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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

Cost: $15.00
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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

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 Cook’s Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking won the 2016 James Beard Book…

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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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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. “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…

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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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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. 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…

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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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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE 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…

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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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Meet the Authors | Natalie and Tricia Pompilio

Wed, October 18, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Cost: FREE

Authors Natalie and Tricia Pompilio will discuss their new book, Walking Philadelphia:  30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History and Little-Known Gems.  This book contains 30 self-guided tours, each jammed with fun facts, history lessons and little-known details.…

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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

National Book Award nominee and 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…

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Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour | 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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Alice McDermott | The Ninth Hour

Mon, October 23, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00, $32 optional single ticket + book
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Pulling the delicate threads of “fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief” ( The Washington Post ), Alice McDermott’s acclaimed fiction explores intersecting stories of familial love, Irish American culture and assimilation, and the…

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Simon Schama | The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900

Tue, October 24, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large,The Chronicle of Higher Education  Lauded historian Simon Schama is the author of The Embarrassment of Riches; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble ; and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner  Rough Crossings , an account…

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Juan González | Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities

Thu, October 26, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Nermeen Shaikh , co-Host and Producer at Democracy Now! Ms. Shaikh is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power and has an M.Phil. in politics from Cambridge University. Juan González frequently co-hosts Democracy Now! with Amy…

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John Hodgman | Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Fri, October 27, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $30.00 book w/ticket option
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In conversation with Mary Richardson Graham John Hodgman played the role of “PC” in the Apple vs. PC commercials, served alternately as the “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, adjudicates vital disputes such as…

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Jennifer Weiner | Little Bigfoot, Big City

Sat, October 28, 2017 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Jennifer Weiner is the “funny, fierce, feisty” ( Glamour ) no. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that dive headlong into the ups and downs of relationships, careers, and family dynamics. With 11 million copies in print in 36 countries, her…

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