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Sutherland Sponsors "LIVE from the NYPL" Event Featuring Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Toni Morrison at The New York Public Library

October 7, 2008

NEW YORK (October 7, 2008)Sutherland, a member of The New York Public Library's Lawyers for the Library Program, will sponsor the “LIVE from the NYPL" event featuring Toni Morrison at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12.  Morrison will discuss her ninth novel, A Mercy, which uncovers what lies beneath the surface of slavery in an ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother abandoning her daughter in order to save her. Like her novel Beloved, the story takes place in the American past.

"As members of the New York Bar and active participants in the life of the city, we at Sutherland are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the library," said Sutherland Partner William H. Bradley.

The Lawyers for the Library Program was created in 1986 as a vehicle to raise money to support the Library's general operations, and to give contributing law firms visibility.  This volunteer committee of nationally prominent lawyers secures annual gifts from law firms, upgrades the partnership levels of current donors, and encourages new firms to join each year.

About Toni Morrison  Toni Morrison has been the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Her novels include Song of Solomon, Beloved, Paradise, and Love. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University.  She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

About "LIVE from the NYPL"  "LIVE from the NYPL" is a series of lively and provocative conversations, debates, and performances at The New York Public Library curated by Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs. Past participants have included Werner Herzog, Christopher Hitchens debating Al Sharpton, an opera based on The Elements of Style by Maira Kalman and Nico Muhly, Günter Grass in conversation with Norman Mailer, Miranda July with David Byrne and Becky Stark, Aline and R. Crumb, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain, Harold Bloom, Nicholas Kristof, and Orhan Pamuk. For more information, please visit or email

About The New York Public Library  The New York Public Library consists of 87 neighborhood branches, four world-acclaimed research centers, and a library for the blind and physically handicapped in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. All libraries in the NYPL system may be used free of charge by all visitors.

Sutherland is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to approximately 500 lawyers handling matters in every part of the world. Seven major practice areas — corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax — provide the framework that contains an extensive range of specialty areas, allowing its lawyers to serve a diverse client base that includes a number of Fortune 500 companies.

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