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Michio Kaku | The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

Tue, February 27, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Auditorium sold out. A limited number of in-house simulcast tickets remain. “Erudite and compelling” ( Chicago Tribune ), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein’s quest…

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Steven Pinker | Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Thu, March 1, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00, $38.00 optional single + book
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Auditorium sold out. In-house simulcast tickets available. Possessed of “the kind of academic superbrain that can translate otherwise impenetrable statistics into a meaningful narrative of human behaviour” ( Sunday Times ), cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker is the author…

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Jorge Ramos | Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era

Fri, March 2, 2018 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $24 single ticket + book
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In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak. The anchorman for Noticiero Univision for more than 30 years, eight-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and columnist Jorge Ramos is one of America’s most popular and influential journalists. His 10 bestselling books…

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Monday Poets | Catherine Staples & Ernest Hilbert

Mon, March 5, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window and Never a Note Forfeit . Her poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry , Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and The Massachusetts Review . Honors include the McGovern Prize, a…

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Steve Coll | Directorate S.: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Mon, March 5, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Ticket will be available for sale at the door on event night. A staff writer for The New Yorker , Steve Coll is the author of  The Bin Ladens , a history of the eponymous clan and its most infamous member; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars ; and Private Empire , an examination of the…

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Walter Mosley | Down the River Unto the Sea

Tue, March 6, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Walter Mosley is best known for the Easy Rawlins mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective and World War II vet living in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood. His diverse body of work includes science fiction, story collections, a graphic novel, plays, erotica, a young adult novel, and…

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Sarah McBride | Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

Wed, March 7, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Sarah McBride made history in 2016 as the first openly transgender American to address a major party convention. Also one of the first transgender people to work at the White House, she helped influence the Obama administration’s stances on trans issues, served as an aide to Delaware…

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Lamont “U-God” Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Thu, March 8, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Lamont “U-God” Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, “the most significant posse in hip-hop” ( Rolling Stone ). He and fellow members RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and…

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Questions of Community with Jacqueline Woodson

Tue, March 13, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Cost: FREE

Hear Jacqueline Woodson read and join her in a conversation about neighborhoods--how they both shape and influence one's identity, and how she illustrates this in her work. Click here to RSVP for this free event. 

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LEADING VOICES: Daniel Pink | When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Tue, March 13, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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If you're looking for the Alon Shaya event it has moved to March 21, 2018. “Rapidly acquiring international guru status” ( Financial Times ) as an authority on the ever-evolving world of work, Daniel Pink is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive , A Whole New Mind…

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An Entrepreneurship Extravaganza

Wed, March 14, 2018 5:00 P.M.
Roxborough Library

Cost: FREE

Local author Yani, whose new book is Hoop Dreams Deflated, will discuss self-publishing and brand building.  Following the talk we will have a chance to ask questions.  This program will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Author Talk: Jennifer Lin

Wed, March 14, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Cost: FREE

In her family memoir, Jennifer Lin vividly dramatizes how her family coped with years of political upheaval in China with only their religious faith and familial devotion to sustain them. Through war, public humiliation, and re-education programs, they suffered but they survived. Her…

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One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson

Wed, March 14, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The One Book  Finale will feature an interview with Jacqueline Woodson and Tamala Edwards, 6ABC Action News Co-Anchor.  The program will also feature a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn, with performances of   original works--inspired by the novel--from…

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Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

Thu, March 15, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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“One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West” ( Wall Street Journal ), Ian Buruma is the author of  The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam ;  Year Zero: A History of 1945 ; Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War ; and…

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Mary Frances Berry | History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

Tue, March 20, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mary Frances Berry is one of America’s most respected legal historians and human-rights advocates. Her many books include Power in Words, Five Dollars and Pork Chop Sandwich , and Black…

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Alon Shaya | Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel

Wed, March 21, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Donna Barnett Alon Shaya’s innovative New Orleans eateries have garnered the Israeli-born, Philadelphia-raised chef and restauranteur two James Beard Awards and praise from some of the world’s most prestigious culinary publications, including Bon Appétit,…

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Anna Badkhen | Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

Thu, March 22, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” ( Christian Science Monitor ). Her immersive investigations of…

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Peter Carey | A Long Way from Home with Alan Hollinghurst | The Sparsholt Affair

Tue, March 27, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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A writer who “luxuriates in language” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Peter Carey is the author of 15 quirky and daring novels, including Parrot and Olivier in America , Bliss , Oscar and Lucinda , and The True History of the Kelly Gang , the latter two of which won the Man Booker…

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Mitch Landrieu | In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

Wed, March 28, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00, $30 optional single ticket + book
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made waves in 2017 with a “stunningly eloquent” speech about race in America (CNN) in which he explained his decision to remove four Confederate statues from his city, arguing that “there is a difference between remembrance of history and…

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Sean Penn | Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

Thu, March 29, 2018 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $30 - book included with ticket

Tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m. on February 27, 2018. The winner of two Best Actor Oscars for his performances in Mystic River and Milk , Sean Penn is also an acclaimed writer, producer, and director with more than 100 theater and film productions to his name. He is also an acclaimed journalist,…

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