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Fall preview 2013: Top five talks and lectures

The big hitters are coming to town this fall. Here are the can't-miss talks and lectures, covering architecture, politics and pop culture.

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TimesTalks: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais, Sept 9

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Grand Central Terminal: A Century of Greatness, Oct 3

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Salman Rushdie

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Malala with Christiane Amanpour, Oct 10

Photograph: Courtesy Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Live from the NYPL: Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett, Oct 23

This fall, feed your brain at one of these enlightening talks. Not the listening type? Get an eyeful of three cool NYC photo books we're excited to add to our shelves, or head to the top five events and festivals of the season. Plus, the Queens Museum reopens in October after a major overhaul. Check it out along with the rest of fall's top museum exhibits

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TimesTalks: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais

Critics' pick

The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff grills The Office and Extras creator on his latest offering, Derek, which premieres stateside on Sept 12 on Netflix. Tickets may be available at the venue one hour before the sold-out event; if you don't like those odds, watch the interview via live webcast at nytimes.com/artsbeat.

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09 Sep 2013

Grand Central Terminal: A Century of Greatness

Critics' pick

Architectural historian Barry Lewis holds forth on one of the world's most recognizable train stations, which celebrates its centennial this year. He'll look at the Beaux Arts transit terminal within the context of the other architectural landmarks built at that time, including the Met itself.

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03 Oct 2013

The New Yorker Festival

Critics' pick

“It’s The New Yorker in 3-D, but without the funny glasses,” says David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, of its signature festival. Over the course of a weekend, staff writers and editors from the magazine interview dozens of movie stars, authors, musicians and more. Tickets go on sale Sept 13 and usually disappear in a blink; do your utmost to secure a pass—your brain will thank you for it. Various locations, times and prices; visit newyorker.com/festival for details.

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Various locations Sunday October 4 2015

Malala with Christiane Amanpour

Critics' pick

On the eve of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize award announcement, hear from nominee Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in October 2012 by a Taliban gunman on her way home from school. Yousafzai, then 15, was targeted because of her education-rights activism; she describes the ordeal and her ongoing campaign for children's education in her memoir, I Am Malala (Oct 8; Little, Brown and Company). International-news vet Christiane Amanpour interviews Yousafzai and her father in what is likely to be the most inspiring talk you'll see this season.

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10 Oct 2013

Live from the NYPL: Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett

Critics' pick

Preeminent investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet gathers his do-gooder clan for this discussion about business, charity and agriculture—subjects on which the trio has considerable expertise (Howard Sr. and Jr. are both farmers). Prepare for an almighty pep talk: The chat coincides with the release of Howard G.'s book 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World (Oct 22; Simon & Schuster), which posits that each of us has around 40 productive years in which to accomplish our goals. Well, what are you waiting for?

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23 Oct 2013