor Library to the New York Public Library family!!!

  7. Edie Adams was a Tony Award-winning actress and appeared in classic movies such as The Apartment and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. She was one of the first women to produce and star in her own TV show, Here’s Edie, which aired in 1963. The variety show - which featured guests appearances from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Spike Jones, Peter Falk, Andre Previn, and more - lasted only one season but earned Adams multiple Emmy nominations and countless fans. Adams was also a preservationist, saving her late husband Ernie Kovacs’ archives from extinction as well as her own. 

Head to The Library for the Performing Arts tonight for a conversation with Adams’ son Josh Mills, and Kovacs-Adams archivist Ben Model to learn more about her amazing career and see rare clips from Here’s Edie. More info here.

    Edie Adams was a Tony Award-winning actress and appeared in classic movies such as The Apartment and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. She was one of the first women to produce and star in her own TV show, Here’s Edie, which aired in 1963. The variety show - which featured guests appearances from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Spike Jones, Peter Falk, Andre Previn, and more - lasted only one season but earned Adams multiple Emmy nominations and countless fans. Adams was also a preservationist, saving her late husband Ernie Kovacs’ archives from extinction as well as her own. 

    Head to The Library for the Performing Arts tonight for a conversation with Adams’ son Josh Mills, and Kovacs-Adams archivist Ben Model to learn more about her amazing career and see rare clips from Here’s Edie. More info here.

  8. In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

    In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

  9. It was on this date 98 years ago that the great American educator, author, and Presidential advisor Booker T. Washington died at the age of 59. If you are interested in learning more about the life of this great and incredibly influential American citizen you can check out several books or dvd’s about Booker T. Washington at various branches of The New York Public Library. The NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture also happens to have several pieces of correspondence from Mr. Washington that is available for potential scholars to research. 

    It was on this date 98 years ago that the great American educator, author, and Presidential advisor Booker T. Washington died at the age of 59. If you are interested in learning more about the life of this great and incredibly influential American citizen you can check out several books or dvd’s about Booker T. Washington at various branches of The New York Public Library. The NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture also happens to have several pieces of correspondence from Mr. Washington that is available for potential scholars to research. 

  10. It might be snowing outside, but at NYPL it’s still summer! Join us tonight when photographer Wayne Lawrence and journalist David Gonzalez discuss Lawrence’s new book, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera. This collection of engaging and beautiful portraits by Wayne Lawrence celebrates the diversity and community of one of New York City’s most popular beaches.

    It might be snowing outside, but at NYPL it’s still summer! Join us tonight when photographer Wayne Lawrence and journalist David Gonzalez discuss Lawrence’s new book, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera. This collection of engaging and beautiful portraits by Wayne Lawrence celebrates the diversity and community of one of New York City’s most popular beaches.