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February 2020

Book Discussion: “Why We Can’t Wait” by Martin Luther King Jr.

February 24, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conference Room – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon
Princeton, New Jersey 08542

Members of Not In Our Town Princeton lead a book discussion of  "Why We Can't Wait," Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 book about the nonviolent movement against racial segregation and injustice in the United States. The book expands on the ideas introduced in King's widely published "Letter from Birmingham Jail."   Co-presented with Not In Our Town Princeton.  

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TBD (To Be Discussed)

February 25, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Story Room – Third Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

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.

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Writers Room

February 25, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions. Works read are less than 10 minutes long (about 1200-1500 words), so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led on alternating weeks by Loretta and Fred Wish, Todd Greenwood, Don Donato and Steve Arnold. Writers Room Guidelines: The…

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

February 26, 2020, 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”

February 27, 2020, 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

Mystery Book Group

March 2, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group discusses "Suspect" by Robert Crais.

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Writers Room

March 3, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions. Works read are less than 10 minutes long (about 1200-1500 words), so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led on alternating weeks by Loretta and Fred Wish, Todd Greenwood, Don Donato and Steve Arnold. Writers Room Guidelines: The…

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

March 4, 2020, 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”

March 5, 2020, 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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Poets at the Library

March 9, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Featured poets Vida Chu and Susan Gerardi Bello read from their works for 20 minutes each, followed by an open-mic session. A Princeton resident, Vida Chu grew up in Hong Kong. She came to America to attend the Universityof Pennsylvania, graduated with a degree in biology, and stayed. Her poems have appeared in many journals. She has two books of poems: "The Fragrant Harbor" and "The Thirteenth Lake." She has published children's stories in Cricket Magazine and “Fire and Wings,”…

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

March 10, 2020, 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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Writers Room

March 10, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions. Works read are less than 10 minutes long (about 1200-1500 words), so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led on alternating weeks by Loretta and Fred Wish, Todd Greenwood, Don Donato and Steve Arnold. Writers Room Guidelines: The…

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April 2020

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

April 2, 2020, 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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Journey Within Virtual Writing Workshop with Lauren B. Davis

April 2, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, NJ

Journey Within is a nine-session course created by a global community of writers in collaboration with the library.  The virtual workshops will bring the experience and craft of established writers to people who wish to hone their skills.  Authors will provide live online presentation sessions followed by a Q&A segment in which participants will be able to submit questions for discussion.  Please see the complete schedule here. Session 1 (The Handless Maiden - The Snow Queen) will be taught by…

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VIRTUAL Wandering Book Club Launch

April 7, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This book discussion group for people in their 20s and 30s is led by librarians Morgan Taylor and Nora Walsh. The group had planned to wander every month to a different spot in Princeton to discuss a book, genre, or format. Now that most of us are living under a stay-at-home order, the group will launch on Discord, an online community. Once you've accepted the invitation to join, you can create a free account. The group will meet April 7…

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