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Galactic Philadelphia Speculative Fiction Reading Series | Anna Kashina and Alex Shvartsman

Tue, October 15, 2019 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

First Floor Heim Center - Room 131 Anna Kashina is inspired by her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning Majat Code series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval…

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Tim O’Brien | Dad’s Maybe Book

Tue, October 15, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $47/$32 - two seats + book/seat + book
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In conversation with Andy Kahan, director, author events “As good as any piece of literature can get” ( Chicago Sun Times ), Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and stands as perhaps the…

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Bill Bryson | The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Wed, October 16, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $50/$35 - two seats + book/seat + book
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets available Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of the wiseacre travelogues  A Walk in the Woods  and  I’m a Stranger Here Myself . His other strolls through language, the history of science, his adopted British homeland, and…

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Adam Rippon | Beautiful on the Outside

Thu, October 17, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $34.00 with book
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In conversation with award-winning broadcaster, Tracey Matisak The first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a winter Olympics medal, Adam Rippon earned bronze as part of the figure skating team event at the 2018 games. He was also the winner of the 2016 U.S. National Championships and the 2010…

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Hoda Kotb | I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By

Fri, October 18, 2019 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $29--book included with ticket
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The co-anchor of the flagship hour of the venerable Today show, Hoda Kotb has also been a Dateline correspondent for the past 21 years. Her New York Times –bestselling books include Ten Years Later and Hoda , and the children’s books I’ve Loved You Since Forever and You Are My…

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Patti Smith | Year of the Monkey

Mon, October 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.

Cost: $44 Orchestra/$42 Balcony - book included with ticket
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Patti Smith—dubbed the “punk poet laureate”—won a 2010 National Book Award for  Just Kids , a “moving portrait of the artist as a young woman” ( Los Angeles Times ). Her 1975 debut album,  Horses , is often cited as one of the greatest in music…

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Jeanette Winterson | Frankissstein

Tue, October 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Jeanette Winterson burst onto the literary landscape at the age of 25 when she published the semi-autobiographical Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit , the coming-of-age tale of a young lesbian rebelling against her conservative English Pentecostal upbringing.  Winterson is also the author of…

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James B. Stewart | Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law

Wed, October 23, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Tickets on sale Wednesday September 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist James B. Stewart is the author of the number-one New York Times bestseller Den of Thieves , the story of the most notorious insider-trading ring in financial history; DisneyWar , the boardroom…

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Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton | Atlas Obscura | 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

Thu, October 24, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $38.00 with book
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The bestselling Atlas Obscura garnered popular acclaim in 2016 as a joyous plunge into some of Earth’s weirdest and most mysterious places. Replete with rigorous research, lavish charts and illustrations, and brisk writing, a revised and updated second edition treats readers to 120 new…

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Joey Baldino and Adam Erace | Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly's Palizzi Social Club

Mon, October 28, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Michael Klein, editor/producer of inquirer.com/food and @phillyinsider Originally a meeting place for South Philly’s Abruzzi-American community, the members-only Palizzi Social Club is now one of America’s hottest restaurants. Since owner and chef Joey Baldino…

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Gail Collins | No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America

Tue, October 29, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets available A columnist for the New York Times and a member of its editorial board since 1995, Gail Collins was the Gray Lady’s editorial page editor from 2001 to 2007, the first woman to hold that position. Her books include America’s…

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Sean Brock | South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations

Tue, October 29, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $55/$40 two seats + book/seat + book
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In conversation with Jason Freeman Praised as “an absolutely transformative figure” by the late Anthony Bourdain, Sean Brock is the founding chef of the Husk restaurant group, which has four locations in South Carolina and Georgia. In 2015, he won the James Beard Award for Best…

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Booker T. Jones | Time Is Tight: My Life Note by Note

Wed, October 30, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00

EVENT POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO COME. In conversation with musician and writer, Wesley Stace The frontman for R&B band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, songwriter, producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones was a driving figure in the creation of the Memphis soul sound,…

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Sally Field | In Pieces

Fri, November 1, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $25.00
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Tickets on sale Friday October 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY The winner of two Academy Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards, screen icon Sally Field is acclaimed for roles including a flying nun, a Depression-era Texas widow, a…

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Stephanie Taylor Presents: I Can Change Everything

Mon, November 4, 2019 4:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Come join us in the Story Hour Room for a reading and activity with writer and activist Stephanie Taylor to celebrate her new book, I Can Change Everything.  Free event for children and families. There will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author. Children…

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Paul Hendrickson | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Mon, November 4, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Paul Hendrickson’s books include Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961 , a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Sons of Mississippi , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Living and the Dead:  Robert McNamara and…

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Erica Armstrong Dunbar | She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

Tue, November 5, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Lorene Cary , author of Black Ice , The Price of a Child , Ladysitting and the forthcoming Arden Theatre production of My General Tubman Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the author of the National Book Award finalist Never Caught, the story of Ona Judge, a young enslaved person who…

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Becoming Philadelphia: Jericho Brown

Wed, November 6, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

Cost: FREE

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia and First Person Arts for a festival series of poetry readings and story circles that lift up stories of migration and put storytelling at the heart of the library. Hear some of the most dynamic poets of our day explore what it means to leave one home to…

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Michael Beschloss | Presidents of War

Wed, November 6, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets available A “deft researcher and a first-rate storyteller” ( Washington Post ), Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on the American presidency, including two volumes on Lyndon Johnson, the bestsellers Presidential Courage and…

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Becoming Philadelphia: Ladan Osman

Thu, November 7, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Cost: FREE

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia and First Person Arts for a festival series of poetry readings and story circles that lift up stories of migration and put storytelling at the heart of the library. Hear some of the most dynamic poets of our day explore what it means to leave one home to…

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