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August 2019

Afternoons with Austen: “Sense and Sensibility” (1995)

Wednesday, August 21, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Enjoy a cup of tea and a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel on Wednesday afternoons this summer when the library presents Afternoons with Austen. For true Austen fanatics, "Addicted to Austen" calling cards will be distributed at each screening to be stamped by staff. Those who attend three or more screenings will be entered in a drawing to win a prize pack of copies of all of the films shown in the series. "Sense and Sensibility" follows the…

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Author Talk: Peng Nei Peng Wai | Inside/Outside the Dubbing Studio

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Patrick Pun, the Author of Peng Nei Peng Wai (In/Outside the Dubbing Studio), will  make a comprehensive introduction about Foreign Film Dubbing and Distribution History in past 70 years in Mainland China, combining the social development background in China and personal life of famous dubbing professionals during that period, especially during the cultural revolution. Patrick, the son of famous dubbing actress Ms. Guangning Liu  grew up in the foreign film dubbing and music/opera community, has been the witness of first…

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Pop-Up Book Club: “My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem

Sunday, August 25, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Explore "Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road," the author's most recently published memoir, in which she shares candid stories of what she has learned on the road as a self-described “modern nomad,” and how those lessons have informed her  life’s work as a leading activist for equality. Registration for this event is now full. This event is in advance of the Sept. 6 opening of "Gloria: A Life," at McCarter Theatre Center. Presented in partnership with the library, Labyrinth…

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Writing Workshop

Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 28, 2019

Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers who are working on book-length works are invited to receive constructive critique from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Don Donato leads the workshop.

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Afternoons with Austen: “Persuasion” (2007)

Wednesday, August 28, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Enjoy a cup of tea and a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel on Wednesday afternoons this summer when the library presents Afternoons with Austen. For true Austen fanatics, "Addicted to Austen" calling cards will be distributed at each screening to be stamped by staff. Those who attend three or more screenings will be entered in a drawing to win a prize pack of copies of all the films shown in the series. Sally Hawkins stars as the protagonist Anne Elliot…

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September 2019

Writers Room

Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 25, 2019

Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. While nonfiction has been a focus in the past, fiction writers are welcome. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led by Loretta and Fred Wish in the first floor Quiet Room.

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Poets at the Library

Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Anna M. Evans and Kim Bridgford read from their work for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. Anna M. Evans’ poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Quarterly, and 32 Poems. She gained her MFA from Bennington College. Recipient of Fellowships from the MacDowell Artists' Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and winner of the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award, she currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Rowan College at…

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Mystery Book Group

Monday, September 9, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group discusses "Open Season" by C.J. Box.

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Author Talk with Eric Weitz on “A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation States”

Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Professor and author Eric Weitz speaks about his book, "A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation States," a global history of the fate of human rights in a world of nation-states. The book also explains the origins of many of today's crises, from the existence of more than 65 million refugees and migrants worldwide to the growth of right-wing nationalism. From the Princeton University Press website: Once dominated by vast empires, the world is…

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Writing Workshop

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 1, 2020

Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers who are working on book-length works are invited to receive constructive critique from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Don Donato leads the workshop.

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Contemporary Fiction Book Group: “There There”

Thursday, September 12, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Conference Room – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon
Princeton, New Jersey 08542

The group discusses "There There" by Tommy Orange. New members are welcome.

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Author Mort Zachter: “Red Holzman”

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Princeton author Mort Zachter discusses his book “Red Holzman: The Life and Legacy of a Hall of Fame Basketball Coach,” his biography of the winningest coach in the history of the New York Knickerbockers NBA franchise.  Zachter is a former tax attorney and tax professor at New York University. His first book, “Dough: A Memoir,” won the 2006 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Book Prize for nonfiction. Copies of “Red Holzman” will be available for purchase and signing. All proceeds…

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Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, September 12, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Princeton Room – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group continues its July discussion of "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi.    

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Princeton Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hinds Plaza, 63 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Over 80 acclaimed authors and illustrators in children’s literature gather on Hinds Plaza to meet, interact with and sign books for young readers at this annual event. Book sales are handled by jaZams with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to the library’s Youth Services Department. Hinds Plaza, rain or shine. Co-sponsored by the library and jaZams.

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Author Gina Rippon: “Gender and our Brains”

Sunday, September 15, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Author Gina Rippon will discuss her book, which explores how recent breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychology research have helped debunk long-held beliefs that there are biological distinctions between female and male brains. An honorary professor of cognitive neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham, England, Rippon has spent decades researching the neuroscience of gender and her work has appeared in both scholarly and mainstream journals. Presented in partnership with HiTOPS

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