LIVE from the NYPL: The spring's coolest speaker series

Trailblazing writers, directors and thinkers unfold the contents of their brains at this standout reading series

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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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Wes Anderson speaks at LIVE from the NYPL Thursday February 27.

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Photograph: Annie Leibovitz

Sarah Lewis speaks at LIVE from the NYPL March 26.

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Photograph: Bill Wadman

Malcolm Gladwell speaks at LIVE from the NYPL April 1.

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Photograph: Heleen Welvaart

Katherine Boo and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc speak at LIVE from the NYPL April 9.

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Photograph: Thomas Dozol

Douglas Coupland and Chuck Palahniuk speak at LIVE from the NYPL April 11.

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Photograph: Brett Casper

Steve Hindy speaks at LIVE from the NYPL April 25.

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Photograph: Sari Goodfriend

Kara Walker speaks at LIVE from the NYPL May 20.

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Photograph: Michael Lionstar

Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell speak at LIVE from the NYPL June 3.

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Photograph: Greg Gorman

John Waters speaks at LIVE from the NYPL June 4.

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Photograph: Chris Steele-Perkins/MAGNUM

Geoff Dyer speaks at LIVE from the NYPL June 10.

If you like books, films and interesting conversations—so yes, that's all of us—you'll want in on LIVE from the NYPL. The semiannual reading series returns to the iconic New York Public Library this spring with a lineup that includes maverick movie director Wes Anderson, cultural commentator and hair icon Malcolm Gladwell, and Generation X author Douglas Coupland. Who said libraries are for squares?

The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave at 42nd St (917-275-6975, nypl.org/live). All events at 7pm. $25; members, seniors and students $15.

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