Thursday, October 28, 2010

5th Floor Reopening MONDAY!!

Exciting news, member writers!
The 5th floor is re-opening on Monday, November 1.

There will now be 6 private writing rooms (we're taking reservations now) and an expanded large study room, which has been renamed the Hornblower Room in recognition of the generous bequest that made this renovation possible. Members will also notice new Aeron chairs (ergonomically correct!) and new table lamps (no more squinting!). New 6-month and day lockers will be installed in a few weeks.

And don't forget to ogle the beautiful, newly unveiled skylight as you walk the main staircase.

We thank you for your patience while this work was underway.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fiction Group II Meeting on Wednesday at 11 am

The Library's Fiction Writers Group II will be resuming its meetings after the summer-long hiatus tomorrow at 11am.

Bring a few pages of work in progress to share with the group. A portion of the meeting will be set aside to greet new members and discuss the group's ongoing procedures and protocol.

Fiction Group II
Wednesday, October 27, 11am - 1pm
Marshall Room (please gather in the 1st floor Reference Room for escort to 4th floor)

*Please note that writing groups are open to Library members only

Poets Group Meeting at 4:30pm TODAY

Calling all NYSL poets! Bring a few poems in progress and a favorite poem and join The New York Society Library's poets group for writing support and feedback.

TODAY, Tuesday, October 26, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Marshall Room (please gather in Reference Room for escort to the 4th floor)

*Please note that these writing groups are open to Library members only.

Katharine Davis at The Center for Fiction Tonight

Those of you participating in The New York Society Library's writing groups know what a rich experience the support, encouragement, and feedback of your fellow writers can be.

Tonight, member Katharine Davis (pictured upper left, author of East Hope and A Slender Thread), along with Carolyn Parkhurst, Susan Coll, and Ann McLaughlin, will be discussing how their own long-running writing group has affected their work and their lives.

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 26, 7pm
Click here for more info and to RSVP

Monday, October 25, 2010

Michael Bergmann's Milk and Money

The New York Times calls it a "daffy enjoyable little film from 1996", a nonsensical story that centers on a medical-school dropout named David (Robert Petkoff), who seems to have a knack for standing on New York City sidewalks and having odd things involving gorgeous women happen to him. Member Michael Bergmann wrote and directed this treat which also features Calista Flockhart, Robert Vaughn, Olympia Dukakis, and Peter Boyle.

And Michael has arranged a special deal for Library members - if you mention The New York Society Library on Wednesday (10/27) or Thursday (10/28), you'll get $3 off the ticket price!

Big Cinemas Manhattan, 239 E. 59th Street
Today through Thursday, Oct 28, 8pm
$12 ($9 Wed, Thur if you mention the Library)
For tickets and theater information, click here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Heller Levinson at Tillies's in Brooklyn Tonight

Member Heller Levinson and Carol Novack will be the featured readers for tonight's Brownstone Poets Reading Series at Tillie's of Brooklyn. The evening starts with an Open Mic (sign up starts at 6:45 pm).

The Brownstone Poets Reading Series
Tillie's of Brooklyn
248 DeKalb Avenue
Tuesday, October 19, 7 pm
information here

Fiction Writers Group I meeting TODAY

Tuesday, October 19
5 pm - 7 pm

Marshall Room (please gather in the Reference Room for escort to the 4th floor)

*Writing Groups are open to New York Society Library members only

Monday, October 18, 2010

Memoir Writers Group Meeting Today

Monday, October 18
3pm - 5pm

Marshall Room (please gather in the Reference Room for escort to 4th floor)

*Please note that writing groups are open to Library members only

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Janet Elder at the Corner Bookstore

Member Janet Elder reads from her new book Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family--and a Whole Town--about Hope and Happy Endings tonight at the Corner Bookstore.

Oh, and did you catch her star turn on the David Letterman show? Watch it here.

The Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Avenue
Tuesday, October 12, 6PM, Free
More information on Janet's website

and this is the adorable HUCK:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shirley Hazzard TONIGHT at the Library

Our own incomparable member and trustee Shirley Hazzard will discuss her work, views, and travels with Robert Harrison tonight in the Members' Room.

Shirley Hazzard is one of the world's most gifted and acclaimed writers. Her eleven books include the 2004 National Book Award winning The Great Fire, The Transit of Venus, and The Bay of Noon.

The New York Society Library
53 E. 79th Street
Members' Room, 6:30PM
$10 advance registration/$15 at the door

Arthur Ainsberg's Breakthrough: The Story of Insulin

Member Arthur Ainsberg's book Breakthrough : Elizabeth Hughes, the discovery of insulin, and the making of a medical miracle has just been released. At the same time, a new exhibition at the New York Historical Society, Breakthrough, brings to life the dramatic story of Elizabeth Evans Hughes,daughter of the leading statesman and jurist Charles Evans Hughes—who was among the very first patients to be saved.

According to Jean Ashton, Executive Vice President of the Historical Society and Director of its Library, “The point of departure for organizing this exhibition was the new book by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg, Breakthrough, which casts light on events that took place almost a century ago.

Exhibition on view TODAY through January 31, 2011
The New York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street