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Jon Dorenbos | Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery

Mon, November 18, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Larry Platt, co-founder/co-executive director of The Philadelphia Citizen and former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Magazine and co-author of Life is Magic Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos played in two Pro Bowls and had an illustrious…

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Jeanine Basinger | The Movie Musical!

Tue, November 19, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Carrie Rickey, former film critic for the Inquirer Mentor to some of contemporary cinema’s top directors (Joss Whedon and Michael Bay) and founder of the department of film studies at Wesleyan University, Jeanine Basinger built the program into one of the best in the…

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Lise Funderburg | Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents with Leland Cheuk, Donna Masini, and Lauren Grodstein

Wed, November 20, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Independence Library

Cost: FREE

A masterful collection of new essays, Apple, Tree follows twenty-five writers as they explore a trait they’ve inherited from a parent, reflecting on how it affects the lives they lead today—how it shifts their relationship to that parent (sometimes posthumously) and to their sense of…

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Laurel: Modern American Flavors in Philadelphia - Book Talk and Tasting

Thu, November 21, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $10

Talk and taste event featuring the recent release of cookbook Laurel, with authors Nick Elmi and Adam Erace and photographer Neal Santos Philadelphia’s own Laurel Restaurant is known for exquisite presentations of everything from local oysters to imported finger limes. The intimate dining…

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Deirdre Bair | Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me

Thu, November 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Deirdre Bair won the National Book Award for her “blockbuster biography” of Samuel Beckett, “the best introduction to an enigmatic giant of 20th-century literature” ( Christian Science Monitor ). Her other acclaimed biographies include portraits of Simone de Beauvoir,…

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Rashid Khalidi | Event Cancelled

Mon, November 25, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

EVENT CANCELLED. The Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and editor of the  Journal of Palestine Studies , Rashid Khalidi is one of the world’s leading historians of the Middle East. Among his many books are Palestinian Identity ,  Brokers of…

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Ronan Farrow | Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Tue, November 26, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $34.00 with book
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simlucast tickets on sale New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, a National Magazine Award, and a George Polk Award for his “indefatigable and imaginative” ( Globe and Mail ) reportage of some of the most important…

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André Aciman | Find Me

Tue, December 3, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Gary Kramer, a writer and film critic based in Philadelphia André Aciman is the author of the nationwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name , a novel that chronicles the bittersweet love story of a teenage boy and the young academic staying at his family’s mansion…

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William D. Cohan | Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short

Thu, December 5, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

William D. Cohan is the bestselling author of The Last Tycoons , an inside history of Lazard Frères & Co., one of the country’s most venerable investment banks. A former longtime Wall Street mergers and acquisitions banker, the topics of his other books range from the financial…

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Meet Author/Illustrator Oge Mora!

Mon, December 9, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Widener Library

Cost: FREE

Join us for a very special event, welcoming picture book author/illustrator Oge Mora to the library, where she will share her books and talk about her life! Creator of Thank You, Omu! and Saturday , Oge is a Caldecott Medal honoree and the recipient of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award…

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Meet Author/Illustrator Oge Mora!

Mon, December 9, 2019 11:15 A.M.
Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library

Cost: FREE

Join us for a very special event, welcoming picture book author/illustrator Oge Mora to the library, where she will share her books and talk about her life! Creator of Thank You, Omu! and Saturday , Oge is a Caldecott Medal honoree and the recipient of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award…

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Meet Author/Illustrator Oge Mora!

Tue, December 10, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Wadsworth Library

Cost: FREE

Join us for a very special event, welcoming picture book author/illustrator Oge Mora to the library, where she will share her books and talk about her life! Creator of Thank You, Omu! and Saturday , Oge is a Caldecott Medal honoree and the recipient of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award…

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Meet Author/Illustrator Oge Mora!

Tue, December 10, 2019 11:15 A.M.
Oak Lane Library

Cost: FREE

Join us for a very special event, welcoming picture book author/illustrator Oge Mora to the library, where she will share her books and talk about her life! Creator of Thank You, Omu! and Saturday , Oge is a Caldecott Medal honoree and the recipient of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award…

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Meet Author/Illustrator Oge Mora!

Tue, December 10, 2019 1:30 P.M.
Logan Library

Cost: FREE

Join us for a very special event, welcoming picture book author/illustrator Oge Mora to the library, where she will share her books and talk about her life! Creator of Thank You, Omu! and Saturday , Oge is a Caldecott Medal honoree and the recipient of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award…

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Salman Rushdie | Quichotte

Tue, December 10, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $34.00 with book
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets still available In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace “One of the major literary voices of our time” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Salman Rushdie is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The…

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Elaine Sciolino | The Seine: The River That Made Paris

Thu, December 12, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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A former Paris bureau chief and contributing writer for the New York Times , Elaine Sciolino is acclaimed for her “deliciously detailed and smart” ( Vogue ) chronicles of French culture and history. Her books include the bestsellers The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des…

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Monday Poets | David Ebenbach & Shane McCrae

Mon, March 2, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

David Ebenbach is the author of the poetry collections Some Unimaginable Animal (2019), and We Were the People Who Moved (2015). His other books include The Artist’s Torah (2012), a nonfiction guide to creativity, and the novel Miss Portland (2017). He teaches creative writing and…

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Monday Poets | Nausheen Eusuf & Elizabeth Scanlon

Wed, April 1, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University and a graduate of the writing seminars at John Hopkins University. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, Salmagundi, PN Review, Smartish Pace, World Literature Today, and other journals. Her first…

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Monday Poets | Eleanor Wilner & Ellen Bass

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

Cost: FREE

Room: The Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement (1st floor)

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