Wednesday, June 8, 2016

FREE! Come Meet, Hear Favorite Authors!

Terry McMillan | I Almost Forgot About You  
Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 

"Rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor, and moral heft" (Los Angeles Times), Terry McMillan's bestselling novels include Waiting to Exhale-a watershed work in contemporary fiction about black women-and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, "a sexy handbook of self-realization" (The New Yorker). Both were adapted into popular films. The recipient of the Essence Award for Excellence in Literature, McMillan is also the author of A Day Late and a Dollar Short, Disappearing Acts, Getting to Happy, Who Asked You, and her American Book Award-winning debut novel Mama. Her new novel tells the story of a doctor who leaves her seemingly perfect but unfulfilling life in search of adventure and a second chance at love.

Adam Hochschild | Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939  
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 

Historian Adam Hochschild is the author of the National Book Critic's Circle Award finalist King Leopold's Ghost, a haunting portrait of Belgium's 19th-century brutal colonization of the Congo. His many awards include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. He is cofounder of Mother Jones magazine. His other books include an illuminating study of the atrocities of Stalinist Russia (The Unquiet Ghost), a history of the antislavery movement in the British Empire (Bury the Chains), and a chronicle of WWI's moral critics and dissenters (To End All Wars). Told from the perspectives of famous and little-known participants and observers, Spain in Our Hearts tells the story of heartbreaking civil war.

Alain de Botton | The Course of Love  
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 

"With originality, verve, and wit" (San Francisco Chronicle), Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling nonfiction books examine love, work, friendship, travel, and the other fundamentals of everyday life. These works include On Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Status Anxiety, and The Architecture of Happiness. The cofounder of the acclaimed School of Life, a London-based international organization dedicated to a new vision of education, de Botton is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. His new novel charts the parabolic romantic partnership of an Edinburgh couple from puppy love through the pressures of their average daily existence. 

Justin Cronin | The City of Mirrors  
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:30PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 

Justin Cronin is acclaimed for the first two "addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying" (Men's Journal) installments of his vampiric post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Passage and The Twelve. A former creative writing teacher at La Salle University, he is the recipient of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Stephen Crane Prize. His other New York Times bestselling novels include Mary and O'Neil and The Summer Guest. In the final installment of The Passage trilogy, the ravaged world's last survivors begin to rebuild society even as they endure a final battle with the original agent of mankind's destruction.

Of Interest
The 2016 American Presidency Series
Matea Gold | Follow the Money: Citizens United and the 2016 Election  
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:30PM | FREE | Skyline Room
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-686-5322  
Matea Gold is a national political reporter for the Washington Post, covering money and influence. She has been dubbed a "ghostbuster" by a Federal Election Commissioner for her work investigating mysterious "ghost corporations" that donate large sums to super PACs. Introduced by John Baer, Daily News Political Columnist

Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events

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. 

Live American Sign Language translation of Author Events is provided upon request. Please call the Author Events Office at least two weeks in advance to request this service.

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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