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Ha Jin | The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)

Thu, January 17, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education , former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical . Celebrated internationally for a prolific, “achingly beautiful” ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ) body…

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Dani Shapiro | Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Tue, January 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Beth Kephart , the award-winning author of nineteen books, including Going Over , Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir , and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River . Delivering “an eviscerating, raw honesty” ( New York Times…

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Sundays on Stage: Lion Dance Plus

Sun, January 27, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Performed by Dance China New York, Lion Dance introduces students to beloved Chinese folk art pieces, including excerpts from Beijing Opera featuring the popular Monkey King character, as well as the Chinese ribbon dance. Montgomery Auditorium Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street   Free…

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Bridgett M. Davis | The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

Tue, January 29, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of Into the Go-Slow , the acclaimed story of a young woman traveling from Detroit to Nigeria as she mourns the death of her sister, and Shifting Through Neutral , a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is a professor of journalism and the writing…

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Jane Brox | Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives

Thu, January 31, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Penning “nonfiction literature of a high and lasting order” ( Chicago Tribune ), Jane Brox is the author of, among other books, Five Thousand Days Like This One , a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light , named one of…

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Feminista Jones | Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets with DaMaris B. Hill | A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

Tue, February 5, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Social worker, public speaker, community activist, and blogger Feminista Jones is the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water . She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia ( Philadelphia Magazine )  and one of The Root…

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Chris Wilson | The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

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

Cost: FREE

Convicted of murder at 18 and sentenced to life in prison with no hope of release, Chris Wilson began to improve himself through study, physical fitness, and even started a business. For the next several years he followed the tenets of his “master plan,” and in his mid-thirties he…

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Victor LaValle with Justina Ireland, Sam J. Miller, and Alice Sola Kim | A People's Future of the United States: Twenty-five Visionary Stories

Tue, February 12, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Amidst a climate of division, tumult, and fear, what will the United States look like tomorrow? In A People’s Future of the United States , 25 diverse writers synthesize hopeful, cynical, prescient visions of a country shaped by struggle and strife. Coeditor Victor LaValle ’s …

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Howard Schultz | From the Ground Up: My Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America

Wed, February 13, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $48/$33 Schultz—couple + book/single + book
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Couples Ticket The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz led the java giant from eleven cafes in the Seattle area to more than 28,000 locations worldwide and ranked fifth on Fortune’s 2018 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” He is the author of…

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Pete Buttigieg | Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future

Tue, February 19, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with Tamala Edwards , anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The multifaceted, 36-year-old progressive mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate. Nearly a decade ago he left a successful career in business to return to his…

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Steve Luxenberg | Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

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

Cost: FREE

A 30-year writer and senior editor at The Washington Post , Steve Luxenberg has overseen reportage that has won a host of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism. He is the author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey in a Family Secret , the tale of his eponymous aunt who…

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Sundays on Stage: Titans of Song: A Musical Tribute to Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson

Sun, February 24, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Hear their dramatic stories - and glorious music - in this unique multimedia tribute created and performed by the musical group Follow the Drinking Gourd, which is composed of singers Ivan Woods and Beverly Owens and pianist Diane Goldsmith. Montgomery Auditorium Parkway Central Library 1901…

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Don Winslow | The Border

Thu, February 28, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The author of numerous international bestselling crime novels, Don Winslow is the recipient of dozens of awards and spots on myriad best-books-of-the-year lists. These books include The Winter of Frankie Machine , The Force , and Savages , for which he wrote the screenplay for the Oliver…

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David Treuer | The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

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

Cost: FREE

An Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and an unromantic chronicler of Native American culture and literature, David Treuer is the author of the novels Prudence , Little , The Hiawatha , and The Translation of Dr. Appeles . He is a professor of literature and creative…

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Darius James | Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

Tue, March 12, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Author and spoken-word artist Darius James’s 1992 masterpiece, the William S. Burroughs meets Thomas Pynchon meets Ishmael Reed fever-dream Negrophobia , is a raunchy, raucous, headlong dive into the many faces of American racism. With other works including That's Blaxploitation: Roots…

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Frans de Waal | Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

Thu, March 14, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist , a “tour de force” ( Nature ) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and fairness. One of Time ’s 100 Most…

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Lidia Bastianich | My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food

Mon, March 18, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $41/$26-couple + book/single + book
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Couples Ticket Renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich is the owner and co-owner of celebrated Italian restaurants in Manhattan, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City. The author of a baker’s dozen cookbooks, a judge on Masterchef Jr. Italy , and a regular contributor to television cooking…

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Carolyn Forché | What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

Tue, March 19, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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“An unflinching witness and eloquent mourner” ( The New Yorker ), Carolyn Forché is the author of the poetry collections Blue Hour , The Angel of History , The Country Between Us , and Gathering the Tribes . For this body of work she has amassed an impressive list of honors,…

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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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Nathan Englander | Kaddish.com with Thomas Mallon | Landfall

Wed, March 27, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank , a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. In addition to his widely anthologized short…

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