Monday, March 4, 2013

It's been months since I posted, I know. For those of you who have stuck around, waiting for a new post, thank you. But I'm going to be shuttering this blog for good - and for a good reason.

I'm so excited to announce that today, the New York Society Library has launched its newly redesigned website, and along with it, a new Library-wide blog. So I will no longer be posting to The Writing Life blog, but will start posting writing life related content to our new blog. The past content on this blog, which I know some of you like to refer to, especially the transcriptions of some Writing Life talks, will remain here.

I hope you'll visit us over at You'll find the new Library Blog on the Marginalia tab on the left side of every page on the new site. Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Congratulations Robert Caro

Congratulations to NYSL trustee Robert Caro, whose latest book The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson is a finalist for the National Book Award. The Passage of Power is the fourth volume in his prize winning and critically acclaimed biography of Lyndon Johnson.

Robert Caro has been a Library trustee since 1994.

For a list of all the nominees, click here.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Laurence Bergreen on CBS Sunday Morning

NYSL trustee Laurence Bergreen will be appearing this week on CBS News Sunday Morning to talk about...what else but Christopher Columbus. Bergreen's Columbus: The Four Voyages has just been published in paperback. For more on Laurence Bergreen, check out his website.

Tune in to CBS this coming Sunday, Oct 7 at 9am for Sunday Morning Correspondent Mo Rocca's cover story with Laurence Bergreen.

Please note that the Library is closed Sunday, Oct 7 and Monday, Oct 8 in celebration of Columbus Day.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

C.S. Hanson's Look at Me, Look Away (Now, Please)

A staged reading of member C.S. Hanson's play Look at Me, Look Away (Now, Please) will take place on Wed, Oct 10 as part of At Hand Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series. The reading is free, but reservations are required.

Look At Me, Look Away (Now, Please)
by C.S. Hanson
directed by Bryce Alexander

Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00pm
Shetler Studios
244 W 54th Street,12th Fl, Penhouse #1 (between Broadway & 8th Ave
Playwright info

Susan and Rusty are living the good life until . . . he starts barking like a dog and young men start following her home. This couple is melting down, right along with the economy, the American dream, and all they once thought was as solid as the wedding rings on their make sure you get a seat for this exciting piece of new theater!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Janet Wallach at The Corner Bookstore

Member Janet Wallach has written an engrossing new book about the mysterious Hetty Green, who was reportedly worth at least 100 million dollars, more than 2 billion in today's dollars, at her death in 1916.

Janet will be speaking about the new book, The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age tonight at The Corner Bookstore.

Thursday, Sept 27, 7pm
The Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Avenue (at 93rd Street)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Andrew McCarthy readings

I have been woefully ignoring the blog lately. Lately? Well, all summer then. In any case, I promise to be back periodically with news about our member writers. First up...he's been getting a lot of buzz lately about his new book. NYSL member Andrew McCarthy has just published The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down and he'll be doing a number of readings around town.

TONIGHT! Sept 24
5:30 pm Soho Apple Store

7:00 pm The Half King
505 West 23rd Street (23rd btw. 10th and 11th)

Oct 9
7:00 pm
Corner Book Store
Madison Avenue & 93rd

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Read Maggie Jackson's Blog!

NYSL member Maggie Jackson's blog is one you should be reading. Forbes Magazine just named it one of the Top 100 Websites for Women 2012.

Maggie is an author and journalist who posts about the balancing acts of working parents and how technology is changing the way we live and work. She is the author of the books Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age and What's Happening to Home?: Balancing Work, Life, and Refuge in the Information Age

Congratulations Maggie!