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Sarah McBride | Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

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

Cost: FREE

Sarah McBride made history in 2016 as the first openly transgender American to address a major party convention. Also one of the first transgender people to work at the White House, she helped influence the Obama administration’s stances on trans issues, served as an aide to Delaware…

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Lamont “U-God” Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Thu, March 8, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Lamont “U-God” Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, “the most significant posse in hip-hop” ( Rolling Stone ). He and fellow members RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and…

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Questions of Community with Jacqueline Woodson

Tue, March 13, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Cost: FREE

Hear Jacqueline Woodson read and join her in a conversation about neighborhoods--how they both shape and influence one's identity, and how she illustrates this in her work. 

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One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson

Wed, March 14, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The One Book season culminates in a celebration with author Jacqueline Woodson of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn . Experience original works--inspired by the novel--from Curtis Institute composer Chelsea Komschlies, performed by Curtis Institute musicians, and from Philadelphia…

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Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

Thu, March 15, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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“One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West” ( Wall Street Journal ), Ian Buruma is the author of  The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam ;  Year Zero: A History of 1945 ; Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War ; and…

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Mary Frances Berry | History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

Tue, March 20, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mary Frances Berry is one of America’s most respected legal historians and human-rights advocates. Her many books include Power in Words, Five Dollars and Pork Chop Sandwich , and Black…

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Alon Shaya | Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel

Wed, March 21, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Donna Barnett Alon Shaya’s innovative New Orleans eateries have garnered the Israeli-born, Philadelphia-raised chef and restauranteur two James Beard Awards and praise from some of the world’s most prestigious culinary publications, including Bon Appétit,…

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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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Mitch Landrieu | In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

Wed, March 28, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00, $30 optional single ticket + book
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made waves in 2017 with a “stunningly eloquent” speech about race in America (CNN) in which he explained his decision to remove four Confederate statues from his city, arguing that “there is a difference between remembrance of history and…

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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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Author Talk: Jo Holz

Tue, April 3, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Cost: FREE

Author Jo Holz will present her book Kids' TV Grows Up: The Path from Howdy Doody to SpongeBob and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. Dr. Holz, former head of research for Sesame Workshop, will discuss the evolution of children’s television programming as a…

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Jorie Graham | Fast: Poems

Tue, April 3, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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“A central figure in the last four decades of American poetry” ( New York Times ), Jorie Graham is the author of nearly a dozen books of verse, including The End of Beauty, Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts , and The Dream of the Unified Field , winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her many…

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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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Tracy K. Smith | Wade in the Water: Poems

Thu, April 5, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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The United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars , a “strange and beautiful” book of verse that “pulses with America’s adolescent crush on the impossible, on what waits beyond the edge of the universe” ( New…

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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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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 family. He is also the author of the story collections…

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Monday Poets | Olga Dugan & Amy Barone

Mon, April 9, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Olga Dugan is a Cave Canem poet and Lindback Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia. Her award-winning poems appear or are forthcoming in Typehouse Literary Magazine , Kweli , The Southern Quarterly , Pirene’s Fountain , Tipton Poetry…

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Timothy Snyder | The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Mon, April 9, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Perhaps America’s most esteemed Central and Eastern European historian and academic, Timothy Snyder is the author of the no. 1 bestseller On Tyranny , Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning , Wall Around the West , and an impressive array of other books, articles, and essays…

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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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