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Tony Shalhoub, Hiba Abid, and Randa Jarrar: The Prophet at 100 and Arab American Writing in New York

Tony Shalhoub, Hiba Abid, and Randa Jarrar: The Prophet at 100 and Arab American Writing in New York

Date(s) - 11/08/2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Stephen a. Schwarzman Building


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New York Public Library

New York Public Library

On the centenary of Kahlil Gibran’s best-selling work of mystical prose-poetry, actors and writers perform readings and discuss the elusive legacy of his most famous book.
In-person registration for this event has sold out, but livestream tickets are still available. A limited number of standby tickets will be available on the night of the event.

The Prophet book cover
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a proto-New Age collection of arcane and oracular poetic essays has sold over 100 million copies in its 100-year lifespan and has made Gibran the third best-selling poet after William Shakespeare and Laozi. Gibran, a writer and artist who lived and worked primarily in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood then known as Little Syria, has derived a mixed reputation from his mysterious volume of musings on subjects like love, law, beauty, and faith. He has been beloved by various counter-cultural and spiritual movements over the decades, but among scholars he is viewed alternatively as a “crucial modern innovator” or “horrifically retrograde.” An evening of readings, lecture, and conversation will look into The Prophet and Gibran’s reputation, as well as the history of Arab and Arab-American writers in New York.

This event will also feature a one-night-only display of rare materials from the Library’s holdings.

To join the event in-person | Please register for an In-Person Ticket. Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins. For LIVE from NYPL events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment; we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Booked seats that have not been claimed will be released shortly before start time, and seats may become available then. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.

To join the livestream | A livestream of this event will be available on this NYPL event page. To receive an email reminder shortly in advance of the event, please be sure to register! If you encounter any issues, please join us on NYPL’s YouTube channel.

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