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November 2018

Historical Fiction Book Group: “News of the World”

November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Historical Society of Princeton, Updike Barn, 354 Quaker Road, 354 Quaker Road
Princeton, 08542 United States

The Historical Fiction Book Group features scholar-led book discussions about the fictional elements and nonfictional historic and regional context of selected books.  For this meeting, Camilla Townsend, professor of history at Rutgers University, leads a discussion of “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles, a story about an orphaned 10-year-old's dangerous journey through Texas after the Civil War to be reunited with distant family, with the help of a wizened war veteran. Camilla Townsend is Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers,…

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A Celebration of Poetry

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Join us for a celebratory evening of poetry readings and refreshments in the library's Community Room as we wrap up our series of fall poetry programs with Dara-Lyn Shrager, the library's first poet-in-residence. Dara-Lyn Shrager will read from her works and signs copies of her poetry collection, “Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee.” At the personal invitation of Dara-Lyn three additional poets -- Timothy Liu, Peter Covino and Martha Rhodes -- will be featured readers at this event and sign copies of their books.…

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“State of the Arts” Premiere Screening: “The Princeton Show”

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In advance of its broadcast on NJTV, WNET and WHYY public television, "The Princeton Show," an episode of "State of the Arts" devoted to the Princeton arts scene, will be shown. The episode features the library's Princeton Children's Book Festival, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail, "Tesseracts of Time: A Dance for Architecture," co-created by Steven Holl Architects (designer of the new Lewis Center for the Arts) and choreographer Jessica Lang, and in celebration of…

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Author Talk with Keith Whittington on “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech”

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In his new book "Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech," Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University, argues that universities must protect and encourage vigorous free speech in order to fulfill their most basic, fundamental, and essential purposes, including fostering freedom of thought, ideological diversity, and tolerance. Examining such hot-button issues as trigger warnings, safe spaces, hate speech, disruptive protests, speaker disinvitations, the use of social media by faculty, and academic politics, the book…

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Sonnet Slam with McCarter Theatre

November 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

  Join the library and members of McCarter Theatre Center's Shakespeare Community Reading Group for a celebration of the Bard's sonnets at the 2nd Annual Sonnet Slam.  Sonnet numbers (1-154) will be drawn at random and paired with readers who will stand and deliver their sonnets at the lectern in front of the Shakespeare-loving crowd.  A volume of sonnets will be available, or feel free to bring your own.  Reserve your seat here! Co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre…

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To Be Discussed (TBD)

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until November 27, 2018

Story Room, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, 08542

All high school students are welcome to participate in this monthly discussion of great books, films, music, non-fiction, poetry, and all things cultural. Participants may also help create book displays and reading lists for the library, take group trips to see current films, and do group-reads.

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Author Talk with Sayu Bhojwani on “People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door”

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Join Sayu Bhojwani in conversation with Leticia Fraga on Bhojwani's new book "People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy's Door." Bhojwani is a an author, political scientist and immigrant of Indian descent. In the book, she shares the stories of a diverse and persevering range of local and state politicians from across the country who are challenging the status quo, winning against all odds, and leaving a path for others to follow. Bhojwani served as New…

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Stephen Greenblatt and Jeff Dolven, “Tyrant”

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

World-renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt and acclaimed critic, Renaissance scholar, and poet Jeff Dolven explore Shakespeare’s insight into bad (and often mad) rulers, the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution. Library Live at Labyrinth is a collaborative reading series between the library and Labyrinth Books. Events are in the lower level of the book store at 122 Nassau St.

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December 2018

A Christmas Carol Family “Filibuster” Read-Aloud

December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Usher in the spirit the season and the opening of McCarter Theatre Center’s production of the beloved holiday tale by participating in the third annual public community reading of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella. We will read the entire story from start to finish in the library’s Community Room on Sat., December 1, starting at 2 pm. All are invited and encouraged to attend—individuals, families, book clubs, and groups—and participate by reading a portion of the book. All reading levels are…

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Book Brunch with Idra Novey

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The award-winning author of “Ways to Disappear” discusses and signs copies of “Those Who Knew,” her newly published novel about power imbalances and the risks of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. The doors on Hinds Plaza will open at 11 a.m. when tea and pastries will be served. The author talk begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a book signing. Community Room

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Mystery Book Group: “The Usual Santas”

December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group discusses "The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers."

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Go Between Club

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 2:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until February 9, 2019

Conference Room, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are welcome to join us on the second Saturday of every month for a fun discussion of books and other interests. Conference Room

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Poets at the Library

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, Newsroom, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ United States

Featured poets Hayden Saunier and Mimi Danson read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Hayden Saunier is a poet, writer, and actor and the author of four poetry books. Her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, Rattle Poetry Prize, Gell Poetry Award and has been nominated numerous times for a Pushcart Prize. Hayden is the founder of the poetry/improv group No River Twice and lives on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  …

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Daniel T. Rodgers, “As a City on the Hill”

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Historian and Princeton University professor emeritus Daniel T. Rodgers discusses “As a City on a Hill: The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon.” The book traces how a 1630 sermon by John Winthrop came to be seen as a founding document of American identity and exceptionalism and reveals the circuitous, unexpected ways his words came to lodge in American consciousness. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St. Library Live at Labyrinth is a collaborative reading series between the library and Labyrinth…

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Contemporary Fiction Book Group: “The Essex Serpent”

December 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
2nd Floor Conference Room, 65 Witherspoon
Princeton, New Jersey 08542

The group will discuss “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry.

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