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February 2020

Library Live at Labyrinth: Susan Stewart: “The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture”

Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Susan Stewart, the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and professor of English at Princeton University, discusses "The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture,"  her most recent book in which she explores how ruins have become so valued in Western culture and central to our art and literature. Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Edward Posnett: “Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects”

Thursday, February 27, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses his book that traces the harvesting, processing and trading of seven uncommon products that originate in some of the most remote areas of the world. Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

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March 2020

Author Zachary Norris: “We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just and Inclusive Communities”

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Author Headshot: Zachary Norris

Norris, executive director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, discusses his book in which he presents a vision for how the United States can achieve safety and security for everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of society. Using data and personal stories from interviews to support his claims, Norris provides a persuasive argument and strategies for moving from a fear-based model to a "culture of care."   Norris is a graduate of Harvard University and the New York…

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson and Piper Kendrix Williams: “The Toni Morrison Book Club”

Thursday, March 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The authors discuss their book, a collection of essays that reflect on the works of the late writer, Princeton University professor and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Colleagues at The College of New Jersey, the four gathered informally for several years to discuss Morrison's novels which became a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about everyday racism and "living whole in times of uncertainty." Bennett is professor of English at The College of New Jersey and the author of “Toni Morrison…

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Lewis Hyde: “A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past”

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

What if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear but as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth? The author discusses his book which offers a playful and inspiring defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche. Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic. He is the author of “The Gift,” “Trickster Makes This World,” and “Common as Air.” A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate…

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Michael D. Gordin: “Einstein in Bohemia”

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: Einstein in Bohemia

The author and Princeton University professor discusses his book on the 16 months Albert Einstein spent living with his family in Prague, the capital of Bohemia, where he was a professor of theoretical physics. The book is a portrait of both the city that touched Einstein’s life in unexpected ways, and of the gifted young scientist who left his mark on the science, literature, and politics of Prague. Shedding light on a transformative period of Einstein’s life and career, it brings…

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Anne Case and Angus Deaton: “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism”

Thursday, March 12, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: Deaths of Despair and the future of capitalism

The authors discuss their book, a groundbreaking account of how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working class and a troubling portrait of the American dream in decline. The book explains the overwhelming surge in deaths from suicide, drug overdose and alcoholism and sheds light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for the working class. It demonstrates why, for those who used to prosper in America, capitalism is no longer delivering but also charts a way…

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Labyrinth Live at the Library: Monika Zgustová: “Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag”

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: Dressed for a Dance in the Snow - Women's Voices From a Gulag

The author discusses her book, a collection of interviews with former female prisoners that chronicles the hardships of Stalin's forced labor camps, but also reveals tales of the love, art and friendship that persisted in times of tragedy. Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

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Author and Panel Discussion: “Global Education in Higher Ed”

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Book Cover: A Dirt Road to the Future - Education on the Global Front Lines

What roles should a university play in the wider world? How should American undergraduates be exposed to global cultures and challenges? If internationalization is a means to an end, what exactly is the end? Ethan Casey, author of "A Dirt Road to the Future: Education on the Global Front Lines," and a panel of practitioners from Princeton, Rutgers and Texas Christian University examine these questions. A book signing will follow the panel discussion.

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Readings from “The Bookshop on Lafayette Street: A Collection of Stories and Poems”

Friday, March 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Numerous contributors to the "The Bookshop on Lafayette Street" will read their work from this volume inspired by Classics Books in Trenton. Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Read Local Weekend: Local Author Day 2020

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library's 10th Local Author Day features workshops for writers and an afternoon Author Fair where visitors can meet local authors and buy copies of their books. A schedule of the day's events is below, and detailed information on participating authors will be available closer to the event date. The application deadline for the Author Fair has passed. Authors will be notified of acceptance the week of Feb. 24. Schedule 9:30 am - 10:45 am. "The Charms of Writing" workshop…

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Swati Bhatt: “The Attention Deficit”

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

The author discusses her latest book which explores the unintended consequences of ubiquitous connectivity enabled by digital technology. Weaving together the latest research on economics, psychology, and neuroscience, this book offers an analysis of communications markets and the commercialization of Internet-inspired connectivity. Bhatt, who received her Ph.D. from Princeton in 1986, has been on Princeton’s Economics faculty since 1992, where she has taught courses on The Economics of the Internet, Microeconomics, Industrial Organization and Finance and has been Director of…

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Adrienne Raphel: “Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords”

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Adrienne Raphel blends first-person reporting from the world of crosswords with a delightful telling of its rich literary history. From the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament to the home and office of Will Shortz, New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR's official "Puzzlemaster," the author goes behind the scenes to discover how the world's gold standard of puzzles is made and used.

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Author Olivia Cox-Fill: “Walking a Tightrope: Memories of Wu Jeiping, Personal Physician to China’s Leaders”

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses her book for which she interviewed Dr. Wu Jeiping, personal physician to Zhou Enlai, first premier of the People's Republic of China, and other top Chinese leaders. Conducted over three years, the interviews yielded vivid and unique recollections of Wu's contacts with the Chinese leadership. Wu specified that none of these memories should be published until after his death, which occurred in 2011, since its frank revelations would lead to state repercussions. The memoir reveals the appalling…

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April 2020

Library Live at Labyrinth: David G. Marwell “Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death”

Wednesday, April 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses his book, a detailed biography of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele and a first-hand account of the global search that finally identified his remain and ended an international manhunt.   Marwell, former director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, worked on the Mengele case at the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations in the 1980s. He is a historian who has served and led a number of government and nonprofit institutions.   Presented…

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