Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may watch video recordings of recent programs on our YouTube channel. Our archive of audio recordings goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of memorable Library events.
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Donna Tartt reads from 'The Goldfinch'Donna Tartt reads from her new book, "The Goldfinch." Young Theo survives an explosion that kills his beloved mother. In his unbearable longing for her, he becomes obsessed with a painting that reminds him of her.
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Will Self reads from 'Umbrella'Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, "Umbrella" exposes 20th-century technology as refracted through the lens of a long-term mental institution.
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Kim Ghattas talks about her time in the press corps traveling with the Secretary of State
Kim Ghattas talks about her time in the press corps traveling with the Secretary of State in her book "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."
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Alice McDermott reads from her latest book, 'Someone'
Novelist Alice McDermott, who won the National Book Award for "Charming Billy," reads from her latest book, "Someone."
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Thrilling Tales: October 7, 2013
In this spooky episode of Thrilling Tales, the Storytime for Grownups, we share two classic ghost stories: "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving (1824), and "The Floor Above" by M.L. Humphreys (1923). Recorded on Oct. 7, 2013.
Mercedes Nicole and her quintet perform an Etta James tribute
A concert in tribute to Etta James -- the late, great, multiple Grammy-winning singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee -- performed by local artist Mercedes Nicole and her quintet.
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Paul Harding talks about his book 'Enon'
Award-winning author, Paul Harding talks about his book "Enon," the story of Charlie Crosby as he desperately comes to terms with a shattering personal tragedy.
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Eric Schlosser reads from his new book 'Command and Control'Eric Schlosser, investigative journalist and author of "Fast Food Nation," will read from his new book "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety."
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Ivan Doig talks about his latest book, 'Sweet Thunder'
Ivan Doig talks about his latest book starring Morrie Morgan, "Sweet Thunder." Morrie edits the fledgling union newspaper that challenges a mining company in town.
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