BPL PREMIER is Central Library’s new series of premier live arts and culture events. Featured guests include seasoned and emerging writers, and artists and performers from diverse genres and cultures, whose innovative work provides stirring experiences while illuminating new understandings.

Events are free or ticketed and are taking place at Central Library’s Dweck Center, unless noted otherwise.


Isabel Allende in Brooklyn, with Aminatta Forna

Tue, Nov 7   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

BPL Presents Arts and Culture BPL Premier RSVP

New York Times and worldwide bestselling "dazzling storyteller" (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a...

Isabelle Allende © Lori Barra

Message from the Library with David Grossman

Sun, Dec 10   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Adults Message from the Library

David Grossman, winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar (Knopf), delivers the inaugural Message from the Library, a new international lecture...


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dweck Center, including: The David Berg Foundation, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, James J. O’Toole, Janet Anderson, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, and numerous individuals.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2017-2018 BPL Presents Season.