Open Book/Open Mind: Dan Barry in Conversation with Matthew Purdy – THIS LANDAdult Events 10/20/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Dan Barry, a New York Times columnist, will be in conversation about his book THIS LAND: America, Lost and Found, with his Times colleague Matthew Purdy, Deputy Managing Editor. The book is a landmark collection, selected from a decade of his distinctive “This Land” columns and presenting a powerful but rarely seen portrait of America.
“Story to story, this collection of reportage from Dan Barry for The New York Times might appear to be what it is – old journalism. And yet, what is actually here, a decade of stories about crumbling traditions, breaks in trust and flickers of grace, is the most comprehensive single-book portrait of the United States (circa 2007-2016) in a long time. The accumulated power of these pieces – angry, corny, inspiring, mournful and insane – takes on the shape of a salute to durable, keenly observed newspaper writing.”—The Chicago Tribune, 10 Best Books of 2018
The event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors, Investors Bank and The Montclair Foundation. Please register below to reserve a seat. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the book for sale and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Daniel Okrent and Jonathan Alter- The Guarded GateAdult Events 11/03/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Daniel Okrent, a journalist at The New York Times, will discuss his book THE GUARDED GATE: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America with Montclair author, reporter, columnist, TV Analyst and lecturer Jonathan Alter.
About the book: by the widely celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Last Call—the powerful, definitive, and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America close the immigration door to “inferiors” in the 1920s.
A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, The Guarded Gate tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers—many of them progressives—who led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years.
Over five years in the writing, The Guarded Gate tells the complete story from its beginning in 1895, when Henry Cabot Lodge and other Boston Brahmins launched their anti-immigrant campaign. In 1921, Vice President Calvin Coolidge declared that “biological laws” had proven the inferiority of southern and eastern Europeans; the restrictive law was enacted three years later. In his characteristic style, both lively and authoritative, Okrent brings to life the rich cast of characters from this time, including Lodge’s closest friend, Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Darwin’s first cousin, Francis Galton, the idiosyncratic polymath who gave life to eugenics; the fabulously wealthy and profoundly bigoted Madison Grant, founder of the Bronx Zoo, and his best friend, H. Fairfield Osborn, director of the American Museum of Natural History; Margaret Sanger, who saw eugenics as a sensible adjunct to her birth control campaign; and Maxwell Perkins, the celebrated editor of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A work of history relevant for today, The Guarded Gate is an important, insightful tale that painstakingly connects the American eugenicists to the rise of Nazism, and shows how their beliefs found fertile soil in the minds of citizens and leaders both here and abroad.
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Open Book/ Open Mind: B.A. Shapiro in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt at MAMAdult Events 11/07/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Montclair Art Museum
The Collector’s Apprentice
Award-winning New York Times bestseller author B. A. Shapiro will debut her latest and eighth novel The Collector’s Apprentice, another unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance. Her previous novels include The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes, four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.
B. A. will be in conversation with New York Times best-selling fiction writer Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, as well as 8 other novels. Caroline is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Fiction, and a Goldenberg Fiction Prize.
Thanks to our community partner, Montclair Art Museum, this event will be held during their “Free First Thursday” programming. Registration to the evening is not required but please register below for this talk so we can provide updates or schedule changes via e-mail. (This event was rescheduled from 2018 so those prior event registrations have been saved.)
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Open Book/ Open Mind: Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey – Breaking the Sexual Harrassment Story That Helped Ignite a MovementAdult Events 11/22/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey in Conversation with Matthew Purdy
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
This ticketed event will be held at our Series In-Kind Sponsor’s location, Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, Montclair. A copy of the book is included with the ticket purchase and may be signed at the end of the event. Tickets may be purchased at this link or by cash or check in the 3rd floor Library Administration Office. Please call x2275 if you have questions. Ticket purchase link.
Open Book/Open Mind: Taffy Brodesser-Akner -Fleishman is in TroubleAdult Events 01/12/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Open Book/ Open Mind: Andrew Marantz – AntisocialAdult Events 01/26/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Andrew Marantz is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has worked since 2011. He has written extensively for the magazine about technology, social media, the alt-right, and the press, as well as about comedy and pop culture. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, New York, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and many other publications. A contributor to Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour, he has spoken at TED and has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many other outlets. Antisocial is his first book.
For several years, Andrew Marantz, a New Yorker staff writer, has been embedded with alt-right propagandists, who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. He also spent time with the social-media entrepreneurs who made this possible, through their naive and reckless ambition, by disrupting all of the traditional information systems.
Join Marantz as some of the biggest brains in Silicon Valley teach him how to make content go viral; as he hangs out with the conspiracists, white supremacists and nihilist trolls using these ideas to make their memes, blogs and podcasts incredibly successful; and as he meets some of the people led down the rabbit hole of online radicalization.
Antisocial is about how the unthinkable becomes thinkable, and then becomes reality. By telling the story of the people who hijacked the American conversation, Antisocial will help you understand the world they have created, in which we all now live.
“Antisocial is at once funny and scary, antic and illuminating. It’s a must-read for anyone still struggling to understand the last election or hoping to make sense of the next one.” – Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction
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Open Book/ Open Mind: Imani Perry BREATHEAdult Events 02/09/2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
BREATHE: A Letter to My Sons by Dr. Imani Perry
A professor of African-American studies at Princeton, Perry is a prolific writer whose work, including her recent award-winning biography of the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, contributes to a fuller understanding of black history and culture. But in “BREATHE,” the scholar forsakes the safe harbor of academic objectivity for the wilds of personal vulnerability. She explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world.
Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.
Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the book for purchase and signing at the event.
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