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Steven Johnson | Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Tue, January 24, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Exploring the intersection of science, technology, and experience, Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad Is Good for You , and How We Got to Now , which he adapted into a popular PBS and BBC series. Johnson is also the creator of the…

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One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event featuring Lorene Cary, Carlos Eire, Christina Baker Kline, Steve Lopez, and James McBride, and a Performance by the Curtis Institute of Music

Wed, January 25, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Celebrate One Book, One Philadelphia’s 15th anniversary, as well as the 2017 featured selection at this evening event. First, watch a video of Mark Haddon describing how he created Christopher Boone, the fascinating teenage protagonist in the 2017 One Book featured selection, The Curious…

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Melissa Fleming | A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

Thu, January 26, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her TED talk on the subject of refugees has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, and her advocacy has helped bring worldwide attention to the Syrian crisis. She is a…

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Richard Russo | EVENT CANCELLED

Tue, January 31, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students

EVENT CANCELLED. A FULL REFUND WILL BE ISSUED TO ALL TICKET PURCHASERS.

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Michael Eric Dyson | Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Wed, February 1, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Possessed of “intellectual heft, critical thinking depth and finesse with words and messages” ( Essence ), Michael Eric Dyson is the author of 19 books, a frequent  New York Times  opinion writer, an MSNBC political analyst, and University Professor of Sociology at…

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Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin | Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Thu, February 2, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

On an otherwise unremarkable, rainy Florida evening just over five years ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with a snack and talking on the phone with a friend. The fatal confrontation that happened next would polarize the country and create the hauntingly iconic image of a young…

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Monday Poets / Janice A. Lowe & Dr. Herman Beavers

Mon, February 6, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

JANICE A. LOWE & DR. HERMAN BEAVERS Janice A. Lowe is a composer and poet. Her collection, Leaving CLE, poems of nomadic dispersal (Miami University Press, 2016) moves from Cleveland to New York City to Tuscaloosa’s "schoolhouse door" and back. A Jonathan Larson Dramatists…

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Jason Rekulak | The Impossible Fortress

Mon, February 6, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with comedian Doogie Horner Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, where he has overseen acquisition of a number of, well, very quirky books, including the no. 1 New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children , the Edgar…

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Erik Weihenmayer | No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Tue, February 7, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Born with a rare degenerative eye disorder that took his sight in his early teens, Erik Weihenmayer chronicled the incredible feat of being the only blind person to summit Mount Everest in 2002’s Touch the Top of the World . He is an activist and motivational speaker, has led expeditions…

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Lady Jane's Salon

Thu, February 9, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Fourth Floor Room 405 Visit the salon and listen to authors reading excerpts of their newest releases, followed by Q&A where you'll get the inside scoop. Bring your friends, and settle in for a night of romance reading fun! New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery…

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Daniel C. Dennett | From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

Thu, February 9, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with Adam Gopnik “Perhaps America’s most widely read (and debated) living philosopher” ( New York Times ), Daniel C. Dennett is the author of a score of books that explore the intersection of human consciousness and evolutionary biology, including Consciousness…

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George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo*

Tue, February 14, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Having garnered wide readership and critical praise for his surreal, darkly funny fiction, “it’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction” ( The Wall Street Journal ). He is the author of the  New York…

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Mark Danielewski | The Familiar Volume 4: Hades

Thu, February 16, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Mark Danielewski is best known for his 2000 debut novel House of Leaves , a profoundly unconventional love story of terror, claustrophobia, and a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and for the book’s unusual page layout, scores of footnotes, and color-coded…

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Leading Voices: Amanda Steinberg | Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms*

Tue, February 21, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $32 General Admission
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Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. One of Forbes ’ 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted to helping women manage their financial lives. Launched from a…

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Erica Armstrong Dunbar | Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Thu, February 23, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Named the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Erica Armstrong Dunbar is a professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has contributed commentary to several documentaries, including Philadelphia:…

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Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino | Pretty Little World

Mon, February 27, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with John Timpane Elizabeth LaBan  is the author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife , The Tragedy Paper , and  The Grandparents Handbook . She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania and her work has appeared in  The Philadelphia Inquirer…

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Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

Tue, February 28, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train , the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be , and Sweetwater . She has taught writing at some of the country’s most prestigious…

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Judy Collins | Cravings: How I Conquered Food

Wed, March 1, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with Laura Kovacs Popularly beloved as “Judy Blue Eyes,” eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins has delighted audiences for decades with such albums as A Maid of Constant Sorrow and Wildflowers . The latter album’s lead single, “Both Sides,…

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Yiyun Li | Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Thu, March 2, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Yiyun Li’s “remarkable” ( The Washington Post ) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers , won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. She was a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, one of…

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Monday Poets / Harriet Levin Millan & Jill Bialosky

Mon, March 6, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

HARRIET LEVIN MILLAN & JILL BIALOSKY Harriet Levin Millan’s debut novel, How Fast Can You Run, based on the life of Michael Majok Kuch, is a 2017 Charter for Compassion Global Read. She is also the author of the poetry books The Christmas Show, winner of the Barnard New Women Poets…

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