April 21, 2008 - The New York Public Library - Cognitive Theater Salty Conversations in The Library
April 21, 2008

Cognitive Theater Salty Conversations in The Library


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Sunday, May 4
PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature
“Conversations in the Library”


Péter Esterházy is one of the best-known contemporary Hungarian writers of postwar literature. His novel, Revised Edition, was born from his shock to discover that his father was an informer for the Hungarian secret police during the Communist era. He will talk about family secrets with Wayne Koestenbaum, author of poetry books including Best Selling Jewish Porn Films and The Milk of Inquiry and nonfiction books including Hotel Theory and Andy Warhol.
South Court Auditorium

MICHAEL ONDAATJE & COLUM MCCANN: Adventures in the Skin Trade
These two authors are often spoken of as “international mongrels” in that their backgrounds and range of literary influences are cast extraordinarily wide. “We get our voice from the voices of others,” says Colum McCann, “and Michael Ondaatje has long been a hero of mine.” This chat promises to be offbeat, informal, unrehearsed, and thrillingly passionate.
Celeste Bartos Forum

2:00 pm:

Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel, Middlesex, has been described as “a colossal act of curiosity, of imagination, and of love” by The New York Times Book Review. Daniel Kehlmann’s Measuring the World was hailed as “ravishing” by the German paper Der Spiegel. They will talk about making fiction from fact and much more.
South Court Auditorium

Rian Malan, Lieve Joris, Alexandra Fuller, Francisco Goldman & Paul van Zyl, moderator
In countries riven by war and genocidal violence—from South Africa and Zimbabwe, to the Congo, Rwanda and Guatemala—what, exactly, are the possibilities for truth and reconciliation? And what are the pitfalls? Join authors Rian Malan (My Traitor’s Heart), Lieve Joris (The Rebels’ Hour), Alexandra Fuller (Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier), and Francisco Goldman (The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?) for a far-ranging discussion. Moderated by Paul van Zyl, Vice President and Program Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
Celeste Bartos Forum

4:00 pm:

Best known for his novel, The Reader, Bernhard Schlink’s latest work, Homecoming, continues to examine ideas of complicity and self-deception in postwar Germany. André Aciman is a noted essayist and editor of The Proust Project. His memoir, Out of Egypt, looked at several generations of his Jewish family’s roots in Alexandria, and his recent book, Call Me By Your Name, is an erotic coming-of-age novel. These authors probe their creative powers to weld secret memory and history into some of the most evocative literature today.
South Court Auditorium

Annie Proulx, Phillipe Grimbert, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Catherine Millet & Paul Holdengräber, moderator

Authors Annie Proulx, Phillipe Grimbert, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed, Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Catherine Millet discuss the books that have touched and altered their lives, the books they continue to carry with them around the world, and the feelings of true discovery and passion these works inspired. Paul Holdengräber, director of the New York Public Library’s Public Programs, LIVE from the NYPL, leads the discussion.
Celeste Bartos Forum

Tuesday, May 13
PHILIP GOUREVITCH & ERROL MORRIS: Standard Operating Procedure
Author Philip Gourevitch and filmmaker Errol Morris, two of our keenest moral and political observers, have produced the first full reckoning of what actually happened at Abu Ghraib prison, based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with the Americans involved.
Celeste Bartos Forum

Friday, June 27
SALMAN RUSHDIE: In conversation
The Enchantress of Florence
Salman Rushdie’s new novel is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man’s world while bringing together two cities– the hedonistic Mughal Empire and the sensual Renaissance Florence.
Celeste Bartos Forum

Programs begin at 7 pm unless otherwise indicated

Made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.


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