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SEP
21

LitFilm: Return to Rainy Mountain Presented by Jill Scott Momaday

Tue, Sep 21   6:30 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Jill Scott Momaday
U.S., 2019, 26 min

This film and introduction are being copresented by The Paris Review. To see the full roster of films, please go here.

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LitFilm: Return to Rainy Mountain Presented by Jill Scott Momaday

CBH Talk: A History of Xenophobia

Tue, Sep 21   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations Virtual Programming

With nationalism and far-right movements on the rise, prejudice towards people perceived as ‘other’ is sweeping every level of society, from local communities to the highest echelons of international governments. What explains this human tendency...

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CBH Talk: A History of Xenophobia

LitFilm: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand & Talkback

Tue, Sep 21   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Sam Pollard
U.S., 2015, 75 min

The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson traces his influences, creative evolution, struggles and triumphs. Unprecedented access to his...

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LitFilm: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand & Talkback

SEP
22

LitFilm: Hysterical Girl

Wed, Sep 22   6:30 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents film litfilm

Short/Documentary, dir. Kate Novack
U.S., 2020, 13 min

Written and directed by Novack, the short depicts Sigmund Freud’s sole case study of a female patient re-examined from a modern feminist perspective. Dora: An Analysis of a Case...

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LitFilm: Hysterical Girl

LitFilm: Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Wed, Sep 22   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Ada Ushpiz
Israel/Canada, 2015, 132 min
In German, English, Hebrew

German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the concept of the “banality of evil” when referring to...

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LitFilm: Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

SEP
23

LitFilm: Isabel: The Intimate Story of Isabel Allende

Thu, Sep 23   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents film litfilm

Drama, dir. by Rodrigo Bazaes
Chile, 2021, 56 min
Spanish with English subtitles

In the late 1960s, Isabel Allende was a young journalist who scandalized conservative Chilean society with her daring feminist reports in Paula...

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LitFilm: Isabel: The Intimate Story of Isabel Allende

A Glint of Light, Poetry on the Plaza

Thu, Sep 23   6:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults BPL Outdoors BPL Presents music poetry

Join us for an evening of intergalactic sounds, cosmic poetry, and starlit solidarity on the Plaza. Hala Alyan, Tahani Salah, and Tariq Luthun offer poems as illumination for community and action. DJ Shirine ...

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A Glint of Light, Poetry on the Plaza

LitFilm: Flannery

Thu, Sep 23   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco
U.S., 2019, 97 min

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery explores the life and legacy of American literary icon Flannery O’Connor,...

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LitFilm: Flannery

SEP
24

LitFilm: Marighella

Fri, Sep 24   8:00 pm to 10:00 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Action drama, dir. by Wagner Moura
Brazil, 2019, 155 min
In Portuguese with English subtitles

Wagner Moura’s directing debut is a searing and energized portrait of one of Brazil’s most divisive historical figures, Afro-...

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LitFilm: Marighella

SEP
25

LitFilm: Portrait of the Bookstore as an Old Man, with Molly Crabapple

Sat, Sep 25   2:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Gonzague Pichelin, Benjamin Sutherland
U.S., 2003, 52 min

In 1951, George Whitman opened a bookshop-commune in Paris. George, 92, still runs his "den of anarchists disguised as a bookstore," offering free, dirty...

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LitFilm: Portrait of the Bookstore as an Old Man, with Molly Crabapple

LitFilm: The Booksellers

Sat, Sep 25   3:30 pm to 5:30 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by D.W. Young
U.S., 2020, 99 min

The Booksellers takes viewers inside the fascinating world of Antiquarian booksellers, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. Both a loving...

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LitFilm: The Booksellers

LitFilm: Between the World & Me

Sat, Sep 25   5:30 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Kamilah Forbes
U.S., 2020, 80 min

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 bestselling book Between the World and Me was written as a letter to his teenage son and recounts the author’s experience growing up in Baltimore’s inner...

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LitFilm: Between the World & Me

LitFilm: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Sat, Sep 25   8:00 pm to 10:00 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by James Redford
U.S., 2021, 101 min

The debut novel The Joy Luck Club (1989) catapulted Amy Tan to commercial and critical success, spending over 40 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. In this last film...

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LitFilm: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

SEP
26

LitFilm: Concerning Violence: 9 Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense

Sun, Sep 26   2:30 pm to 4:15 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Göran Hugo Olsson
Sweden, 2014, 89 min

This powerful cinematic essay covers the most daring moments in the African liberation movements of the late 1960s-70s, while exposing the mechanisms of decolonization...

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LitFilm: Concerning Violence: 9 Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense

Walking Curated Tour of Prospect Park: My Oasis In Brooklyn

Sun, Sep 26   4:30 pm to 5:45 pm   Lefferts Historic House

Adults all ages BPL Presents

 * Please note this is an off-site event

Join legendary photographer Jamel Shabazz as he shares his memories and stories behind the images in his exhibition “My Oasis in Brooklyn,” a collection of snapshots of Prospect Park spanning...

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Walking Curated Tour of Prospect Park: My Oasis In Brooklyn

LitFilm: Stanislaw Lem: Author of Solaris

Sun, Sep 26   5:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Borys Lankosz
Polish, 2016, 56 min

This first biographical documentary about renowned Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem, author of Solaris, sheds light on the social and historical forces that...

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LitFilm: Stanislaw Lem: Author of Solaris

LitFilm: Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation, & Talkback

Sun, Sep 26   7:00 pm to 9:30 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
U.S., 2020, 81 min

The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explode onto the screen in this innovative...

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LitFilm: Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation, & Talkback

SEP
28

CBH Talk - Taking a Knee, Changing the World: A Conversation between Dave Zirin and Kahlil Greene

Tue, Sep 28   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents Brooklyn Resists Center for Brooklyn History conversations

In his latest book The Kaepernick Effect, Dave Zirin explores why former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s quiet 2016 protest ignited like wildfire across the country, becoming the preeminent symbol of resistance to America’s long history of...

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CBH Talk - Taking a Knee, Changing the World: A Conversation between Dave Zirin and Kahlil Greene

They’ll Be Good for Seed: Anthology of Contemporary Hungarian Poetry, a Reading

Tue, Sep 28   7:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents

Editor Gabor Gyukics presents readings from this ground-breaking anthology of contemporary Hungarian poetry. They'll Be Good for Seed collects the diverse work of eight women and eight male poets with a wide range of subject matter and...

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They’ll Be Good for Seed: Anthology of Contemporary Hungarian Poetry, a Reading

SEP
29

Brooklyn Poets reading with Carlie Hoffman, Michael Chang, and Adrian Matejka

Wed, Sep 29   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents brooklyn book festival poetry

Join us for a virtual reading with Brooklyn Poets, featuring Carlie Hoffman, Michael Chang, and Adrian Matejka. This is an official 2021 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Carlie Hoffman is the author of This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021)....

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Brooklyn Poets reading with Carlie Hoffman, Michael Chang, and Adrian Matejka

SEP
30

Kia Corthron Discusses Moon & the Mars with Sarah Schulman

Thu, Sep 30   7:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents

Kia Corthron, winner of the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and author of Moon and the Mars, the highly anticipated new novel that examines NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a...

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Kia Corthron Discusses Moon & the Mars with Sarah Schulman

OCT
1

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends I: Mörike Liederbuch

Fri, Oct 1   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn

Adults BPL Presents classical interludes live music

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends explores the moments that make up our lives in song. Works that bookend careers, meditate on mortality, and follow the course of a lifetime to show us what it means to live a life.

Hugo Wolf made his genius...

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Beginnings, Middles, and Ends I: Mörike Liederbuch

OCT
4

NYC Water Futures: From Conservation to Regeneration

Mon, Oct 4   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents environment

This panel discussion will provide an overview of the watershed that supplies NYC's drinking water, addressing the benefits and joint stewardship required to maintain a public water system. Panelists Rob Hayes, and Erin Morey and Emily Vail will...

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NYC Water Futures:  From Conservation to Regeneration

Excerpts from A MARVELOUS ORDER with Megan Schubert, Tomás Cruz and NOW Ensemble

Mon, Oct 4   8:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults BPL Presents plaza performances

Brooklyn Public Library will present short excerpts of A Marvelous Order—a highly anticipated forthcoming opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs—in concert, outdoors, in front of Central Library. The opera is composed by Judd...

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Excerpts from A MARVELOUS ORDER with Megan Schubert, Tomás Cruz and NOW Ensemble

OCT
5

CBH Talks - From Land Acknowledgement to Land Back: The Path to Justice for Indigenous Peoples

Tue, Oct 5   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations Virtual Programming

What happened to indigenous peoples on the lands we now call Brooklyn? Seattle? South Dakota? The United States? And what is happening now? Join us as we look back in order to move forward towards justice in this program that weaves together...

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CBH Talks - From Land Acknowledgement to Land Back: The Path to Justice for Indigenous Peoples

OCT
7

Until I Am Free: Keisha N. Blain discusses Fannie Lou Hamer with Alexis Coe

Thu, Oct 7   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults author talks BPL Presents

“We have a long fight and this fight is not mine alone, but you are not free whether you are white or Black, until I am free.”—Fannie Lou Hamer

A blend of social commentary, biography, and intellectual history, Until I Am Free is a...

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Until I Am Free: Keisha N. Blain discusses Fannie Lou Hamer with Alexis Coe

OCT
13

CBH Talks: A Latinx Vision for an Inclusive America

Wed, Oct 13   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx people make up the second-largest ethnic and racial group in America, with a population of over sixty million. Yet so often their diversity is misunderstood, their contributions ignored, and their concerns overlooked. As we celebrate...

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CBH Talks: A Latinx Vision for an Inclusive America

OCT
14

LitFilm Postscript: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Thu, Oct 14   6:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Virtual

Adults BPL Presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. Morgan Neville
U.S., 2021, 119 min

Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville gives an intimate, behind-the-scene look at how...

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LitFilm Postscript: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

OCT
20

Don't Forget Us Here

Wed, Oct 20   4:30 pm to 5:30 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents

At the age of 18, Mansoor Adayfi left his home in Yemen for a cultural mission to Afghanistan. He never returned. Kidnapped by warlords and then sold to the US after 9/11, he was disappeared to Guantánamo Bay, where he spent the next 15 years as...
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Don't Forget Us Here

OCT
21

BPL Literary Prize Shortlist Celebration & Reading

Thu, Oct 21   7:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Literary Prize BPL Presents

Join the Brooklyn Public Library & the Brooklyn Eagles to celebrate The 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist Finalists.

In this virtual celebration, we toast to the shortlist authors of the 2021 Brooklyn Public...

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BPL Literary Prize Shortlist Celebration & Reading

OCT
26

Second Read: Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

Tue, Oct 26   7:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents

Tom Roston's The Writer's Crusade, and next year's Vonnegut centenary, provide a welcome chance to debate Kurt Vonnegut's acclaimed Slaughterhouse Five. Second Read is a BPL Presents series that reevaluates canonical classic and...
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Second Read: Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

OCT
28

Settler Colonialism and Palestine: A Conversation

Thu, Oct 28   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Virtual

Adults anti-racism BPL Presents Virtual Programming

How is settler colonialism defined? In part, it is a mode of domination. Settlers occupy a region, permanently eliminating or displacing indigenous populations. North Americans are familiar with this phenomenon from our own continent's history,...

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Settler Colonialism and Palestine: A Conversation

NOV
3

Authors Tiphanie Yanique and Jai Chakrabarti with Anderson Tepper

Wed, Nov 3   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

Adults author talks BPL Presents conversations Virtual Programming

Join us for a Zoom talk with Tiphanie Yanique, author of Monster in the Middle, and Jai Chakrabarti, author of A Play for the End of the World, as they discuss their new novels with Anderson Tepper.

How are legacies passed down through...

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Authors Tiphanie Yanique and Jai Chakrabarti with Anderson Tepper

NOV
4

Kati Marton discusses Angela Merkel and The Chancellor

Thu, Nov 4   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults author talks BPL Presents

The definitive biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, detailing the remarkable rise and political brilliance of the most powerful—and elusive—woman in the world.

This Fall, Chancellor Merkel, a pillar on the international stage, is...

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Kati Marton discusses Angela Merkel and The Chancellor

NOV
5

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends II: Remembering

Fri, Nov 5   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn

Adults BPL Presents classical interludes live music

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends explores the moments that make up our lives in song. Works that bookend careers, meditate on mortality, and follow the course of a lifetime to show us what it means to live a life.

Two monumental British song...

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Beginnings, Middles, and Ends II: Remembering

DEC
3

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends III: Mortality Mansions

Fri, Dec 3   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn

Adults BPL Presents classical interludes live music

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends explores the moments that make up our lives in song. Works that bookend careers, meditate on mortality, and follow the course of a lifetime to show us what it means to live a life.

Two titans of American...

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends III: Mortality Mansions

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