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Janet Benton | Lilli de Jong

Mon, June 5, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions. Janet Benton’s writing has appeared in some of America’s most prestigious periodicals and literary journals, including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer , and Glimmer…

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Sam Calagione with Patrick E. McGovern | Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created

Tue, June 6, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Sam Calagione is a beer expert and founder of Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America’s fastest growing independent breweries. The star of the Discovery Channel program Brew Masters , he was a Small Business Association Businessman of the Year and a 2010 Huffington Post…

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Kevin Hart | I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons

Wed, June 7, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Lew Klein Hall at Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122

Cost: $40 General Admission

Tickets on sale May 5 at 10:00 a.m. here. Cost = $40 - $55.00 and includes a pre-signed copy of the book. In conversation with Quincy Harris, host of The Q on Fox 29 Kevin Hart’s stand-up comedy tours Let Me Explain, What Now? , and Laugh at My Pain have packed arenas and football stadiums…

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Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

Thu, June 8, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homecoming , a multigenerational tale that “brims with compassion” ( NPR Books ), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was a New York Times bestseller and 2016 Notable Book…

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Patricia Lockwood | Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Tue, June 13, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Patricia Lockwood, “The Poet Laureate of Twitter” (unofficial), is the author of 2014’s groundbreaking Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals , a book of obscene, angry, funny verse that “is unforgettable, literally: once read, it cannot be forgotten” ( NPR…

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The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876

Wed, June 14, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Cost: FREE

Author Dr. Elizabeth Milroy will discuss her book The Grid and the River:  Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876.  Making use of a wealth of primary source materials, Dr. Milroy offers new insights into the city's political cultural development and documents how changing…

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The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876

Wed, June 14, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Cost: FREE

Author Dr. Elizabeth Milroy will discuss her book The Grid and the River:  Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876.  Making use of a wealth of primary source materials, Dr. Milroy offers new insights into the city's political cultural development and documents how changing attitudes…

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David Baron | American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

Thu, June 15, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

As NPR’s science correspondent, David Baron received awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many other organizations. He is the author of 2005’s The Beast in the Garden , the…

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Richard Russo | Everybody’s Fool and Trajectory

Tue, June 20, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel Empire Falls , Richard Russo is acclaimed for capturing the “foolishness of this lonely world, but also the humor, friendship and love that abide” ( San Francisco Chronicle ). His many other novels include Bridge of Sighs, That Old Cape…

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Sherman Alexie | You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

Thu, June 22, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Sherman Alexie is acclaimed for prose that “startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-to-anticipate moves” ( The Boston Globe ). His books include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , winner of the National Book Award; the interconnected short-story collections…

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Harvey Sachs | Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

Tue, June 27, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Music historian Harvey Sachs’s many books include The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 , a biography of Arthur Rubenstein, and two collections of essays on musical subjects. He has written for dozens of newspapers, magazines, and literary journals—including The New York Times…

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Zinzi Clemmons | What We Lose

Thu, July 13, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor for Literary Hub , Zinzi Clemmons has had work published in a variety of literary magazines, including Zoetrope: All Story, The Paris Review Daily , and Transition . Raised in Philadelphia to a South African mother and…

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Kevin Hearne | Besieged with Chuck Wendig | Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy and Fran Wilde | Updraft

Fri, July 14, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with Dena Heilek Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles, the ancient-Celtic-meets-contemporary-mayhem action-adventure series featuring 2,000-year-old Atticus O’Sullivan. In his latest adventure, the immortal Irishman dodges traps…

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Lawrence Wright | The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State

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

Cost: FREE

A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker , Lawrence Wright won the Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower , a “wrenchingly intimate and boldly sweeping” (The New York Times ) narrative that explains the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the intelligence mistakes that led to the 9/11…

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