Tagged Biography & Autobiography

Paula Poundstone | The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. Paula Poundstone’s decades-long stand-up comedy career has included multiple HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two comedy albums, and an American Comedy Award for Best Female…

Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

Individual tickets and subscriptions go on sale Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 AM! Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe…

John Waters | Make Trouble*

Auditorium sold out! In-house simulcast tickets available!  Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with Jason Freeman “A greater National Treasure than…

Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life*

EVENT LOCATION: Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology | 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Ticket holders please use 33rd St. entrance. Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission…

Misty Copeland | Ballerina Body

AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. The first African American principal dancer in the 75-year history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most accomplished and…

Alec Baldwin | Nevertheless: A Memoir*

SOLD OUT! EVENT LOCATION: Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology | 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Ticket holders please use 33rd St. entrance. Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and…

Wendy Lesser | You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

“Consistently engaging, sly, witty, understated…and written with simple elegance” ( The New York Observer ), Wendy Lesser’s many essay collections, works of fiction, and edited volumes include The Pagoda in the…

Richard Holmes | This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

“Almost unfairly gifted both as a writer of living, luminous prose and as a tireless researcher” ( Time ), Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a knight in the…

Cheech Marin | Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong

In conversation with Andy Kahan In addition to the reams of Cheech and Chong comedy albums and films he and his partner wrote and starred in, Cheech Marin, half of the eponymous Grammy-winning stoner comedy duo, has dozens of other film…

Yiyun Li | Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Yiyun Li’s “remarkable” ( The Washington Post ) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers , won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First…

Erik Weihenmayer | No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Born with a rare degenerative eye disorder that took his sight in his early teens, Erik Weihenmayer chronicled the incredible feat of being the only blind person to summit Mount Everest in 2002’s Touch the Top of the World . He is…

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Bernard-Henri Lévy | The Genius of Judaism

In conversation with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large,The Chronicle of Higher Education  “Perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today” ( The Boston Globe ), Bernard-Henri Lévy led the vanguard of the radical 1970s “New…

Simone Biles | Courage to Soar

In conversation with Tracey Matisak A member of the formidable U.S. female gymnastics team nicknamed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Simone Biles won a record-setting four gold and one bronze medals for…

Wesley Lowery | They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

The Washington Post’s lead journalist in Ferguson, Missouri during the tempestuous aftermath of the death of African American teenager Mike Brown, Wesley Lowery, together with his team, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting…

Michael Lewis | The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds

In conversation with Mark Zandi Possessed of “a spellbinding talent for finding emotional dramas in complex, highly technical subjects” ( Financial Times ), Michael Lewis is renowned for his timely nonfiction.  Liar’s Poker , his…

Trevor Noah | Born a Crime

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Known mainly to American audiences as the “charming and composed” ( Los Angeles Times ) host of the Emmy and Peabody-award winning The Daily Show , Trevor…

Robbie Robertson | Testimony

With his partners in the seminal rock group The Band, Robbie Robertson helped change the face of popular music throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. A collaborator on such classic songs as “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,”…

Margot Lee Shetterly | Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

In her New York Times bestselling debut book, Margot Shetterly tells the story of four African American women whose mathematical calculations at NASA fueled America’s greatest achievements in space at the leading edge of the civil…

Robert Kanigel | Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Robert Kanigel was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for The Man Who Knew Infinity , “an exquisite portrait” (Los Angeles Times ) of the rich collaboration between an unschooled but brilliant Indian clerk and a pre-eminent English…

Gino Segré and Bettina Hoerlin | The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age

The most revered Italian scientist since Galileo, Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi was one of the most prolific and consequential figures of the 20th century. Though a modest and unassuming man, he became one of the fathers of the…

Jennifer Weiner | Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing

An “unlikely feminist enforcer” ( The New Yorker ), Jennifer Weiner is the beloved no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that plumb life’s messiness with witty, relatable characters who face real…

Bryan Cranston | A Life in Parts

In conversation with Jason Freeman Bryan Cranston won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as milquetoast-chemistry-teacher-turned-Scarface-of-meth Walter White in Breaking Bad . His other…

LEADING VOICES: Tracy Kidder | A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success

The “master of the nonfiction narrative” ( The Baltimore Sun ), Tracy Kidder is acclaimed for his unique “literary journalism” that emphasizes compelling narrative and personal voice in such bestselling books as The Soul of a New…

Ruth Scurr | John Aubrey: My Own Life

Esteemed Cambridge literary critic and historian Ruth Scurr is the author of 2006’s Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution , named by The Times of London as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade. Her reviews regularly…

Fitzgerald at 120: A Panel on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Life and Legacy

On the eve of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 120th birthday, join us as we’re “ceaselessly borne into the past” in a celebration of the Lost Generation author of The Great Gatsby , The Last Tycoon , and Tender Is the Night . Panelists include…

Elizabeth Vargas | Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction

In conversation with Tamala Edwards The co-anchor of ABC’s long-running flagship news show 20/20 , Elizabeth Vargas became an inspiration for others fighting addiction from the moment she told interviewer George Stephanopoulos, “I am an…

Amy Schumer | The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

The star of the hit film Trainwreck , comedian-actress-producer Amy Schumer is one of the brightest and bawdiest lights in the entertainment world. Her TV series Inside Amy Schumer has won a broad following and a slew of awards,…

Jeffrey Toobin | American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst

“A reliable and astute guide” ( The Miami Herald ) through America’s most compelling court cases, Jeffrey Toobin is CNN’s senior legal analyst and a longtime  New Yorker  staff writer. His bestselling books include The Run of His Life:…

The American Presidency | Larry Tye | Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

RFK started his career working under Senator Joseph McCarthy. He died a liberal hero. Author and journalist Larry Tye shows us how the remarkable journey occurred, sharing pieces of history revealed in his newly released book. …

Benny Golson | Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson

Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz while still in high school in Philadelphia. Over the course of an illustrious 60-year career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, written well over…

Moby | Porcelain: A Memoir

“One of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s” ( AllMusic ), electronica legend Moby has created eleven studio albums—including Ambient , Hotel , 18 , and Play —that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He…