Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Upcoming Speakers: Philadelphia Free Library

Speaker Series programs are at the Main Library
on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway unless otherwise noted.

Donna Leon | The Waters of Eternal Youth     
Change of Venue to: Moore College of Art & Design 
20th Street and The Parkway 
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE   
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 

The internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery novels of "brilliant writer" (New York Times Book Review) Donna Leon contain "crime writing of the highest order: powerful, relevant and all too full of human failings" (The Guardian). Her inspector has been called on to investigate many mysteries, from dreadful to minor crimes, in more than two dozen books that provide vivid portraits of Venice. In her new novel, Brunetti is drawn into a case involving a near drowning and a wealthy and aristocratic grandmother.  
Co-sponsored by: Moore College of Art & Design

Barbara Bradley Hagerty | Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife  
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 

Journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty was an NPR reporter for nearly 20 years, first covering the Justice Department and later becoming the network's religion correspondent. Mapping the intersections of faith, politics, law, science, and culture, she twice received the American Women in Radio and Television Award, was selected for a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion, and attended Yale Law School on a Knight Fellowship. Her New York Times bestseller Fingerprints of God explores the scientific discoveries about the ways faith affects our brains. Her new book uses emerging information from neurology, genetics, sociology-as well as her own story-to reimagine the possibilities, purposes, and pleasures of middle age.
One Book, One Philadelphia Finale Featuring Edward Ball, Paul Beatty, Lorene Cary, Valerie Still and a Performance by Udi Bar-David  Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-814-3514 

Authors whose works explore the legacy of slavery will share their perspectives on exploring black identity, bringing forth forgotten African American history, and imparting social justice. Edward Ball is the author of the National Book Award winner Slaves in the Family, as well as other four other books of nonfiction. Humorist Paul Beatty's most recent novel The Sellout satirically challenges the idea of a post-racial United States. Lorene Cary is the author of The Price of a Child-the first One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection-and the founder of Art Sanctuary, an organization that promotes community building through black art. Children's book author Valerie Still is a descendant of abolitionist William Still, known as "the father of the Underground Railroad." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr., Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice, and the evening will conclude with a musical performance led by Udi Bar-David, world renowned cellist and a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Hanya Yanagihara | A Little Life  
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 

A National Book Award finalist and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Hanya Yanagihara's novel A Little Life is a tragic and transcendent psalm to brotherly love and an unsettling meditation on sexual abuse, suffering, and the difficulties of recovery-"an examination of the depths of human cruelty, counterbalanced by the restorative powers of friendship" (The New Yorker). Yanagihara's previous book, The People in the Trees, was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She is Deputy Editor at T Magazine, The New York Times Style Magazine. In conversation with Andy Kahan

Of Interest
Mysterious Travelers: Great Migrations 
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:00PM; FREE 

Featuring Najwa Parkins, trombonist, vocalist, and lyricist, this concert series honors the Great Migration--the brave journey of African Americans from the South, as they sought refuge from Jim Crow laws. Mysterious Travelers is presented by the Music Department at the Parkway Central Library, with the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Producer's Guild. To learn more, visit  

Free Library Author Events

Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Director, Author Events
Laura Kovacs, Associate Director
Jason Freeman, Program Associate

phone: 215-567-4341 

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