Celebrating Community and the Library

We hope you will join us at Beyond Words 2021 to connect, enjoy community and support of the Princeton Public Library.

Please join us for our virtual talks in November and December:  

Nov. 12, 7 p.m. – This event is now closed

Dec. 3, 7 p.m. – This event is now closed

Individual tickets are on sale now. 

Nov. 12, 7 p.m. – This event is now closed

A thought-provoking virtual conversation featuring journalist and novelist Omar El Akkad in conversation with Professor Deborah Amos. Omar El Akkad is the author of the recently-released “What Strange Paradise”, which has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for excellence in Canadian fiction.  He is also the author of the award-winning 2017 novel “American War.”  Deborah Amos is the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, an NPR International Correspondent, and recipient of a 2021-22 Berlin Prize Fellowship. 

Dec. 3, 7 p.m. – This event is now closed

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. Jean Hanff Korelitz, a former Princeton resident, will be joined in conversation by Peter Ham and Eve Niedergang, both Friends of the Library.  

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 are excited for you to join us at our upcoming Beyond Words 2021 virtual talks for two nights of connections, community and celebration.

*Ticket Price does not include the purchase of a book. If you would like to purchase any books, please visit Labyrinth Books or contact them at (609) 497-1600. From November 12th-19th, receive 10% off of your purchase of What Strange Paradise with the coupon code “Akkad” at labyrinthbooks.com.

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