Author Talks & Conversations

The Library hosts a variety of exciting and engaging events at our locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, from author talks to thought-provoking debates and more.

Schwarzman Building

  • Two writers appear on stage at LIVE from the NYPL

    LIVE from the NYPL

    Engage with notable artists, writers, and leaders, through our premier cultural series. Past guests include Toni Morrison and Salman Rushdie.
  • A Cullman Center fellow

    Conversations from the Cullman Center

    Listen to current and recent fellows of the Cullman Center—novelists, playwrights, poets—discuss their work.
  • Two women in conversation

    Art Talks

    Hear from leading artists, scholars, and creative experts from around the world in this conversation series.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

  • Two presenters appear on stage

    Talks at the Schomburg

    Listen to leading scholars, artists, and journalists discuss topics relevant to the global black experience.
  • Three panelists engage in conversation

    Between the Lines

    Hear authors such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Questlove, and Timbaland discuss recent and culturally relevant books.

Library for the Performing Arts

Mid-Manhattan Library

  • Jessica Strand in conversation with a guest

    Author @ the Library

    Listen to distinguished authors discuss their works, from art history to US politics.
  • Library patrons interacting and enjoying conversation

    Open Book Night

    Join us on the second Friday of each month to discuss a book you love.

Other Locations

  • Two musicians perform

    For the Public

    Check out this new, collaborative art series that features live performance poetry and discussion.
  • Woman reads a book at an event


    View spectacular performances, meet authors and illustrators, and discover new opportunities.
  • Tyra Banks addresses the audience at Teen LIVE


    Enjoy culturally and educationally enriching conversations, debates, and more.