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Jonathan Safran Foer | Here I Am

Tue, September 13, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $32 General Admission
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Tickets on sale on September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. Renowned for placing “his reader's hand on the heart of human experience” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Jonathan Safran Foer is the…

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Ian McEwan | Nutshell

Wed, September 14, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Tickets on sale on September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Wesley Stace The winner of the Booker prize for the fraught but tender novel Amsterdam , Ian McEwan is “the most psychologically astute writer working today, our era’s Jane Austen” ( Esquire ). His other 15…

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Elizabeth Vargas | Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction

Thu, September 15, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Tickets on sale on September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Tamala Edwards The co-anchor of ABC’s long-running flagship news show 20/20 , Elizabeth Vargas became an inspiration for others fighting addiction from the moment she told interviewer George Stephanopoulos, “I am…

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Author Talk Quincy Whitney

Sat, September 17, 2016 2:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Cost: FREE

Author Quincy Whitney will discuss her new book American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins--the Art and Science of the Violin. Carleen Hutchins—a “lady Stradivari”—contributed more to the field of violinmaking than anyone since Stradivari.  After making her first viola just…

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Jamie Lee Curtis | This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From

Sun, September 18, 2016 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

One of film’s most compelling presences since her screen debut almost 40 years ago, Jamie Lee Curtis’ diverse résumé includes roles in Halloween , Trading Places , A Fish Called Wanda , Freaky Friday , and True Lies , for which she won a best actress Golden Globe. A…

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Roger Penrose | Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Tue, September 20, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Tickets on sale on September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Gino Segré One of the world’s esteemed theoretical physicists for his contributions to the theory of general relativity and cosmology, Roger Penrose has won the Albert Einstein Medal, shared the Wolf Prize for…

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The American Presidency | Neil Oxman | The Spot: How Political Spots Are Made and Their History

Wed, September 21, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

President and Co-Founder of the Campaign Group, Neil Oxman, will show political spots beginning with the Eisenhower/Stevenson race in 1952 up through the present and share examples of his own work. He will also discuss the history of political messages on TV and explain how they're…

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Jeremy Scahill | The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program

Wed, September 21, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist and the author of the bestselling books  Blackwater , an exposé of the powerful and controversial private army, and Dirty Wars , in which he revealed the grim consequences of the clandestine battles that make up the new paradigm of…

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Fitzgerald at 120: A Panel on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Life and Legacy

Thu, September 22, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join us at 6 p.m. for an intimate conversation with John Collins, the director of Gatz. On the eve of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 120th birthday, join us as we’re “ceaselessly borne into the past” in a celebration of the Lost Generation author of The Great Gatsby , The Last…

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Carl Hiaasen | Razor Girl

Fri, September 23, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Tickets on sale September 6, 10:00a.m. “Florida’s most entertainingly indignant social critic” ( New York Times ), Carl Hiaasen is the author of a score of funny, frightening, weird novels set mostly in the Sunshine State, including Strip Tease , Stormy Weather , Bad Monkey ,…

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Ruth Scurr | John Aubrey: My Own Life

Mon, September 26, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Esteemed Cambridge literary critic and historian Ruth Scurr is the author of 2006’s Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution , named by The Times of London as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade. Her reviews regularly appear in a wide variety of publications, including The…

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Colson Whitehead | The Underground Railroad with Ron Rash | The Risen

Tue, September 27, 2016 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Commanding a lush, poetic, mellifluous prose instrument” ( The Nation ) to turn a fantastical, satirical mirror on race and culture, Colson Whitehead  is the author of the acclaimed novels  The Intuitionist ,  John Henry Days , and  Zone One , as well as of the…

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The Big Rocks of Marathon Training: What Really Matters and How to 'Rock' Your Next Race

Wed, September 28, 2016 6:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Cost: FREE

In this interactive talk, John Goldthorp will discuss the basics of marathon training, and demonstrate exercises runners can use to enhance their training. John Goldthorp is the founder of Fix Your Run, a specialized fitness coaching business that helps runners become faster and less prone to…

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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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Tickets on sale on this page September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. “Hilarious and just a bit weird” ( Bon Appétit ), culinary uber-mensch Alton Brown hosted the Food Network program Good…

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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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Tickets on sale September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. 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…

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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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Tickets on sale September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. 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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Tickets on sale September 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. 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…

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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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