The Lions of Fifth Avenue: Fiona Davis with Zibby Owens

Tue. Aug 4, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
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Unearth the mysteries of the Library without ever leaving your home. Bestselling author Fiona Davis’s latest historical novel journeys deep into the dark corners of NYPL’s iconic flagship location.

Lions of Fifth Avenue book coverA series of thefts, separated by eighty years, upends The New York Public Library—and the lives of two women from the one family that’s connected to them both. In Fiona Davis’s latest novel set within an iconic New York location, journey from 1913 and the legendary superintendent apartment inside the Library to 1993 and the rarefied reading rooms housing some of NYPL’s most treasured archives and collections. Two women’s lives revolve around the Library, one the wife of the superintendent and an emerging bohemian and feminist, the other a curator working for the institution who struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, a famous essayist. Two inexplicable thefts, one of rare books, the other of priceless manuscripts and notes, threaten to upend the safety and security they both draw from the Library, and to expose truths about their family that no one may be prepared to confront.

Fiona Davis discusses her riveting new novel with Zibby Owens, the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.


Fiona Davis © Deborah FeingoldFiona Davis is the nationally bestselling author of historical novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including The Chelsea Girls and The Address. She began her career in New York City as an actress, working on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. After getting a master's degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down to write fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and she’s based in New York City. Her new novel, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, will be published by Dutton on August 4, 2020.

Zibby OwensZibby Owens is an author, media personality, and New York City-based mother-of-four. Her flagship podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, features interviews and conversations with the world's most exciting authors, including bestsellers like Jennifer Weiner, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and celebs like Alicia Keys and Lena Dunham. Founded in 2018, the brand has expanded to include multi-platform live events, brand partnerships, a daily Instagram Live show, a virtual book club, and a newly-launched editorial site called We Found Time. Zibby's articles on books and parenting have been published in The Washington PostThe New York TimesParentsReal SimpleSELF, and many other outlets, and she frequently appears on television shows like Good Morning America and Good Day L. A. Her children’s book series about a character named Princess Charming is forthcoming from Penguin Random House.


Readers everywhere who wish to purchase signed copies of The Lions of Fifth Avenue can do so at The New York Public Library Shop. All proceeds benefit The New York Public Library. Plus, receive a free commemorative 125th anniversary tote bag with your purchase!

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Fiona Davis © Deborah Feingold

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