Chair: Alice Palmisano
Johanna Garfield, Rose Kernochan, Dee Shapiro
Erica Abeel, Ruth Lilian Ahntholz-Golian, Hiroo Dickler Awano, Lisa Dickler Awano, Pauline Gilbert Bader, Sally Baker Emerita, Portia Bohn, Sabra Brock, Robert Duvall,
Bettijane Eisenpreis, Michael Fine, Alice Forman, Caroline Hagood, Joan Hartman, Arlene Heyman, Rhoda Elison Hirsch, Phoebe Hoban, Julie Just,  Donne G. Kampel, Charlotte Kent, Dara Mandle, Bryant & Nondita Mason, David McCormick, Ann Michell, Daphne Muller, Darlene Orlov, James Panero, Viviana Pimstein, Cherry Provost Chair Emerita, Linda Selman, Gary Shapiro, Ruth M. Silverman, Patricia Kennedy Snyderman, Nancy Tamuccio, Jackie Townsend, Cor van den Heuvel, Emily & John Walsh, Hayden Wayne, Elaine Williams, Beatrice Williams-Rude, Marguerite Yaghjian.


Role in furthering the NAC Mission

As the largest and most active of the arts programs committees, our mission is to present literary works of merit to the membership and to the general public through readings and discussions with authors, panel discussions on literary subjects of interest and by introducing promising new authors. Our twice monthly events are free and open to the public, and unless otherwise noted, begin at 8pm in the Grand Gallery of The National Arts Club.

Since 1968, the Committee has recommended distinguished authors to the Board of Governors for the prestigious Medal of Honor for Literature.  Past recipients of this award include most of the major literary figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Unless otherwise noted, events will begin at 8pm and are hosted in the Grand Gallery of The National Arts Club.

September 29 – John Lahr – Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh & Joy Ride
October 13 – Lisa Howorth – Flying Shoes
October 27 – Amy Bloom – Lucky Us
November 10 – Eric Foner – Gateway to Freedom:  The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
November 24 – Louis Begley – Killer, Come Hither
December 2 - Karl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair Brysac – The China Collectors - America’s Century-Long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures
December 15 – Alice Eve Cohen – The Year My Mother Came Back

Past Events from our 2014/2015 Season

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sandra Newman "The Country of Ice Cream Star"

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Lucinda Franks  “Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me”

Tuesday, March 24

Julie Tibbott – “Members Only! Exploring Secret Societies”


Tuesday, May 12

Nineth Annual Dara Mandle Young Poets Reading

Wednesday, May 27

Between You & I: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris


Tuesday, June 9

Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom


Tuesday, June 23

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Fillipacchi