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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Philly Free Library: Upcoming Author Events!
Lisa Randall | Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
One of the world's most influential theoretical physicists, Lisa Randall is best known for her research on particle physics and cosmology, and for co-creating the Randall-Sundrum model, an elegant and complex extra-dimensional theory of the universe. The Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard, she was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Esquire's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century." Randall is the author the New York Times Notable Books Knocking on Heaven's Door and Warped Passages. In her new book, she applies her knowledge of our cosmic neighborhood to a reasoned theory of the cataclysm that killed three-quarters of all species on earth.
Perhaps Britain's best-known scholar of antiquity, Mary Beard is a University of Cambridge classicist, a fellow of Newnham College, and a Royal Academy of the Arts professor of ancient literature. Some of her seminal works include Rome in the Late Republic, The Parthenon, and The Fires of Vesuvius, a "marvelous excavation" (The Nation) of life in Pompeii before its volcanic destruction. Beard is also the classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement, where her column "A Don's Life" regularly appears. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she has written and presented several BBC historical documentaries. Charting its evolution from insignificant village to sprawling metropolis, S.P.Q.R. offers a comprehensive thousand-year look at history's greatest empire.
Exploring family sagas and themes of love, war, and politics, Isabel Allende's historical fiction "rearranges reality with a blend of memories, mysticism and imagination" (Philadelphia Inquirer). The recipient of 50 awards in more than a dozen countries, she is also the creator of an eponymous foundation dedicated to empowering women and girls worldwide. Allende's first international bestseller The House of the Spirits was adapted into a feature film starring Meryl Streep. Her other novels include the New York Times bestsellers Inés of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, Daughter of Fortune, and Maya's Notebook. The Japanese Lover tells an epic story of young love, internment, and redemption amidst the cruelties of World War II. A pre-signed copy of the book accompanies each auditorium ticket. There will not be a book signing after the event. Simulcast tickets do not include a book.
Author, journalist, screenwriter, and broadcasting personality Mitch Albom is best known for the phenomenon that is Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His debut novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, sold an only slightly more modest 10 million copies in 35 languages. His other books include Have a Little Faith and The Time Keeper. Before this success, Albom was a syndicated columnist with the Detroit Free Press, enjoying acclaim as an award-winning sportswriter. He is a tireless presence in the charities he has founded in Detroit and Haiti. A novel about the magic of music, his new book tells the story of the greatest guitarist to ever live.
35th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Presents:
A Very Semi-Serious Evening with Roz Chast
Saturday, November 14 | 7:30 pm | The Gershman Y
Featuring PJFF's Centerpiece Screening of
Very Semi-Serious directed by Leah Wolchok, which provides a window into the quirky and endearing world of The New Yorker's iconic cartoonists. After the screening, Roz Chast will present images from Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, participate in an audience Q&A, and sign books (three different books will be on sale). All ticket holders who purchase or bring a book for Roz to sign are invited to a complimentary book reception with food and drinks. To purchase tickets, click here. Watch trailer.
Free Library Author Events
Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Director, Author Events