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VIRTUAL - Bernardine Evaristo | Manifesto: On Never Giving Up

Thu, January 20, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: $5.00 or $31.00-Book with ticket and signed book plate

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 12, 2022 AT 10:00AM In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Bernardine Evaristo won the 2019 Man Booker Prize and the Dublin Literary Award for  Girl, Woman, Other , “a breathtaking symphony of Black women’s…

VIRTUAL - Leonard Mlodinow | Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking

Tue, January 25, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: Free or $32.00-Book with ticket and signed book plate

REGISTER Theoretical physicist and mathematician Leonard Mlodinow is the author of several “delightfully entertaining” ( Scientific American ) bestselling books, including  Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior ,  The Drunkard’s Walk: How…

IN-PERSON - Jessamine Chan | The School for Good Mothers

Thu, January 27, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Liz Moore Co-sponsored by Blue Stoop A former reviews editor at  Publishers Weekly ,  Jessamine Chan  has published short stories in  Tin House  and  Epoch . She has received residencies and fellowships from various…

VIRTUAL - Barbara F. Walter | How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them

Mon, January 31, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: Free or $31.00-Book with ticket and signed book plate

REGISTER Political scientist Barbara F. Walter is the author of  Reputation and Civil War: Why Separatists Conflicts are So Violent ;  Globalization, Territoriality, and Conflict; and Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention . The Rohr Chair in Pacific International Relations at…

VIRTUAL - Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts | Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration

Tue, February 1, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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REGISTER In conversation with Bernice McFadden The author and co-author of 15 books that explore topics such as faith, race, social justice, and motherhood,  Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts  is a professor of English and Black Studies at the Community College of Philadelphia,…

VIRTUAL - Ro Khanna | Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us

Wed, February 2, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: Free or $33.00-Book with ticket and signed book plate

REGISTER In conversation with Jonathan Tamari Born in Philadelphia to an immigrant family, Democrat  Ro Khanna  has served as the U.S. representative for California’s 17th congressional district—better known as Silicon Valley— since 2017. The deputy…

IN-PERSON - Brendan Slocumb | The Violin Conspiracy

Thu, February 3, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Stanford Thompson, founder and executive director of Play On Philly A public and private school music educator for more than 20 years, Brendan Slocumb has performed on violin with the Washington Metropolitan Symphony, the Prince…

VIRTUAL - Amartya Sen | Home in the World: A Memoir

Mon, February 7, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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REGISTER Economist Amartya Sen received the Nobel Prize for his “fascinating ... eloquent, and probing” ( The New York Times ) work on social choice theory, welfare economics, development economics, and economics during peacetime and war. Advocating for ethical economies…

VIRTUAL - Lan Samantha Chang | The Family Chao with Elizabeth McCracken |The Souvenir Museum

Wed, February 9, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: Free or $20.99/$32.00 Book with ticket

REGISTER Co-promoted by  Blue Stoop A debut “work of gorgeous, enduring prose” ( The Washington Post ),  Lan Samantha Chang ’s  Hunger  explored the lives of immigrant families haunted by the past. Her other writing includes the novels  Inheritance…

VIRTUAL - Catherine Price | The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again

Thu, February 10, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: Free or $31.00-Book with ticket and signed book plate

REGISTER Catherine Price is the author of  Vitamania , an “absorbing and meticulously researched history of the beginnings and causes of our obsession with vitamins and nutrition” ( The New York Times ). Her other books include the parody travel guide  101…

VIRTUAL - Barbara Chase-Riboud | The Great Mrs. Elias: A Novel Based on a True Story

Tue, February 15, 2022 12:00 P.M.
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REGISTER In conversation with Nell Irvin Painter Barbara Chase-Riboud’s watershed 1979 novel  Sally Hemings  told a fictionalized story based on the true account of the life of Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman with whom Thomas Jefferson had children. It was the winner of the…

VIRTUAL - Tessa Hadley | Free Love

Wed, February 16, 2022 12:00 P.M.
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REGISTER In conversation with Geoffrey Dyer Tessa Hadley ’s many “strange, unsettling—eerily beautiful, discomfiting, stay-up-late-addictive, sometimes hair-raising” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) novels about the complexities of family relationships include  Clever…

IN-PERSON - Jabari Asim | Yonder

Thu, February 17, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER The director of the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Emerson College, Jabari Asim is the author of the novel  Only the Strong , the story collection  A Taste of Honey , and several works of nonfiction, including  We Can’t Breathe ,  The Art of Survival ,…

IN-PERSON - Ariel Delgado Dixon | Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Tue, February 22, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In Ariel Delgado Dixon’s debut novel  Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You , two sisters endure a childhood of deprivation in a decaying warehouse and in a wilderness camp where troubled teenage girls are sent as a last resort. Referred to by author Joy Williams…

VIRTUAL - Mary Ann Sieghart | The Authority Gap: Why Women Are Still Taken Less Seriously Than Men, and What We Can Do About It

Wed, February 23, 2022 5:00 P.M.
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REGISTER Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist In her 20 years as a columnist and assistant editor at  The Times of London , Mary Ann Sieghart won a popular following for her pieces on politics, feminism, economics,…

VIRTUAL - Erika M. Kitzmiller | The Roots of Educational Inequality: Philadelphia's Germantown High School, 1907–2014

Thu, February 24, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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REGISTER Education historian Erika M. Kitzmiller has conducted research in the city of Philadelphia, its public schools, and the Free Library for nearly two decades. The result of her investigation is  The Roots of Educational Inequality , a decades-spanning report of the factors…

VIRTUAL - Ben Okri | Every Leaf a Hallelujah and Astonishing the Gods

Mon, February 28, 2022 12:00 P.M.
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REGISTER In conversation with Uwem Akpan One of Nigeria’s most celebrated authors, Ben Okri is the author of many post-colonial novels, poetry, short story collections, and essays. He rose to international fame in 1980 upon the publication of his first novel,  Flowers and Shadows…

VIRTUAL - Garrett Hongo | The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo

Wed, March 2, 2022 7:30 P.M.
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REGISTER In conversation with Major Jackson Garrett Hongo was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for the poetry collection  The River of Heaven . His other books of poetry include  Yellow Light  and  Coral Road . The distinguished professor in the College of Arts and Sciences…

IN-PERSON - Michael Kazin | What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party

Tue, March 8, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY12, 2022 AT 10:00AM Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Endowed Lecture Michael Kazin’s many critically acclaimed books include  War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918 , selected as an editor's choice by  The New York Times Book…

IN-PERSON - Elie Mystal | Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution

Tue, March 15, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER The Nation ’s legal analyst and justice correspondent, Elie Mystal is an Alfred Knobler fellow at the Type Media Center and is the legal editor of  More Perfect , Radiolab’s podcast about the U.S. Supreme Court. A Harvard Law School graduate and former…