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Billy Bragg | The Three Dimensions of Freedom

Mon, September 23, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Ian Zolitor Legendary English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg’s more than 40-year musical career melds facets of folk, punk, and protest music with political and romantic themes. Some of his most famous works include Brewing Up with Billy Bragg , Don’t Try This at…

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Ann Patchett | The Dutch House

Tue, September 24, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $47/$32 - two seats + book/seat + book

SOLD OUT! BUT--you can still buy tickets for Ann Patchett's event with the Open Book Bookstore “Exquisite” and “impossible to put down” ( New York Times ), Ann Patchett’s many novels include the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning Bel Canto , the  New…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Water Dancer

Wed, September 25, 2019 8:00 P.M.
Irvine Auditorium | 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $30 - $60 book included with ticket
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In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom ( Two seats + one book option ) Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for  Between the World and Me , a “searing meditation on what it means to be black in…

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Malcolm Gladwell | Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know

Thu, September 26, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Irvine Auditorium | 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $30 - $60 book included with ticket

EVENT SOLD OUT! With “an uncanny ability to simplify without being simplistic” ( Seattle Times ), Malcolm Gladwell synthesizes academic research and critical analysis with engaging prose and relatable anecdotes to fashion surprisingly counterintuitive conclusions about our everyday…

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Gabby Rivera | Juliet Takes a Breath

Fri, September 27, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak, Shout, Fever 1793, and the Seeds of America trilogy The first Latina to write for Marvel comics, Gabby Rivera created the popular AMERICA series, featuring the eponymous multiverse-hopping superpowered queer Latina dynamo…

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Imani Perry | Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Wed, October 2, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Dr. Imani Perry is the author of Looking for Lorraine , a work of “masterly syntheses of research and analysis” ( New York Times Book Review ) of the life of Lorraine Hansberry, the author of  A Raisin…

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Chris Ware | Rusty Brown with Chip Kidd | Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Marvel

Thu, October 3, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Pushing “the form of comics into unexpected formal and emotional territory” ( Chicago Tribune ), Chris Ware ’s graphic novel  Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth  won the Guardian First Book Award, the first time a work in that genre won a major United…

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Richard Vague | A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises

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

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Joe Torsella, State Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Venture capitalist and longtime Philadelphia-area philanthropist Richard Vague serves on the Penn Medicine board, is Chairman of the University of Pennsylvania Press, and is the president of the Philadelphia…

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Debbie Harry | CANCELED | ALL TICKETS AND FEES WILL BE REFUNDED

Tue, October 8, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 3680 Walnut Street

Cost: $46 Orchestra/$44 Balcony - pre-signed book included with ticket

EVENT CANCELED Debbie Harry in conversation with Blondie co-founder and renowned photographer Chris Stein, and multidisciplinary artist and director, Rob Roth—accompanied by a visual presentation. Debbie Harry is an acclaimed musician, actor, and style icon. As the frontwoman for the…

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Cleo Wade | Where to Begin

Tue, October 8, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $26 - book included with ticket-advance purchase recommended

Join the Free Library's Authors Up Close series for a reading and book signing by bestselling author Cleo Wade, as she reads from her new book:  Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World. Cleo Wade is an artist and poet. Her work…

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Susan Rice | Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

Thu, October 10, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $35.00 with book
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In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 and President Obama’s national security advisor from 2013 to 2017, Susan Rice has been at the forefront of some of the 21st century’s most…

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Galactic Philadelphia Speculative Fiction Reading Series | Anna Kashina and Alex Shvartsman

Tue, October 15, 2019 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

First Floor Heim Center - Room 131 Anna Kashina is inspired by her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning Majat Code series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval…

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Tim O’Brien | Dad’s Maybe Book

Tue, October 15, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $47/$32 - two seats + book/seat + book
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In conversation with Andy Kahan, director, author events “As good as any piece of literature can get” ( Chicago Sun Times ), Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and stands as perhaps the…

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Bill Bryson | The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Wed, October 16, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $50/$35 - two seats + book/seat + book
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets available Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of the wiseacre travelogues  A Walk in the Woods  and  I’m a Stranger Here Myself . His other strolls through language, the history of science, his adopted British homeland, and…

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Adam Rippon | Beautiful on the Outside

Thu, October 17, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $34.00 with book
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In conversation with award-winning broadcaster, Tracey Matisak The first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a winter Olympics medal, Adam Rippon earned bronze as part of the figure skating team event at the 2018 games. He was also the winner of the 2016 U.S. National Championships and the 2010…

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Hoda Kotb | I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By

Fri, October 18, 2019 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $29--book included with ticket
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The co-anchor of the flagship hour of the venerable Today show, Hoda Kotb has also been a Dateline correspondent for the past 21 years. Her New York Times –bestselling books include Ten Years Later and Hoda , and the children’s books I’ve Loved You Since Forever and You Are My…

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Patti Smith | Year of the Monkey

Mon, October 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.

Cost: $44 Orchestra/$42 Balcony - book included with ticket
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Patti Smith—dubbed the “punk poet laureate”—won a 2010 National Book Award for  Just Kids , a “moving portrait of the artist as a young woman” ( Los Angeles Times ). Her 1975 debut album,  Horses , is often cited as one of the greatest in music…

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Jeanette Winterson | Frankissstein

Tue, October 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Jeanette Winterson burst onto the literary landscape at the age of 25 when she published the semi-autobiographical Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit , the coming-of-age tale of a young lesbian rebelling against her conservative English Pentecostal upbringing.  Winterson is also the author of…

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James B. Stewart | Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law

Wed, October 23, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Tickets on sale Wednesday September 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist James B. Stewart is the author of the number-one New York Times bestseller Den of Thieves , the story of the most notorious insider-trading ring in financial history; DisneyWar , the boardroom…

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Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton | Atlas Obscura | 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

Thu, October 24, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $38.00 with book
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The bestselling Atlas Obscura garnered popular acclaim in 2016 as a joyous plunge into some of Earth’s weirdest and most mysterious places. Replete with rigorous research, lavish charts and illustrations, and brisk writing, a revised and updated second edition treats readers to 120 new…

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