Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Upcoming Author Events At Philly Free Library!


Claire McCaskill | Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir  
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
The first woman from Missouri to be elected to the U.S. Senate, Claire McCaskill has championed her Show Me State constituents for more than a decade. Though she hails from a notable political family, she worked her way through law school as a waitress and labored in an era that didn't welcome women into politics. From a failed first marriage to the father of her three children, to her stint as a tough-on-crime prosecutor, to her rise to become the ranking minority member of one of the Senate's most important committees, McCaskill tells the rousing story of her uphill run toward political and personal success. 

Jay Winik | 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History
Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture  
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
Counting the last three Presidents among his fans, Jay Winik is best known for the internationally bestselling April 1865: The Month That Saved America. Already a classic among historical narratives, it later became an award-winning and widely watched History Channel documentary. He is also the author of popular and critically lauded The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, as well as a raft of articles, essays, and history reviews. 1944 offers a measured study of how the ailing but determined President faced impossible moral choices and shaped a pivotal year of war and uncertainty. 

Wendell Pierce | The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM; buy tickets online>>
Most famous for his roles as morally murky yet methodical homicide detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire and trombonist Antoine Batiste in Treme, Wendell Pierce has appeared in more than 30 films, 50 television shows, and dozens of stage productions. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for the 2013 film Four, and won a 2012 Tony Award for Best Play for his production of Clybourne Park. The Wind in the Reeds is a memoir of Pierce's New Orleans family, history, and art, and the post-Katrina reconstruction of his Pontchartrain Park neighborhood. In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition.

Beth Kephart | Love: A Philadelphia Affair   
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE   
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
"A gifted, even poetic writer" (New York Times), Beth Kephart is the author of 18 books across a wide range of genres, most notably the memoir. The award-winning Handling the Truth offers a thoughtful meditation on the questions that lie at the heart of the genre. Another memoir, A Slant of Sun, was a National Book Award finalist. A writing professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Kephart is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and the Speakeasy Poetry Prize, among other honors. From the suburbs to SEPTA to Salumeria sandwiches at the Terminal Market, Kephart's new volume of personal essays and photos is an ode to all things Philly. In conversation with Marciarose Shestack

Michael Solomonov | Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking 
Julie Dannenbaum Memorial Culinary Arts Lecture 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE   
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
Since 2008, Philadelphia foodies and gourmands from around the world have clamored for tables at Michael Solomonov's Zahav, a restaurant that has come to define the uniqueness of Israeli cuisine. The 2011 James Beard Award-winner for "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic," his many culinary coups have been recognized by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure, among other publications. He is also the owner of several other popular Philadelphia eateries, including Percy Street Barbecue, Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, and Abe Fisher. Showcasing the Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences that have found their way into Zahav's kitchen, Solomonov's new book teaches readers how to make his food their own. In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald, food editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Free Library Author Events

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