Thelma Golden and Kaitlyn Greenidge: Notes from the Reading Life

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Thelma Golden and Kaitlyn Greenidge: Notes from the Reading Life

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Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library 203 West 115th Street New York, NY 10026

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In this intimate conversation, an art world icon talks about her love of reading and shares recommendations for the books that have inspired her throughout her life.

Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987. After a decade at the Whitney, she returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005. In 2015 Golden joined the Barack Obama Foundation's Board of Directors. She is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. Born in St. Albans, Queens, Golden currently resides in Harlem.

Golden will speak with Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman, which was one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016 and was a finalist for the Center For Fiction's First Novel Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award and winner of the Forward Fiction Prize. A contributing editor for LENNY Letter, recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, and a 2016 Whiting Award-winner, Greenidge is the Visiting Writer in Syracuse University's Creative Writing Program and teaches in Bennington College's MFA Program.

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 four library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. At each event, the featured speaker will be in conversation with an acclaimed author, 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.

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