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  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

    In this unique event, two writers who are scientists - and whose scientific interests converge on olfaction - discuss their work, the process and joys of science writing, and, of course, smell.

    Embedded thumbnail for Conversation: Alexandra Horowitz and Stuart Firestein, Olfactory Convergence: How We Smell
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Long before archaeological excavations began to reveal the magnificence of the ruins at Persepolis, Ancient Iran was an object of enormous interest in the West. In connection with our exhibition Broken Beauty: Ruins of the Ancient World, one of New York's leading archaeology scholars introduces the tales, engravings, plays, and operas about Iran and its rules that circulated across Europe from the late 15th through the 18th centuries.
    Embedded thumbnail for Daniel T. Potts, Ancient Iran in the Mediaeval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Consciousness of Europe: The Printed Word, the Graven Image, the Learned Traveller, and the Stage
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Spend an evening with beloved cartoonist Roz Chast, author of the multi-award-winning Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? This event is co-sponsored with Uptown at Night.
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  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    During the past thirty years, the editors of the Hudson Review observed a trend among the best literary essayists and reviewers to couch their criticism in a highly personal manner as opposed to the theoretical, technocratic work being produced in other venues. The Hudson Review became a home for this kind of accessible, memoirist writing. This event celebrfates the publication of an anthology of such essay/memoirs, introduced by William H. Pritchard and with a panel including Susan Balée, Sir Andrew Motion, and Igor Webb. These diverse contributions unite in the joy of appreciation, the pleasures of engaging with literature. The Writing Life events in 2017 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | For members and guests | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required
    The New York Society Library’s New York City Book Awards, established in 1996, honor books of literary quality or historical importance that, in the opinion of the selection committee, evoke the spirit or enhance appreciation of New York City.
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  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    You might not know Terry McDonell, but you certainly know his work: he has served as top editor for Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated, among others. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking (or drinks on the bar).
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  • Monday, April 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Library Conservator Christina Amato discusses the history, craft, and ongoing fascination of miniature books, from devotional items and titillation to children's tales and propaganda.
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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Join us for a special evening of refreshments, conversations, readings, video, and more in our annual evening showcasing great literary magazines.
    Embedded thumbnail for Literary Magazine Salon: Digging Through the Fat and Guernica
  • Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.
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  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The former New Yorker staff writer brings us the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman’s perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime.
    Embedded thumbnail for Daphne Merkin, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    The author of Free Food for Millionaires writes the sweeping saga of an exceptional Korean family through the generations.
    Embedded thumbnail for Min Jin Lee with Jeannette Watson Sanger, Pachinko: A Novel
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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    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.
    Embedded thumbnail for Susan Quinn, Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    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 brilliantly brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place.
    Embedded thumbnail for Brad Gooch, Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love
  • Monday, February 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    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.
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    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.
    Embedded thumbnail for Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge | advance registration required
    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 is co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America New York.
    Embedded thumbnail for Panel: New York: Scene of the Crime
  • Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Mark Rothko, world-renowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, is rediscovered in this wholly original examination of his art and life written by his son.
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  • Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    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.
    Embedded thumbnail for Conversation: Elliot Ackerman and Roxana Robinson, Dark at the Crossing
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Refreshments at 6:00 PM; presentation at 6:30 PM | $20 per person | Advance registration required
    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. Join us as we bring 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.
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  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
    Donna Kaz, aka Aphra Behn, 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.
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  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, this is a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants.

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  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 3:00 PM | Children | Open to the public | For Grade 4 and older | Members' Room | $5 per person, payable at the door

    Join us for this exceptional event for young readers and writers. To begin, author Elizabeth Winthrop will share her creative process, including the secret of where she gets her ideas.

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  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    A memoir of self-discovery and the dilemma of connection in our time, The Odd Woman and the City explores the rhythms, chance encounters, and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge the sensibility of a fiercely independent wom

    Embedded thumbnail for New York City Book Awards Lecture: Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:30 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required

    with Julia Claiborne Johnson, Imbolo Mbue, and Jonathan Putnam; moderated by Lauren Belfer

    Embedded thumbnail for Panel: New Novelists: Debut Authors Break Through
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  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $10 with advance registration/$15 at the door

    The Natural History of Edward Lear is the first book to fully explore Lear’s talents as a natural-history artist.

    Embedded thumbnail for Robert McCracken Peck, The Natural History of Edward Lear

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