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 • 10/03/22: IN-PERSON - Vladimir Sorokin and Max Lawton Telluria and Their Four Hearts - Parkway Central Library
    

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In conversation with Mark Krotov publisher and editor of n 1

Vladimir Sorokin is one of contemporary Russian literature's most popular writers. Banned by the Soviet Union his numerous novels include The Queue The Blizzard Day of the Oprichnik and the controversial Blue Lard. His work also includes several screenplays plays short story collections art exhibitions and an opera libretto and his writing has been translated into more than 30 languages. The subject of a 2019 documentary and famed for his outspoken criticism of Vladimir Putin's government Sorokin has earned an O. Henry Award the Andrei Bely Award for outstanding contributions to Russian literature and a nomination for the Russian Booker Prize. His latest novel Telluria imagines a fractured future in which a holy war between Europe and Islam has sent the world spiraling into a state of feudalism and disarray.

Max Lawton has translated eight of Sorokin's novels and has translated his stories for n 1 and The New Yorker. The recipient of the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship for the University of Oxford he is also a novelist and musician.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic please visit our website before all events to find the latest guidance about mask requirements.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books
Ticket price includes processing fees

10/03/22 7:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/05/22: IN PERSON - Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan Mad Honey - Parkway Central Library
    

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In conversation with Jo Piazza

A "quite prescient and worthwhile" writer who "understands her characters inside and out" (The New York Times Book Review) Jodi Picoult has authored many No. 1 bestsellers that are renowned for combining controversial topics with nuanced characters and precise descriptions of suburbia's fraught reality. Her 28 novels include House Rules Handle with Care Wish You Were Here Nineteen Minutes My Sister#39;s Keeper and Small Great Things as well as the young adult novel Between the Lines co-written with her daughter Samantha van Leer.

The author of more than a dozen books Jennifer Finney Boylan achieved great literary success in 2003 with her critically acclaimed memoir She's Not There the first bestselling book by a transgender American. Her other works include You Are You Long Black Veil and I'm Looking Through You a memoir about her upbringing in a dilapidated mansion on Philadelphia's Main Line. Currently the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a trustee of PEN America Boylan is a former longtime national co-chair of GLAAD.

In their first collaborative novel Picoult and Boylan tell the story of a woman who flees with her son to her sleepy New Hampshire hometown only to face the possibility that the teenager shares his father's explosive tendencies.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic please visit our website before all events to find the latest guidance about mask requirements.
You will collect your pre-signed book as you enter the auditorium.
There will not be a public book signing.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books
Ticket price includes processing fees.

10/05/22 7:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/06/22: IN-PERSON - Yiyun Li The Book of Goose with Elizabeth McCracken The Hero of this Book - Parkway Central Library
    

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Yiyun Li's "remarkable" (The Washington Post) debut fiction collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Guardian First Book Award. Her other work includes the novel The Vagrants the story collection Gold Boy Emerald Girl and the memoir Dear Friend from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Guggenheim Fellowship and the Windham-Campbell Prize Li teaches writing at Princeton University and is a contributing editor for A Public Space. A story of obsession and friendship her new novel follows a woman's mental journey back to the war-ravaged French village of her youth.

Acclaimed for their "moments of joy and pure magic" (Los Angeles Times) Elizabeth McCracken's seven books include Bowlaway The Giant's House Thunderstruck Other Stories and The Souvenir Museum a story collection that was longlisted for the National Book Award. A former faculty member at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin McCracken has earned the PEN New England Award three Pushcart Prizes and an O. Henry Prize among other honors. Her latest novel finds a woman wrestling with grief history and her craft as she takes a trip to her recently departed mother's favorite city.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic please visit our website before all events to find the latest guidance about mask requirements.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books

10/06/22 7:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/07/22: IN-PERSON - Celeste Ng Our Missing Hearts - Academy of Natural Sciences | 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    

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Venue: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

In conversation with Anthony Marra

Writing "with the wisdom of a hundred lives lived" (Harper's Bazaar) Celeste Ng is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling novels Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere the latter of which was adapted into a critically acclaimed Hulu series. Ng's work has been published in over 30 languages and she has received National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation fellowships along with winning a Pushcart Prize and the Amazon Book of the Year Award. In her latest novel Ng tells the tale of a nightmarish near-future in which a Chinese American boy navigates an underground network of librarians in search of his mother and her banned poetry.

Anthony Marra is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena winner of the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and longlisted for the National Book Award. His newest novel is Mercury Pictures Presents.

COVID PROTOCOL: MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THIS EVENT AND SIGNING.
Books will be available for purchase at the Academy on event night.
If you purchase a book in advance you will collect it as you enter the auditorium.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books
Ticket price includes processing fees

10/07/22 7:30 P.M. - Academy of Natural Sciences | 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway >> read more or comment


 • 10/10/22: IN-PERSON - Ada Limn The Hurting Kind - Parkway Central Library
    

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The 24th United States Poet Laureate Ada Limoacute;n is acclaimed for her explorations of the "frightening mysteries and hopeful uncertainties of the everyday" (The New York Times Book Review). Her many poetry collections include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Carrying; Bright Dead Things a finalist for the National Book Award; and Big Fake World winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize. The host of American Public Media's podcast The Slowdown Limoacute;n has contributed poems to The New Yorker American Poetry Review and the Harvard Review among many other publications. The Hurting Kind is a collection of verse that ponders the filaments of joy loss and hope that connect us all.

MASKS MUST BE WORN DURING THE EVENT AND SIGNING
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books
Ticket price includes processing fees

10/10/22 7:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/11/22: Author Visit: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow - Parkway Central Library
    

Join award-winning author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow for a very special Storytime in Sister Cities Park (near 18th St. Bejamin Franklin Parkway)! She will read aloud from two of her books and offer dance/movement and sensory activities.

In case of bad weather this program will be held in the library#39;s auditorium on the ground floor near the Children#39;s Department.

10/11/22 10:30 A.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/11/22: IN-PERSON - Ruha Benjamin Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want - Parkway Central Library
    

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In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill

Ruha Benjamin is the author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code a "galvanizing" and "inventive and wide-ranging" (The Nation) study at how new technologies reinforce social inequities. Also the author of many scholarly publications she is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University where she is the founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab. Benjamin's work has been featured in The New York Times The Guardian CNN The Root and Vox among numerous other media outlets. Part manifesto part memoir Viral Justice offers a pragmatic yet poetic framework to understand the ways in which our minor everyday choices can add up to larger societal growth.

The Steve Charles Chair in Media Cities and Solutions at Temple University Marc Lamont Hill is the host of BET News and the Coffee and Books podcast. The recipient of honors from the National Association of Black Journalists GLAAD and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences he is the author of six books including Beats Rhymes and Classroom Life; Nobody: Casualties of America#39;s War on the Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic please visit our website before all events to find the latest guidance about mask requirements.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books

10/11/22 7:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/12/22: IN-PERSON - Saidiya Hartman and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Scenes of Subjection: Terror Slavery and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America - Parkway Central Library
    

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One of academia's leading authorities on African American literature enslavement gender studies and the ways in which marginalized people are excluded in historical narratives Saidiya Hartman is a University Professor at Columbia University. Her works include Wayward Lives Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals; Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route; and numerous essays on feminism film and photography. Currently a member of the editorial board at Callaloo and a MacArthur fellow Hartman has earned Fulbright Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships. A revised and updated edition of her "audacious" and "provocative" (The Nation) 1997 historical exploration of the lives of several Black women in Harlem and Philadelphia in the 1890s Scenes of Subjection seeks to turn away from the "terrible spectacle" and toward the forms of routine terror and quotidian violence characteristic of slavery illuminating the intertwining of injury subjugation and selfhood even in abolitionist depictions of enslavement.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her books include From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation How We Get Free and Race for Profit a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in history. A guest on such outlets as Democracy Now! The Intercept and All Things Considered she has contributed opinion pieces to The New York Times The Guardian and The Paris Review among many other periodicals.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic please visit our website before all events to find the latest guidance about mask requirements.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books

10/12/22 7:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/13/22: IN-PERSON - Reza Aslan An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville - Parkway Central Library
    

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Religion scholar Reza Aslan is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Zealot "a lucid intelligent page-turner" (Los Angeles Times) that sifts through centuries of mythmaking to present a clear account of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. His other books include No god but God: The Origins Evolution and Future of Islam a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award and selected as the best book of the year by the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times; How to Win a Cosmic War: Confronting Radical Religions; and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age. A professor of creative writing at the University of California Aslan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the host and executive producer of the television program Rough Draft with Reza Aslan and CNN's documentary series Believer. His new book recounts the story of a U.S. missionary who fought for democracy in early 20th century Iran.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic please visit our website before all events to find the latest guidance about mask requirements.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie#39;s Coffee and Books

10/13/22 7:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment


 • 10/17/22: Virtual Monday Poets: Liz Chang and Charles Carr - Parkway Central Library
    

Join us for an evening of beautiful poetry by two stellar poets Liz Chang and Charles Carr. This vIrtual event is free please register at https://mondaypoets.eventbrite.com. You will receive a zoom link the day of the the event.

Liz Chang was 2012 Montgomery County Poet Laureate in Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily Rock Sling Origins Journal Breakwater Review and Stoneboat Literary Journal among others. Her chapbook Museum of Things is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in early 2023. Her creative nonfiction recently appeared in Oyster River Pages and her flash fiction has been published internationally. Chang's translation of Claude de Burine's work is anthologized in Paris in Our View from l'Association des Amis de Shakespeare Company.

Charles Carr is a native Philadelphian. Charles was educated at LaSalle and Bryn Mawr College where he earned a Masters in American History. Charles has worked in social and community development services for 45 years. Charles has also been active in raising funds for various missions and organizations serving the poorest of the poor In Haiti. In 2007 Charles was The Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner for his poem "Waiting To Come North". In 2009 Cradle Press of St. Louis published Charles#39;s first book of poetry: paradise pennsylvania. In January of this year Haitian Mud Pies And Other Poems published by The Moonstone Arts Center was released. Charles' poems have been published in various print and on-line local and national poetry journals. Charles is host of Philly Loves Poetry a collaborative live broadcast on the first Tuesday of the month. For five years hosted a Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie's Pub on the second Wednesday of each month. In September 26th 2013 Charles read poems in honor of the international 100000 Poets For Peace at The Garden of Remembrance in Dublin Ireland.

10/17/22 6:30 P.M. - Parkway Central Library >> read more or comment



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