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Fall Author Events at Princeton Public Library

Book Brunch: Nicole Dennis-Benn, “Patsy”

Sunday, Sept.  29, 11 a.m.

The Jamaican-American author discusses her acclaimed new novel, “Patsy,” at the latest event in the quarterly Book Brunch series. Hailed by reviewers as a brave and brilliant second novel, “Patsy” touches on themes of motherhood, migration and race in telling the story of a working-class Jamaican woman whose dreams of moving to New York to be reunited with a childhood friend don’t match reality. Dennis-Benn is the author of the award-winning debut, Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book of 2016.


Doors will open at 11 am for coffee, tea and pastries with the reading set to begin at 11:30 am. Book signing to follow. Community Room




Labyrinth Live at the Library: Richard E. Miller: “On the End of Privacy: Dissolving Boundaries in a Screen-Centric World”

Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

Author Richard E. Miller discusses "On the End of Privacy: Dissolving Boundaries in a Screen-Centric World," his book that explores how literacy is transformed by online technology that lets us instantly publish anything that we can see or hear. Miller examines the 2010 suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after he discovered that his roommate spied on him via webcam and maps out the changing norms governing privacy in the digital age. Community Room


Presented by the library and Labyrinth Books.


Community Book Discussion with Author Charlotte Gordon: “Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley”

Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

Historian Charlotte Gordon participates in a discussion of her National Book Critics Circle Award-winning dual biography "Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley." The Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Endicott College will share how she came to write the book and talk about pioneering feminist Wollstonecraft’s profound influence on “the daughter she never knew” and how the rise of science and life with radical poet-philosopher Shelley led to the younger Mary’s creation of "Frankenstein." This book discussion is being presented in the Arts Council of Princeton’s Solley Theater as a companion event to Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" at McCarter Theatre Center Oct. 15 to Nov. 3.


Co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books, the Arts Council of Princeton and McCarter Theatre Center.


Author Talk: William Bryant Logan: “Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees”

Sunday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m. 

The author discusses his latest book, "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees," a rediscovery of the lost traditions of tree pruning that sustained human life and culture for thousands of years. Logan is a certified arborist and the author of the acclaimed books: "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," "Oak: The Frame of Civilization," and "Air: The Restless Shaper of the World." He is a faculty member at New York Botanical Garden. Community Room


Co-sponsored by the library and Marquand Park.


Gilbert Gaul in Conversation with John E. Miller

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

Journalist Gilbert M. Gaul discusses his book "The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas and the Cost of America's Coasts" with John E. Miller, a coastal floodplain expert who was involved in Superstorm Sandy recovery issues. Gaul's book looks at the development of the modern coast and the extraordinary risks of building on barrier islands and coastal floodplains. A large portion of the book focuses on the New Jersey Shore and especially Ocean County and Long Beach Island, which were Ground Zero in Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Gaul twice won the Pulitzer Prize and has been short-listed for the Pulitzer four other times. For more than 35 years, he worked as an investigative journalist for The Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other newspapers. He is the author of three previous books and lives in New Jersey. Community Room


Presented in partnership with Princeton Environmental Film Festival.


Alex Counts in Conversation with Sam Daley-Harris

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Counts discusses his book, “Changing the World without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship,” with Princeton author and activist Sam Daley-Harris. Counts founded Grameen Foundation and became its president and CEO to continue his work in microfinance and poverty reduction. Daley-Harris is the author of “Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government.” Community Room


Presented in partnership with the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice



Author Talk: Boris Fishman: “Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table”

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

Author Boris Fishman speaks about his new book "Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table," a personal story and family memoir told through meals and recipes. The book follows Fishman's Jewish family from 1945 Belarus to 2017 Brooklyn. Fishman is a lecturer in creative writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Part of the Fall Storytelling series. Community Room



Nora Krug: “Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home”

Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

Award-winning author and illustrator Nora Krug speaks on her graphic novel" an illustrated and hand-lettered visual memoir on a German family's memory of WWII. Krug is a German-American author and illustrator whose drawings and visual narratives have appeared in the world's leading publications. She is a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service.  She teaches at Parsons School of Design. Part of the Fall Storytelling series. Community Room


Author Caroline Maguire: “Why Will No One Play with Me?”

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. 

Parenting expert Caroline Maguire discusses her book, "Why Will No One Play with Me? The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive" in which she shares her decade-in-the-making protocol – The Play Better Plan – to help parents of children struggling with social skills connect with others and make friends.  Community Room


Presented in partnership with CHADD of Mercer County.


Library Live at Labyrinth: Ross Kenneth Urken: “Another Mother”

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. 

Author Ross Urken discusses his first book, "Another Mother." After his cherished childhood nanny dies, a Jewish young man realizes there’s much he has yet to learn about the woman who lent him her accent and with whom he shared an unlikely kindred spirit. Part memoir, part reportage, the book is a story about family, an unlikely duo, and a woman whose strength held it all together. Urken grew up in Princeton and is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and Princeton University. He lives in Manhattan. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.


Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.


Author Arthur I. Miller: “The Artist in the Machine”

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. 

The Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London discusses his book, which examines questions of creativity in the age of machines. While computers can compose music like Bach or turn photographs into paintings in these style of Van Gogh, Miller reviews the creative process and interviews people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence to discuss whether computers are already as creative as humans and if one day they will surpass us. Miller’s other books include “Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art” and “Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty That Causes Havoc.” Community Room


Author Danny Gregory: “Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are”

Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m.

Artist and author Danny Gregory discusses his book, an inspirational guide for aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but can't find the time. With encouraging words and motivating illustrations, the book teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art. Part of the Fall Storytelling series. Community Room


Labyrinth Live at the Library: Emmet Gowin, “The Nevada Test Site”

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

The acclaimed photographer returns to Princeton for a discussion of his latest book, which includes stunning aerial photography of the Nevada National Security Test Site where the U.S. tested nuclear bombs between 1951 and 1992. Gowin, the retired professor of photography at Princeton University, remains the only photographer granted official and sustained access to the Nevada Test Site. He revisited his original negatives, made in 1996 and 1997, for the new book; about three-quarters of the images featured have never been published before. Community Room


Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books and Princeton University Press.



Library Live at Labyrinth: Steve Schapiro in Conversation with Eddie Glaude Jr., “Fire Next Time”

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. 

Celebrated photographer Steve Schapiro, famous for his evocative images of the Civil Rights movement and iconic film and pop culture photography, will discuss the new edition of James Baldwin’s classic “The Fire Next Time,” with Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. In a new edition from Tashen Books, Baldwin’s powerful prose about the black experience in America is enhanced with photography by Schapiro, who accompanied the author through the South during the ’60s for Life Magazine. Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul” and “In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America.” Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.


Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books and Paul Robeson House of Princeton.


Library Live at Labyrinth: Suzy Hansen and Daphne Kalotay

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.

The library and Labyrinth Books host authors Suzy Hansen (“Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World”) and Daphne Kalotay (“Blue Hours”) for a reading from and conversation about their latest works.

Kalotay teaches creative writing at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and is the author of “Calamity and Other Stories,” “Russian Winter,” and “Sight Reading.”

Hansen is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. “Notes on a Foreign Country” is her first book and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St.

Presented in partnership with Labyrinth Books.



Author Rebecca Thompson: “Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones”

Monday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

The author discusses her book, which explores the science behind George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world, touch on its climatology, astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry and biology. Thompson turns a scientist’s eye on “Game of Thrones,” exploring, among other things, the science of an ice wall, the genetics of the Targaryen and Lannister families and the biology of beheading. Thompson is a physicist and author of the popular Spectra series of comic books about physics. She heads of the Office of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab, the particle physics research facility near Chicago. She served as director of public engagement for the American Physical Society from 2008 to 2019. Community Room


Author Christine Coulson, “Metropolitan Stories”

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

The author discusses her novel, a series of vignettes that takes readers into the backrooms, hallways, conservation rooms and offices at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alternating between history and fantasy, the vignettes add up to a love letter to art and artists. Coulson began her career at the Met in 1991 as a summer intern and returned in 1994 to begin a 25-year career in museum administration and in department of European sculpture and decorative arts. She left the Met this year to write full time. Community Room


Gould Lecture: Michael S. A. Graziano: “Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience”

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

The author and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University, discusses his book in which he puts forward a ground-breaking new theory of the origin of consciousness. Graziano is also the author of four previous neuroscience books and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Aeon. He lives in Princeton. This is the sixth annual lecture endowed by the family of Dr. Kenneth Gould. Community Room








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