NYPL Centennial Gala

NYPL Centennial Gala

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Colum McCann and Philip Gourevitch with a stash of the new volume "Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100," to which they both contributed. McCann writes of seeing a copy of "Ulysses" by James Joyce at the library. A "tiny flake of a page" fell from the book when it was being put away. McCann "stared at it. And then I did what any heartsick lovesick booksick wordsick worldsick joycesick fool would do. I ate it."