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IN-PERSON - Patrick Radden Keefe | Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

Wed, June 29, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Karen Heller,  national features writer for The Washington Post,  formerly a metro and features columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer , and a finalist for the  2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. “A master of narrative nonfiction” (…

Outdoor Author Visit: Reggie Byers!

Thu, July 7, 2022 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Come meet local author/illustrator Reggie Byers! He will read from his children's book "MVP Kamala... and me!" followed by a drawing demonstration and book signing. This event will be held outdoors in Shakespeare Park, or in the library's Montgomery Auditorium in case of…

IN-PERSON - Chinelo Okparanta | Harry Sylvester Bird

Tue, July 12, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Asali Solomon Nigerian American author  Chinelo Okparanta ’s acclaimed debut novel  Under the Udala Trees  celebrates the act of loving fearlessly, even amidst the strife of prejudice and civil war. Selected for more than a dozen…

IN-PERSON - Alice Elliott Dark | Fellowship Point

Wed, July 13, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Beth Kephart Alice Elliott Dark  is the author of the critically acclaimed novel  Think of England  and the short story collections  In the Gloaming  and  Naked to the Waist . Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in  The…

IN-PERSON - Malcolm Nance | They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency

Thu, July 14, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill A world-renowned counterterrorism expert and former career intelligence officer who has deployed in the Balkans, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa,  Malcolm Nance  is a longtime consultant for the U.S. government's Special…

IN-PERSON - Michael Pollan | This is Your Mind on Plants

Mon, July 18, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $25.30 - Signed book with ticket

TICKETS In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition One of the world’s foremost chroniclers of the intersection of the human and natural worlds, Michael Pollan is a No. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of eight books. These…

IN-PERSON - Diane McKinney-Whetstone | Our Gen

Tue, July 19, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Acclaimed for crafting “sharply drawn characters, exuberant prose,” and “plenty of period detail” ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ), Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of six novels, including  Tumbling ,  Tempest Rising , …

IN-PERSON - Patience Marime-Ball and Ruth Shaber | The XX Edge: Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk

Wed, July 20, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Renée Chenault Fattah In  The XX Edge , Patience Marime-Ball and Ruth Shaber envision a new paradigm of gender-focused investing where more women are placed in decision-making roles and able to optimize their skills across all capital…

IN-PERSON - Mark Leibovich | Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission

Tue, July 26, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Mark Leibovich’s books include the No. 1 bestseller  This Town , a “vastly entertaining and deeply troubling” ( The New York Times Book Review ) exploration of the political culture in Washington, D.C.; and  Big Game , a beyond-the-playing-field analysis…

Author Talk: Martin Wiley

Wed, August 3, 2022 6:00 P.M.
Chestnut Hill Library

Cost: FREE

Join Mr. Martin Wiley to talk about having difficult conversations with your children on topics such as the death of George Floyd.  To save your spot, please contact Ms. Claire Hand at handc@freelibrary.org Mr. Wiley is an author and poet, who wrote Just/More.  This program will run…

IN-PERSON - W. Kamau Bell with Kate Schatz | Do the Work!: An Antiracist Activity Book

Wed, August 3, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $7.70

TICKETS W. Kamau Bell is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award–winning CNN docuseries United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell , and also directed and executive produced the recent four-part Showtime documentary We Need To Talk About Cosby . He has appeared as a guest and…

IN-PERSON - Brian Westbrook Sr. and Lesley Van Arsdall | The Mouse Who Played Football

Thu, August 4, 2022 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In their illustrated children’s book, Brian Westbrook Sr. and Lesley Van Arsdall tell the story of a determined little critter named Brian who overcomes his small size to become a star in the Mouse Football League. Brian Westbrook, Sr.  played nine seasons in the…

VIRTUAL - Carole Adrienne | Healing a Divided Nation: How the American Civil War Revolutionized Western Medicine

Tue, August 9, 2022 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER In conversation with Robert D. Hicks, Senior Consulting Scholar and William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The Civil War marked a revolution in healthcare as a whole, laying the foundations for the system we know today. In…

Outdoor Author visit with Greg Pizzoli!

Thu, August 18, 2022 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Celebrate Summertime with a special visit from award-winning children’s author and Philadelphia native Greg Pizzoli! Come hear stories and learn about Greg’s artistic process. This event will be held outdoors in Shakespeare Park. In case of bad weather, the rain date is:…