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IN-PERSON - Kardea Brown | The Way Home: A Celebration of Sea Islands Food and Family with over 100 Recipes

Tue, November 1, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $13.20 auditorium; $41.25-book with ticket

TICKETS   Charleston, South Carolina–based Kardea Brown hosts the Food Network’s Delicious Miss Brown and OWN’s The Great Soul Food Cookoff . She also is the creator of the pop-up New Gullah Supper Club, where her cuisine pays homage to her grandmother’s cooking and…

IN-PERSON - Anand Giridharadas | The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy

Wed, November 2, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 auditorium ticket; $39.30-book with ticket

TICKETS   Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture A former longtime columnist and foreign correspondent for  The New York Times , Anand Giridharadas is the bestselling author of  Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World , which was selected to numerous publications’…

IN-PERSON - Andrew K. Diemer | Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad

Thu, November 3, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   Andrew K. Diemer is the author of  The Politics of Black Citizenship: Free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Borderland, 1817–1863 , an examination of the ways in which free Black Philadelphians and Baltimoreans fought to defend their liberty before and during the…

VIRTUAL - John Banville | The Singularities

Fri, November 4, 2022 12:00 P.M.

Cost: $11-virtual ticket; $34-virtual ticket with book;

TICKETS   “The heir to Nabokov” ( The Sunday Telegraph ), Irish novelist John Banville won the Man Booker Prize for  The Sea , a story of loss and the fickle nature of memory. His many other novels include  The Book of Evidence, Mrs. Osmond, The Untouchable,…

In Conversation with Lucasta Miller, author of Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph (online)

Wed, November 9, 2022 2:00 P.M.
The Rosenbach

Cost: FREE

The epitaph John Keats composed for his own gravestone – ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water’ – seemingly damned him to oblivion. When he died at the age of twenty-five, having taken a battering from the conservative press, few critics imagined he would be…

Rabia Chaudry | Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Wed, November 9, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   Attorney, advocate, and podcaster Rabia Chaudry is the author of the New York Times bestseller Adnan's Story , a true-crime analysis into the 2000 conviction of a young Baltimorean for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Also the executive producer of The Case Against Adnan Syed…

Ralph Macchio | Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

Thu, November 10, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $38.00

TICKETS In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor Ralph Macchio is best known for his portrayal of Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film The Karate Kid . This iconic piece of pop culture has spawned a slew of sequels and the No. 1 ranked Netflix show Cobra Kai , and has…

IN-PERSON - George Lakey | Dancing With History: A Life for Peace and Justice

Tue, November 15, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   In conversation with Varshini Prakash Active in grassroot campaigns for social change for more than seven decades, sociologist and Quaker organizer George Lakey was first arrested at a civil rights demonstration in 1963 and most recently arrested just last year during a march for…

IN-PERSON - Kerri K. Greenidge | The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family

Wed, November 16, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   Historian Kerri K. Greenidge is the author of  Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter , a portrait of the post-Reconstruction civil rights activist. A  New York Times  Critics Top Books of 2019, it won the 2020 Mark Lynton History…

IN-PERSON - Neal Gabler | Against The Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism, 1976-2009

Mon, November 21, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 ticket or $45.00 book with ticket

TICKETS   Neal Gabler is the author of Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour , a “rich and insightful” ( The New York Times ) account of the figure known as the most complex of the Kennedys. His other work includes An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented…

IN-PERSON - Patti Smith | Songs and Stories

Tue, November 22, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $32.00 book with ticket--in-house simulcast

TICKETS   AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-LIBRARY SIMULCAST/OVERFLOW TICKETS AVAILABLE. Heralded as the “punk poet laureate” for her unique fusion of rock, poetry, and visual arts, Patti Smith won the 2010 National Book Award for  Just Kids , “a shockingly beautiful ……

David Rubenstein | How to Invest: Masters on the Craft

Mon, November 28, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 ticket

TICKETS   Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Richard Vague David Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s most successful private equity firms. The host of  The David Rubinstein Show  and…

IN-PERSON - Tyler Kepner | The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series

Thu, December 1, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

TICKETS   The national baseball writer for  The New York Times  since 2010, Tyler Kepner began his career as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that garnered him national attention. His national bestseller  K: A History of Baseball in Ten…

IN-PERSON - Deb Perelman | Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files: A Cookbook

Tue, December 6, 2022 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 ticket or $41.50-book with ticket

TICKETS   In conversation with Dena Heilik, head of Philbrick Hall, the Fiction and Movie department at Parkway Central. She also cohosts a monthly library Cookbook Club that has been running continuously for six years. Receiving praise from outlets like  The New York Times…

In Conversation with Stephanie Feldman, author of Saturnalia (In-Person)

Wed, December 14, 2022 6:00 P.M.
The Rosenbach

Cost: FREE

Stephanie Feldman’s novel Saturnalia takes place during a citywide winter solstice celebration in Philadelphia on the brink of climate collapse. The novel draws inspiration from lore and customs of the winter solstice, Philadelphia’s history, the old English Christmas ghost story…

IN-PERSON - Mehdi Hasan | Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking

Thu, March 2, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 17, 2022 ALL PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE VALID ON THE NEW DATE British American journalist Medhi Hasan hosts the eponymously titled  The Mehdi Hasan Show , a news and politics program that airs on MSNBC and NBC’s…