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February 2017
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Megan Marshall on Elizabeth Bishop

February 26 @ 11:00 am

In Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, Megan Marshall, who studied with Bishop in the 1970s, alternates chapters of traditional biography with brief passages of memoir, illustrating how poetry and biography, subject and biographer, are entwined. Marshall, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Margaret Fuller: An American Life, “excels at creating a sense of intimacy — with both her subjects and her reader,” wrote Judith Thurman.         Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast  VISIT THE 92Y EVENT…

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David Grossman in Conversation with Nicole Krauss

February 27 @ 7:30 pm

David Grossman’s new novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, reveals the life of a stand-up comic in the course of one evening’s performance. “He may be the most gifted writer I’ve ever read; gifted not just because of his imagination, his energy, his originality, but because he has access to the unutterable,” wrote Nicole Krauss. “He can look inside a person and discover the unique essence of her humanity.”     A Horse Walks into a Bar    …

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March 2017
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Ted Leinwand on Shakespeare

March 5 @ 11:00 am

In The Great William, Ted Leinwand examines how seven writers — Coleridge, Keats, Woolf, Olson, Berryman, Ginsberg and Hughes — wrestled with Shakespeare. “One of the smartest and most engaging studies to have crossed my desk in a very long time,” wrote James Shapiro. “It is also rich in archival discoveries, steeped in biographical insight and deeply knowledgeable about the ways in which great writers have read and responded to Shakespeare.”         The Great William: Writers Reading…

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Elif Batuman and Viet Thanh Nguyen

March 16 @ 8:00 pm

Author of The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Elif Batuman now publishes her first novel, The Idiot, a portrait of the artist as a young woman. “To call her one of the best writers of her generation is only stating the obvious,” wrote Benjamin Kunkel. “Sometimes you’re so amused that you can almost overlook the envy-inducing naturalness and smarts of her prose.” Viet Thanh Nguyen’s first novel, The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize…

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Richard Holmes On Romantic Biography

March 19 @ 11:00 am

In This Long Pursuit, award-winning biographer Richard Holmes touches on the examples of Blake, Shelley, Coleridge, Keats and others to chronicle the history of biography through his own lifelong obsession with the adventure of discovering, assembling and recreating the lives of great writers.       This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer The Age of Wonder VISIT THE 92Y EVENT WEBSITE FOR TICKETS

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Mark Levine, Ada Limon and Elena Rivera

March 23 @ 8:00 pm

In Travels of Marco, Mark Levine’s new book of poems, there is “a captivating lyric invention of nimble leaps and twists of wit,” wrote D. A. Powell. In Bright Dead Things, named one of The New York Times’ Top Ten Books of Poetry in 2015, “Ada Limón picks things up, puts them down, daydreams, sings and casually, unpretentiously finds everything strange, uttering truths that have a light, mysterious accuracy,” wrote Matthew Zapruder. Eléna Rivera’s new collection, Scaffolding, is a “vibrant,…

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Edna O’Brien and Adam Haslett

March 27 @ 7:30 pm

“The great Edna O’Brien has written her masterpiece,” wrote Philip Roth, of The Little Red Chairs, O’Brien’s first novel in ten years. O’Brien brings readers the dark tale of a mysterious stranger arriving in a small Irish town and the woman who falls under his spell. Adam Haslett’s new novel, Imagine Me Gone, “is one of the great books about loss and mourning and the ineluctable laws that govern the political economy of families,” wrote Tony Kushner. “This magnificent work…

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April 2017
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Kay Redfield Jamison on Robert Lowell

April 2 @ 11:00 am

In her new biographical study, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire, pioneering psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison (An Unquiet Mind, Touched with Fire) explores the relationship between mental illness and creativity in the poet’s life and work. “She is plainly among the few who have a profound understanding of the relationship that exists between art and madness,” wrote William Styron.       Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire An Unquiet Mind VISIT THE 92Y EVENT WEBSITE FOR TICKETS

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Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald

April 3 @ 8:00 pm

A reading by two of our finest performers of poetry. Frank Bidart’s new book is Half-light: Collected Poems. “No other poet sounds like Bidart,” wrote Garth Greenwell. You can hear the muscular physicality of his language, the way the sentence twists around the line breaks, never quite as expected. His work is one of the unfolding wonders of the literature of our time.” Alice Oswald’s new collection is Falling Awake. “Hers is a mystical work, and when she writes you…

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Mary Gaitskill: First Reads

April 13 @ 8:00 pm

Upon publication of her new collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, Mary Gaitskill takes on a special assignment: to read a work she’s never read before (we’ll announce the title in 2017), then discuss the experience of this literary encounter. “Her brand of brainy lyricism, of acid shot through with grace, is unlike anyone else’s. And it constitutes some of the most incisive writing around,” wrote Meghan O’Rourke.       Somebody with a Little Hammer Veronica The…

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