Rooftop Happy Hour with Ada Limón and Sarah Ruhl

Fri. May 27, 2022 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
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Join us on the SNFL terrace for readings, drinks, crafts, and more!

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

In May, we are proud to partner with independent publishers Milkweed Editions and Copper Canyon press to present readings of new work by poet Ada Limón and playwright Sarah Ruhl. Come for a drink and the amazing view, stay to discover new writing by these beloved writers!

Limón's new book is The Hurting Kind. Ruhl’s new book is Love Poems in Quarantine. Purchase copies at the event and get them signed.

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


The New York Public Library no longer mandates proof of vaccination at indoor public programs.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at LIVE from NYPL events.

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.


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.


Publication Dates: 5/10/22 & 5/31/2022

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Ada Limón is the author of The Hurting Kind, as well as five other collections of poems. These include, most recently, The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. Limón is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review, among others. She is the new host of American Public Media’s weekday poetry podcast The Slowdown. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright, essayist and poet. Her plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator playThe Clean HousePassion PlayDead Man’s Cell PhoneMelancholy PlayFor Peter Pan on her 70th BirthdayThe Oldest BoyStage KissDear ElizabethEurydiceOrlandoLate: a cowboy song, and a translation of Three Sisters. She has been a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on and off-Broadway, around the country, and internationally where they have been translated into over fifteen languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. Her two books of poetry are published by Copper Canyon Press, and her collaboration with poet Max Ritvo, Letters from Max, was published by Milkweed. Her book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write was a Times notable book of the year, and she most recently published Smile, a memoir which was listed by Time magazine as a must read book of 2021. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.


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The New York Public Library's free services and resources are made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library. Join this group of Library lovers and take advantage of special membership benefits, like invitations to members-only virtual events, discounts at the Library Shop, and more. Join now.

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund, and the support of Library patrons and friends.

This program is made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Ada Limón © Lucas Marquardt

Sarah Ruhl © Gregory Costanzo

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