Monday, July 27, 2015

Reading Room Cliffs Notes: Week of July 27

Reading Room Cliffs Notes is the essential guide to what's going on in the Reading Room for the upcoming week. The "Flashback" section captures a highlight from last week, while "Foreshadowing" gives a full list of the upcoming week's events. Make a visit to the Bryant Park Reading Room presented by HSBC a plot point in your week!  

Flashback to Non-Fiction with Martha Hodes

Professor and historian Martha Hodes talks about her latest book Mourning Lincoln

Last week Martha Hodes stopped by the Bryant Park Reading Room to join the Word for Word Non-Fiction Series, which focuses on lectures pertaining to the Civil War. While there are countless books on the Civil War and Lincoln, what makes Hodes' new book, Mourning Lincoln, distinct from other Civil War novels is that she looks at individual Americans' responses to the Assassination of President Lincoln. Hodes looks at diaries, letters, journals, and newspaper articles (among other things), which allows the reader to see both sides of the public's opinion towards Lincoln's death. Hodes compares Lincoln's death for those living in 1865 to what 9/11 was for many of us today. Mourning Lincoln is a must read for any Lincoln fan.

Foreshadowing for the Week of July 27

12:30am: Reel Talks- Badlands
Lively and entertaining commentary on Badlands
With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and Author & Film Critic Stephen Whitty 

10:30am: StoryTime
Cali Co Cat with tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!

12:30pm: Word for Word BookClub- Hamlet
BookClub discussion on Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
Facilitated by Max Gladstone, Last First Snow

7:00pm: Word for Word Poetry welcomes Sibling Rivalry Press
Featuring the Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press;
Jane Summer
Ralph Hamilton
Robert Siek
Priscilla Atkins

12:30pm: Word for Word Author presents Colin Quinn, The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America 
Hosted by Dave Itzkoff, New York Times 

Laugh-out-loud look into why we tiptoe around the very subject we should be celebrating – diversity.
The first person to say "The Coloring Book" to the Reading Room Coordinator at the event will win a free copy of the book.

7:00pm: Word for Word Non-Fiction presents Charles Kaiser, The Cost of Courage  
Charles KaiserThe Cost of Courage 

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

7pm: Word for Word Writers Short Story 2.0
Pen your own short story at this writers workshop guaranteed to improve and perfect.
Pre-registration required. 
Facilitated by Miranda McLeod, MFA, NYU

12:00pm: Word for Word Kids
Cowboy Sing-a-long with Hopalong Andrew 

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