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Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

Mon, May 1, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission
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In conversation with Laura Kovacs Possessed of “a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller  Olive Kitteridge , a linked collection of narratives about a woman in coastal Maine. It…

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Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

Tue, May 2, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with Andy Kahan “A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" ( The New York Review of Books ), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day , the sequel to his bestselling 1986 novel The Sportswriter . In 2006…

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Celebrate Children's Book Week with Angela Dominguez!

Thu, May 4, 2017 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

To celebrate Children's Book Week , join guest readers and American Library Association Belpré Award winner Angela Dominguez for a Multicultural Story Time.  Other guest readers will be on hand, and every kid will get a prize!  Groups, please call 215.686.5369 to register,…

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Special Multicultural story time with Angela Dominguez

Thu, May 4, 2017 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Help us celebrate Children's Book Week with our special guest, author/illustrator Angela Dominguez.  Free; groups, please email mclaughlinp@freelibrary.org if you'd like to attend.   Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia,…

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

Thu, May 4, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak 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 won instant fame for her heartbreaking portrayal of the…

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Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

Mon, May 8, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio stations throughout the world, and the internet. Her many honors…

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Jo Nesbø | The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

Tue, May 9, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø’s “maddeningly addictive” ( Vanity Fair ) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. A musician, songwriter, economist,…

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

Thu, May 11, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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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 Stand-Up. Renowned for her self-effacing wit and cheeky…

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China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Tue, May 16, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Acclaimed for his “unparalleled inventiveness” ( Chicago Tribune ), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics, novellas, short story collections, Marxist nonfiction, and essay collections. Associated with the “New Weird” writing movement,…

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Colm Tóibín | House of Names

Wed, May 17, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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“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 Master  (2004)…

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Lady Jane's Salon

Thu, May 18, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Fourth Floor Room 405 Visit the salon and listen to authors reading excerpts of their newest releases, followed by Q&A where you'll get the inside scoop. Bring your friends, and settle in for a night of romance reading fun! STEPHANIE JULIAN Stephanie Julian is a New York…

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Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

Thu, May 18, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Dennis Lehane’s “raw, harrowing, and unsentimental” ( Washington Post Book World ) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone ; and Live by Night , all of which have been adapted into critically acclaimed films by Clint Eastwood, Martin…

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William Hogeland | Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

Tue, May 23, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include The Whiskey Rebellion, Founding Finance , and Declaration . He has…

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Joshua Ferris | The Dinner Party with Jim Shepard | The World to Come

Wed, May 24, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Then We Came to the End , Joshua Ferris ’s “truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness” (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other works include The Unnamed and To Rise…

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Thomas E. Ricks | Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

Thu, May 25, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Military historian and journalist Thomas E. Ricks won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his Wall Street Journal series on U.S. defense spending in the post-Cold War era. His books include The Generals, The Gamble , and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Fiasco , a bestselling account of…

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Douglas Brunt | Trophy Son

Thu, June 1, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Megyn Kelly Ghosts of Manhattan , Douglas Brunt’s New York Times bestselling debut novel about a flawed but highflying Bear Stearns bond trader, took “a smart shot at the absurdity of Wall Street and the long fall that brought us all down” ( Kirkus ). He…

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Janet Benton | Lilli de Jong

Mon, June 5, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions. Janet Benton’s writing has appeared in some of America’s most prestigious periodicals and literary journals, including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer , and Glimmer…

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Sam Calagione with Patrick E. McGovern | Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created

Tue, June 6, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Sam Calagione is a beer expert and founder of Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America’s fastest growing independent breweries. The star of the Discovery Channel program Brew Masters , he was a Small Business Association Businessman of the Year and a 2010 Huffington Post…

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Kevin Hart | I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons

Wed, June 7, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Lew Klein Hall at Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122

Cost: $40 General Admission

Tickets on sale May 5 at 10:00 a.m. here. Cost = $40 - $55.00 and includes a pre-signed copy of the book. In conversation with Quincy Harris, host of The Q on Fox 29 Kevin Hart’s stand-up comedy tours Let Me Explain, What Now? , and Laugh at My Pain have packed arenas and football stadiums…

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Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

Thu, June 8, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homecoming , a multigenerational tale that “brims with compassion” ( NPR Books ), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was a New York Times bestseller and 2016 Notable Book…

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