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Nathaniel Philbrick | In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown

Thu, October 25, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. “One of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction” ( The Wall Street Journal ), Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the National Book Award-winning In The Heart of the Sea , an account of the nearly mythic…

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Lynsey Addario | Of Love & War

Tue, October 30, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Often focusing on armed conflict, human rights issues, and women’s roles in traditional societies, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s work regularly appears in The New York Times , National Geographic , and Time .…

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Tom Hanks | Uncommon Type: Some Stories

Wed, October 31, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Irvine Auditorium | University of Pennsylvania | 3401 Spruce St. | Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $45 Orchestra, $35 Mezzanine, $30 Balcony

SOLD OUT. WAITING LIST CLOSED. Tom Hanks has played a ping-pong savant, WWII Army ranger, pioneering AIDS activist, toy sheriff, astronaut Jim Lovell, volcano battler, mermaid romancer, Walt Disney, hitman, female baseball team manager, Da Vinci codebreaker, and, of course, David S. Pumpkins,…

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Leslie Umberger | Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

Thu, November 1, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Born a slave on an Alabama plantation and 12 years old at the end of the Civil War, Bill Traylor worked as a farm laborer for more than 60 years. Alone in retirement in segregated Montgomery, he discovered art and his creative voice without instruction or guidance, eventually creating more than…

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B.A. Shapiro | The Collector’s Apprentice

Tue, November 6, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Vibrant and suspenseful” ( The Washington Post ), B. A. Shapiro’s New York Times bestselling novels include The Safe Room , The Muralist , and The Art Forger , an exacting tale of stolen paintings, Faustian bargains, and the heart’s foolish choices. She also wrote the…

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Anthony Tommasini | The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

Thu, November 8, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times . His books include a biography of the composer and critic Virgil…

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H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

Tue, November 13, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. “Master storyteller” ( Christian Science Monitor ) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin ( The First American ) and Franklin Roosevelt ( Traitor to His Class ). Exploring…

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Business Resource & Innovation Center's 2nd Annual Book Signing Event: Charles E. Hires and the Drink that Wowed a Nation!

Wed, November 14, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

We are very excited to share the story of Philadelphia's own fizzy pop! Introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exposition and powered by an historic advertising campaign, Hires Root Beer—launched 10 years before Coca-Cola—blazed the trail for development of the American soft…

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Daniel Torday | Boomer1 with Nana Kwamei Adjei-Brenyah | Friday Black: Stories

Wed, November 14, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Exploring the nature of family and loss through the derring-do of a Czechoslovakian war hero, Daniel Torday ’s novel  The Last Flight of Poxl West won the National Jewish Book Award, as did his debut novella The Sensualist . The Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College,…

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Jeff Tweedy | Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Thu, November 15, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $33/$48 single + book/couple + book
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Auditorium Sold Out! In-house Simulcast Tickets Available. Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared “one of the most respected bands on the planet” and lauded as “paragons of good taste, masters of…

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David W. Blight | Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Mon, November 19, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

David W. Blight’s many books of history include American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era ,  Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory , and two annotated editions of Frederick Douglass’s first two autobiographies. Blight is a professor of American History…

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Jabari Asim | We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

Tue, November 20, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP’s flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post , Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His  many books include The N Word ; What Obama Means...For Our…

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Andrew Delbanco | The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

Tue, November 27, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“America’s best social critic” ( Time ), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope , The Puritan Ordeal , and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter .…

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Margaret George | The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero with Madeline Miller | Circe

Wed, November 28, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Margaret George ’s fictional biographies of towering world figures—brimming “with lust, violence, cruelty and lively conversation” ( Detroit Free Press ) while adhering as closely as possible to the factual historical record—include Helen of Troy , The Memoirs of…

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Elaine Pagels | Why Religion?: A Personal Story

Thu, November 29, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most esteemed religious scholars of our time, Elaine Pagels is the author of Revelations , Beyond Belief , and The Gnostic Gospels . Her many honors include Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur fellowships. Her new book…

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Gary Giddins | Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946

Tue, December 4, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Gary Giddins is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Visions of Jazz: The First Century , “a grand, brilliant history" ( The New York Times Book Review ). Jazz columnist at The Village Voice for 30 years, his other books include Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of…

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Mary Schmidt Campbell | An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

Thu, December 6, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. President of Spelman College since 2015, and dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Schmidt Campbell served as the vice chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities during the Obama administration. She has…

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Kirsten Gillibrand | Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

Thu, December 13, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 or $27 - optional book with ticket
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Tickets on sale September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduces children to ten suffragists who raised their voices for justice. With illustrations by…

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