Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Upcoming Author Events At Philly Free Library!

George Vecsey | Eight World Cups: My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer   
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM; FREE
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
Since 1968, columnist George Vecseyhas covered the Olympics, tennis, football, hockey, boxing, baseball, and a variety of other sports for the New York Times. The author of more than a dozen books, including the bestseller Stan Musial: An American Life, he has co-written several celebrity autobiographies,Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughtermost notable among them. "With the eye of a reporter and the soul of a fan" (ESPN), Vescey's new book about the enduring phenomenon of worldwide soccer sheds light on the game's superstar personalities, back room dealings, rabid fans, and the on-field heroics of the last eight World Cups.     
Virginia Morris | How to Care for Aging Parents, 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues   
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM; FREE
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
Award-winning journalist Virginia Morris'sbook How to Care for Aging Parents is "a compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion" (The Washington Post). Completely revised and expanded in a new edition, this comprehensive resource covers the emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues in caring for the elderly. "The bible of eldercare" (ABC World News), the book covers topics such as knowing when to rethink your parent's living situation, talking about money, managing guilt, sharing the care with siblings, balancing career and care giving, dealing with difficult parents, and caring for parents with Alzheimers.      
Ru Freeman | On Sal Mal Lane with Anna Badkhen | The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM; FREE

No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
"An achingly gorgeous heartbreaker," (The Boston GlobeRu Freeman's novelOn Sal Mal Lane takes place over the five years leading up to Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war. The children growing up on a quiet street in Colombo fill their days with cricket matches, tentative romances, and small rivalries, their innocence in sharp contrast to the petty biases of the adults charged with their care and the mounting tremors of encroaching violence. A social justice activist and freelance journalist, Freeman is also the author of A Disobedient Girl, a finalist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

The tiny, remote western Afghanistan village of Oqa is known for its beautiful carpets. Woven meticulously by hand, a carpet takes about seven months to make and its sale to a dealer for roughly $200 can sustain a family for a year. In her new book The World is a Carpet,Anna Badkhen charts the lives of one family as their daughter-in-law, the family's sole breadwinner, completes one magnificent carpet. She follows the family to weddings, funerals, through Ramadan and winter snowstorms, amid tedium and grinding poverty--made bearable by opium for young and old alike--faithfully documenting the harsh realities of staying alive.
Of Interest
Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM; FREE

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Political philosopher Danielle Allen tackles the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery, finding new meaning in Thomas Jefferson's understanding of equality. This program is presented in conjunction with the National Constitution Center's new exhibit, Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello, on view April 9 - October 19. Reservations recommended: call 215-409-6700.    

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

phone: 215-567-4341

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