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Rumi’s Secret

With Brad Gooch and Zachary Quinto

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
7:00 PM–8:30 PM
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Actor Zachary Quinto reads the ecstatic love poetry of the thirteenth-century Persian mystic Rumi to mark the publication of Rumi’s Secret, a biography by Brad Gooch.

Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mystic born over eight centuries ago, has been compared to Shakespeare for his outpouring of creativity and to Saint Francis of Assisi for his spiritual wisdom.

In this breakthrough biography, Brad Gooch brilliantly brings to life the legendary man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place—a world as rife with conflict as our own.

Ambitious, bold, and beautifully written, Rumi’s Secret reveals the unfolding of Rumi’s devotion to a “religion of love,” remarkable in his own time and made even more relevant for the twenty-first century by this compelling account.

Copies of the Book, Rumi’s Secret, will be on sale for $28.99 (10% discount for Rubin members) and a book signing will follow the program.


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About the reader and author

Photograph by Dominique Nabokov
Photograph by Dominique Nabokov


Zachary Quinto received his BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh in 1999. After moving to Los Angeles and breaking into television, he appeared as computer analyst Adam Kaufman on 24, Tori Spelling’s flamboyant best friend on so noTORIous, and Sylar the super powered psychopathic serial killer on Heroes. Starting in 2009 Quinto appeared as Spock in the blockbuster reboot of the Star Trek franchise, directed by JJ Abrams. Aardvark by Brian Shoaf is slated for release in 2017. In 2013 Quinto played the role of Tom Wingfield in the American Repertory Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, a role he reprised on Broadway in 2014. In February 2016 he appeared in the New York premiere of MCC Theater’s Smokefall. This is his second appearance at the Rubin; his first was in 2016’s Brainwave: Emotion talk series.

Brad Gooch is the author of Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the 70s & the 80s and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a New York Times bestseller. His previous books include City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara; Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America; three novels: Scary Kisses, The Golden Age of Promiscuity, and Zombie00; a collection of stories called Jailbait and Other Stories, chosen by Donald Barthelme for a Writer’s Choice Award; a collection of poems entitled The Daily News; and two memoirs, Finding the Boyfriend Within and Dating the Greek Gods. His work has been featured in numerous magazines including: The New Republic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Partisan Review, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Art Forum, Harper’s Bazaar, The Nation, and regularly on the blog The Daily Beast. A Guggenheim fellow in biography, he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a Furthermore grant in publishing from the J. M. Kaplan Fund. A professor of English at William Paterson University, he earned his PhD at Columbia University and lives in New York City.


Tickets: $25.00

Member Tickets: $22.50

Student Tickets: $10.00

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