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Heather McGhee | The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers): How Racism Hurts Everyone

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

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture The Sum of Us , Heather McGhee’s 2021 odyssey across the American landscape of inequality, won wide acclaim for its empathetic and incisive imagining of a future that could offer more than our current racial paradigm. A New York Times bestseller,…

Debra Lee | I Am Debra Lee: A Memoir

Thu, March 9, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 or $39.00 book with ticket

TICKETS The former longtime CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Debra Lee currently serves on the boards of several of the world’s leading corporations, including Proctor & Gamble, Warner Bros. Discovery, Revlon, Burberry Group Plc, and Marriott International. She is the…

Connie Briscoe | You Never Know: A Novel of Domestic Suspense

Mon, March 20, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Free

REGISTER Acclaimed for her literary portrayals of Black women’s relationships, Connie Briscoe's historical and romance novels have found acclaim and a wide readership for nearly three decades. Sisters and Lovers , her first novel, sold 500,000 copies and her second novel, Big Girls…

Read, Play & Imagine with Thembi Palmer!

Tue, March 21, 2023 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join local author and storyteller Thembi Palmer on TWO dates this Spring (catch us in the afternoon on Friday April 14th , too) for an hour of fun centered around her new interactive movement adventure book: This Book May Make You Do Things! In addition to a reading from her new book, Thembi…

Adam Gopnik | The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery

Tue, March 21, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS A staff writer at  The New Yorker  for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of  Paris to the Moon ,  The Table Comes First ,  At the Strangers’ Gate , and  A Thousand Small Sanities , a “witty, humane, learned” ( The New York…

VIRTUAL - Judith Lewis Herman, M.D. | Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice

Wed, March 22, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $16.50 ticket or $42.50 book with ticket

TICKETS In conversation with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.  Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture Your link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event. A professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for more than 40 years,  Judith Lewis Herman , M.D., is…

Ari Shapiro | The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening

Thu, March 23, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 or $38.80 book with ticket

TICKETS In conversation with award-winning chef and restauranteur Michael Solomonov Ari Shapiro is the cohost of NPR’s  All Things Considered , the most listened-to radio news program in the country. Formerly NPR’s White House correspondent and international correspondent based…

Emily St. John Mandel | Sea of Tranquility

Tue, March 28, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS In conversation with Laura McGrath, Assistant Professor of English at Temple University A “soul-quaking” ( Los Angeles Review of Books ) meditation on the everyday miracles we take for granted set amongst the travels and travails of a Shakespearean acting troupe in the…

Angela Saini | The Patriarchs: The Origins of Inequality

Wed, March 29, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

REGISTER Angela Saini is the author of Superior , an “easy-to-read blend of science reporting, cultural criticism, and personal reflection” ( Slate ) that explores the resurgence of the harmful and faulty study of race science. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed…

Vanessa Hua | Forbidden City

Mon, April 3, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Free

REGISTER A former longtime columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle , Vanessa Hua has written about Asia and the diaspora from countries such as China, Burma, and South Korea, and has contributed articles to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic . She is the author of the…

Matthew Desmond | Poverty, by America

Tue, April 4, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50/$38.00 book w/ticket

TICKETS Sociologist Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City , the “exhaustively researched, vividly realized and, above all, unignorable” ( The New…

This Book May Make You Do Things!

Thu, April 13, 2023 4:30 P.M.
Fishtown Community Library

Cost: FREE

This Book May Make You Do Things! is a colorful collage picture book that engages both the reader and the listener. The words come alive in this movement adventure that is sure to keep children entertained while reading and exploring just how fun moving can be. The deal is , whatever this book…

Mary Louise Kelly | It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs

Thu, April 13, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50 or $37.30 book with ticket

TICKETS An NPR reporter for more than two decades, Mary Louise Kelly currently co-hosts the network’s flagship program  All Things Considered , the most listened-to radio news show in the United States. Also the author of two popular suspense novels, she has contributed articles and…

Read, Play & Imagine with Thembi Palmer!

Fri, April 14, 2023 3:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join local author and storyteller Thembi Palmer on TWO dates this Spring (catch us in the morning on Tuesday March 21st , too) for an hour of fun centered around her new interactive movement adventure book: This Book May Make You Do Things! In addition to a reading from her new book, Thembi will…

Neil King Jr. | American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal

Tue, April 18, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Free

REGISTER In conversation with Signe Wilkinson A Wall Street Journal correspondent for two decades, Neil King Jr. reported from more than 50 countries, served as the newspaper’s chief diplomatic correspondent, national political reporter, and global economics editor in Washington, D.C., and…

Simon Winchester | Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic

Wed, April 26, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $16.50

TICKETS Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture Exuding “the comfort and charm of a beloved encyclopedia come to life” ( The New Yorker ), Simon Winchester is the bestselling author of nearly 30 nonfiction books that explore some of the world’s most consequential people, places,…

Daniel Torday | The 12th Commandment with Nana Kwame Adjie-Brenyah | Chain Gang All-Stars

Mon, May 8, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Free or add The 12th Commandment $27.99 and/or Chain Gang All-Stars $27

REGISTER/TICKETS With characters situated in surreal,  Twilight Zone -esque, yet all-too-familiar positions of oppression within our most venerable institutions,  Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah ’s 2018 debut fiction collection,  Friday Black , was praised as a…

Airea D. Matthews | Bread and Circus

Thu, June 1, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: Free

REGISTER Airea D. Matthews is the 2022–23 Philadelphia Poet Laureate and directs the poetry program at Bryn Mawr College. Her collection Simulacra won the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Best American Poets, Gulf Coast, Harvard…