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  • Anne Enright

    Anne Enright comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, The Green Road. Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. Her 2007 novel, The Gathering, won the Man Booker Prize, and her last …

    Anne Enright comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, The Green Road. Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. Her 2007 novel, The Gathering, won the Man Booker Prize, and her last novel, The Forgotten Waltz, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

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  • Siddhartha Mukherjee | David Remnick

    In his new book The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicles our understanding of human heredity and its influence on our personalities, fates, and choices. To launch his book, Mukherjee is joined by The New Yorker’s David Remnick for a conversation about medicine, writing, and …

    In his new book The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicles our understanding of human heredity and its influence on our personalities, fates, and choices. To launch his book, Mukherjee is joined by The New Yorker’s David Remnick for a conversation about medicine, writing, and personal narrative. SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE is a cancer physician and researcher. He is the author of The Gene, The Laws of Medicine, and The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

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  • American Rhapsody | Claudia Roth Pierpont, Jonathan Galassi | Art and Literature Series Event

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. A view of the Chrysler Building, June 17, 1930 , David Stravitz From the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture, and …

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. A view of the Chrysler Building, June 17, 1930 , David Stravitz From the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture, and raises fascinating questions all along the way. Was Orson Welles the twentieth century’s greatest interpreter of Shakespeare? What inspired the Chrysler Building’s glorious crown?

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  • Lenox and Astor Reading Group with Rivka Galchen

    We're thrilled to welcome acclaimed writer Rivka Galchen for our spring Lenox and Astor Reading Group, where she will lead a discussion on Doris Lessing's "The Fifth Child." Ms. Galchen is the author of "Atmospheric Disturbances" and "American Innovations," and has been named a finalist for the …

    We're thrilled to welcome acclaimed writer Rivka Galchen for our spring Lenox and Astor Reading Group, where she will lead a discussion on Doris Lessing's "The Fifth Child." Ms. Galchen is the author of "Atmospheric Disturbances" and "American Innovations," and has been named a finalist for the Canadian Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the Young Lions Fiction Award. She is a contributing editor at Harper's and has taught creative writing at Columbia.

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  • Geoff Dyer

    Geoff Dyer comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, White Sands. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book…

    Geoff Dyer comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, White Sands. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and, in 2015, the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction.

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  • Sarah Sze

    LIVE welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Sze, whose signature visual language challenges the static nature of sculpture and, in doing so, questions the value society places on objects. She comes to the Library on the occasion of the publication of her first substantial monograph, titled…

    LIVE welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Sze, whose signature visual language challenges the static nature of sculpture and, in doing so, questions the value society places on objects. She comes to the Library on the occasion of the publication of her first substantial monograph, titled Sarah Sze. Widely recognized for challenging the boundaries of painting, installation and architecture, SARAH SZE’s sculptural practice ranges from slight gestures discovered in hidden spaces...

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  • Bruce Davidson

    For over half a century, Bruce Davidson has documented the landscape of human life through the lens of his camera. He comes to LIVE in celebration of the publication of Bruce Davidson: Magnum Legacy, the authoritative text on his career, vision, and influence, written by photography critic Vicki …

    For over half a century, Bruce Davidson has documented the landscape of human life through the lens of his camera. He comes to LIVE in celebration of the publication of Bruce Davidson: Magnum Legacy, the authoritative text on his career, vision, and influence, written by photography critic Vicki Goldberg. BRUCE DAVIDSON began his love affair with photography at age ten. His camera released him from the boundaries of his youth and opened the doors to a lifetime’s work.

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  • Jane Mendelsohn

    Jane Mendelsohn comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Burning Down the House. Jane Mendelsohn is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of three previous novels, including the New York Times best seller I Was Amelia Earhart. She lives in New York City. Make the most of your …

    Jane Mendelsohn comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Burning Down the House. Jane Mendelsohn is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of three previous novels, including the New York Times best seller I Was Amelia Earhart. She lives in New York City. Make the most of your lunch hour and come to The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Wednesdays for Books at Noon.

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  • Seymour Hersh

    Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has been at the fore of many of this country’s most important investigative stories. His controversial exposé, The Killing of Osama bin Laden, challenged the official American narrative about the assassination. In a new book of the same title, Hersh pushes …

    Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has been at the fore of many of this country’s most important investigative stories. His controversial exposé, The Killing of Osama bin Laden, challenged the official American narrative about the assassination. In a new book of the same title, Hersh pushes his investigation further, and he comes to LIVE to discuss backlash and backstory.

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  • Louise Fishman | Louise Fishman, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal | An Art Book Series Event

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. On the occasion of the publication of the new monograph Louise Fishman, the acclaimed artist is joined in conversation by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator at the Neuberger Museum of Art and organizer of the museum’s major retrospective of Fishman’s work and…

    FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. On the occasion of the publication of the new monograph Louise Fishman, the acclaimed artist is joined in conversation by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator at the Neuberger Museum of Art and organizer of the museum’s major retrospective of Fishman’s work and Nancy Princenthal, art critic and former Senior Editor of Art in America. Kreisleriana, 2015. Oil on linen, 57 x 66 inches, 144.8 x 167.6 centimeters.

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  • Edmund White

    Edmund White comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Our Young Man. Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Jack Holmes and His Friend. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl,…

    Edmund White comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, Our Young Man. Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Jack Holmes and His Friend. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

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