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Announcement Public computer usage will be unavailable through the month of December into January to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Location Closure The Central Library and Edmondson Avenue Branch are closed for decontamination. Services at Central Library and Edmondson Avenue Branch will resume Monday, December 7.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Calendar

Book Chat with Pratt

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:00pm

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Not sure what your next book will be? Chat live with Pratt staff, or a special guest, for book recommendations on Zoom and Facebook Live.


September 24: Jalen Eutsey will interview Jaswinder Bolina! Jaswinder Bolina is an American poet and essayist. His first collection of essays Of Color was published in June 2020 and is currently available from McSweeney’s. His most recent collection of poetry The 44th of July was released by Omnidawn in April 2019. It’s been named a finalist for the 2019 Big Other Book Award and was long-listed for the 2019 PEN America Open Book Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and been included in The Best American Poetry series. He teaches on the faculty of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.


September 30: Joanne Helouvry and Pam Lauer, Pratt Librarians, will discuss literary fiction.


October 14: Hispanic Heritage Month edition with poet Jacob Shores-Argüello, interviewed by Shaileen Beyer. Jacob Shores-Argüello is a Costa Rican American poet and prose writer. He is the author of In the Absence of Clocks and Paraíso. Jacob is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown, the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a Lannan Literary fellowship. His work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and The Academy of American Poets, among others.


October 21: Discuss Black Pride Month reading with Jabari Lyles, Director of LGBTQ Affairs at the Mayor's Office.


October 28: Lo Smith will talk to Ben Egerman about LGBTQ history books in advance of From Twilight into Sunshine: LGBTQ+ History in Maryland on October 29th at 6pm.


November 18: Jalen Eutsey will interview Rick BarotRick Barot was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Wesleyan University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry and later a Jones Lecturer in Poetry. Barot is author of the poetry collections The Darker Fall (2002), which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, Want (2008), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, Chord (2015), and The Galleons (2020). His poems and essays have appeared in the New RepublicPoetry magazine, the Kenyon Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and others.


December 9: Kristopher Zgorski is is the award-winning mystery and thriller blogger of BOLO Books. He will give a virtual year-end round up of best crime fiction of 2020.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The conversation will also be broadcasted on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page.

User Activity

It was fun! Thank you for hosting the program.

I really enjoyed it. Never gave much thought to graphic novels but after the presentation I might add that genre to my reading list.