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October 3 @ 6:00 pm

Amanda Vaill presents her new book on Jerome Robbins

He was famous for reinventing the Broadway musical, creating a vernacular American ballet, pushing the art form to new boundaries where it had never gone before, integrating dance seamlessly with character, story and music, and as Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Master, and Co-Artistic Director, with George Balanchine, shaping the New York City Ballet with daring and brio for more than five decades through his often startling choreography in ballet’s classical idiom. The titanic choreographer, revealed in his own words—the closest we will get to a memoir/autobiography—from his never-before-published letters, journals, and diaries. Amanda Vaill, draws on the vast and closely held Robbins’ archives of his writings to give us a sense of hisrange as a thinker and artist, as well as a revealing glimpse into the mind and heart of this towering cultural giant.

 

Amanda Vaill will be in conversation

with author Molly Haskell

Start: October 3 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 3 @ 7:30 pm

October 16 @ 6:00 pm

Michael Frank launches his debut novel What is Missing

Costanza Ansaldo, a half-Italian and half-American translator, is convinced that she has made peace with her childlessness. A year after the death of her husband, an eminent writer, she returns to the pensione in Florence where she spent many happy times in her youth, and there she meets, first, Andrew Weissman, an acutely sensitive seventeen-year-old, and, soon afterward, his father, Henry Weissman, a charismatic New York physician who specializes in—as it happens—reproductive medicine.With three lives each marked by heartbreak and absence—of a child, a parent, a partner, or a clear sense of identity—What is Missing offers Costanza, Andrew, and Henry the opportunity to make themselves whole when the triangle resumes three months later in New York, where the relationships among them turn and tighten with combustive effects that cut to the core of what it means to be a father, a son, and—for Costanza—a potential mother.

Start: October 16 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 16 @ 7:30 pm
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