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Ruchir Sharma | The 10 Rules of Successful Nations

Tue, March 31, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Richard Vague, philanthropist, managing partner of Gabriel Investments, and author of  A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises The head of emerging markets and chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Ruchir Sharma is one…

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James Shapiro | Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Thu, April 2, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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“Brilliantly readable and revealing” ( Guardian ), James Shapiro’s immersive dives into the world of the Bard of Avon include The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 , A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 , and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? A professor at…

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Robert B. Reich | The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

Fri, April 3, 2020 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15
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One of America’s most “fluent, fearless” ( New York Times Book Review ) economists, Robert B. Reich served in the Ford and Carter administrations and was Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997. Currently a professor of public policy at the University of…

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Jane Austen Day In Philadelphia!

Sat, April 4, 2020 9:45 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join us to explore Austen’s significant and enduring influence across numerous contemporary disciplines. Adriana Trigiani leads the free morning book talk and signing. Deborah Yaffe and Wendy Jones host the paid afternoon talk and signing which includes a boxed lunch.   The morning…

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Monday Poets | Nausheen Eusuf & Elizabeth Scanlon

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

Cost: FREE

Nausheen Eusuf holds a PhD in English from Boston University and an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has won a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in The American Scholar, PN Review, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, World Literature Today, and Best American Poetry 2018 &…

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David Fajgenbaum | Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action

Tue, April 14, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and associate director of the university’s Orphan Disease Center, Dr. David Fajgenbaum holds an MBA from the Wharton School, earned a master of science at Oxford, and graduated from Georgetown, where he was a football quarterback.…

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Dalia Sofer | Man of My Time

Thu, April 16, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Dalia Sofer is the author of the National Jewish Book Award finalist The Septembers of Shiraz , a “lyrical and sometimes haunting” ( Miami Herald ) bestselling debut novel about a gem dealer wrongly accused of espionage in the wake of the Iranian revolution. Winner of the PEN/Robert…

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Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance by Sharon Skeel

Mon, April 20, 2020 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Book Talk: Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance  by Sharon Skeel. Join us for this multi-media event celebrating Philadelphia dancer/choreographer Catherine Littlefield (1905-1951).  In her ground-breaking career as a Ziegfeld girl, ballerina, teacher, entrepreneur, and director of…

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Natalie Diaz | Postcolonial Love Poem with Denice Frohman

Tue, April 21, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec , an “ambitious . . . beautiful” ( New York Times ) American Book Award–winning poetry collection that ruminates on her sibling’s drug addiction. A former professional basketball player, an enrolled member of the…

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Mark Morris and Wesley Stace | Out Loud: A Memoir

Wed, April 22, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Celebrated dancer and choreographer  Mark Morris  has created nearly 150 original works for his eponymous dance company, the Mark Morris Dance Group. He is the former director of dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and in 1990 founded the White Oak Dance…

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Ottessa Moshfegh | Death in Her Hands with Taffy Brodesser-Akner | Fleishman Is in Trouble

Thu, April 23, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Eileen , Ottessa Moshfegh ’s “always dark and surprising, sometimes ugly and occasionally hilarious” ( Washington Post ) novel about a young woman trapped between equally bleak work and home lives, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and was shortlisted for the…

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Wes Moore | Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City

Mon, April 27, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $33/$48 - book included with ticket
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Two Tickets/One Book A former combat officer in Afghanistan, Rhodes Scholar, and White House Fellow to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Wes Moore is the author of the bestsellers The Work , an intimate reflection about finding meaning in an unstable era, and The Other Wes Moore , the…

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Frank B. Wilderson III | Afropessimism

Tue, April 28, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Frank B. Wilderson III spent more than five years in South Africa, where he was one of two Americans elected to the African National Congress during the country’s transformation after apartheid. His books include  Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid  and  Red, White…

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Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. | Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Wed, April 29, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the author of the acclaimed book Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul . “One of the most…

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Samantha Irby | Wow, No Thank You.

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

Cost: FREE

In her popular long-running blog,  bitches gotta eat , Samantha Irby offers raw, humorous takes on her sometimes difficult personal life, pop culture, and, of course, food. She is also the author of three essay collections:  Meaty ;  New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely…

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Monday Poets | Eleanor Wilner & Ellen Bass

Mon, May 4, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Eleanor Wilner’s books of poetry include maya (1979), Shekhinah (1984), Sarah’s Choice (1989), Otherwise (1993), Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems (1998), The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (2004), and Tourist in Hell (2010). She is a winner of two pushcart Prizes; and…

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

Tue, May 5, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Please note: This event has been rescheduled from March 24, 2020. In conversation with Dr. Rachel Valletta, Environmental Scientist at The Franklin Institute and director of all climate change education and outreach programming. A columnist and deputy editor at  New York  magazine,…

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Susan Choi | Trust Exercise with Jacqueline Woodson | Red at the Bone

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

Cost: FREE

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for fiction, Trust Exercise follows a star-crossed suburban teen romance in a 1980s performing arts high school. Susan Choi ’s novels are known for excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their “nuance, psychological…

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Tori Amos | Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage

Fri, May 8, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $32 - book included with ticket
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT; IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE One of contemporary rock’s most audacious and adored voices, singer-songwriter Tori Amos is celebrated for her frank, intimate, often searing work. Her 15 studio albums range from her latest, 2017’s Native Invader , to…

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