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Sayed Kashua | Track Changes with Isabella Hammad | The Parisian

Tue, February 18, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“A master of subtle nuance in dealing with both Arab and Jewish society” ( New York Times ), Sayed Kashua is an Arab Israeli who has lived in Jerusalem for most of his life. He writes a weekly column for  Haaretz , published a book of essays titled Native: Dispatches from an…

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Sam Sifton | See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends

Thu, February 20, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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The food editor at the New York Times  and the founding editor of the  Times ’s digital cookbook, NYT Cooking , Sam Sifton is one of America’s most popular culinary writers. He formerly worked as the Gray Lady’s national news editor, restaurant critic, and…

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Dan Pfeiffer | UnTrumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again

Mon, February 24, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15/$32 - ticket/ticket with book
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EVENT SOLD OUT In conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco , author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House and frequent guest on Pod Save America The White House director of communications in the Obama administration…

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Gish Jen | The Resisters

Tue, February 25, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Gish Jen’s many novels include Typical American , World and Town , and Mona in the Promised Land . She is also the author of two nonfiction works that explore the differences in East-West notions of art and culture, and her short stories have appeared dozens of publications, including the…

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Steven Levy | Facebook: The Inside Story

Wed, February 26, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Michael A. Smerconish Editor at large at Wired and a technology writer for more than 30 years, Steven Levy is the author of seven books, including In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives ; Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in…

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R. Eric Thomas | Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America

Thu, February 27, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

R. Eric Thomas is the creator of Elle ’s “Eric Reads the News,” a daily humor column that lambasts pop culture, celebrity, and politics that has been praised by Lin-Manuel Miranda as “Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny.” Also a renowned playwright, his work has been…

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Monday Poets | David Ebenbach & Open Mic

Mon, March 2, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

David Ebenbach is the author of the poetry collections Some Unimaginable Animal (2019), and We Were the People Who Moved (2015). His other books include The Artist’s Torah (2012), a nonfiction guide to creativity, and the novel Miss Portland (2017). He teaches creative writing and…

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Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez | Legendary Children: The First Decade of Rupaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life

Tue, March 3, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The creators of the immensely popular eponymous blog Tom and Lorenzo , Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez entertain millions of readers a month with their singular perspective on fashion and pop culture. They are frequent guests on Sundance Channel’s All on the Line with Joe Zee and Sirius…

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Adam Hochschild | Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes

Wed, March 4, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Historian Adam Hochschild’s ten “carefully researched and vigorously told” ( Houston Chronicle ) books include King Leopold’s Ghost , a haunting portrait of Belgium’s 19th-century brutal colonization of the Congo, and To End All Wars , the little-told story of the…

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John Feinstein | The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season

Thu, March 5, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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“One of the best sportswriters alive” ( USA Today ), John Feinstein is the author of the bestselling  A Good Walk Spoiled , A Season on the Brink , and Where Nobody Knows Your Name , among almost two dozen other books. He has been a staff columnist for the  Washington Post…

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Maira Kalman | The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Illustrated

Mon, March 9, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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An illustrator, writer, artist, and designer, Maira Kalman is the author of a dozen children’s books, has designed fabric and accessories for Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade, created sets for stage productions, shown her work in nearly two dozen galleries, and, with her late husband, made…

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David Plouffe | A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump

Tue, March 10, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Auditorium Sold Out; In-house Simulcast TIckets Available The campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 primary and general election victories, David Plouffe later served on the White House staff as a senior advisor and was largely credited with the 44th president’s 2012 win. He…

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James McBride | Deacon King Kong

Wed, March 11, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Boisterous, highly entertaining,” and “altogether original” ( Washington Post ), James McBride is the author of the National Book Award–winning  The Good Lord Bird , in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s doomed crusade.…

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Rebecca Solnit | Recollections of My Nonexistence

Thu, March 12, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $32/$47 - book included with ticket
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Two Tickets/One Book In conversation with Jia Tolentino, New Yorker staff writer and author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion “Feminist, frequently funny, unflinchingly honest and often scathing” ( Salon ), activist, historian, and author Rebecca Solnit’s more than…

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Anne Enright | Actress

Tue, March 17, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Zellerbach Theatre | 3680 Walnut Street

Cost: FREE

Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street Anne Enright won the Man Booker Prize for The Gathering , “a moving splendor of a novel” ( Boston Globe ) that follows three generations of an Irish family assembled for the funeral of a wayward scion. Acclaimed for their gritty realism, her…

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Hilary Mantel | The Mirror and the Light

Tue, March 17, 2020 8:00 P.M.
Zellerbach Theatre | 3680 Walnut Street

Cost: $40/$55 - pre-signed book included with ticket
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Two Tickets/One Book Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street Hilary Mantel won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall , a “darkly brilliant reimagining” ( Boston Globe ) of Thomas Cromwell’s emergence as a power in the court of King Henry…

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Neil Shubin | Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA

Wed, March 18, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin was a member of the field team that made the 2004 landmark discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, a 375-million-year-old fossil dubbed the "missing link" between fish and land animals. The bestselling author of Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within , Shubin…

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Katie Roiphe | The Power Notebooks

Thu, March 19, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Feminist author and journalist Kate Roiphe is the author of In Praise of Messy Lives , a “daring, vivid, combative” ( Wall Street Journal ) collection of essays that explores everything from Joan Didion to Mad Men . Her other books include The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism ;…

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Harry Dodge | My Meteorite: Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing

Mon, March 23, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Visual artist Harry Dodge has exhibited work in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including the Getty, the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Hammer Museum. A professor at the California Institute of the Arts and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Dodge was…

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David Wallace-Wells | The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Tue, March 24, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A columnist and deputy editor at  New York  magazine, David Wallace-Wells has written extensively about the environment and the future of science, including a widely read—and hotly debated—2017 article about worst-case climate change scenarios. He formerly was a National…

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