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Jill Lepore | These Truths: A History of the United States

Thu, September 20, 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. An historian whose “discipline is worthy of a first-class detective” ( New York Review of Books ), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages , the story of Benjamin Franklin’s beloved but…

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The Good Neighbor Author Event Happy Hour

Mon, September 24, 2018 5:30 P.M.
Kite and Key, 1836 Callowhill Street

Cost: FREE

Maxwell King will be at the Library next Monday talking about his new book  The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers (with the real-life Mr. McFeely, David Newell!), and we're hosting a Raven Society meet up to celebrate! Wear your favorite cardigan and toast to your…

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Maxwell King | The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers with David Newell “Mr. McFeely” of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Mon, September 24, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood as we welcome Maxwell King, author of The Good Neighbor , a personal, professional, and artistic biography of Fred Rogers. A figure as deceptively sophisticated as the namesake television program that brought an unerring message of kindness,…

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Imani Perry | Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Tue, September 25, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A professor of African American studies, public affairs, and gender and sexuality studies at Princeton University, Dr. Imani Perry is the author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States , May We Forever Stand: A History of the…

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David Levering Lewis | The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

Wed, September 26, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Professor emeritus of history at New York University, David Levering Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2001 for his “superb” ( The Nation ) two-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, the polymath founder of the NAACP and a principal…

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Chris Hedges | America: The Farewell Tour

Thu, September 27, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges is the author of a dozen books, including the bestsellers  War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning ,  Empire of Illusion , Wages of Rebellion , and  Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt .…

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Deborah Harkness | Time's Convert

Mon, October 1, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Working “her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror” (Chicago Tribune), Deborah Harkness is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the witches-meet-vampires All Souls book trilogy. Acclaim for this work’s historical and…

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Sandeep Jauhar | Heart: A History

Tue, October 2, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Exploring little-known, behind-the-scenes work in hospitals and the all-too-human lives of doctors, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is a practicing cardiologist and author of two bestselling medical memoirs, Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation and the…

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Hampton Sides | On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle

Wed, October 3, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Hampton Sides is the editor of Outside and the author of the nonfiction books  Ghost Soldiers , the basis for the film  The Great Raid and described as “the greatest World War II story never told” ( Esquire );  Blood and…

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Rebecca Traister | Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Thu, October 4, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Rebecca Traister is the author of All the Single Ladies , The New York Times bestselling book about the intersection of sex, economics, and emotions related to the…

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Nelson Díaz | Not from Here, Not from There/No Soy de Aquí ni de Allá: The Autobiography of Nelson Díaz

Tue, October 9, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Sabrina Vourvoulias, journalist, short story author and novelist A 1972 Temple University Law School graduate, Nelson Díaz was the first Puerto Rican lawyer admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and became the state’s first Latino judge and partner in a…

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Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Val Emmich | Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

Wed, October 10, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $20.00
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EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT Join us for an exciting evening of conversation and live musical performances from the Tony, Oscar® & Golden Globe-winning team behind the musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Val Emmich will present  Dear Evan Hansen:…

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John Cena and Elbow Grease

Fri, October 12, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Children's Literature Research Collection at Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Wrestler, actor, and humanitarian John Cena will visit the Free Library to discuss and read from his new picture book, Elbow Grease .  This exciting debut guides readers to understanding the importance of perseverance and believing in yourself.  The event includes a moderated…

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Ray Didinger | The Eagles Encyclopedia: Champions Edition with Mark Leibovich | Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

Sat, October 13, 2018 2:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Fly Eagles fly! Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year Ray Didinger updated his and late co-writer Robert S. Lyons’s bestselling The Eagles Encyclopedia —“the definitive book for any Eagles fan” ( Philadelphia Daily News )—to reflect the quintessential…

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Ben Fountain | Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

Mon, October 15, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News Ben Fountain is the author of The New York Times bestseller Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk , “a bracing, fearless and uproarious satire…

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Joseph Ellis | American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Tue, October 16, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor A “sure-handed and entertaining guide through the thickets of argument, personality and ideology out of which the American nation emerged” ( The Economist ),…

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Jill Soloway | She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy

Wed, October 17, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent , Jill Soloway is the director of the feature film Afternoon Delight , creator of the series I Love Dick , and was a writer and executive producer for Six Feet Under , How…

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Ben Macintyre | The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Thu, October 18, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Praised for his “elegant, jaunty, and very British high style” ( New York Times ), Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends , Agent Zigzag , Operation Mincemeat , and Double Cross , among other books. He has adapted several of these stories into popular…

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Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered

Fri, October 19, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Auditorium Sold Out. In-House Simulcast Tickets Available With a “special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind” ( New York Times Book Review ), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible , a finalist for both the Pulitzer…

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Julián Castro | An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream

Mon, October 22, 2018 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with award-winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak Former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Obama’s second term, Julián Castro burst onto the national political stage as the keynote speaker at the 2012…

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