Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Coming Next Week To Philly Free Library

Charles Murray | By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission 
Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM; buy tickets online>>   
Paleoconservative political scientist, author, and pundit Charles Murray rose to prominence with Losing Ground, his controversial 1984 dissection of the ambitious U.S. social programs of the 1960s and 70s. His many other books, including The Bell Curve, Real Education, and Coming Apart, tackle topics such as socioeconomics, race and intelligence, and welfare reform. The W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, he has contributed articles to The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among other publications. In By the People, Murray argues that Americans must take back their individual freedom from a bloated and monolithic federal government.  
Vivian Gornick | The Odd Woman and the City 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 
Praised for synthesizing ambitious political ideology with intimately acute interior life, critic, journalist, and essayist Vivian Gornick is the author of eleven books, including a biography of Emma Goldman and the essay collection The Men in My Life. From 1969 to 1997 her columns in The Village Voice heralded the politics of the feminist movement, and she has since contributed articles to the New York TimesThe Nation, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other periodicals. A bookend to the landmark 1987 memoir Fierce AttachmentsThe Odd Woman and the City is a narrative collage of Gornick's meditations on friendship, urbanism, and literature.   
HW Brands | Reagan: The Life 
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 
New York Times bestselling author HW Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Franklin Roosevelt, The First American and Traitor to His Class, respectively. Ranging in topic from Aaron Burr and Andrew Jackson to the Vietnam War and Bill Gates, his more than two dozen other books "weave together keen political history with anecdote and marvelous sense of place" (The Boston Globe). He currently chairs the history department at the University of Texas at Austin. In his new biography of Ronald Reagan, Brands provides fresh perspective on the importance of the 40th President's unlikely ascension and consequential legacy.    
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General Information
Author Events are held in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, unless noted. Events generally consist of a talk by the author and a Q & A period with the audience followed by a book signing. Books are sold on-site. Seating begins 45 minutes prior to event start times. No tickets or reservations are required for Free Author Events. 

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