By Cara Luddy, Communications Assistant at Central Library
September will mark the start of the 2017-2018 season of the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series. This is one of the largest library related lecture series in the country and it brings in some of the most talented authors in contemporary writing to Central New York.
On Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad which was an Oprah's Book Club selection.
His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's and Granta. He has also been awarded a McArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize.
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The Underground Railroad
The story follows Cora, a young slave on a Georgia cotton plantation who is approaching womanhood. After a new arrival from Virginia named Caesar tells her about the Underground Railroad, the two make the overwhelming decision to escape from bondage and seek their freedom in the North.
The Noble Hustle
An NPR Best Book of the Year, The Noble Hustle follows Colson Whitehead as he participates in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in 2011. With only six weeks to train, Whitehead documents his first casino tournament and reveals the ups and downs of this high stakes competition.
Later in the week,
The landmark series will begin airing on WCNY on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Made up of 10 parts, a total of 18 hours, "The Vietnam War" revisits a turbulent time in U.S. history. The series examines different aspects of the war through the perspectives of Americans who fought in the war as well as soldiers and civilians from North and South Vietnam at the time.
Screenings will take place at the following libraries:
Skaneateles Library (49 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY 13151) Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Central Library (447 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13202) Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Maxwell Memorial Library (14 Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031) Thursday, Sept. 14 at
Paine Branch Library (113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206) Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Funding for The Vietnam War provided by: Members of The Better Angels Society; Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.