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IN-PERSON - Ben MacIntyre | Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis' Fortress Prison

Tue, September 27, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS   Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture “John le Carré’s nonfiction counterpart” ( The New York Times ), Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of  A Spy Among Friends, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat, and The Spy and the…

IN- PERSON - Camika Royal | Not Paved For Us: Black Educators and Public School Reform in Philadelphia

Wed, September 28, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   In conversation with Edwin Mayorga and Sharif El-Mekki  For 20 years  Camika Royal  was a middle and high school teacher and a teaching coach for her fellow educators in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and her hometown of Philadelphia. Currently an associate…

IN-PERSON - Margaret A. Burnham | By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners

Thu, September 29, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   In conversation with Tracey Matisak Margaret A. Burnham is the founding director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, an initiative to document every racially motivated killing in the South between 1930 and 1970. Also a law professor at Northeastern…

IN-PERSON - Vladimir Sorokin and Max Lawton | Telluria and Their Four Hearts

Mon, October 3, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS   In conversation with Mark Krotov, publisher and editor of n+1   Vladimir Sorokin  is one of contemporary Russian literature’s most popular writers. Banned by the Soviet Union, his numerous novels include  The Queue ,  The Blizzard ,  Day of the…

IN PERSON - Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan | Mad Honey

Wed, October 5, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $37.95-book with ticket; 33.00 book with ticket--in-library simulcast

TICKETS   In conversation with Jo Piazza A “quite prescient and worthwhile” writer who “understands her characters inside and out” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Jodi Picoult has authored many No. 1 bestsellers that are renowned for combining controversial…

IN-PERSON - Yiyun Li | The Book of Goose with Elizabeth McCracken | The Hero of this Book

Thu, October 6, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   Yiyun Li ’s “remarkable” ( The Washington Post ) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers , won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. Her other work includes the…

IN-PERSON - Celeste Ng | Our Missing Hearts

Fri, October 7, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Academy of Natural Sciences | 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: $16.50 ticket or $36.30 book with ticket

TICKETS   Venue: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway In conversation with Anthony Marra Writing “with the wisdom of a hundred lives lived” ( Harper’s Bazaar ), Celeste Ng is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling…

IN-PERSON - Ada Limón | The Hurting Kind

Mon, October 10, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS   The 24th United States Poet Laureate, Ada Limón is acclaimed for her explorations of the “frightening mysteries and hopeful uncertainties of the everyday” ( The New York Times Book Review ). Her many poetry collections include the National Book Critics Circle…

Author Visit: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Tue, October 11, 2022 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join award-winning author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow for a very special Storytime in Sister Cities Park (near 18th St. & Bejamin Franklin Parkway)! She will read aloud from two of her books, and offer dance/movement and sensory activities. In case of bad weather, this program will be…

IN-PERSON - Ruha Benjamin | Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want

Tue, October 11, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS    In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill Ruha Benjamin is the author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code , a “galvanizing” and “inventive and wide-ranging” ( The Nation ) study at how new technologies reinforce social…

IN-PERSON - Saidiya Hartman and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor| Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

Wed, October 12, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   One of academia’s leading authorities on African American literature, enslavement, gender studies, and the ways in which marginalized people are excluded in historical narratives, Saidiya Hartman is a University Professor at Columbia University. Her works include Wayward…

IN-PERSON - Reza Aslan | An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville

Thu, October 13, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   Religion scholar Reza Aslan is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Zealot , “a lucid, intelligent page-turner” ( Los Angeles Times ) that sifts through centuries of mythmaking to present a clear account of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. His…

Virtual Monday Poets: Liz Chang and Charles Carr

Mon, October 17, 2022 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join us for an evening of beautiful poetry by two stellar poets Liz Chang and Charles Carr.  This vIrtual event is free please register at https://mondaypoets.eventbrite.com .  You will receive a zoom link the day of the the event . Liz Chang was 2012 Montgomery County Poet…

IN-PERSON - Anna Badkhen | Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays

Tue, October 18, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   In conversation with Airea D. Matthews, Philadelphia Poet Laureate and Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr With an artist’s perspective and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose…

IN- PERSON - Tom Felton | Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard

Wed, October 19, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! Tom Felton became internationally famous for his role as the bleach-blond bad guy Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movie series. More than a decade after the premiere of the last film in the series, he and the other performers continue to cast a spell over fans around the world as an…

IN-PERSON - Orhan Pamuk | Nights of Plague

Thu, October 20, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 ticket or $41.90 book with ticket

TICKETS   The winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk “is one of the great novelists of his generation” (The Washington Post). Characterized by examinations of identity, tensions between the East and West, modernism’s clash with tradition,…

IN-PERSON - Charlayne Hunter-Gault | My People: Five Decades of Writing about Black Lives

Mon, October 24, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS   In conversation with Dorothy Roberts Referred to by Jelani Cobb as “a Dean of American journalism,” Charlayne Hunter-Gault has chronicled some of the past half-century’s most important moments in Black life, culture, and politics. Often the only Black woman in…

IN-PERSON - Maggie Haberman | Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America

Tue, October 25, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $7.70

Auditorium sold out! In-library overflow tickets available. TICKETS   In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Maggie Haberman was part of a team that won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for its reportage of the investigations into then-President Donald…

IN-PERSON - Stacy Schiff | The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

Wed, October 26, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS   In conversation with Tracey Matisak Acclaimed for her “balanced, perceptive, thoroughly researched and exceptionally well written” ( The New Yorker ) nonfiction portraits of historical figures, Stacy Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for her biography Vera ( Mrs.…

IN-PERSON - Ross Gay | Inciting Joy: Essays with Major Jackson | A Beat Beyond: Selected Prose of Major Jackson

Thu, October 27, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   Ross Gay is the author of The Book of Delights , a life-affirming collection of short lyric essays that reminds readers to appreciate so-called ordinary wonders, even during turbulent times. His several volumes of poetry include Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude , winner of the 2015…