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Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone | How to Be a (Young) Antiracist

Tue, January 31, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $26.50 book with ticket

TICKETS In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6abc Action News morning edition Ibram X. Kendi  is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at  The Atlantic  and a…

Author Visit - Kyle Lukoff

Fri, February 3, 2023 10:30 A.M.
Fishtown Community Library

Cost: FREE

Join author Kyle Lukoff as he talks about his picture books! Kyle has written the "Call Me Max" series of picture books as well as award winning "When Aidan Became a Brother." Please click the Google form link to register. We'll be limiting the audience to 25 families.…

Author Visit - Kyle Lukoff

Fri, February 3, 2023 1:00 P.M.
Fishtown Community Library

Cost: FREE

Join author Kyle Lukoff as he talks about his middle grade books, and a giveaway of his award winning novel "Too Bright to See." Please use the Google Form to sign up. We will be limiting the audience to 25 tweens/teens.   Kyle Lukoff has been working at the intersection of…

Handpan/Drumming Program

Tue, February 7, 2023 4:00 P.M.
Nicetown-Tioga Library

Cost: FREE

This 4-week program will be led by Philly Talking Drums' Julius Rivera.  The program will present discussions on drum culture, specific instruments, and will also feature influential Black Philadelphians from the book BLAM! Black Lives Always Mattered , by Charles L. Blockson. …

Dan Berger | Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power through One Family's Journey

Tue, February 7, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Michael Simmons and Robert Saleem Holbrook Dan Berger  is the author of the James A. Rawley Prize winning  Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era , an “illuminating” ( The Nation ) reevaluation of 20th century…

Steve Lopez | Independence Day: What I Learned about Retirement from Some Who’ve Done it and Some Who Never Will

Wed, February 8, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Mark Bowden A  Los Angeles Times  columnist for the past 22 years and former columnist for  The Philadelphia Inquirer , Steve Lopez is a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and is the winner of the H.L. Mencken, the Ernie…

Sadeqa Johnson | The House of Eve

Thu, February 9, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Jennifer Weiner Acclaimed for their explorations of marital fidelity, friendship, and the difficulties of connecting in modern life,  Sadeqa Johnson ’s novels include  And Then There Was Me ,  Second House from the Corner , and  Yellow…

Handpan/Drumming Program

Tue, February 14, 2023 4:00 P.M.
Nicetown-Tioga Library

Cost: FREE

This 4-week program will be led by Philly Talking Drums' Julius Rivera.  The program will present discussions on drum culture, specific instruments, and will also feature influential Black Philadelphians from the book BLAM! Black Lives Always Mattered , by Charles L. Blockson. …

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. | Who Hears Here: On Black Music, Pasts, & Present

Wed, February 15, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Register Join us for an evening of music and history. Professor emeritus of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is a celebrated musicologist, composer, pianist, and music historian. He is the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop and The Amazing…

Handpan/Drumming Program

Tue, February 21, 2023 4:00 P.M.
Nicetown-Tioga Library

Cost: FREE

This 4-week program will be led by Philly Talking Drums' Julius Rivera.  The program will present discussions on drum culture, specific instruments, and will also feature influential Black Philadelphians from the book BLAM! Black Lives Always Mattered , by Charles L. Blockson. …

Joseph Earl Thomas | Sink: A Memoir

Tue, February 21, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Elias Rodriques Referred to by Carmen Maria Machado as “all blood and nerve and near-unbearable beauty,” Joseph Earl Thomas ’  Sink  is a coming-of-age memoir that chronicles the author’s escape from an upbringing of deprivation and…

Jamila Minnicks | Moonrise Over New Jessup

Wed, February 22, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Jamila Minnicks’ debut novel Moonrise Over New Jessup tells the story of a 1950s-era, all-Black Alabama town that is resistant to desegregation and the opposing political viewpoints that threaten a young couple’s burgeoning romance. Praised by Barbara Kingsolver for its dive…

Thembi Palmer Author Reading & Movement Program

Thu, February 23, 2023 4:00 P.M.
Queen Memorial Library

Cost: FREE

  Friends ages 4 to 8 are welcome to join Children’s Storyteller, Thembi Palmer, as she debuts her interactive movement adventure “This Book May Make You Do Things!” In addition to a reading from her new book, Thembi will have four activity stations where children will get…

Paul Harding | This Other Eden with Hanna Pylväinen | The End of Drum-Time

Thu, February 23, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Paul Harding  won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for  Tinkers , “an astringent meditation on loss, family ties, and the presence of the past” ( The Guardian ) in which a dying elderly man wanders through the rooms of his life’s large and quiet moments.…

Reginald Dwayne Betts | Redaction

Mon, February 27, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER A “powerful work of lyric art” and “tour de force indictment of the carceral industrial state” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Reginald Dwayne Betts’ poetry collection  Felon  won the NAACP Image Award, the American Book Award, and was a…

Handpan/Drumming Program

Tue, February 28, 2023 4:00 P.M.
Nicetown-Tioga Library

Cost: FREE

This 4-week program will be led by Philly Talking Drums' Julius Rivera.  The program will present discussions on drum culture, specific instruments, and will also feature influential Black Philadelphians from the book BLAM! Black Lives Always Mattered , by Charles L. Blockson. …

Leth Oun and Joe Samuel Starnes | A Refugee’s American Dream: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the U.S. Secret Service

Tue, February 28, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Veteran United States Secret Service Officer  Leth Oun  has protected presidents and vice presidents in four administrations in almost every state and more than a dozen countries. A political refugee who survived the genocidal Killing Fields of Cambodia, he arrived in America…

Camonghne Felix | Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation

Wed, March 1, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Sharon G. Flake Camonghne Felix is the author of Build Yourself a Boat , “an exquisite and thoughtful” ( Bustle ) poetry collection that was longlisted for the National Book Award in poetry and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award, among other…

Mehdi Hasan | Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking

Thu, March 2, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 17, 2022 ALL PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE VALID ON THE NEW DATE Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill British American journalist Mehdi Hasan hosts the eponymously titled  The Mehdi Hasan Show , a…

Heather McGhee | The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers): How Racism Hurts Everyone

Tue, March 7, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture The Sum of Us , Heather McGhee’s 2021 odyssey across the American landscape of inequality, won wide acclaim for its empathetic and incisive imagining of a future that could offer more than our current racial paradigm. A New York Times bestseller,…