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Edward Snowden in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill | The Surveillance State Then and Now

Mon, September 11, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $35.00 auditorium; $15 simulcast
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. Edward Snowden will appear via a live closed-circuit link. In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of highly classified information that exposed…

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Loudon Wainwright III | Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things with Eileen Myles | Afterglow (a dog memoir)

Tue, September 12, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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With a career spanning four decades, 26 studio albums, and untold scores of concerts, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the world’s most loved singer-songwriters. A prolific actor in a variety of television and film roles, he can also boast of being the father of Rufus Wainwright, Martha…

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Philly Loves Romance - Avery Flynn | Kate Forest | Andrew Grey

Thu, September 14, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Fourth Floor Room 405 Join USA Today Bestseller Avery Flynn, and authors Kate Forest and Andrew Grey as they read from their latest releases and take Q&A. There's plenty of time for mingling before and after. USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn…

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Nicole Krauss | Forest Dark with Nathan Englander | Dinner at the Center of the Earth

Thu, September 14, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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A “fiction pioneer, toying with fresh ways of rendering experience and emotion” ( NPR ), Nicole Krauss is the bestselling author of the acclaimed novels Man Walks into a Room, The History of Love , and Great House . Named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and The…

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Stephen Greenblatt | The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Fri, September 15, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern , Stephen Greenblatt is widely acclaimed as the father of New Historicism, which strives to understand works of literature within their historical and social contexts. His other books include the New…

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Tom Perrotta | Mrs. Fletcher

Tue, September 19, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“A daring chronicler of our most profound anxieties and human desires” ( Washington Post ), Tom Perrotta is the author of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed novels of our time, including Election , which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Matthew…

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Adam Gopnik | At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York

Fri, September 22, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with Meg Wolitzer , bestselling author of The Interestings among many novels. A writer for The New Yorker for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon, Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life , and The Table Comes…

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Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook | Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story

Mon, September 25, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Tom Henneman, Bob Logue, and Felicia D’Ambrosio Lauded for bringing the Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences from Solomonov’s titular Philadelphia restaurant to readers’ home kitchens, Michael Solomonov and Steven…

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William Taubman | Gorbachev with Yuri Slezkine | House of Government

Tue, September 26, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

William Taubman won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Khrushchev: The Man and His Era , a portrait of the Soviet leader “unlikely to be surpassed any time soon in either richness or complexity” ( New York Times Book Review ). The Bertrand Snell…

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Salman Rushdie | The Golden House with Claire Messud | The Burning Girl

Thu, September 28, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00, $32 optional ticket + Rushdie book
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“A master of perpetual storytelling” ( The New Yorker ), Salman Rushdie is the author of a dozen novels, including Shame, The Satanic Verses , and Midnight’s Children , winner of the Booker Prize in 1981 and the “Booker of Bookers” Prize in 1993. His other works…

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Jennifer Egan | Manhattan Beach with Carmen Maria Machado | Her Body and Other Parties

Tue, October 3, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel A Visit from the Goon Squad . Her other books of fiction include the National Book Award Finalist Look at Me , the bestselling The Keep , and The Invisible Circus , which was adapted into a movie…

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Mervyn King | Brexit and the Future of the Global Economy

Wed, October 4, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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The governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013, Lord Mervyn King steered the U.K.’s central banking institution through the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession. Currently a professor at NYU and the London School of…

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Jeffrey Eugenides | Fresh Complaint: Stories

Thu, October 5, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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“Lyrical and portentous” ( The New York Times ), Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel  Middlesex; The Virgin Suicides , which was adapted into a feature film by Sofia Coppola; and The Marriage Plot , a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist…

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Spliced - Jon McGoran Book Launch

Fri, October 6, 2017 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Join author Jon McGoran for the launch of his latest book, the near-future science fiction thriller Spliced, which Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” McGoran’s other books include the acclaimed ecological thrillers Drift, Deadout, and Dust Up,…

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E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein | One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported

Tue, October 10, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in  The Washington Post  and nearly 100 other…

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James McBride | Five-Carat Soul

Wed, October 11, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Absorbing and darkly funny” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner  The Good Lord Bird , in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s doomed mission. His nonfiction books include the  New…

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Van Jones | Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Thu, October 12, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00, $32 optional single ticket + book
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A CNN political contributor and host of a popular recurring primetime special bearing his name, Van Jones was a green-jobs advisor to the Obama administration, overseeing billions in environmental recovery spending. His two bestselling books are The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream .…

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Amy Tan | Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir

Tue, October 17, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $38/$33 couple + book/single + book
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Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. “Powerful” and “full of magic” ( Los Angeles Times ), Amy Tan is the author of the beloved novels  The Joy Luck Club , a finalist for the National Book Award and the…

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James Forman Jr. | Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Wed, October 18, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Yale Law School professor James Forman Jr. has spent decades teaching, writing, and working on the ground in criminal procedure and policy, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. A former law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, public defender in Washington, D.C., and…

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Gabrielle Union | We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

Thu, October 19, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Best known for leading roles in a variety of comedies, dramas, and action films such as The Brothers, Deliver Us from Eva, Bad Boys II , and 2016’s The Birth of a Nation , Gabrielle Union began her acting career in…

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