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Conversations with the Pennsylvania Ballet

Mon, November 5, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Pennsylvania Ballet! Hear from a dancer or member of Pennsylvania Ballet’s artistic staff about their preparations for “Petit Mort,” and World Premieres by Andrea Miller and Russell Ducker. Bring your questions for a lively and intimate Q&A.…

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A Conversation with the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, Sr.

Mon, November 5, 2018 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

On the eve of the 2018 midterm election, join a conversation with former Philadelphia mayor Wilson Goode about his new book Black Voters Mattered: A Philadelphia Story and the importance of voting. Dr. Goode will be in conversation with Dr. Patrick Oates, Senior Vice President of Strategic…

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B.A. Shapiro | The Collector’s Apprentice

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

Cost: FREE

“Vibrant and suspenseful” ( The Washington Post ), B. A. Shapiro’s New York Times bestselling novels include The Safe Room , The Muralist , and The Art Forger , an exacting tale of stolen paintings, Faustian bargains, and the heart’s foolish choices. She also wrote the…

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Achieving Immortality Series – Four Great Poets and the Cultures that Shaped Them

Wed, November 7, 2018 11:00 A.M.
Senior Services at Parkway Central Library

Who Was Geoffrey Chaucer? St. Joseph’s University Professor Paul Patterson helps us make important discoveries about “The Father of English Literature”. The third lecture in the series of four! Room 108

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Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and Honor

Wed, November 7, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

Lecture will be held in Room 108. Variations of the word “honor” appear more than nine hundred times in Shakespeare’s plays and poems, but honor was a complex concept during the period, related to fame, family, rank, and behavior. How does that concept translate to our modern…

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Author Talk: Vicky Cohen and Ruth Cox

Wed, November 7, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox will present their cookbook Tahini and Turmeric and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. Tahini and Turmeric modernizes Middle Eastern cuisine with dishes that celebrate a plant-based sensibility, many of them created with an eye toward…

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Target: the Senator-A story about Power and the Abuse of Power Author Talk by Ralph Cipriano

Thu, November 8, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Social Science and History Department at Parkway Central Library

Target: the Senator - A Story about Power and the Abuse of Power is author Ralph Cipriano's gripping portrait of former state senator Vincent J. Fumo, whose thirty year political career ended when he was convicted of 137 counts of political corruption. Ralph Cipriano is a former staff writer…

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Anthony Tommasini | The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

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

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times . His books include a biography of the composer and critic Virgil…

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Achieving Immortality Series – Four Great Poets and the Cultures that Shaped Them

Sun, November 11, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Senior Services at Parkway Central Library

Who Was Dante? A special Veteran’s Day presentation by distinguished poet and Princenton University Professor Susan Stewart . The fourth and final lecture in the series! 4th Floor Skyline Room

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11.11.18 – The Centennial of the End of World War I

Tue, November 13, 2018 2:00 P.M.
Fox Chase Library

November 11 marks the end of “the war to end all wars,” in which nine million combatants and seven million civilians died. This program will emphasize America’s involvement in the war and will examine in detail the last hours leading up to Armistice at the eleventh hour of the…

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H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

Tue, November 13, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. “Master storyteller” ( Christian Science Monitor ) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin ( The First American ) and Franklin Roosevelt ( Traitor to His Class ). Exploring…

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11.11.18 – The Centennial of the End of World War I

Wed, November 14, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Fox Chase Library

November 11 marks the end of “the war to end all wars,” in which nine million combatants and seven million civilians died. This program will emphasize America’s involvement in the war and will examine in detail the last hours leading up to Armistice at the eleventh hour of the…

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Author Talk: Irene Levy Baker

Wed, November 14, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

  Author Irene Levy Baker will present her book Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. The book tells the sweet and spicy stories behind 90 Philadelphia’s restaurants and Irene will share some of those stories plus…

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Daniel Torday | Boomer1 with Nana Kwamei Adjei-Brenyah | Friday Black: Stories

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

Cost: FREE

Exploring the nature of family and loss through the derring-do of a Czechoslovakian war hero, Daniel Torday ’s novel  The Last Flight of Poxl West won the National Jewish Book Award, as did his debut novella The Sensualist . The Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College,…

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Feng Shui 101!

Thu, November 15, 2018 7:00 P.M.
Education Philosophy and Religion Department at Parkway Central Library

Come and see how to move your chi! Join us for a fun and informative session all about Feng Shui. Learn how you can use this ancient Chinese practice to improve all aspects of your life - from relationships to money. You’ll get a better understanding of what Feng Shui is and how to apply…

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Jeff Tweedy | Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

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

Cost: $33/$48 single + book/couple + book
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Auditorium Sold Out! In-house Simulcast Tickets Available. Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared “one of the most respected bands on the planet” and lauded as “paragons of good taste, masters of…

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Monday Poets | Megan Gillespie & Al Tacconelli

Mon, November 19, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

MEGAN GILLESPIE is the current poet laureate of Montgomery County. Her work has appeared in  The Florida Review , New Delta Review , and  Cimarron Review . Her honors include fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Lector…

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Jabari Asim | We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

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

Cost: FREE

Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP’s flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post , Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His  many books include The N Word ; What Obama Means...For Our…

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Andrew Delbanco | The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

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

Cost: FREE

“America’s best social critic” ( Time ), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope , The Puritan Ordeal , and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter .…

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Margaret George | The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero with Madeline Miller | Circe

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

Cost: FREE

Margaret George ’s fictional biographies of towering world figures—brimming “with lust, violence, cruelty and lively conversation” ( Detroit Free Press ) while adhering as closely as possible to the factual historical record—include Helen of Troy , The Memoirs of…

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