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Joe Beddia | Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia

Mon, April 24, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit Joe Beddia is the owner and chef of Philly’s own Pizzeria Beddia, named by Bon Appétit as the best pizza in America. This distinction is not surprising, considering that he devoted the last 10 years solely to the pursuit of…

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David Grann | Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Tue, April 25, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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David Grann is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z , the “brilliant…impressively researched and crafted” ( Los Angeles Times ) nonfiction tale of the deadly search for a fabled Amazonian civilization. His second book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes…

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Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant | Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy*

Wed, April 26, 2017 7:00 P.M.
Irvine Auditorium | 3401 Spruce Street | Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Cost: $35 General Admission
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Join Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a…

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David Callahan | The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

Thu, April 27, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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Blending liberalism with old values, David Callahan’s many nonfiction books include Fortunes of Change , The Moral Center , and The Cheating Culture , a “meticulously researched, thoughtful and damning look at our broken moral compass” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ). He is founder…

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Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life*

Fri, April 28, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library | 1901 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $37 General Admission
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PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT HAS MOVED TO THE FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with Buzz Bissinger , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including The New York Times…

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John Waters | Make Trouble*

Sat, April 29, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $25 General Admission
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Auditorium sold out! In-house simulcast tickets available!  Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with Jason Freeman “A greater National Treasure than 90 percent of the people who are given ‘Kennedy…

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Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

Mon, May 1, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission
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In conversation with Laura Kovacs Possessed of “a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller  Olive Kitteridge , a linked collection of narratives about a woman in coastal Maine. It…

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Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

Tue, May 2, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with Andy Kahan “A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" ( The New York Review of Books ), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day , the sequel to his bestselling 1986 novel The Sportswriter . In 2006…

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Celebrate Children's Book Week with Angela Dominguez!

Thu, May 4, 2017 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

To celebrate Children's Book Week , join guest readers and American Library Association Belpré Award winner Angela Dominguez for a Multicultural Story Time.  Other guest readers will be on hand, and every kid will get a prize!  Groups, please call 215.686.5369 to register,…

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Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

Thu, May 4, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe won instant fame for her heartbreaking portrayal of the…

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Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

Mon, May 8, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio stations throughout the world, and the internet. Her many honors…

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Jo Nesbø | The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

Tue, May 9, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø’s “maddeningly addictive” ( Vanity Fair ) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. A musician, songwriter, economist,…

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Paula Poundstone | The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

Thu, May 11, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. Paula Poundstone’s decades-long stand-up comedy career has included multiple HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two comedy albums, and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Renowned for her self-effacing wit and cheeky…

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China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Tue, May 16, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Acclaimed for his “unparalleled inventiveness” ( Chicago Tribune ), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics, novellas, short story collections, Marxist nonfiction, and essay collections. Associated with the “New Weird” writing movement,…

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Colm Tóibín | House of Names

Wed, May 17, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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“His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” ( Los Angeles Times ), Colm Tóibín is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels  The Master  (2004)…

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Lady Jane's Salon

Thu, May 18, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Fourth Floor Room 405 Visit the salon and listen to authors reading excerpts of their newest releases, followed by Q&A where you'll get the inside scoop. Bring your friends, and settle in for a night of romance reading fun! STEPHANIE JULIAN Stephanie Julian is a New York…

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Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

Thu, May 18, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Dennis Lehane’s “raw, harrowing, and unsentimental” ( Washington Post Book World ) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone ; and Live by Night , all of which have been adapted into critically acclaimed films by Clint Eastwood, Martin…

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William Hogeland | Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

Tue, May 23, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include The Whiskey Rebellion, Founding Finance , and Declaration . He has…

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Joshua Ferris | The Dinner Party with Jim Shepard | The World to Come

Wed, May 24, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Then We Came to the End , Joshua Ferris ’s “truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness” (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other works include The Unnamed and To Rise…

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