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Susan Orlean | The Library Book

Thu, November 14, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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A staff writer for the New Yorker  since 1992, Susan Orlean won wide acclaim for the 1998  New York Times bestseller The Orchid Thief , the story of a renegade Florida swamp plant poacher that was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film by Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze.…

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Becoming Philadelphia: Tina Chang

Sat, November 16, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Cost: FREE

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia and First Person Arts for a festival series of poetry readings and story circles that lift up stories of migration and put storytelling at the heart of the library. Hear some of the most dynamic poets of our day explore what it means to leave one home to…

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Jon Dorenbos | Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery

Mon, November 18, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with Larry Platt, co-founder/co-executive director of The Philadelphia Citizen and former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Magazine and co-author of Life is Magic Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos played in two Pro Bowls and had an illustrious…

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Jeanine Basinger | The Movie Musical!

Tue, November 19, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with Carrie Rickey, former film critic for the Inquirer Mentor to some of contemporary cinema’s top directors (Joss Whedon and Michael Bay) and founder of the department of film studies at Wesleyan University, Jeanine Basinger built the program into one of the best in the…

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Deirdre Bair | Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me

Thu, November 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Deirdre Bair won the National Book Award for her “blockbuster biography” of Samuel Beckett, “the best introduction to an enigmatic giant of 20th-century literature” ( Christian Science Monitor ). Her other acclaimed biographies include portraits of Simone de Beauvoir,…

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Rashid Khalidi | The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917 – 2017

Mon, November 25, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and editor of the  Journal of Palestine Studies , Rashid Khalidi is one of the world’s leading historians of the Middle East. Among his many books are Palestinian Identity ,  Brokers of Deceit…

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Ronan Farrow | Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Tue, November 26, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $34.00 with book
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simlucast tickets on sale New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, a National Magazine Award, and a George Polk Award for his “indefatigable and imaginative” ( Globe and Mail ) reportage of some of the most important…

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André Aciman | Find Me

Tue, December 3, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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In conversation with Gary Kramer, a writer and film critic based in Philadelphia André Aciman is the author of the nationwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name , a novel that chronicles the bittersweet love story of a teenage boy and the young academic staying at his family’s mansion…

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William D. Cohan | Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short

Thu, December 5, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

William D. Cohan is the bestselling author of The Last Tycoons , an inside history of Lazard Frères & Co., one of the country’s most venerable investment banks. A former longtime Wall Street mergers and acquisitions banker, the topics of his other books range from the financial…

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Salman Rushdie | Quichotte

Tue, December 10, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00; $34.00 with book
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Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets still available In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace “One of the major literary voices of our time” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Salman Rushdie is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The…

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Elaine Sciolino | The Seine: The River That Made Paris

Thu, December 12, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

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A former Paris bureau chief and contributing writer for the New York Times , Elaine Sciolino is acclaimed for her “deliciously detailed and smart” ( Vogue ) chronicles of French culture and history. Her books include the bestsellers The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des…

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