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Emily Bazelon | Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration

Thu, April 18, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones , “a humane and closely reported exploration” ( Wall Street Journal ) of school bullying and the empathetic steps students, parents, and teachers can take to mitigate this cruel phenomenon. A staff writer at The New York Times Magazine…

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Janny Scott | The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

Mon, April 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Bruce Weber, former obituary writer for the New York Times . Janny Scott, a 15-year reporter for The New York Times , was part of a team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She is also the author of the “meticulous” ( Washington Post )…

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Julia Alvarez | In the Time of the Butterflies: 25th Anniversary Edition

Tue, April 23, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Concepción de León , the digital staff writer for the Books desk at The New York Times . She also writes "El Espace," a news and culture column for Latino . A “one-woman cultural collision” ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ), poet,…

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Mark Bowden | The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation

Wed, April 24, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Catherine M. Recker. “One of the most intense, visceral” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books of investigative…

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Melinda Gates | The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
In conversation with John Green

Thu, April 25, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $47/$32 couple + book/single + book; $30/$24 simulcast—couple + book/single + book
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT; SIMULCAST SEATS AVAILABLE Couples Ticket Ranked by  Forbes  as the third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates has been on a 20-year mission to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through her work as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda…

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Tyler Kepner | K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

Mon, April 29, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The national baseball writer for the New York Times  since 2010, Tyler Kepner began his career as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that garnered him national attention. His first book,  The Phillies Experience: A Year-by-Year Chronicle of the Philadelphia…

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Nicole Weisensee Egan | Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad

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

Cost: FREE

A 14-year veteran crime reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News , Nicole Weisensee Egan was the first journalist to delve into Andrea Constand’s 2005 sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. As other news organizations lost interest, she dug deeper, developing sources and…

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Susan Choi | Trust Exercise: A Novel with Myla Goldberg | Feast Your Eyes

Thu, May 2, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their “nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing” ( Los Angeles Times ), Susan Choi ’s novels include the Asian American Literary Award-winning The Foreign Student ; American Woman , a finalist for…

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Indian-ish with Priya Krishna

Mon, May 6, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $30 single / $45 couple

Priya Krishna grew up eating a special kind of food. Born and Raised in Dallas, Texas by Indian immigrants, Priya’s mother Ritu cooked meals redolent of her Indian heritage, but infused with American ingredients that made for a specific kind of fusion cuisine that Priya lovingly classifies…

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Lorene Cary | Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

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

Cost: FREE

“A powerful storyteller, frankly sensual [and] mortally funny" ( New York Times ), Lorene Cary is the author of the novels Pride , The Price of a Child , If Sons, Then Heirs , and the memoir Black Ice . A senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and the…

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Susan Hockfield | The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

Wed, May 8, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution’s President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the discovery of a gene linked to the spread of brain cancer, she…

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Michael Ondaatje | Warlight: A Novel

Thu, May 9, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $25—single + book
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"Sensuous, mysterious, rhapsodic” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize and was then adapted by Anthony Minghella into an Academy Award-winning film. His many other books—replete with artistry and aesthetic that…

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Madhur Jaffrey | Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot®

Fri, May 10, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00

Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Anusha Balasubramanian. Anusha spends her days as an executive assistant at a Philadelphia investment firm, but her greatest passions are books, cooking, and her mother's idli. Lauded as the “queen of Indian…

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George Packer | Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Tue, May 14, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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George Packer won the 2013 National Book Award for The Unwinding , a biographical examination of the seismic shifts in economics and politics over the past three decades that have brought the United States to the brink. A longtime New Yorker staff writer possessed of a “far more coherent…

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Tommy Orange | There There: A Novel with Rachel Kushner | The Mars Room

Wed, May 15, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Masterful. . . . A devastating debut novel” ( The Washington Post ), Tommy Orange ’s There There has been lauded as a new American treasure by some of the country’s greatest writers and esteemed publications. A New York Times bestseller and one of its 10 Best Books of…

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David Brooks | The Second Mountain

Thu, May 16, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $48/$33 couple + book/single + book
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT; IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE Couples Ticket A “clever and insightful inspector of the American scene” ( Wall Street Journal ), David Brooks has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since 2003. A former editor and columnist at The Weekly…

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Adam Gopnik | A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

Tue, May 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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A staff writer at The New Yorker for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon , The Table Comes First , and At the Strangers’ Gate , an “elegant” memoir of his 1980s move to a peculiar New York that “effortlessly weaves in the city’s…

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Eve Ensler | The Apology

Wed, May 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

One of  Newsweek ’s “150 Women Who Shake the World” and the Guardian ’s “Top 100 Women,” Tony Award–winning playwright Eve Ensler is a performer, activist, and author. Her phenomenon  The Vagina Monologues  has been…

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John Waters | Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

Thu, May 23, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $47/$32 couple + book/single + book

Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Jason Freeman John Waters’s transgressive movies include  Pink Flamingos ,  Hairspray ,  Cry-Baby ,  Serial Mom , and  Cecil B. Demented . He is also the author of  Shock Value , …

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Watermelon: A Celebration of Summer with Ronna Welsh

Thu, May 30, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $30 single / $45 couple

Ronna Welsh has been a professional cook for over 20 years. She has worked as an executive chef, pastry chef, consulting chef, and recipe developer for Saveur, Whole Living Magazine, Bon Appetit Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and many others. As the owner and founder…

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