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Amos Oz reads at 92Y!

Introduced and interviewed by Jonathan Wilson

Amos Oz, the legendary Israeli writer, returns to 92Y with his most powerful novel in decades. Join him for a reading of Judas — the winner of the International Literature Prize and his first full-length work since the bestselling A Tale of Love and Darkness.

A scintillating novel … Many-layered, thought-provoking and — in its love story — delicate as a chrysalis, this is an old-fashioned novel of ideas that is strikingly and compellingly modern. — The Observer

Oz has written one of the most triumphant novels of his career. — The Forward

A [big] beautiful novel … Funny, wise, and provoking. The Times

Mon, Nov 14, 7:30 pm



A Celebration of Albert Murray
Renata Adler, Paul Devlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Wynton Marsalis and Ayana Mathis
Albert Murray’s impassioned argument for a pluralistic vision of America is perhaps more relevant today than ever before. Join Renata Adler, Paul Devlin and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (the editors of Murray’s newly released collected essays and memoirs) and Wynton Marsalis and Ayana Mathis for an evening celebrating Murray’s centennial.

Murray’s art possesses “the poet’s language, the novelist’s sensibility, the essayist’s clarity, the jazzman’s imagination and the gospel singer’s depth of feeling.” — The New Yorker

Reading this collection “is like watching someone take a 12-bar blues song and score it for full orchestra.” — The New York Times

Mon, Nov 28, 8 pm


Zadie Smith: Swing Time
See Zadie Smith read from her ambitious new novel, Swing Time “a sweeping meditation on art, race, and identity … her most ambitious work yet” (Esquire) and “a keenly felt exploration of friendship, race, fame, motherhood and the ineluctable truth that our origins will forever determine our fates” (Harper’s Bazaar, Best Books of 2016).

Thu, Dec 8, 7:30 pm


Playwright and actor Tracy Letts
Don’t miss a rare solo reading by the only artist ever to win a Pulitzer for drama (August: Osage County) and a Tony for acting (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). A revival of Lett’s play Man from Nebraska opens at Second Stage in January. He is “a poet of the ordinary — a playwright who writes about commonplace lives in uncommon ways,” wrote Terry Teachout.

Mon, Dec 5, 8 pm


On Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan with critic Christopher Ricks
“For 50 years, all the world has delighted in Bob Dylan’s books of words and more than words: provocative, mysterious, touching, baffling, not-to-be-pinned-down, intriguing, and a reminder that genius is free to do as it chooses,” writes Christopher Ricks.

Join Ricks, one of our greatest living critics, for a lecture on Lyrics, a comprehensive volume of Dylan’s lyrics.

Sun, Dec 4, 11 am


From our friends at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center: Banjo Stories and Songs
Laurent Dubois’ The Banjo: America’s African Instrument is an illuminating biography of an instrument that was an essential part of black culture on Caribbean and North American plantations. He talks with Leyla McCalla, a renowned singer and tenor banjo, guitar and cello player.

Wed, Dec 7, 6:30 pm
515 Malcolm X Boulevard




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