Brian Lehrer with Karan Mahajan: Notes from the Reading Life

Tue. Jun 11, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT
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A master interviewer and morning radio mainstay picks up the microphone to share recommendations and memories of the books that have inspired him throughout his career.

Brian Lehrer is the award-winning host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. Featuring guests from Barack Obama to Mitch McConnell and Margaret Atwood to Yogi Berra, The Brian Lehrer Show was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for "Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides."

Lehrer will speak with National Book Award Finalist, Karan Mahajan, whose novel The Association of Small Bombs was named one of the "10 Best Books of 2016" by The New York Times. An assistant professor at Brown University, he is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library.

Notes from the Reading Life is a discussion series that features some of our most well-known and well-read neighbors discussing the books that excite and inspire them—the books that guided them through their careers (in art, entertainment, comedy, and more), helping to make them into who they are today. Presented in partnership by the National Book Foundation and The New York Public Library, Notes from the Reading Life will take place throughout June at three library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. At each event, the featured speaker will be in conversation with an acclaimed author or lover of literature, celebrating the formative role of books in both of their lives.


Notes from the Reading Life is a program co-presented by the National Book Foundation and The New York Public Library, supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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 For all other inquiries, please contact

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

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Stapleton Library 132 Canal Street
Staten Island, NY 10304