Events for Writers- June

Writers Room

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. While nonfiction has been a focus in the past, fiction writers are welcome. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led by Loretta and Fred Wish in the first floor Quiet Room.


Introduction to Online Genealogy

Thursday, June 13, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This class will focus primarily on’s private subscription, but will also explore the library’s database access to and Heritage Quest to help you discover your family tree. Instructor: Nora Walsh

Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, June 13, 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Princeton Room – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group discusses “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin.

Writing Workshop

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers who are working on book-length works are invited to receive constructive critique from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Don Donato leads the workshop.

Summer Reading Soiree Featuring Juliet Grames and Sally Koslow

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The fourth annual Summer Reading Soiree, an event that kicks of our summer reading program for adults, features Juliet Grames  discussing her debut novel, “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna,” and Sally Koslow who will speak about the paperback release of her novel “Another Side of Paradise.” It will be an evening of fiction that focuses on life, loss and love.

Attendees will have a chance to enjoy sparkling punch as well as fresh lemonade from The Salad and Smoothie Market, delicious appetizers from Princeton Soup and Sandwich Co., delightful desserts (some from the recipes found within in the pages of  “Stella Fortuna”) as well as  sorbet from the bent spoon, all under an awning on Hinds Plaza, before the talks begin. All who attend can enter a drawing to win some great prizes, including books by the authors. It is a great chance to mingle and chat about books while meeting two great authors.

Registration, though not required, is requested to help us plan. Please visit Eventbrite to register.

Co-presented by the library and Labyrinth Books


Raconteur Radio presents “An Evening with Gertrude Stein”

Thursday, June 20, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Metuchen-based Raconteur Radio presents a staged radio play that recreates Gertrude Stein’s famed Left Bank salon and  invites the audience to spend the evening with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, Alice B. Toklas, and, of course, the Mother Goose of Montparnasse herself, at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Gertrude Stein will be portrayed by Jane Hardy. The 55-minute production features theatrical lighting, period costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, sound effects and vintage commercials.


Xue Di: Across Borders Poetry Reading

Sunday, June 23, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Award-winning Chinese poet Xue Di (雪迪) (pronounced shway-dee) presents a multi-media, bilingual poetry reading and casual talk. Coming of age under Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-77), which suppressed all literary works, Xue Di came across forbidden poems and became determined to be a poet as a young boy. His strikingly intense lyricism is deeply connected to a yearning shared by all humanity.

The poet will read his poems in the Chinese original, followed by English translations read by American poet Jonathan Wells. Xue Di will take questions from the audience and will offer comments and perspectives in English to heighten understanding about China and its people, and poetry in the East.

Refreshments will be served after the reading, and Xue Di will sign copies of his books which will be available for purchase.

Co-sponsored by the library and The Princeton Festival.


Author Charles Fishman: “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon”

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The acclaimed author discusses and signs copies of his book, the remarkable story of the trailblazers and ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon. From digital pioneer Charles Draper, who created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, “One Giant Leap” captures the sweeping achievement of the men and women charged with changing the world as we knew it — their leaders, triumphs and near disasters — and the events that led to what is arguably the greatest success story of the 20th century.

Fishman is also the author of “A Curious Mind” (with Brian Grazer), “The Wal-Mart Effect” and “The Big Thirst.” He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism.

Labyrinth Books will provide books for signing.

Book Group: Listen to This

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group listens to and discusses a short story from The New Yorker Fiction Podcast.

Black Voices Book Group

Thursday, July 11, 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

The group discusses “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi.

Shakespeare in Community Park: “Coriolanus”

Sunday, July 14, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Hudson Shakespeare Company presents the second of the summer’s two Shakespeare in the Park performances at the Community Park North Amphitheater.

Coriolanus, Rome’s best soldier, has conquered Rome’s enemies. When Rome seeks another consul, Coriolanus seems to be just the person for the job – but will her pride and disdain for the people get in the way? This epic tale of war, politics, honor and revenge is set in a rough, primitive Amazonian outpost with an all-female cast.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jon Ciccarelli, The Hudson Shakespeare Company is known for utilizing some of the best young and experienced actors, directors and crew from around the tri-state area.

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Welcome Additions: Selected Acquisitions 2012-18


“Welcome Additions” is a retrospective of recent additions to PUL’s special collections within the Cotsen Children’s LibraryEast Asian Library, Graphic Arts, Manuscripts, Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Numismatics, Public Policy Papers, Rare Books, Scheide Library, University Archives, and Western Americana. The exhibition theme, as described by Curator of Rare Books Eric White, “plays on the notion that our recent acquisitions may reflect either long-awaited opportunities to enhance existing collections, or unexpected ways of moving beyond traditional collecting interests.”

Free and open to the public