A Velocity of Being: Maria Popova and Guests

Sat. Dec 15, 2018 at 7:00pm EST
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Enchanted Lion Books and Maria Popova present a curated anthology of letters and original illustrations crafted by 121 of the most interesting and inspiring culture-makers alive today.

A collection of letters to young readers, A Velocity of Being compiles the words of contemporary artists, writers, scientists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and adventurers as they reflect on the power of reading, and its ability to make the spirit soar. In response to each letter, artists, illustrators, and graphic designers of note have created original artwork to accompany the prose.  

To celebrate the book’s release into the world, a number of its contributors will take to the stage at The New York Public Library to share their letters, each reflecting on how their character has been shaped by a lifetime of reading. Art from the book will be showcased throughout the evening as well, and many of the contributing artists will be in attendance. Featured readings and performances by: Jad AbumradPaola AntonelliSophie BlackallAlexander CheeMohammed FairouzAdam GopnikPaul Holdengräber, Sarah KayDawn LandesJanna LevinMorleyWilliam PowersAmanda SternMariahadessa Ekere Tallie, and Naomi Wolf

A labor of love eight years in the making, all proceeds from A Velocity of Being will benefit the public libraries of New York City. Read more about the book on Brain Pickings.

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form one hour before the program.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc.) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Sara Beth Joren at sarabethjoren@nypl.org. For all other inquiries, please contact publicprograms@nypl.org.

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum 476 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10018