Events - 27 Apr 18

Talk by Vanessa Manko “Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance” | 27/04/2018 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Talk by Vanessa Manko "Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance"

Vanessa Manko will be speaking on “Loie Fuller and the Birth of Modern Dance”.

At work on a novel inspired by the life and times of American modern dance pioneer, Loie Fuller, who performed in Paris at the Folies-Bergère in 1893, causing an overnight sensation, author Vanessa Manko will present a talk focused on her novel-in-progress. The talk will range in subject from Loie Fuller and the many noted artists and writers she befriended in Paris during the Belle Epoque to Manko’s research finds in Paris while she is the American Library in Paris’ Visiting Spring 2018 Fellow. The talk will also touch upon the relationship between dance and writing.

Vanessa Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, where she worked with Salman Rushdie, and her MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review’s The Daily and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Vanessa danced with the Charleston Ballet Theatre and is the former Dance Editor of The Brooklyn Rail and has also written about dance for Dance Magazine, Dance Now, Dance Teacher, Pointe and Dance Research Journal. She lives in Brooklyn.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy.

Reading Shakespeare | 27/04/2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth. This activity consists of watching a BBC production on DVD and then reading relative scenes. This is a great activity for lovers of language and fans of the great wit. The activity is free for library members. Please sign up at the front desk.