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Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

Thu, March 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the ages-spanning story of our species through the…

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Amy Hempel | POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 6, 2019

Mon, April 1, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Among the strongest voices in American fiction” ( Los Angeles Times ), writer’s writer Amy Hempel is the author of the acclaimed short story collections Reasons to Live , At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom , Tumble Home , and The Dog of the Marriage . Her articles, essays, and…

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Barry Lopez | Horizon

Tue, April 2, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and Weasel , and Resistance . Texas Tech…

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“Diary Of A Beatlemaniac” Author Event

Wed, April 3, 2019 7:00 P.M.
Music Department at Parkway Central Library

Please join us on April 3 in Room 407 at Parkway Central to hear author Patricia Gallo-Stenman speak about her book “ Diary Of A Beatlemaniac : A Fab Insider’s Look at the Beatles Era. with a foreword by Larry Kane The book is a cultural exploration not only of who Beatlemaniacs were…

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Michael Dobbs | The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

Thu, April 4, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post , Michael Dobbs reported on some of the most important events of our time. His many books include Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire , Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America , and One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev,…

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Kwame Onwuachi | Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Wed, April 10, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A former Top Chef star, the executive chef at Washington D.C.’s popular Kith and Kin, and a Forbes and Zagat’s 30 Under 30 honoree, Kwame Onwuachi  is one of America’s most acclaimed young culinary personalities. Raised in the Bronx and Nigeria, he started a catering…

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Philly Loves Romance | J.R. Wesley and USA Today Bestselling Author Connor Peterson co-writing as P.W. Davies | Rachell Nichole | Jacqueline Jayne

Sun, April 14, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Philbrick Hall at Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

First Floor Heim Center - Room 131   J.R. Wesley and USA Today Bestselling Author Connor Peterson co-writing as P.W. Davies J.R. Wesley is one half of P.W. Davies, usually the one ironing out plot points, tracking character arcs, and wringing hands over word counts. They produce stories…

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Emily Bazelon | Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration

Thu, April 18, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones , “a humane and closely reported exploration” ( Wall Street Journal ) of school bullying and the empathetic steps students, parents, and teachers can take to mitigate this cruel phenomenon. A staff writer at The New York Times Magazine…

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Janny Scott | The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

Mon, April 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Janny Scott, a 15-year reporter for The New York Times , was part of a team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She is also the author of the “meticulous” ( Washington Post ) biography A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother . She is the…

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Julia Alvarez | In the Time of the Butterflies: 25th Anniversary Edition

Tue, April 23, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Concepción de León , the digital staff writer for the Books desk at The New York Times . She also writes "El Espace," a news and culture column for Latino . A “one-woman cultural collision” ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ), poet,…

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Mark Bowden | The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation

Wed, April 24, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“One of the most intense, visceral” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books of investigative journalism, including Black Hawk Down . His…

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Tyler Kepner | K: A History of Baseball in 10 Pitches

Mon, April 29, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches , Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches. Each chapter highlights a different pitch, from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. Infusing every page with…

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Nicole Weisensee Egan | Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad

Tue, April 30, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A 14-year veteran crime reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News , Nicole Weisensee Egan was the first journalist to delve into Andrea Constand’s 2005 sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. As other news organizations lost interest, she dug deeper, developing sources and…

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Susan Choi | Trust Exercise: A Novel

Thu, May 2, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their “nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing” ( Los Angeles Times ), Susan Choi’s novels include the Asian American Literary Award-winning The Foreign Student ; American Woman , a finalist for…

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Lorene Cary | Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

Tue, May 7, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“A powerful storyteller, frankly sensual [and] mortally funny" ( New York Times ), Lorene Cary is the author of the novels Pride , The Price of a Child , If Sons, Then Heirs , and the memoir Black Ice . A senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and the…

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Susan Hockfield | The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

Wed, May 8, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution’s President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the discovery of a gene linked to the spread of brain cancer, she…

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Tommy Orange | There There: A Novel

Wed, May 15, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Masterful. White-hot. A devastating debut novel” ( The Washington Post ), Tommy Orange’s There There has been lauded as a new American treasure by some of the country’s greatest writers and esteemed publications. A New York Times bestseller and one of its 10 Best Books…

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