Beyond Words 2021

Celebrating Community and the Library

Join us, outside on Hinds Plaza, as we kick off Beyond Words 2021 for a night of connections, community and celebration. Delight in live music, beverages and light fare at this open air event. With ample seating, enjoy an intimate community event that promises to be a gracious gathering of friends and library supporters. We are pleased to kick-off this event with special guest David Bellos for an in-person conversation on the Plaza at 4:30 pm. Live Jazz and festivities continue the celebration.

David Bellos gained his doctorate in French literature from Oxford University (UK) and taught subsequently at Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester before coming to Princeton in 1997.A well-known translator, he is also the author of an irreverent introduction to translation studies, Is That A Fish in Your Ear? His most recent book, The Novel of the Century, marks a return to nineteenth century France from a trans-national point of view. He has won the French-American Foundation’s translation prize (1988), the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie (1994), the Man Booker International translator’s award (2005) and the Book Award of the American Library in Paris, and holds the rank of officier in the Orde national des Arts et des Lettres. He was the recipient of the 2019 Howard T. Berhman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.

Beyond Words 2021 will continue with two virtual events:

Nov. 12: A thought-provoking virtual conversation featuring journalist and novelist Omar El Akkad, author of the recently-released “What Strange Paradise” and the award-winning 2017 novel “American War.”

Friday, Dec. 3: A lively virtual conversation featuring novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of “The Plot,” “You Should Have Known,” which was made into the acclaimed HBO mini-series “The Undoing,” and “Admission,” which was made into the popular 2013 movie of the same name.


Beyond Words 2021 promises to cultivate your curiosity while supporting our Princeton Public Library. This year we celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our library staff in keeping our community connected, informed and entertained. In addition, the Friends celebrate the generous support of our loyal donors. We hope you will join us at Beyond Words 2021 for a night of connections, community and celebration.


Benefit Committee

Beyond Words 2021 Cochairs
Michelle Baxter, Julia Benedict, Jane Fransson, and Beth Leman

Beyond Words 2021 Committee

Andrea Bradley
Claire Brown
Rachel Castaldi
Lindsay Casto
Julie Cho
Audrey Egger
Jen Eident
Jennifer Feddern
Caitlin Freeh
Dawn Frost
Melissa Grzymala
Janie Hermann
David Hill
Veronika Häusle-Kalabacos
Nicky Katz
Seva Kramer
Patricia Meyer
Ruth Miller

Rosalind Muir
Shalu Naso
Jane Nieman
Stephanie Oster
Joy McPartland
Jennifer Podolsky
Tim Quinn
Jenna Ross
Dina Shaw
Amanda Slater
Yamile Slebi
Audrey Smerkanich
Christa Smith
Melanie Stein
Emily Szurek
Pam Wakefield
Wendy Wilton
Karen Zemble