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VIRTUAL - 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

Follow us on  Crowdcast  to watch our event with David Fajgenbaum live at 7:30 p.m. And be sure to register in advance!  A professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and associate director of the university’s Orphan Disease Center, Dr. David Fajgenbaum…

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VIRTUAL - Judith Heumann | Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

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

Cost: FREE

Follow us on  Crowdcast  to watch our event with Judith Heumann  live at 7:30 p.m. And be sure to register in advance!  In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A world-renowned leader in the Disability Rights and Independent Living…

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CANCELLED - 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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CANCELLED - 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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VIRTUAL - Mark Morris and Wesley Stace | Out Loud: A Memoir

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

Cost: FREE

Follow us on  Crowdcast  to watch our event with  Mark Morris and Wesley Stace live at 7:30 p.m. And be sure to register in advance!  Help us provide digital content during the closure with your  contributions . Celebrated dancer and choreographer  Mark…

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CANCELLED - 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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CANCELLED - Road to Riches Book Signing Party

Sat, April 25, 2020 11:00 A.M.
Cecil B. Moore Library

Cost: FREE

Crystal Evans author of “Road to Riches Financial Literacy Guide for Teens” invites you to a book signing party at Cecil B. Moore Library. Authors and contributors will present local teachers and leadership with awards for their commitment to promoting sound financial foundations in…

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CANCELLED - 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

Event cancelled. Full refunds have been issued. You do not need to contact us in order to receive a refund.  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…

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VIRTUAL - Frank B. Wilderson III | Afropessimism

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

Cost: FREE

Follow us on  Crowdcast  to watch our event with Frank Wilderson  live at 7:30 p.m. And be sure to register in advance!  Help us provide digital content during the closure with your  contributions . Frank B. Wilderson III spent more than five years in South Africa,…

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CANCELLED - 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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VIRTUAL - Samantha Irby | Wow, No Thank You.

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

Cost: FREE

Follow us on  Crowdcast  to watch our event with Samantha Irby  live at 7:30 p.m. And be sure to register in advance!  In conversation with New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion In her popular long-running blog,…

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Monday Poets | Eleanor Wilner & Ellen Bass

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

Cost: FREE

Join Monday Poets as we celebrate the publication of new books by Ellen Bass and Eleanor Wilner.  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…

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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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CANCELLED | 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

Event cancelled. Full refunds will be issued in the coming week. You do not need to contact us in order to receive a refund. Signed books are NOT available through author events.

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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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