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Join The New York Public Library and your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers for smart talks and provocative conversations from the nation’s cultural capital.

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New York, United States

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Join The New York Public Library and your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers for smart talks and provocative conversations from the nation’s cultural capital.

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@nypl

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English

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212-592-7717


Episodes
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Neel Mukherjee with Hanya Yanagihara: Choice

7/23/2024
Neel Mukherjee speaks with fellow author Hanya Yanagihara about his latest book, an explosive novel about the ramifications of choice.

Duration:00:58:11

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Justice Stephen Breyer: Choosing Pragmatism Over Textualism

7/9/2024
In this episode of Library Talks, Stephen Breyer, retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, delivers the annual Robert B. Silvers Lecture. Breyer’s talk is inspired by his most recent book, Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism, which examines some of the most important cases in the nation’s history.

Duration:01:14:49

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Tom Steyer with David Wallace-Wells: Winning the Climate War

6/25/2024
In this episode of Library Talks, investor and climate champion Tom Steyer sits down with New York Times columnist David Wallace-Wells to discuss his new book, Cheaper, Faster, Better: How We'll Win the Climate War.

Duration:00:57:27

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Colm Tóibín with Caoilinn Hughes: Long Island

6/11/2024
In this episode of Library Talks, Colm Tóibín sits down with Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes to discuss his latest book, Long Island, which takes place twenty years after the events of his bestselling and beloved novel Brooklyn.

Duration:00:56:02

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Emily Wilson: Reading The Iliad

5/28/2024
The groundbreaking translator and professor of classics reads from and discusses her masterful new English version of the greatest literary landmark of antiquity. Actors Ben Shenkman and Morgan Spector will read selections from Wilson's translation.

Duration:01:13:34

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Ruha Benjamin with Rujeko Hockley: Imagination

5/14/2024
Social and technology critic Ruha Benjamin examines the power of our imagination to challenge systems of oppression and to create a world in which everyone can thrive.

Duration:00:58:41

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Marilynne Robinson with Ayana Mathis: Reading Genesis

4/30/2024
Legendary novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson discusses her new book, Reading Genesis, with author Ayana Mathis. Often overlooked as a piece of literature, Robinson reconsiders The Book of Genesis and its exploration of themes that resonate throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Duration:00:57:18

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Hillary Rodham Clinton with Jennifer Weiner

4/16/2024
Hillary Rodham Clinton sits down with author Jennifer Weiner to discuss books, politics, and much more.

Duration:00:56:34

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Sasha Issenberg with Maggie Haberman: The Lie Detectives

4/2/2024
Journalist and the author Sasha Issenberg sits down with the New York Times’ senior political correspondent Maggie Haberman to discuss his latest book, The Lie Detectives.

Duration:00:59:41

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Lyn Slater and Chloé Cooper Jones

3/19/2024
The Accidental Icon Lyn Slater, a fashion and culture influencer, talks about her new book, How to Be Old, and reflects on life in her 60s. She speaks with Chloé Cooper Jones, author of the bestselling memoir Easy Beauty.

Duration:00:56:34

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Chasing Bruno Schulz: Benjamin Balint with Joshua Cohen

3/5/2024
Author and journalist Benjamin Balint sits down with Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Joshua Cohen to discuss Balint’s latest book Bruno Schulz, a fresh portrait of the Polish-Jewish writer and artist that draws on extensive new reporting and archival research.

Duration:00:57:27

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Álvaro Enrigue with Marie Arana: You Dreamed of Empires

2/21/2024
The author of Sudden Death returns with a new novel that reimagines the destinies of Tenochtitlan.

Duration:01:02:23

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Heather Cox Richardson with Andrew Delbanco: Democracy Awakening

2/6/2024
Historian and author Heather Cox Richardson sits down with Andrew Delbanco to discuss her most recent book, Democracy Awakening.

Duration:00:59:35

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Lesbian Poetic Traditions: Judy Grahn and Friends

1/23/2024
The iconic feminist poet Judy Grahn re-explores the traditions of lesbian poetry from Sappho to Pat Parker and beyond.

Duration:00:57:40

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Vauhini Vara with Leslie Jamison: This Is Salvaged

1/9/2024
Prize-winning author Vauhini Vara sits down with Leslie Jamison to discuss her first collection of short stories, This Is Salvaged.

Duration:01:02:33

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Ayana Mathis and Justin Torres

12/26/2023
Authors Ayana Mathis, author of The Unsettled, and Justin Torres, author of Blackouts, speak about their award-winning novels.

Duration:01:00:08

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Outrageous: Kliph Nesteroff with Marc Maron

12/12/2023
In this episode of Library Talks, author Kliph Nesteroff sits down with comedian Marc Maron to discuss his new book, Outrageous, which chronicles the controversies of American show business and the ongoing attempts to change what we watch, read, and hear.

Duration:01:03:46

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Far from Over: The Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

11/28/2023
Politicians and activists discuss the continuing push to revive the much-contested Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Duration:00:56:59

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Mary Beard with Tim Gunn: Emperor of Rome

11/14/2023
Mary Beard returns to the Library to talk with Tim Gunn about her new book, Emperor of Rome, her long-awaited follow up to the international bestseller SPQR.

Duration:00:57:25

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C Pam Zhang with Padma Lakshmi: Land of Milk and Honey

10/31/2023
In this episode of Library Talks, C Pam Zhang sits down with Padma Lakshmi to discuss her latest novel Land of Milk and Honey, which tells the story of climate disaster and a young chef discovering pleasure at the end of the world. Zhang is the winner of the Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award and the Asian/Pacific Award for Literature, a Booker Prize nominee, and a finalist for numerous other prizes, including the the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Zhang’s writing appears in Best American Short Stories, The Cut, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree and a New York Public Library Cullman Fellow. Padma Lakshmi is an Emmy-nominated producer, television host, food expert, and a New York Times best-selling author and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People (2023).

Duration:00:59:43