Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tonight at the Corner Bookstore

Member Margaret Sheffield, author of The Expressive Edge
The Corner Bookstore (Madison at 93rd)
6 pm, RSVP (212) 831-3554 or

Monday, February 22, 2010

Writing Groups this week

Poets Group meeting Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Whitridge Room

Fiction Writers Group II meeting Wednesday, February 24, 11 am - 1 pm in the Whitridge Room.

Feel free to bring work in progress to share with the group. Open to Library members only.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Remembering "Jerry" Salinger

Member Alice Sheba is interviewed and presents her story "Jerry" about her 1946 date with (not yet famous) J.D. Salinger in The New York Times Metro section. Read it here.

TONIGHT! Fiction Writers Group I

Fiction Writers Group I is meeting TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 16 from 5 pm - 6:45 pm in the Whitridge Room. Feel free to bring a page or two of your work in progress to share with the group.

Open to Library members only. Questions? Contact me at

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day for Journalists

Valentine's Day is this Sunday. Send your journalist valentine an appropriate sentiment. See these cheeky cards here and here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thanks, One Story!

The terrific One Story folks, who participated in the Library's first ever Literary Magazine Salon, just blogged about it. The event featured Terese Svoboda reading from her new story "Bomb Jockey" which appears in the current issue of the magazine.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Plan Your Week

Library members are busy this week. Get out there and support them!

Book editor Susan Dalsimer discusses Working with an Editor in The Writing Life daytime talk series. 10 am at NYSL (Whitridge Room), free

Susannah Gora discusses her new book You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation.
7 pm at Barnes & Noble (82nd & Broadway), free

Gretchen Rubin helps you plan your own Happiness Project
7:30 pm at 92nd Street Y, $27


NYSL trustee Jean Parker Phifer discusses how New York is at the forefront of environmental design in The Friends of the Upper East Side's Green New York talk. She'll also sign copies of her new book Public Art New York.
6:30 pm at St. James' Church, Sunderland Hall (865 Madison), $25


Alexandra Horowitz provides insights about man's best friend and signs copies of her new book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
6:30 pm at NYSL (Members' Room), $10 w/advance registration/$15 at the door

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The New Yorker meets the NYSL

I realize I said I wouldn't be back until Monday, but I had to share the link to the video of last Thursday's Literary Magazine Salon and this account of the evening from The New Yorker.


On football

I blog about writers, but I'm not a writer myself. But I am married to one - a sportswriter who covers football for the New York Post. As a result, I enthusiastically take advantage of the few perks of that job. Miami! Here I come. Bring on the parties, the hoopla, and the main event - Super Bowl XLIV.

And though the football season seems infinitely longer when you live your life with someone on the beat, I do love the game. I also love reading about it, though my favorite books are not about the pros. One of my all time favorites is Friday Night Lights, a true story of a small town with a huge high school football habit, which spawned a great movie and {in my humble estimation} an even greater tv show. Author Buzz Bissinger is arguably one of the best sportswriters around and he's coming to the Library in February to talk about the Changing World of Sports Journalism.

Library member (and New York Times sportswriter) Joe Drape has written one of my new favorites, Our Boys, an enormously enjoyable book about an un-beaten high school football team in Kansas. It's a story that restores your faith in sports and community to raise good kids. And though you know all along how the season will end, it doesn't dull your enjoyment of the heart-stopping action Joe reports from the field.

Enjoy the Super Bowl (go Saints!) I'll be back on Monday.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lost Man Booker Prize for Hazzard?

The Library's own Shirley Hazzard is on the longlist for the Lost Man Booker Prize for the best omitted novel of 1970! These are novels that missed out on being named to the Booker longlist due to rule changes in 1971.

Ms. Hazzard has been nominated for The Bay of Noon, her beautiful and evocative novel about a young woman who flees to Naples to escape her past.

The shortlist will be announced in March, and the reading public will decide the winner by voting on the Man Booker Prize website. The winner will be announced in May.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Calling all Poets!

If you're a poet and a member of The New York Society Library, join us this week for the first meeting of the Poets Group. Bring some of your work in progress to read and discuss with the group.

Tuesday, February 2 at 10 a.m.
Whitridge Room

Please note that the Poets Group is open to Library members only.