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Beyond Words - Annual Benefit of the Friends of Princeton Public Library Goes Virtual

Beyond Words, the annual benefit of the Friends of Princeton Public Library, will be presented virtually as a three-part speaker series this year. The Friends have partnered with Princeton area restaurants and food purveyors for “Food for Thought,” offering exciting take-away dining options to enhance the Beyond Words experience.


The series begins Saturday, Nov. 7, with a panel discussion featuring David Remnick in conversation with his colleagues Henry Finder and Elizabeth Kolbert. The panel will discuss “The Fragile Earth: Writing from The New Yorker on Climate Change,” a collection of The New Yorker’s groundbreaking reporting.


On Saturday, Dec. 5, CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers will share his story of growing up in the South as the son of civil rights hero Cleveland Sellers, and his election, at age 22, to the South Carolina House of Representatives, becoming the youngest African American elected official in the country. Sellers will discuss his recent memoir, “My Vanishing Country,” which focuses on the forgotten lives of working-class African-American people in the rural South.


The final virtual speaker for Beyond Words 2020 will be New York Times bestselling author Kate Andersen Brower on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. The author will discuss her book "Team of Five," the story of an exclusive club of former U.S. presidents and their power, frustrations and sometimes unlikely friendships.


“The Friends are excited to present Beyond Words 2020 as a thought-provoking series of engaging events with nationally-renowned speakers. Over three nights, these speakers will address some of the most important issues of today – issues that are reflected in the Library’s ongoing programming,” said Andrea Bradley, Friends Council president. “We hope that everyone will join us in supporting the Princeton Public Library with the critical resources it needs to continue serving our community.”


Tickets are available for purchase at  Early Supporters will be given first access to sign up for the exclusive Evenings with Friends.


All Beyond Words events begin at 7 p.m. via Crowdcast. A list of "Food for Thought" restaurants and special menus will be available in the “About the Event” section at




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