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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris | The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Tue, January 23, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Pioneering physician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a longtime crusader for targeting care to vulnerable and traumatized children. Her prolific work on the link between toxic stress and chronic illnesses includes more than 17,000 surveys of adult patients’ adverse childhood experiences. She is…

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Bryan Caplan | The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

Thu, January 25, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Dubbed the “anti-Tiger Mom,” contrarian economist Bryan Caplan is the author of the “wickedly subversive” ( Wall Street Journal ) parenting manifesto Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids , which argues that parenting has needlessly been turned into a tedious chore; and The…

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Matt de la Peña and Loren Long | Love

Sat, January 27, 2018 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Matt de la Peña was awarded the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street , a children’s book that highlighted volunteerism, income inequality, and other topics not often addressed by the genre. The author of six acclaimed YA novels and the popular picture…

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Elif Shafak | Three Daughters of Eve with Siri Hustvedt | A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

Wed, January 31, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The most widely read female writer in Turkey, Elif Shafak has penned more than a dozen “vibrant, lush and lively” ( Washington Post ) books that have been translated into more than 40 languages. This work includes the bestselling novels The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of…

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Max Boot | The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

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

Cost: FREE

Referred to as one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, military historian and foreign-policy analyst Max Boot is the author of The Savage Wars of Peace , War Made New , and the New York Times bestselling…

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Monday Poets | Yolanda Wisher & Lamont Dixon

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

Cost: FREE

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Yolanda Wisher is the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. The author of Monk Eats an Afro , Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters. She is currently working on her second book of poems, a recording of original songs,…

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Author Talk: Susan Meissner | As Bright as Heaven

Wed, February 7, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Cost: FREE

Author Susan Meissner will present her new book As Bright as Heaven, a sweeping historical novel about one American family’s fight to survive when the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic hits Philadelphia. Susan Meissner is the award-winning author of A Fall of Marigolds, Secrets of a Charmed Life,…

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

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

Cost: $15.00
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“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 , and To Sell is Human , a counterintuitive manifesto about the art of…

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Cornel West | Race Matters, 25th Anniversary Edition

Sat, February 10, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Auditorium sold out. Simulcast tickets available. Lauded for his “ferocious moral vision and astute intellect” ( New York Times ), educator and philosopher Dr. Cornel West is the author of the National Book Award-winning  Race Matters , a sea change discourse on race, justice,…

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Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali | The Monk of Mokha

Mon, February 12, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $33/$48 single + book/couple + book
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Couples ticket (two tickets, one book) Dave Eggers is the author of What Is the What, The Circle , the National Book Award-nominated A Hologram for the King , and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , a Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir of death and adoption. He is also founder of the…

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Tayari Jones | An American Marriage with Stephanie Powell Watts | We Are Taking Only What We Need

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

Cost: FREE

Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones ‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow , The Untelling , and Leaving Atlanta , winner of the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. “One of the best writers of her generation” ( Atlanta Journal Constitution ), she currently…

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Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

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

Cost: $15.00
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Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in the Holy Water . His towering and sundry honors include a…

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Bob Roth | Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

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

Cost: $15.00
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Counting Fortune 500 CEOs, veterans with PTSD, Michael J. Fox, inner-city youth, and Oprah Winfrey among his eclectic student body, Bob Roth is one of the world’s most respected teachers of Transcendental Meditation. For more than 45 years he’s sought to lessen the emotional and…

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Brittney Cooper | Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

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

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Melanye Price , associate professor of Africana Studies, Rutgers University and author of Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African-American Public Opinion and The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race . Examining the intersections of race,…

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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. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. “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 to discover a…

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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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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 of  The Better Angels of Our Nature , Pulitzer…

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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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Tickets on sale January 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The anchorman for Noticiero Univision for more than 30 years, eight-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and columnist Juan Ramos is one of America’s most popular and influential journalists. His 10 bestselling books include The Other Face of…

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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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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 notoriously secret machinations of the ExxonMobil Corporation. A…

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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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