Last time we headed uptown for something at the library, it was for that . Looks like a return visit is in order: the lineup for the upcoming season of Live at the NYPL has just been unleashed and highlights include Wes Anderson talking Grand Budapest Hotel, Malcolm Gladwell revealing all, Douglas Coupland and Chuck Palahniuk in what’s sure to be a far-out convo, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy talking craft brews, John Waters (who’s always good for a laugh), and more. Check out the full schedule below. If you’re a Friend of the Library, click on the links to pre-order tickets (they’re $15) or wait till they go on sale to general public ($25) Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.
Rebecca Mead | Paul Holdengräbeer
Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m.
Rebecca Mead examines her experience with George Eliot’s Middlemarch, the enduring novel that has shaped her own life and inspired her upcoming book My Life in Middlemarch.
Wes Anderson | Paul Holdengräber
Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m.
Wes Anderson’s vivid cinematic aesthetic and idiosyncratic characters make his films both immediately recognizable and endearing. Anderson returns to LIVE to explore his passions, influences, and his newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Is failure a gift to the creative process? Sarah Lewis investigates the importance of grit and perseverance in her new book The Rise.
Malcolm Gladwell | Paul Holdengräber
Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m.
Challenger of conventional wisdom Malcolm Gladwell brings his critical approach to the LIVE stage as he expounds on his newest interests.
Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Magic! Illusion! Conversation! See what surprises LIVE when actor, author, and sleight-of-hand extraordinaire Ricky Jay commands the stage.
Katherine Boo | Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Katherine Boo, 2013 Library Lion and author of the National Book Award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, MacArthur Award-winning author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, discuss poverty around the world.
Douglas Coupland | Chuck Palahniuk
Friday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Can a literary conversation double as a social experiment? Absolutely, if the writers on stage are Douglas Coupland, author of Worst. Person. Ever., and Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club.
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy travels to Manhattan to celebrate the craft beer revolution.
George Prochnik | Paul Holdengräber
The Joy Gottesman Ungerleider Lecture
Tuesday, May 6, 7:00p.m. – The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room
LIVE welcomes back George Prochnik, author of The Impossible Exile. This new book studies the life and work of Stefan Zweig, an icon of the Viennese cultural renaissance.
Tuesday, May 20, 7 p.m.
One of today’s most significant and complex contemporary artists, Kara Walker reflects on themes of race, gender, sexuality, violence, and subjugation in her visually striking work. Co-presented with Creative Time and Studio Museum of Harlem.
Rivka Galchen | Karen Russell
Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m.
Fiction writers Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell, whose most recent book is Vampires in the Lemon Grove, talk about Galchen’s new collection of stories, American Innovations. Co-presented with the Cullman Center.
Wednesday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Filmmaker John Waters returns to LIVE with tales from his latest book, Carsick, which chronicles his adventures hitchhiking across the U.S.
Karl Ove Knausgaard | Jeffrey Eugenides
Friday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Scandinavian author Karl Ove Knausgaard dissects the latest edition of his multi-volume autobiography, My Struggle, and the controversy and critical acclaim that surrounds it with The Virgin Suicides author Jeffrey Eugenides.
Geoff Dyer | Paul Holdengräber
Tuesday, June 10, 7 p.m.
A writer whose work defies easy categorization, Geoff Dyer recounts tales from Another Great Day at Sea, his new book on the complexities of life on board a U.S. aircraft carrier.
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