Rooftop Happy Hour with the Asian American Writers' Workshop

Fri. Jul 22, 2022 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
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Join us on the SNFL terrace for readings, drinks, crafts, and more!

Featuring readings by:

  • Daphne Palasi Andreades (Brown Girls)

  • Zain Khalid (Brother Alive)

LIVE from NYPL's happy hours on the brand new terrace atop the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) take place on select Fridays. Drop in for drinks, mingling, and crafts, as well as a short selection of curated readings.

In July, we are proud to partner with the Asian American Writers' Workshop to present readings of new work by Zain Khalid and Daphne Palasi Andreades. Come for a drink and the amazing view, stay to discover some new writing!

Join us at any point between 5:30-7:30 PM. Readings will begin at about 6:15 PM.

Co-presented with the Asian American Writer's Workshop (AAWW), a national literary nonprofit dedicated to publishing and incubating work by Asian and Asian diasporic writers, poets, and artists. Since its founding in 1991, AAWW has provided a countercultural literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Find out more at


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Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue. You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email or use this Gmail template. This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. A visual navigation guide is available here.


Daphne Palasi Andreades is the author of the debut novel Brown Girls, which follows a group of young women of color, as they come-of-age in Queens, New York—the author’s hometown. Brown Girls is told through a choral voice and blurs poetry and prose to explore hybrid identities and solidarity across different diasporas. Published January 2022 by Random House, Brown Girls was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an Indies Next Pick. A graduate of CUNY and Columbia University’s MFA Fiction program, Daphne is now at work on several projects, including her second novel.

Zain Khalid has been published in the New Yorker, the Believer, the Los Angeles Review of BooksMcSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. He has also written for television. Brother Alive is his first novel. He lives in New York City.


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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), 7th Floor Event Center 455 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016