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Book Discussion Group

Thu, February 22, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire at the Reference Desk. All book discussions will be held in…

Adult Other Great Programs Fiction Book Clubs

Walter Mosley | Down the River Unto the Sea

Tue, March 6, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Walter Mosley is best known for the Easy Rawlins mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective and World War II vet living in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood. His diverse body of work includes science fiction, story collections, a graphic novel, plays, erotica, a young adult novel, and…

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Anna Badkhen | Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

Thu, March 22, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” ( Christian Science Monitor ). Her immersive investigations of…

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Peter Carey | A Long Way from Home with Alan Hollinghurst | The Sparsholt Affair

Tue, March 27, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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A writer who “luxuriates in language” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Peter Carey is the author of 15 quirky and daring novels, including Parrot and Olivier in America , Bliss , Oscar and Lucinda , and The True History of the Kelly Gang , the latter two of which won the Man Booker…

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Book Discussion Group

Thu, March 29, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire at the Reference Desk. All book discussions will be held in…

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Elizabeth George | The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel

Thu, March 29, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“A superstar of the crime-fiction world” ( Seattle Times ), Elizabeth George is the author of 20 character-driven suspense novels featuring Scotland Yard’s intrepid Inspector Thomas Lynley and idiosyncratic Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her many honors include the Agatha…

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Charles Frazier | Varina

Wed, April 4, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Cold Mountain , Charles Frazier’s “rare and extraordinary” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) Whitman-esque Civil War odyssey of love, separation, and desertion, won the National Book Award, was adapted by Anthony Minghella into an Oscar-winning film, and was the 2016 One Book, One…

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Junot Díaz | Islandborn

Sat, April 7, 2018 12:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $10.00, $22.00 optional book with ticket
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Auditorium sold out. In-house simulcast tickets available. Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the “unruly, manic, seductive” ( Esquire ) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican…

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Lorrie Moore | See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

Tue, April 10, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips , author of Black Tickets, Lark & Termite, Machine Dreams, and director of Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial” ( The New York Times Book Review ),  Lorrie Moore’s…

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Richard Powers | The Overstory with William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

Thu, April 12, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels. Among them are The Echo Maker , a story of the precarious…

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David Grossman | A Horse Walks into a Bar

Fri, April 13, 2018 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $25 single ticket + book
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Tickets on sale January 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. David Grossman won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar , a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance” ( New York Times ). Born in Jerusalem, Grossman is the author…

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Book Discussion Group

Thu, April 26, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire at the Reference Desk. All book discussions will be held in…

Adult Other Great Programs Fiction Book Clubs

Author Talk: Thom Nickels

Mon, April 30, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Author Thom Nickels will discuss his book Philadelphia Mansions: Stories and Characters behind the Walls. Philadelphia's grand mansions and architectural treasures reflect its iconic status in American history, for each Greek Revival home and Corinthian column tells a compelling story of the…

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John Sandford | Twisted Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

Mon, April 30, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

John Sanford is the nom de plume of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp, a respected Midwestern newspaperman with a decades-long career. He is the author of the  no. 1 New York Times -bestselling Prey series of books, featuring maverick Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport. His other…

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Curtis Sittenfeld | You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories

Tue, May 1, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Jennifer Weiner , author of numerous bestselling books including her recent memoir  Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing and the Little Big Foot series of young adult novels. “Popular but intellectual, accessible but mysterious” (NPR), Curtis…

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Jake Tapper | The Hellfire Club

Thu, May 3, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Auditorium sold out. A limited number of simulcast tickets are available. Jake Tapper is anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, where he hosts the weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper and the Sunday morning show State of the Union . He is the former White House correspondent for…

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Book Discussion Group

Thu, May 31, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire at the Reference Desk. All book discussions will be held in…

Adult Other Great Programs Fiction Book Clubs
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