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November 2019

Gould Lecture: Michael S. A. Graziano: “Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience”

November 21, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University, discusses his book, "Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience" in which he puts forward a ground-breaking new theory of the origin of consciousness. Graziano is also the author of four previous neuroscience books and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Aeon. He lives in Princeton. This is the sixth annual lecture endowed by the family of Dr. Kenneth Gould. Support for this…

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December 2019

Author David Price: “The Road to Assunpink Creek: A New Look at the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution”

December 5, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Borrowing from his new book, David Price offers a new perspective on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution — the period from December 25, 1776 through January 3, 1777 — in which George Washington’s army won its first three significant victories. Price's latest work provides a unique interpretation of this critical period in American history by emphasizing the importance of the Battle of Assunpink Creek on Jan. 2, 1777. Price is a historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic…

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Library Live at Labyrinth: Adam Higginbotham: “Midnight in Cherynobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster”

December 11, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses his years-in-the-making book - a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy and myth have obscured the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest disasters. Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

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January 2020

Workshop with Illustrator/Author Chen Jiang-Hong

Tuesday, January 14, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Story Room – Third Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Illustrator and author Chen Jiang-Hong leads a workshop featuring a craft/maker activity based on the technique of Chinese painting. Chen won the 2019 Prix Albertine Jeunesse for his book "The Tiger Prince," a tale about a tigress, a seer, a King, and the prince, who must leave his family and learn the ways of the tigers so that the war between humans and animals can end. A Chinese-born French painter, Chen has illustrated 22 books, 12 of which he also wrote. His…

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Author Jeffrey Colvin: “Africaville: A Novel”

Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author gives a talk about his debut novel, a family saga set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by formerly enslaved people. Publisher's Weekly calls "Africaville: A Novel,"  which explores concepts of racial identity, passing, interracial relationships and the meaning of home, "a penetrating, fresh look at the indomitable spirit of black pioneers and their descendants." Colvin served in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University and Columbia University…

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February 2020

Authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills: “A Proud Heritage: The African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Areas”

Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Co-authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills will speak on the research for and contents of their book, "If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey." Based on over a decade's worth of research, the authors present a history of the cemetery and a unique window into African-American history in New Jersey. According to James McPherson, professor emeritus at Princeton University:  "Rooted in an amazing amount of research, and…

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Donna Rifkind: “The Sun and Her Stars: “Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood”

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses her biography of unsung Hollywood screenwriter Salka Viertel whose fascinating and complex life and career took her from prewar Vienna to Hollywood. In the 1930s and ‘40s, Viertel hosted salon-like gatherings that were a refuge for a multitude of writers, actors, composers and musicians who had escaped the worsening political situation in Europe and World War II.

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Book Brunch Featuring Kelly Simmons, Amy Impellizzeri and Kate Moretti

Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Three award-winning authors who are part of the Tall Poppy Writers group converse with the audience and each other about their most recent books, life, publishing and more. Writers include: Kelly Simmons:  "Where She Went"  Amy Impellizzeri: "Why We Lie" Kate Moretti: "In Her Bones" Doors open for this event at 11 a.m. when tea and pastries will be served. The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. Snow date will be Feb. 23.

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Author Marjan Kamali: “The Stationery Shop”

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author speaks at the paperback release of her acclaimed novel, a love story about a young couple living amidst the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran. When violence erupts on the eve of their marriage, a result of the coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future, the couple is separated and it seems they will never see each other again. Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, Marjan Kamali studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia…

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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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CANCELED 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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April 2020

Virtual Author Event: P. Carl—Becoming a Man: A Transgender Memoir

Thursday, April 2, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, NJ

P. Carl will discuss his new memoir about transitioning to a man after living 50 years as a girl and queer woman, building a career and living in loving marriage . To join, register here. The live streamed event is co-sponsored by the library and Labyrinth Books Princeton From the Simon & Shuster website: “Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition” (Simon & Schuster) is the striking memoir of P. Carl’s journey to become the man he always knew himself to…

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