LIVE from NYPL: Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra with Tim Gunn

Thu. May 21, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
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She can’t stop writing history. He can’t stop reading it. Join Stacy Schiff and Tim Gunn for a singular discussion about the power of the past.

Cleopatra book coverStacy Schiff’s biography of the last queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, was widely hailed for diffusing the myths that have always surrounded her name, and restoring to her a humanity that had been cast aside over the centuries. One of Cleopatra’s biggest fans is fashion mentor—and history buff—Tim Gunn.

Schiff, who has been called “perhaps the most seductive writer of nonfiction prose in America in our time,” will join Gunn to talk about the vitality of history in our present-obsessed moment and the complicated and humane craft of writing the perfect biography.

Cleopatra appears on The New York Public Library's "125 Books We Love" list in commemoration of its 125th anniversary. Borrow this book (and more than 300,000 others) for free through the Library’s e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices.

Stacy Schiff © Elena SeibertStacy Schiff is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of VéraSaint-ExupéryA Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of AmericaCleopatra, and The Witches. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, where she has been named a Library Lion.

Tim Gunn © Robert ErdmannTim Gunn is the Emmy Award winning co-host of Making the Cut, and former co-host of Project Runway. A New York Times bestselling author of , Gunn also serves as chair of the fashion design department at Parsons School of Design.

Readers everywhere who wish to purchase a copy of Cleopatra can do so at The New York Public Library Shop.

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Stacy Schiff photo © Elena Seibert
Tim Gunn photo © Robert Erdmann

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