Events for Writers

Library Live at Labyrinth Presents Min Jin Lee — Pachinko: A Novel
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 6PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
Labyrinth and The Princeton Public Library are proud to present National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee, who will be reading from and talking about her celebrated new novel, a saga about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family’s fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.
Vanessa Grigoriadis & Anne McClintock in Conversation — Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus
Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 6PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
A new sexual revolution is sweeping the country, and college students are on the front lines. Women use fresh, smart methods to fight entrenched sexism and sexual assault even as they celebrate their own sexuality as never before. Many “woke” male students are more sensitive to women’s concerns than previous generations ever were, while other men perpetuate the most cruel misogyny.


Asad Raza, D. Graham Burnett, Jeff Dolven, Brooke Holmes — The Home Show
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 6PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
Please join us for an evening devoted to Asad Raza’s book The Home Show, hosted by Raza and contributors to the book. The Home Show is inspired by Asad Raza’s performative evolution of the apartment exhibition, held at his apartment in New York City. Artists, friends and family were invited to contribute artworks, sounds, performative instructions, and rituals to the show, and every visitor received a tour from Raza.


C.K. Williams Emerging Writers Series — Jenny Xie and Princeton Students
Friday, April 27th, 2018 at 6PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
The Emerging Writers Reading Series at Labyrinth Bookstore showcases senior thesis students of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. This month, poet Jenny Xie and Princeton students Mim Ra Aslaoui, Nicolas Freeman, Isabella Grabski, Alicia Lai, and Rosed Serranto will read from their work.


Michael Ryan & Michael Lemonick in Conversation — A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 6PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
From one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, comes the astonishing story of how the female brain drives the evolution of beauty in animals and humans. The author and acclaimed science writer Michael Lemonick discuss sexual selection; please join us.


Corey Robin & Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor — The Reactionary Mind
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 6PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
Tracing conservatism back to its roots in the reaction against the French Revolution, Corey Robin argues that the right is fundamentally inspired by a hostility to emancipating the lower orders. He will be discussing these pressing issues with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (PU) – we hope you can join us.


Tracy K. Smith — Wade in the Water: Poems
Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 6PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
In Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith boldly ties America’s contemporary moment both to our nation’s fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. We are proud to invite you to a reading with the U.S. Poet Laureate.


Princeton Environmental Film Festival

April 11, 2018

4:30 pm Friend Center

INDEPENDENCE, The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker

Of all of the 3,200 Congressional Medal of Honor winners, Dr. Mary Walker is the only woman to receive our country’s highest award for heroism. She was a Civil War surgeon.

This one-woman play will captivate you as her dramatic, intense and even humorous story is told! Free and open to the public, tickets are required.In person – Frist Campus Center M-F, 12 – 5pm OR Lewis Center for the Arts M-F, 4:30-8:30pm

Nancy Weiss Malkiel “Keep the Damned Women Out” The Struggle for Coeducation

In the period 1969-1974, there was a flood of decisions for coeducation at elite institutions of higher education — in the United States, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Vassar, among many other colleges and universities; in the United Kingdom, the first three mens’ colleges at Cambridge and the first five at Oxford. Why did that happen? Why did these very traditional, very conservative, very old institutions come to embrace such significant change? Why then? And what happened? How did coeducation work in its early incarnations?

A Conversation with Fazal Sheikh and Eduardo Cadava

In conjunction with a generous donation to the Museum, currently on view, the photographer Fazal Sheikh joins Eduardo Cadava, professor of English, in a conversation that addresses the politics of migration and exclusion, particularly as related to Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017, which blocked entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. Book Signing: 4:30 p.m, Museum Lobby. A reception in the Museum will follow.

Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés

Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15, 2018
April 12 + 13 at 8:00 PM
April 14 + 15 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM
Maclean House, Princeton University campus
FREE tickets; reservations recommended

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:30 p.m.
Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex
Poet and Princeton alum Jane Hirshfield ’73 and bestselling writer Walter Mosley read from their work on Wednesday, April 18, as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series presented by the Program in Creative Writing. Please note new location at Wallace Theater, moved from previously scheduled location at Berlind Theatre.

The Mind on the Page: Mental Health in Literature and the Arts, Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00 AM — 8:30 PM
East Pyne Hall
In addition to publishing content digitally and in a biannual print edition, The Nassau Literary Review (NLR) is also committed to organizing events that explore important social issues through the lens of literature. This spring, NLR organizes its fifth annual Intercollegiate Literary Conference on the broad theme of “The Mind on the Page,” with a special emphasis on mental health in literature and art.

The 2018 James Baldwin Lecture will be held Thursday, April 12th at 4:30 p.m. in McCormick 101 and delivered by Professor Brian Eugenio Herrera. The lecture is entitled, “The Dramatist’s Call to Action: Realizing the Provocative Prescience of James Baldwin and María Irene Fornés.” This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 13, 2018 4:30 PM
Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex
Event will also be live-streamed

A conversation with two playwrights influenced by María Irene Fornés whose plays will be performed as the Program in Theater’s spring show, I am in 5th Grade, You are in Kindergarten. Playwrights Migdalia Cruz and Mac Wellman engage in a conversation moderated by Dr. Anne García-Romero, presented in conjunction with the 2018 Latinx Theater Commons María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium, happening April 14th at Princeton University.

Screening of We Are the Best! Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:30 PM
Princeton Garden Theatre Tickets required

WE ARE THE BEST! is Lukas Moodysson’s adaptation of his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early ‘80s Stockholm. Mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels who, despite having no musical ability, put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band. With tender affection for his young characters, Moodysson paints an ebullient portrait of youth.

Concert of New Songs Frist Theatre, Frist Campus Center
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, 4:30 PMStudents perform a concert of songs with music and lyrics written over the past semester as part of the spring course “How to Write a Song” co-taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and Grammy Award-winning composer Steve Mackey.

Spring Student Reading Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Chancellor Green Rotunda
Selected students from spring courses in Creative Writing read from their work in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and literary translation.