Mary Karr, Helen Macdonald and James McBride at 92Y

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On Charlotte Brontë:
With Claire Harman
Sunday, March 6, 2016, 11 am, from $38
Claire Harman’s new biography of Charlotte Brontë —timed to her bicentenary and published in October by Viking—explores the life of a literary visionary and feminist trailblazer that contained all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels (Jane Eyre, Villette, Shirley, The Professor) that it inspired. Harman has written acclaimed biographies of Robert Louis Stevenson, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Fanny Burney, as well as Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. This is a Books & Bagels event – and it includes a light brunch.
Shakespeare and the Jews:
Howard Jacobson & James Shapiro
Thusday, March 17, 8:15 pm, from $22
Rediscover Shakespeare with two quick-witted storytellers renowned for their imagination and scholarship. Howard Jacobson, who won the Booker Prize for The Finkler Question, rewrites Shakespeare in his new novel, Shylock is My Name (Feb. 9, Hogarth). “His writing has the kind of energy that you have to look at through your fingers, like an eclipse,” wrote Jonathan Safran Foer. James Shapiro’s Shakespeare and the Jews—soon to be reissued in a 20th-anniversary edition by Columbia University Press—was an important influence on Jacobson’s novel. In his new work of scholarship, The Year of Lear, Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 shaped the three tragedies Shakespeare wrote that year—King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
Mary Karr & Helen Macdonald
(In Macdonald’s ONLY New York Appearance)
Thusday, March 24, 8:15 pm, from $27
Author of The Liars’ Club, Cherry and Lit, Mary Karr has now written “another astonishingly perceptive, wildly entertaining and profoundly honest book,” wrote Cheryl Strayed about Karr’s new The Art of Memoir (Harper). Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk (Grove Press) is “the discovery of the season,” wrote The Economist. “One part memoir, one part gorgeous evocation of the natural world and one part literary meditation—lit with a grace that sweeps down to the reader to hold her wrist tight with beautiful, terrible claws.” Her new book of poems is Shaler’s Fish; Macdonald will read from and talk about H is for Hawk. This is her only New York appearance. 
James McBride
Monday, April 4, 8 pm, from $24
Author of the classic memoir The Color of Water, James McBride travels the country tracking the legend of James Brown in his new work of nonfiction, Kill ’Em and Leave (April 5, Spiegel & Grau). What he discovers is a complicated story of race, music, the South and America today. “The definitive look at one of the greatest, most important entertainers, The Godfather, Da Number One Soul Brother, Mr. Please, Please Himself — JAMES BROWN,” said Spike Lee.
Discounted Tickets for 35 and Under –
About 92Y
92nd Street Y is a world-class, nonprofit cultural and community center that fosters the mental, physical and spiritual health of people throughout their lives, offering: wide-ranging conversations with the world’s best minds; an outstanding range of programming in the performing, visual and literary arts; fitness and sports programs; and activities for children and families. 92Y is reimagining what it means to be a community center in the digital age with initiatives like the award-winning #GivingTuesday, launched by 92Y in 2012 and now recognized across the US and in a growing number of regions worldwide as a day to celebrate and promote giving. These kinds of initiatives are transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action both locally and around the world. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually; millions more participate in 92Y’s digital and online initiatives. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit



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