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Lady Jane's Salon

Thu, September 29, 2016 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Fourth Floor Room 406/407 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! Tonight! NYT Best-selling Author Megan Hart Best-selling…

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Alton Brown | Alton Brown: EveryDayCook

Thu, September 29, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $36 General Admission
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EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT “Hilarious and just a bit weird” ( Bon Appétit ), culinary uber-mensch Alton Brown hosted the Food Network program Good Eats for 14 seasons, earning a cult following and a Peabody Award along the way. The 2011 James Beard Award winner for Best TV Food…

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Monday Poets / Leonard Gontarek & Michele Belluomini

Mon, October 3, 2016 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

LEONARD GONTAREK & MICHELE BELLUOMINI Leonard Gontarek is the author of six books of poetry including Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket, Shiva (2016) and He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs (2013), both published by Hanging Loose Press, with work appearing in American Poetry Review,…

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Amor Towles | A Gentleman in Moscow with Nell Zink | Nicotine

Tue, October 4, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Rules of Civility , a debut novel that “enchants on first reading and only improves on the second” ( The Philadelphia Inquirer ), marked Manhattan investment banker  Amor Towles’s  auspicious literary breakout. An elegant Fitzgerald-ian love letter to 1930s Manhattan…

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Mark Bittman | How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking

Wed, October 5, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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One of America’s most popular food writers, Mark Bittman penned the “Minimalist” column for the New York Times for 13 years and is the author of the ubiquitous How to Cook Everything series. The winner of two James Beard awards and the Julia Child general cookbook award, some…

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Ann Patchett | Commonwealth with Jacqueline Woodson | Another Brooklyn

Thu, October 6, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST AVAILABLE. Ann Patchett’s many novels and nonfiction works have won some of writing’s highest awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for  Bel Canto , the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for  Taft , and the  New…

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LEADING VOICES: Tracy Kidder | A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success

Fri, October 7, 2016 8:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $35 General Admission
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The “master of the nonfiction narrative” ( The Baltimore Sun ), Tracy Kidder is acclaimed for his unique “literary journalism” that emphasizes compelling narrative and personal voice in such bestselling books as The Soul of a New Machine , Among Schoolchildren , and…

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Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby | V Street: 100 Globe-Hopping Plates on the Cutting Edge of Vegetable Cooking

Fri, October 7, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald “Leaders in a food revolution that sees mainstream chefs putting vegetables at the center of the plate” ( Associated Press ), Philly natives and husband-and-wife team Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are co-owners of Vedge, a local mecca for foodies…

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Bryan Cranston | A Life in Parts

Wed, October 12, 2016 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $32 General Admission
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EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! In conversation with Jason Freeman Bryan Cranston won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as milquetoast-chemistry-teacher-turned-Scarface-of-meth Walter White in Breaking Bad . His other acting includes the role of…

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Emma Donoghue | The Wonder

Thu, October 13, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue is the author of the international bestseller Room , “a stirring portrait of a mother’s devotion” ( Toronto Star ) and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Her film screenplay for the novel’s screen adaptation of the same name was…

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Jennifer Weiner | Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing

Fri, October 14, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

An “unlikely feminist enforcer” ( The New Yorker ), Jennifer Weiner is the beloved no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that plumb life’s messiness with witty, relatable characters who face real issues—relationships, careers, family…

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Francine Prose | Mister Monkey with Rabih Alameddine | The Angel of History

Mon, October 17, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Francine Prose  is acclaimed for creating satirical worlds of absurd situations, sardonic humor, intelligence, compassion, and grief. An acclaimed novelist, critic, and essayist, she is the author of 16 novels, including the National Book Award finalist  Blue Angel and, most recently,…

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David Salle | How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

Tue, October 18, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades’ most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of sources and styles, his work hangs in the permanent…

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LEADING VOICES: Valerie Graves | Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be

Wed, October 19, 2016 8:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $25 General Admission
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In conversation with Tracey Matisak One of Advertising Age’s industry-wide “100 Best and Brightest,” Valerie Graves is the nationally lionized creative director of such Fortune 500 accounts as Ford, AT&T, General Foods, and Pepsi. In a rise as improbable as it was meteoric,…

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The American Presidency | Curt Smith | King of the Hill Meets the Sultans of Swat: Presidents and Baseball

Wed, October 19, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A leading authority on politics and sports, Curt Smith, will cover baseball, the presidency, and the complex relationship between the two. Mr. Smith is an author, media host, columnist, and former Presidential speech writer. His new book about the topic will be published in spring…

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Edward Sorel | Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 with Jules Feiffer | Cousin Joseph

Thu, October 20, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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“One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for The New Yorker and has published pictorial essays and features in The Nation , Vanity Fair , Esquire , and The Atlantic ,…

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Jodi Picoult | Small Great Things

Tue, October 25, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with Laura Kovacs “With a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (Boston Globe), Jodi Picoult has delivered no. 1 New York Times bestsellers that are renowned for marrying controversial topics with nuanced characters and pitch-perfect…

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Speed Secrets: Lessons Learned from a Sports Medicine Physician

Wed, October 26, 2016 6:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Cost: FREE

Dr. Michael Ross will discuss tips on how to improve your times through effective training and physiological tweaks. Dr. Ross is a board certified, non-surgical sports medicine physician at Rothman Institute. He is also the Director of Rothman Institute's Performance Lab in Bryn Mawr. This…

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Gino Segré and Bettina Hoerlin | The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age

Wed, October 26, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Larry Gladney The most revered Italian scientist since Galileo, Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi was one of the most prolific and consequential figures of the 20th century. Though a modest and unassuming man, he became one of the fathers of the nuclear age whose contributions…

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Robert Kanigel | Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Thu, October 27, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Robert Kanigel was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for The Man Who Knew Infinity , “an exquisite portrait” (Los Angeles Times ) of the rich collaboration between an unschooled but brilliant Indian clerk and a pre-eminent English mathematician. The author of six other books…

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