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Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow Author Visit

Thu, April 25, 2024 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join us for a special visit with Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow.  Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a Philadelphia-based educator, mentor, and children’s book author whose work centers Black and Muslim protagonists. Her critically acclaimed and educator-recommended picture books and middle…

Author Event | Murder in a Mill Town: Sex, Faith, and the Crime That Captivated a Nation

Thu, April 25, 2024 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Room 108 In December 1832 a farmer found the body of a young, pregnant woman hanging near a haystack outside a New England mill town. When news spread that Methodist preacher Ephraim Avery was accused of murdering Sarah Maria Cornell, a factory worker, a local crime quickly turned into a…

Bakari Sellers | The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now

Thu, April 25, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Pay What You Wish

REGISTER In 2006,  Bakari Sellers  defeated a twenty-six-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. The state’s 2014 Democratic nominee for lieutenant…

Amy Tan | The Backyard Bird Chronicles

Mon, April 29, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $45.00 Ticket with book

TICKETS In conversation with Beth Kephart A “master of illusion, and one of the best storytellers around” (NPR),  Amy Tan  is the author of the beloved novels  The Joy Luck Club , a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, for…

Virtual Event - Author Talk: Churchill's American Network

Tue, April 30, 2024 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join author Cita Stelzer in a discussion about her new book, Churchill's American Network: Winston Churchill and the Forging of the Special Relationship . Her work offers a revelatory portrait showing how the famed British statesman created a network of American colleagues and friends…

Dasha Kiper | Travelers to Unimaginable Lands: Stories of Dementia, the Caregivers, and the Human Brain

Tue, April 30, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Pay What You Wish

REGISTER In conversation with Dr. Jason Karlawish In partnership with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society The clinical consulting director of support groups at The CaringKind (formerly The Alzheimer's Association),  Dasha Kiper  has an MA in clinical psychology from Columbia…

Karen Valby | The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History

Thu, May 2, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Pay What You Wish

REGISTER Featuring: Lydia Abarça, Sheila Rohan, Marcia Sells, and Karlya Shelton In conversation with Shelly Power, The Dr. Carolyn Newsom Executive Director, Philadelphia Ballet Karen Valby ’s  The Swans of Harlem  tells the remarkable and—until…

Erik Larson | The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

Sun, May 5, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $45.00 ticket with book

TICKETS “America’s most compelling popular historian” (The Christian Science Monitor) ,  Erik Larson  is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed books, including  The Splendid and the Vile , a chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the…

Liz Montague Author Visit

Tue, May 7, 2024 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Liz Montague will be visiting The Free Library of Philadelphia in celebration of the release of The Equinox Test (School for Unusual Magic # 1)! Liz Montague began as a cartoonist for The New Yorker in 2019. She is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel memoir Maybe an Artist, which was…

Sephardic Culinary Heritage: Conversation and Reception with Helene Jawhara Piñer and Mike Solomonov

Tue, May 7, 2024 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month at the Free Library of Philadelphia with two renowned Culinarians, Dr Helene Jawhara Piñer and Chef Mike Solomonov . In conversation in the Skyline Room, Piñer and Solomonov will deep dive into the culinary heritage of Sephardim- Jews…

Renée Watson | skin & bones: A Novel

Wed, May 8, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Pay What You Wish

REGISTER In conversation with Jeannine Cook, owner of Harriett’s Bookshop and Ida’s Books Renée Watson is the no. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of 15 young adult books, including  Piecing Me Together , which earned a Coretta Scott King…

Author Talk: Local History and Literacy Exploration with Charles Wiedenmann

Thu, May 9, 2024 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Literature enthusiasts, readers, and fans will have the chance to dive into local author Charles Wiedenmann’s Lawndale: Stories from my Youth: Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia in the 60s and 70s, and Down the Shore - Stories from my Summers in Wildwood in the 70s.  Learn about the…

Frank Bruni | The Age of Grievance

Thu, May 9, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $17.50 ticket or $37.00 ticket with book

TICKETS In conversation with Karen Heller, former national features writer and current contributor 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 journalist…

Jen Psaki | Say More: Lessons from Work, the White House, and the World

Fri, May 10, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $17.50 or $38.00 book with ticket

TICKETS An “unflappable and genial point-person” ( The New York Times ),  Jen Psaki  served as the thirty-fourth White House Press Secretary under President Biden until May 2022. Currently the host of MSNBC’s Sunday afternoon and Monday evening program, …

Author Event: Stephanie Feldman

Mon, May 13, 2024 5:30 A.M.
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Cost: FREE

Join Stephanie Feldman for a reading and Q & Q about her most recent novel, Saturnalia , a fantasy-thriller set in a near-future Philadelphia.   Stephanie Feldman is also the author of the award-winning novel The Angel of Losses .  She teaches fiction writing at Acadia…

Colm Tóibín | Long Island: A Novel

Mon, May 13, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $17.50 Auditorium; $37 ticket with book

TICKETS “His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” (Los Angeles Times) ,  Colm Tóibín  is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels  The…

Claire Messud | This Strange Eventful History: A Novel

Wed, May 15, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Pay What You Wish

REGISTER In conversation with Laura McGrath, Assistant Professor of English at Temple University “Among our greatest contemporary writers” ( The Miami Herald ),  Claire Messud  is the author of  The Emperor’s Children , a cutting portrait of life among…

Paul Hendrickson | Fighting the Night: Iwo Jima, WW II and a Flyer’s Life

Thu, May 16, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Pay What You Wish

REGISTER In conversation with Wil Haygood Paul Hendrickson ’s books include  Sons of Mississippi , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award;  Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961 , a National Book Critics Circle Award…

Imagine More Story Adventures with Thembi Palmer

Fri, May 17, 2024 12:30 P.M.
Fishtown Community Library

Cost: FREE

Join the ever amazing Thembi Palmer of Imagine More: Story Adventures for a fantastic story time! Thembi Palmer is committed to promoting literacy by developing a love of reading and books in young children, pre-K through 4th grade. She collaborates with Philadelphia schools, libraries, museums,…

George Stephanopoulos | The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis

Fri, May 17, 2024 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $45 ticket with book

TICKETS Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6abc Action News morning edition. ABC News’ Chief Anchor, the host of  This Week with George Stephanopoulos , and co-anchor of  Good Morning America ,  George Stephanopoulos  joined…