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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

EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT 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 primetime cable news show host in…

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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

EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT 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 acclaimed essay collection Bad Feminist and…

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

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

Cost: FREE

Rescheduled from 3/14/17 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 Tribune, and…

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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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In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New America, Anne-Marie Slaughter is the author of the bestselling…

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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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Colum McCann | Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

Mon, April 3, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with Jason Freeman Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for  Let the Great World Spin , a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker’s death-defying feats. His other novels include Song Dogs, This Side of Brightness , and the Man Booker…

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Lauren Grodstein | Our Short History with Tom McAllister | The Young Widower's Handbook

Tue, April 4, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Employing “agile prose and clever observations” ( New York Times Book Review ), Lauren Grodstein  is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything . A…

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Wendy Lesser | You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

Thu, April 6, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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“Consistently engaging, sly, witty, understated…and written with simple elegance” ( The New York Observer ), Wendy Lesser’s many essay collections, works of fiction, and edited volumes include The Pagoda in the Garden, Room for Doubt , and Why I Read , a celebration of…

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Alec Baldwin | Nevertheless: A Memoir*

Fri, April 7, 2017 7:30 P.M.
University of Pennylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Cost: $37 General Admission
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SOLD OUT! EVENT LOCATION: Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology | 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Ticket holders please use 33rd St. entrance. Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with Laura Kovacs…

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Anthony Doerr | All the Light We Cannot See *

Tue, April 11, 2017 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $25 General Admission
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TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 24TH AT 10:00 AM Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See , “a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel” ( Seattle Times ) about a blind French girl and a German boy navigating the carnage of World War II. Also the…

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Dr. Willie Parker | Life’s Work: From the Trenches, a Moral Argument for Choice

Wed, April 12, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who is one of the few abortion providers to women in Mississippi and Alabama. Chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, winner of Planned…

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Misty Copeland | Ballerina Body

Thu, April 13, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students

EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first African American principal dancer in the 75-year history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most accomplished and recognizable artists. A recipient of the Leonore Annenberg…

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Jessamyn Stanley | Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body

Tue, April 18, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

An internationally acclaimed yoga teacher whose body-positive approach encourages students to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?,” Jessamyn Stanley has been featured on Good Morning America, Shape, People , and New York Magazine , among many other media…

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Joan Nathan | King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World

Thu, April 20, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Joan Nathan is the author of 11 bestselling culinary guides, including The New American Cooking and Jewish Cooking in America , both of which won James Beard and IACP awards. The latter book was adapted into a PBS series produced by Nathan. A frequent contributor to the New York Times and Bon…

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Joe Beddia | Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia

Mon, April 24, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit Joe Beddia is the owner and chef of Philly’s own Pizzeria Beddia, named by Bon Appétit as the best pizza in America. This distinction is not surprising, considering that he devoted the last 10 years solely to the pursuit of…

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David Grann | Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Tue, April 25, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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David Grann is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z , the “brilliant…impressively researched and crafted” ( Los Angeles Times ) nonfiction tale of the deadly search for a fabled Amazonian civilization. His second book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes…

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Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant | Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy*

Wed, April 26, 2017 7:00 P.M.
Irvine Auditorium | 3401 Spruce Street | Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Cost: $35 General Admission
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Join Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a…

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David Callahan | The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

Thu, April 27, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Blending liberalism with old values, David Callahan’s many nonfiction books include Fortunes of Change , The Moral Center , and The Cheating Culture , a “meticulously researched, thoughtful and damning look at our broken moral compass” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ). He is founder…

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