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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

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 Condoleeza 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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Jeanine Cummins | American Dirt

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

Cost: FREE

Lauded for their finely etched characters, deftly intricate plots, and lyrical prose, Jeanine Cummins’s The Outside Boy and The Crooked Branch established her as one of contemporary fiction’s most compelling voices. She is also the author of the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven ,…

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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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André Gregory | This is Not My Memoir

Mon, May 11, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with co-author Todd London, Head of the MFA Playwriting Program at the New School, School of Drama A theater director in New York for more than 50 years, the legendary André Gregory has collaborated on film adaptations of his productions with the likes of Louis Malle and…

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Jennifer Steinhauer | The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Tue, May 12, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A reporter for the  New York Times  for 25 years, Jennifer Steinhauer has covered the United States Congress since 2010. Her former assignments include Los Angeles bureau chief and New York City Hall bureau chief. The winner of the Newswoman’s Club of New York Front Page Deadline…

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Seanan McGuire | Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers

Thu, May 14, 2020 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

One of contemporary sci-fi/fantasy’s most popular writers, Seanan McGuire won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for the Wayward Children series of books. Also the author of, among other books, the October Day series and the InCryptid series, she writes science fiction/horror under the pen…

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David Allen Sibley | What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Why

Sat, May 16, 2020 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $10/$34 - ticket/ticket with book
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A contemporary John James Audubon, ornithologist and scientific illustrator David Allen Sibley is perhaps North America’s preeminent birder and is the author of the wildly popular series of eponymous nature guides. Celebrated for its artistic avian renderings and concise, elegant…

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