Word for Word

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:
James B. Nicola
Jennifer Michael Hecht
Heather Dubrow

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Graywolf Press:
Tom Sleigh
Saskia Hamilton
Matthea Harvey

Presented in partnership with Graywolf Press

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Knopf:
Patrick Phillips
Edward Hirsch
Sharon Olds

Presented in partnership with Knopf

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Marsh Hawk Press:
Burt Kimmelman
Stephen Paul Miller
Christina Olivares
Jon Curley

Presented in partnership with Marsh Hawk Press

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Reading Room invites student poets and poetry lovers to New York City's 13th Annual Poem in Your Pocket Day. This day long celebration of poetry kicks off the Reading Room's 2015 Word for Word series and is free and open to the public.

Students from NYC's elementary, intermediate and high schools will have the opportunity to read their latest poems during the open mic forum. If you are 18 or under, and a student at a NYC school, you may register for our Poem In Your Pocket Open Mic.

Emcee: Daniel Kitrosser
NYC Youth Poet Laureate: Crystal Valentine
Musical Performance: HG
DJ: Flip Bundlez

Produced in cooperation with the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Education, NYC Votes, UrbanWordNYC, and the Office of the Mayor.

 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Dos Madres Press:

Michael Heller
Rick Mullin
Daniel Shapiro
Anne Whitehouse

Presented in partnership with Dos Madres Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Featuring the Poets:

Jason Schneiderman
Rachel Zucker
Wayne Koestenbaum

Presented in partnership with Jason Schneiderman

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Real Housewives of New York City star with no-nonsense advice on dating and relationships.

Learn more about Bethenny!
Learn more about Carole!


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mark Kurlansky, Food Writer
City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife.
Hosted by Margaret Mittelbach, Wild New York.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Kenyon Review:

James McCorkle
Clare Rossini
G.C. Waldrep
David Baker

Presented in partnership with Kenyon Review

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hop in! It’s a cross-country trip with the popular filmmaker of Hairspray and Polyester.

Learn more about John!

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rain information:
Today's event will be moved to our rain venue:
South Court Auditorium
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Enter at 42nd Street

BookClub discussion on Elective Affinities by Goethe.

Facilitated by George Prochnik, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with New Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

 

Featuring the Poets of Letras Latinas:

Sheila Maldonado
Rosebud Ben-Oni
Loma
Eduardo Corral

Presented in partnership with Letras Latinas

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Charles Dubow, Girl in the Moonlight: A Novel
Lisa Genova, Inside the O’Briens, Still Alice
Mary-Beth Hughes, The Loved Ones
Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

Best-selling and emerging authors with their latest books on what lies beneath the surface of la famiglia.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Celebrate summer Saturdays at a kick-off Word for Word event that will keep the kids reading and learning about science all summer long. Meet Ms. Frizzle at a special story time and climb aboard The Magic School Bus™ - a traveling science museum with hands-on exhibits and interactive activities to boot. Then "power up" your kids learning with the Energizer Bunny® who will be on hand to share information about recycling in NYC!

Sponsored by Scholastic in collaboration with Energizer®


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ashvin B. Chhabra, CIO Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, The Aspirational Investor: Taming the Markets to Achieve Your Life’s Goals
Hosted by Ken Kurson, Editor-In-Chief, New York Observer

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Classical Poetry from the Ancients
Aaron Poochigian, Jason and The Argonauts
David Hadbawnik, The Aeneid

New editions of historic literature from our western literary tradition to give us new insights to these classical texts.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Books

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cult-music idol talks about her work and new book with photos by Berlin-based photographer, Holger Talinski.

Learn more about Peaches!
Learn more about Lorraine!

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rain information:
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BookClub discussion on Ulysses by James Joyce.

Facilitated by Larry Kirwan, writer and lead singer of the Irish rock band Black 47.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with New Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Four Way Books:

Gregory Pardlo
Daniel Wolff
Elizabeth Gray
Andrea Cohen

Presented in partnership with Four Way Books

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

With Special Guests, Kate Bolick, Spinster, David Crabb, Actor & Writer, The Moth and author of Bad Kid: A Memoir Sasheer Zamata, Actress & Comedienne from Saturday Night Live

Real Characters returns with another amazing lineup of New York’s best and funniest authors and storytellers.

Rain information:
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

World-renowned bestselling author with another classic family saga filled with love, lust, and revenge.

Learn more about Jackie!

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rain information:
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ali Berlow, Food Writer & Activist
The Food Activist Handbook: Big and Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community.

Hosted by Kate Adamick, Lunch Money


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Canadian Poets:

George Elliott Clarke
Aaron Kreuter
Kateri Lanthier
Pearl Pirie
Wanda O’Connor
Brent Raycroft
Sonnet L'Abbé

Presented in partnership with Tightrope Books

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sex and the City author returns to Bryant Park with her classic style, flair, and humor.

Learn more about Candace!

Rain information:
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Melissa Petro

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

BookClub discussion on The Iliad by Homer.

Facilitated by Brian Staveley, The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Series).

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with New Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets :

Tina Chang
Tracy K. Smith
Brenda Shaughnessey
Robin Schaer

Presented in partnership with Mark Doty

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pass Go on your way to Free Parking with a look inside the bestselling book that chronicles the secret 80-year history of the famous board game. Hosted by Jim Miller, award-winning journalist, and author of Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Hasie Sirisena

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 6, 2015

Lively and entertaining commentary on the films of Paul Thomas Anderson.

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and film critic and author Stephen Whitty.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

Bruce Lourie & Rick Smith, Canadian Environmentalists & Authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck & Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World.

Tom Szaky, CEO Terracycle Global Recycling
Albe Zakes, Global VP of Communications, Terracycle Global Recycling
Make Garbage Great: The Terracycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Hosted by Adam Sobel, Atmospheric Scientist, Professor Columbia University
Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets:

Tony Hoagland, Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays
Jeffrey McDaniel, Chapel of Inadvertent Joy
Regie Cabico, Flicker and Spark: a Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour sounds off about the things that tick him off most – not the least of which is the sorry state of lots of music today.

Learn more about Corey!
Learn more about Lou!

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Alex Steele

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends With Author David Stabler & Ron Greschner, New York Ranger Alumni
Produced in partnership with Penguin Random House

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 13, 2015

Lively and entertaining commentary on Westerns in film.

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and cineaste Dennis Tafoya.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

BookClub discussion on The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

Facilitated by Christian Purdy, Oxford University Press.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with New Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

 

Featuring the Poets of Poetry Society of America:

Abdul Ali
Caroline Randall Williams
Patricia Smith


Presented in partnership with Poetry Society of America

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Featuring:
Erika Swyler, The Book Of Speculation: A Novel
Patricia Park, Re Jane: A Novel
Dennis Mahoney, Bell Weather: A Novel
Sophie McManus, The Unfortunates: A Novel

A Conversation with today’s most buzzed-about novelists.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Louis Masur, Lincoln’s Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Pete Jensen

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 20, 2015

Lively and entertaining commentary on Picnic at Hanging Rock.

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Megan Abbott.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

Susie Pak, Gentlemen Bankers: The World of J.P. Morgan
Hosted by Mary Pilon, The Monopolists.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Song Cave Press:

Jae Choi
Emily Hunt
Hannah Brooks-Motl

Presented in partnership with Song Cave Press


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Robyn Carr, Four Friends, Never Too Late
Kristan Higgins, The Best Man, In Your Dreams
Elizabeth Hoyt, Dearest Rogue
Beverly Jenkins, For Your Love, Destiny’s Captive
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heroes Are My Weakness
Meredith Wild, Hardwired

Gotta love it! Harlequin, Avon, and Forever authors dish on their best-selling romance novels.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 27, 2015

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and film critic, author Stephen Whitty.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

BookClub discussion on Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Facilitated by Max Gladstone, Last First Snow.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with New Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press:

Jane Summer
Ralph Hamilton
Robert Siek
Priscilla Atkins

Presented in partnership with Sibling Rivalry Press


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Charles Kaiser, The Cost of Courage

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 30, 2015

This workshop has been cancelled due to weather. Short Story 2.0 will be rescheduled on a later date.

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

Pen your own short story at this writers workshop guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, August 3, 2015

Lively and entertaining commentary on James Dean.

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Jim Baker.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

Charles D. Ellis, Founder Greenwich Associates, Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It.

Hosted by Richard Eisenberg, Assistant Managing Editor & Editor of the Money and Work channels for the PBS site Nextavenue.org, whose audience is people 50+.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Cave Canem:

Brian Gilmore
JP Howard
Angel Nafis

Presented in partnership with Cave Canem

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DC Entertainment presents Comics Superstar John Romita Jr. Hosted by David Shoemaker, Grantland

John Romita Jr. is one of the comic book industry’s greatest artists. Join him in a discussion about redefining the greatest superhero of all time, SUPERMAN, and what it means to create a new legacy with DC Entertainment.

*There will be an author signing after the program. Please limit items to 5 - purchase required.

Learn more about John!

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Terry Alford, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

Pen your own short story at this writers workshop guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Registration is required for this event.
Register

 
Friday, August 7, 2015

Co-Hosted by Olivia Petzy & Kevin Doyle

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press.

You must register to compete.

Eventbrite - Bryant Park Spelling Bee

 
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, August 10, 2015

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Wallace Stroby.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

Book Club discussion on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Facilitated by Robert Repino, Morte .

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with New Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Whiting Foundation:

Anthony Carelli
Aracelis Girmay
Jenny Johnson
Roger Reeves

Presented in partnership with Whiting Foundation

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Al Roker, The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Hurricane of 1900.

Beloved NBC weatherman brings the story of the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900 to life.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Jonathan Horn, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

Pen your own short story at this writers workshop guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Registration is required for this event.
Register

 
Friday, August 14, 2015

Co-Hosted by Olivia Petzy & Kevin Doyle

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press.

You must register to compete.

Eventbrite - Bryant Park Spelling Bee

 
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, August 17, 2015

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Wallace Stroby.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Daniel Lubetzky, Founder & CEO of KIND, Social Entrepreneur
Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately

Hosted by Catherine Clifford, Senior Writer, Entrepreneur.com


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Red Hen Press:

Mark Doty
Dean Kostos
J.D. McClatchy
Celeste Gainey

Presented in partnership with Red Hen Press


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

America’s most loved therapist with tips on living life to its fullest, at any age.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Eric Burns, 1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar.

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Facilitated by: Melissa Petro

Gotham Writers Workshop invites you to let go of your literary anxiety and pick up a pen. You’ll get three short writing prompts, a few minutes to write, and the chance to tell your story. Gotham instructor Melissa Petro leads this exercise for your writer brain—no pressure, no angst, just freewheeling creativity.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Registration is required for this event.
Register

 
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Produced in partnership with Scholastic

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, August 24, 2015

Lively and entertaining commentary on Rock Music in film.

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and WSJ writer and author Jim Fusilli.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Tupelo Press:

Carol Frost
Jeffrey Harrison
Amaud Jamaul Johnson
Maggie Smith

Presented in partnership with Tupelo Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Don Doyle, The Cause of All Nations

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Facilitated by: Melissa Petro

Gotham Writers Workshop invites you to let go of your literary anxiety and pick up a pen. You’ll get three short writing prompts, a few minutes to write, and the chance to tell your story. Gotham instructor Melissa Petro leads this exercise for your writer brain—no pressure, no angst, just freewheeling creativity.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Kundiman:

Cathy Park Hong
Sandra Lim
Lo Kwa Mei-en
Brenda Shaughnessy

Presented in partnership with Kundiman

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Belladona*:

Tonya M. Foster
r. erica doyle
Betsy Fagin
Monica Ong

Presented in partnership with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Belladona*

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Featuring the Poets of Marsh Hawk Press:

Paul Pines
Sandy McIntosh
Phillip Lopate
Thomas Fink

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Make essay writing easy - for teen and 'tweens who need to brush up on their skills.

Presented in partnership with Writopia Lab

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Featuring the Poets:

Michael Morse
Michael Klein
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Sean Singer

Produced in Partnership with Michael Klein

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Featuring the Poets:
Anne Carson
Robert Currie

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Special Thanks To:



HSBC Bank

 
Exclusive sponsor since 2003

 
Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press
Classics and Reference Library

Scholastic

Scholastic
Gift of Children’s Library

Random House Library Marketing

Random House Library Marketing
Gift of Children’s Library

Mitchell's NY

Mitchell's NY
Newspaper Delivery since 2003

Kinokuniya

Kinokuniya
Retail Partner

Gotham Writers' Workshop

Gotham Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshops

New York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society
Non-Fiction Series

With special thanks to Condé Nast, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Time Inc., and Rodale, who have steadily supplied the Reading Room with magazines since 2003.

Special thanks to the New York Public Library for providing us with a rain venue for some of our events.

Special thanks also go to Hachette Book Group; Harper Collins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; MacMillan; Penguin Group; Random House; Rodale Books; Scholastic, Inc.; Scribner Group; Simon and Schuster; St. Martin’s Press; Blue Flower Arts; Cavankerry Press; Cave Canem; Coffee House Press; FAWC; Kundiman; Letras Latinas; Poets & Writers; Tightrope Books; and W.W. Norton for their invaluable support.

And to all of you, thank you.

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