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Love! Art! War! Event Recordings
You know about our print, e-, magazine, and even china collections, but are you up to date on our collection of event recordings? It's nearly always possible to catch up from the comfort of your own screen if a full house or bad weather made you miss an evening in the Members' Room - or if you want to review the words of a speaker that spoke to you. Recent additions:
Donna Kaz, Act Like a Feminist Artist: A Guerrilla Girl Unmasks, January 26
Donna Kaz shares her experiences as the Guerrilla Girl Aphra Behn, who created comedic art and theater that blasted the blatant sexism of the theater world while proving feminists are funny at the same time - all from behind a gorilla mask.
Christopher Rothko, Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out, February 6
Mark Rothko, world-renowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, is rediscovered in this wholly original examination of his art and life written by his son.
Uptown at Night: An Evening of Humorous Storytelling and Comedy, January 31
The storytelling and comedy scene in New York City is a source of endless creativity. Not quite under the radar, it’s bubbling up on small storytelling stages and in feisty comedy venues, primarily located in the far reaches of Manhattan and beyond. This event brought to the Members’ Room a delightful roster of storytellers and comic actors with fresh, funny observations of our life and times, including Michael Arkin, Carmen Maria Machado, Nancy McCabe Kelly, Bruce Jarchow, Dorothea Benton Frank, Matthew Mercier, and Sarah Fearon.
Conversation: Elliot Ackerman and Roxana Robinson, Dark at the Crossing, February 2
Elliot Ackerman discusses with Sparta author Roxana Robinson his new novel set on the Turkey-Syria border and exploring loss, second chances, and why we choose to believe.
Panel: New York: Scene of the Crime, February 16
Three acclaimed mystery writers - Lyndsay Faye, Stefanie Pintoff, and Radha Vatsal - discuss New York City as a setting for crime fiction, historical or present-day, with moderator Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. This event was co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America New York.
Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944, February 22
The author of the century's first narrative of the entire Pacific War takes the reader into the war's heart, from mid-1942 to mid-1944, the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative logistically complicated amphibious war in history.
Laurence Bergreen, Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius, February 27
Today, “Casanova” is a synonym for “great lover,” yet the real story of this remarkable figure is little known. This witty, roisterous biography exposes his astonishing life in rich, intimate detail. At the same time, it is a dazzling portrait of eighteenth-century Europe from serving girls to kings and courtiers. Esteemed biographer Laurence Bergreen brings a sensual world vividly alive in this irresistible book.
Brad Gooch, Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love, March 15
Ecstatic love poems of Rumi, a poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. In this breakthrough biography, Brad Gooch (shown in sidebar) brilliantly brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place.
Susan Quinn, Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady, March 23
The first major book about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, Eleanor and Hick offers a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the consequential years in American history.
At any time, check the lower-right link on our events page for the latest recordings, or head straight to our YouTube channel. Happy watching (and reading)!