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VIRTUAL - Shankar Vedantam | Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

Tue, March 9, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $33.00-Book with Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE In conversation with Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals , Give and Take , and most recently Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know Shankar Vedantam is the author of the New York Times  bestseller  The Hidden Brain , a combination of…

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VIRTUAL - Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane | Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son

Wed, March 10, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

Register Here PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT HAS MOVED FROM 2/17/21 to 3/10/21. ALL PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. In conversation with Action News anchor, Jim Gardner On the eve of the biggest professional risk of her life—running for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of…

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VIRTUAL - Hala Alyan | The Arsonists’ City

Tue, March 16, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Alix Gerz, Vice President of Communications, Free Library of Philadelphia Hala Alyan’s novel  Salt Houses , a “heart-wrenching, lyrical and timely” ( Dallas Morning News ) study of three generations in a Palestinian family, won the…

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Monday Poets| Maya Pindyck and Julia Kolchinksy Dasbach

Mon, March 22, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

  Join us for an evening of contemporary poetry from two poets we are excited to introduce to you through the Monday Poets series which began 26 years ago in the Literature Department.  This event is free but please register at  …

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VIRTUAL - Don Lemon | This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism

Mon, March 22, 2021 6:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $33.00-Book with Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE America’s sole Black primetime news anchor, Don Lemon has hosted  CNN Tonight  since 2014. Before joining the respected cable network in 2006, he worked for NBC News and MSNBC, and earlier in his career as a reporter and anchor in Birmingham,…

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VIRTUAL - Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Committed

Tue, March 23, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $5.00-Ticket or $32.00-Book with ticket and signed book plate

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE In conversation with Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh , The Queen of the Night , and How To Write An Autobiographical Novel , and associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for …

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VIRTUAL - Kate Masur | Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Thu, March 25, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Kate Masur is the author of  An Example for All the Land , a Lincoln Prize finalist that examined Washington, D.C.’s role as a 19th century laboratory for civil…

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Virtual - Deborah Willis | The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship

Tue, March 30, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Deborah Willis, Ph.D. , is the author of  Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present ; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present ; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs , among other books. University…

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RESCHEDULED - Walter Isaacson | The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Wed, March 31, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $10.00-Ticket or $35.00-Book-with-Ticket

PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT HAS MOVED FROM 3/31/21 to 4/6/21 . ALL PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. Pine Tree Foundation Lecture “A renaissance man…driven by a joyful desiredrive to discover” ( The Times of London ), Walter Isaacson is the author of…

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VIRTUAL - Reem Kassis | The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World

Mon, April 5, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Deb Perelman Reem Kassis is the author of  The Palestinian Table , a guide to Middle Eastern cooking woven together through recipes, regional history, and three generations of family traditions. Praised by fellow Philadelphian Michael Solomonov as…

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Virtual - Walter Isaacson | The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Tue, April 6, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $10.00-Ticket or $35.00-Book-with-Ticket

PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT HAS MOVED FROM 3/31/21 to 4/6/21. ALL PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Pine Tree Foundation Lecture “A renaissance man…driven by a joyful desiredrive to discover” ( The Times of London ), Walter Isaacson…

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VIRTUAL - Quiara Alegría Hudes | My Broken Language

Wed, April 7, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Quiara Alegría Hudes won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play  Water by the Spoonful , a story of “shimmering, sustaining warmth” ( New York Times ) that follows an Iraq War veteran struggling for purchase after returning home. She also…

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VIRTUAL - Richard Thompson | Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

Thu, April 8, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $33.00-Signed Book with Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with musician, novelist, and teacher Wesley Stace “One of rock’s MVPs since the mid-Sixties” ( Rolling Stone ), Richard Thompson is a beloved singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His prolific body of work includes 18 solo studio albums, eight…

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Virtual - Blake Bailey | Philip Roth: The Biography

Mon, April 12, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Border , The Force ,  The Cartel, Power of the Dog , Savages,  and  Broken , his new collection of six short novels. Blake Bailey is acclaimed for his “meticulously researched,…

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VIRTUAL - Phillip Lopate | The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945-1970

Thu, April 15, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with novelist, screenwriter, and creative writing teacher Max Apple Phillip Lopate’s “observant, elegiac, and far-reaching” ( New York Times ) essay collections include Bachelorhood , Against Joie de Vivre , and Portrait Inside My Head . His…

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VIRTUAL - Larry Krasner | For the People: A Story of Justice and Power 

Tue, April 20, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Winning on a platform of prison reform in a city notorious for its high incarceration rates, Larry Krasner was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia in 2018 with more than 50% of the vote. He worked as a public defender and civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia for more than…

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VIRTUAL - Natalie Diaz | Postcolonial Love Poem with Denice Frohman

Wed, April 21, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec , an “ambitious . . . beautiful” ( New York Times ) American Book Award–winning poetry collection that ruminates on her sibling’s drug addiction. A former professional basketball player, an enrolled…

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VIRTUAL - Rickie Lee Jones | Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour

Thu, April 22, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $33.00-Book with Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture In conversation with singer, songwriter, and novelist Wesley Stace Acclaimed for “her hauntingly beautiful voice and fearless experimentation” (NPR), singer–-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has remained one of music’s…

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VIRTUAL - Senator Mazie K. Hirono | Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story

Mon, April 26, 2021 6:00 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: $10.00-Ticket or $33.00-Book with Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE A “hero on the left” ( Washington Post ) for her vocal support of progressive legislation and issues, Mazie K. Hirono is the only immigrant and the first Asian American woman in the United States Senate. Hawaii’s junior Senator since 2013, she…

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Virtual - Paul Farmer | Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Tue, April 27, 2021 7:30 P.M.
Virtual

Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Dr. Steven Larson, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Acclaimed for his “exceptional empathy and care” ( Boston Globe ) as a physician,…

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