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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 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

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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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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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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Library Live at Labyrinth: Julia Phillips: “The Disappearing Earth”

Tuesday, April 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Author Photo: Julia Phillips and Book Cover: Disappearing Earth Superimposed on a larger image of a mountain range

The author reads from and discusses her debut novel about how the disappearance of two young sisters reverberates through their town on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka. "The Disappearing Earth" is a National Book Award finalist and was named one of  The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year. Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and the Moscow Times.   Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

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May 2020

Library Live at Labyrinth: Eddie Glaude Jr.: “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own”

Tuesday, May 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Author Photo: Eddie Glaude

The author and Princeton University professor discusses his latest book. James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the Civil Rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In the era of Trump, what can we learn from his struggle? Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is professor and chair of African American Studies and Professor of Religion at Princeton University. His books include "In a Shade of Black: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America" and "Democracy in Black."…

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