Sun, Apr 30, 2PM — Celebrate the release of SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL: WRITERS AND SOAP INSIDERS ON WHY WE’LL TUNE IN TOMORROW AS THE WORLD TURNS RESTLESSLY BY THE GUIDING LIGHT OF OUR LIVES with the editors and selected contributors.

Celebrate the release of SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL: WRITERS AND SOAP INSIDERS ON WHY WE’LL TUNE IN TOMORROW AS THE WORLD TURNS RESTLESSLY BY THE GUIDING LIGHT OF OUR LIVES with editors Elizabeth Searle and Suzanne Strempek Shea and contributors Lisa Borders, Emily Franklin, Allan Hunter, Marianne Leone, Leigh Montville, Brenda Sparks Prescott, and Sebastian Stuart. […]

Mon, May 1, 7PM — PoemWorks Poetry Event with Steve Nickman and Wendy Drexler, followed by an Open Mic.

Join us for a poetry reading with Steve Nickman and Wendy Drexler, followed by an Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Waring. Steve Nickman is a child psychiatrist by trade and hopes someday to be a poet.  He has written professionally on adoption and related fields, co-founded the Adoption and Foster Care Committee of the American […]

Tue, May 2, 7PM  — Jessica Shattuck, author of THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE: A NOVEL

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards […]

Wed, May 3, 7PM — Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of HOW EMOTIONS ARE MADE: THE SECRET LIFE OF THE BRAIN

A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, the legal system, and our understanding of the human mind Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. […]

Thu, May 4, 7PM — Marianne Leone, author of MA SPEAKS UP: AND A FIRST-GENERATION DAUGHTER TALKS BACK

The acclaimed actress and author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story tells the story of her outspoken, frequently outrageous Italian immigrant mother. Marianne Leone’s Ma is in many senses a larger-than-life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations. Born on a farm in Italy, Linda finds her way to the […]

Tue, May 9, 7PM — Alex Beam, author of THE FEUD: VLADIMIR NABOKOV, EDMUND WILSON, AND THE END OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP

The Feud is the deliciously ironic (and sad) tale of how two literary giants destroyed their friendship in a fit of mutual pique and egomania. In 1940, Edmund Wilson was the undisputed big dog of American letters. Vladimir Nabokov was a near-penniless Russian exile seeking asylum in the States. Wilson became a mentor to Nabokov, […]

Wed, May 10, 7PM — J. Robert Lennon, author of BROKEN RIVER: A NOVEL, and David Samuel Levinson, author of TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL: A NOVEL

About BROKEN RIVER: A modest house in upstate New York. One in the morning. Three people―a couple and their child―hurry out the door, but it’s too late for them. As the virtuosic and terrifying opening scene of Broken River unfolds, a spectral presence seems to be watching with cold and mysterious interest. Soon the house […]

Thu, May 11, 7PM — John J. Winters, author of SAM SHEPARD: A LIFE

With more than fifty-five plays to his credit—including the 1979 Pulitzer Prize–winning Buried Child—an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, and an onscreen persona that’s been aptly summed up as “Gary Cooper in denim,” Sam Shepard’s impact on American theater and film ranks with the greatest playwrights and actors […]

Sat, May 13, 11 AM — Picture Book Event with Sally Sandford and Ilse Plume, author and illustrator of HENRY AND THE HUCKLEBERRIES: A VISIT WITH MR.  THOREAU AT WALDEN POND

The great naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, takes his young friends berry picking near Walden Pond and turns a mishap into a gentle lesson about nature. Based on a true story, this delightful and beautifully illustrated work of “reality fiction” uses a technique inspired by Louisa May Alcott, who is portrayed as a child in the […]

Tue, May 16, 7PM — Dawn Tripp, author of GEORGIA: A NOVEL OF GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, and B.A. Shapiro, author of THE MURALIST: A NOVEL

About GEORGIA: In 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O’Keeffe’s work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous. O’Keeffe is quickly drawn into Stieglitz’s sophisticated world, becoming his mistress, protégé, and […]

Wed, May 17, 7PM — Fiona Maazel, author of A LITTLE MORE HUMAN: A NOVEL, and Paul La Farge, author of THE NIGHT OCEAN: A NOVEL

About A LITTLE MORE HUMAN: Meet Phil Snyder: new father, nursing assistant at a cutting-edge biotech facility on Staten Island, and all-around decent guy. Trouble is, his life is falling apart. His wife has betrayed him, his job involves experimental surgeries with strange side effects, and his father is hiding early-onset dementia. Phil also has […]

Thu, May 18, 7PM — David Hicks, author of WHITE PLAINS: A NOVEL, and ZZ Packer, author of DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE: STORIES, in conversation with Kenneth Calhoun, author of BLACK MOON: A NOVEL

About WHITE PLAINS: Flynn Hawkins is a graduate assistant at a prestigious university, on his way to greatness and wisdom. But in the aftermath of 9/11, Flynn leaves his wife and children, resigns his teaching position and heads west, only to get lost in his guilt and in the mountains of Colorado. When he ends […]

Tue, May 23, 7PM — Jodi Daynard, author of A MORE PERFECT UNION: A NOVEL

In 1794, Johnny Watkins returns to America from Barbados, intent on becoming a great statesman. Even his hero, John Adams, believes the gifted boy will go far. There’s just one catch: Johnny must learn to pass for white. He finds a spirited and lovely confidante in Kate, one of the few who knows that Johnny’s […]

Wed, May 24, 7PM — Martha Cooley, author of GUESSWORK: A RECKONING WITH LOSS, in conversation with Douglas Bauer, author of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?: MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

About GUESSWORK: Having lost eight friends in ten years, Cooley retreats to a tiny medieval village in Italy with her husband. There, in a rural paradise where bumblebees nest in the ancient cemetery and stray cats curl up on her bed, she examines a question both easily evaded and unavoidable: mortality. How do we grieve? […]

Thu, May 25, 7PM — Poetry Event with Richard Hoffman, author of NOON UNTIL NIGHT, Fred Marchant, author of SAID NOT SAID, and Ben Berman, author of FIGURING IN THE FIGURE

About NOON UNTIL NIGHT: In Richard Hoffman’s long, complex title poem, which anchors his concerns throughout the book, he says with characteristic lucid candor, “…now when longevity itself begins to seem at once/the only wealth worth having and the booby prize.” It should be noted that Noon until Night is not a book about noon […]

Tue, May 30, 7PM — Randy Susan Meyers, author of THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET: A NOVEL

A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall. Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial […]