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October 24 @ 6:00 pm

Kathleen Hill reads from her latest novel She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons

Into the life of the author, a novel appears, as if by chance, and changes everything. As a child in a music class where a remarkable teacher watches over a classmate marked for tragedy, the author comes across Willa Cather’s novel, Lucy Gayheart, and is prepared by fiction for an actual death by drowning of someone near her. Later, recently married and living in a newly independent Nigeria, a teacher now herself, she assigns Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart to her students and is instructed by them in the violent legacy of colonialism, and visits an old slave port where she is made aware of her own benighted American innocence. In Nigeria, too, she is given A Portrait of a Lady and deeply ponders her own new marriage through the lens of Isabel Archer’s cautionary fate, remembers her adolescent fear that reading might be a way of avoiding experience. Afterward, spending a year in northern France, she puts Madame Bovary resolutely aside to discover in Bernanos’ Diary of a Country Priest a detailed guide to the town where she is living, the poverty and suffering hidden within its walls. The memoir closes with a tender account of the author’s friendship with the writer Diana Trilling, whose failing sight inspires a plan to read aloud Proust’s masterwork, an undertaking that requires six years to complete. Faced with Diana’s approaching death and the mysteries of her own life, the author wonders whether reading, after all, may not be experience at its most ardent, its most transforming.

Start: October 24 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 24 @ 7:30 pm

October 26 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate the launch of a new book on the history of The Brick Church with author E. Deane Turner

The new two-volume set of books detailing the Brick Church’s history entitled A Fellowship of Kindred Minds: The Three Hundred Year Tradition of the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York (1706-2006) has arrived from the printer. This definitive collection covers the 250-year history of The Brick Church and the 300 year influence of the Presbyterian faith in New York City. And it was painstakingly and meticulously produced over a ten-year period by the book’s author, Brick Church member and officer, E. Deane Turner.

Start: October 26 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 26 @ 7:30 pm
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