Watch It Here: Jay-Z Talks 'Decoded' With Cornel West

November 15, 2010 5:15 PM ET

Jay-Z's hotly anticipated new book, Decoded, comes out Tuesday, and along with an interactive treasure hunt and a swank party in Miami, he's also promoting the book in a somewhat more highbrow way tonight: a talk at the New York Public Library hosted by noted author/professor Cornel West and the library's Paul Holdengräber.

Tickets for the event are completely sold out, but we'll be streaming the event live on RollingStone.com when FORA.tv presents LIVE from the New York Public Library: Jay-Z in Conversation with Cornel West and Paul Holdengräber." The event starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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