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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. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of Forbes ’ 21 new American money masters, Amanda Steinberg is the founder and CEO of DailyWorth, a website devoted…

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Lady Jane's Salon

Thu, February 23, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

POSTPONED FROM 02/09/17 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…

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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

In conversation with Carmen Machado, author of the forthcoming story collection Her Body and Other Parties . Yiyun Li’s “remarkable” ( The Washington Post ) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers , won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story…

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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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James Rahn with Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Tom Teti | Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop

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

Cost: FREE

The founder and head of the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group for its nearly 30-year existence, James Rahn has made this venerable workshop one of America’s longest running and most prestigious. His eponymous memoir of the group details not only his growth as a writer and teacher to…

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Melissa Clark | Dinner: Changing the Game

Wed, March 8, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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One of America’s most beloved food writers, Melissa Clark writes the New York Times column “A Good Appetite” and hosts its weekly complementary video series. She frequently appears on the Today show, and has contributed to Bon Appétit, Food & Wine , and Martha…

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Mohsin Hamid | Exit West with Pankaj Mishra | Age of Anger: A History of the Present

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

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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“One of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” ( New York Times ), Mohsin Hamid is the author of Moth Smoke , a  New York Times  Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist; the novel  The Reluctant Fundamentalist , named a Book of…

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Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

Mon, March 13, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant” ( The Washington Post ), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson . She is a professor of humanities and…

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Kory Stamper | Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

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

Cost: FREE

A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Kory Stamper discusses the subtleties of the English language in the venerable volume’s popular “Ask the Editor” video series. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribun e, and The Guardian , among…

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Cheech Marin | Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong

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

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with Andy Kahan In addition to the reams of Cheech and Chong comedy albums and films he and his partner wrote and starred in, Cheech Marin, half of the eponymous Grammy-winning stoner comedy duo, has dozens of other film and television roles under his belt, including a starring…

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Richard Holmes | This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

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

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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“Almost unfairly gifted both as a writer of living, luminous prose and as a tireless researcher” ( Time ), Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a knight in the Order of the British Empire. He is best known for his…

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Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

Thu, March 23, 2017 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC’s news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes . Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes , in 2013 he became the youngest…

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Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

Fri, March 24, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Auditorium sold out. In-house simulcast tickets are still available. Roxane Gay’s “commanding debut” ( The New Yorker ) novel An Untamed State , the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the…

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Leading Voices: Mo Gawdat | Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy*

Tue, March 28, 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. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak The Vice President of Business Innovation Google’s [X], Mo Gawdat is a serial entrepreneur who has founded more than 20…

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Anne-Marie Slaughter | The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

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

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New America, Anne-Marie Slaughter is the author of the bestselling Unfinished Business , a “mother of a manifesto for working women” ( Financial Times ) that won widespread admiration for its broad-scale call for…

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Monday Poets / Lamont Dixon, Nina Schafer & Autumn McClintock

Mon, April 3, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

LAMONT DIXON, NINA SCHAFER & AUTUMN McCLINTOCK Lamont Dixon is a poet, teacher and performing artist. He has been published in African Voices, Phylaxis, New Poet’s Revolution, and Essence Magazine. He has received the Phylaxis Society’s Award and the John G. Lewis Medal. He is…

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