Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Upcoming Speakers At Philly Free Library!

Just Confirmed!
Michael Oren |
 Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM; 
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 American-born Michael Oren is a "brilliant, lucid" (Washington Post Book World) Middle East historian and was Israel's ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He is the author of the bestselling Power, Faith and Fantasyand Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, winner of the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award. A former visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, Tel Aviv, and Hebrew Universities, Oren is a frequent commentator across a wide spectrum of media outlets. This year he was elected to Israel's national legislature, the Knesset.Ally tells the story of Oren's unique trajectory and how it has enabled him to bridge the gaps between the two countries he loves.  
Jonathan Galassi | Muse  
with Ken Kalfus |
 Coup de Foudre 
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE 

No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341   
In addition to being the President and Publisher of major publishing house Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Jonathan Galassi is the author of the acclaimed poetry collections Left-Handed, North Street, and Morning Run, and is also a poetry critic and translator. Galassi is a former Guggenheim Fellow and Paris Review poetry editor, and his debut novel is the story of a decades-long publishing feud.

"Sophisticated, suspenseful, and entertaining" (Philadelphia Inquirer), Ken Kalfus is the author of the story collections Thirst and PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. His novels include The Commissariat of Enlightenment, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country--a National Book Award nominee, andEquilateral. In Coup de Foudre, Kalfus riffs on current events with the story of an international banker accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid.  
Lou Ureneck | The Great Fire 
 Aline Ohanesian | Orhan's Inheritance 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 
Lou Ureneck is the author of Backcast, a memoir of fishing and fatherhood that won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award. His follow-up, Cabin, is a Thoreau-esque mediation on construction in the Maine wilderness. The former deputy managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ureneck teaches journalism at Boston University. The Great Fire tells the true story of a conscientious American naval officer who rescued more than a quarter-million refugees during the Armenian genocide.  
Aline Ohanesian's debut novel, Orhan's Inheritance, is the  time-hopping tale of a brilliant Turkish rugmaker's grandson and the mysterious elderly woman he travels to Los Angeles to meet in order reconcile his family's dark past.  It was a finalist for the PEN Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction and has been translated into several languages. Ohanesian's essays have been published inPublisher's Weekly and Glimmer Train, among other places.   
Steve Inskeep | Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab 
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 
Steve Inskeep is the co-host of NPR'sMorning Edition, the highest-rated news program on radio. Aspiring to "slow down the news," he is known for the breadth of his interview subjects and the globe-spanning locales from which he has reported. An NPR reporter since 1996, he was formerly host of Weekend All Things Considered. A recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award and the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence, Inskeep is the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi. His new book tells the story of two leaders, both heroic yet diametrically opposed, locked in a struggle that tested our nascent democracy.    

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