A biannual presentation, Message from the Library will host leading cultural figures commissioned by BPL to reflect on today’s most critical issues in our local and global communities. The new series is part of BPL’s mission to convene diverse voices in the Library’s safe space to have meaningful dialogue about the political, economic, social, and cultural issues of the day.

Speaking from the historic Central Library lobby, Grossman will discuss his early love of books and consider the potential of storytelling to create understanding amid the deep and sometimes dangerous political divides here and around the globe.

The event will be live-streamed, and will be followed by discussions led by authors Francine Prose and Mira Jacob. Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. Her next book, Good Talk (Random House, 2019) is a graphic memoir about race & identity in America. Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angelwas a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer

Message from the Library is made possible through support from the David Berg Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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