Thursday, September 18, 2014

Great Authors, Speakers At Philly Free Library!

Check out these upcoming author events at the Free Library of Philadelphia!
Events are in the auditorium of the Main Branch on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Finally Confirmed!

Leading Voices: Bill McDermott | CEO of SAP | Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:00PM
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Bill McDermott is CEO and executive board member of SAP, the world's largest business software company. Heading 66,500 employees who serve hundreds of thousands of customers in 188 countries, McDermott has helped lead SAP into a new era of next-generation business applications and practices. With a 99% approval rating, he was ranked #2 on's 2013 list of the world's top CEOs. A former corporate officer at Xerox, Gartner, and Siebel Systems, McDermott began as a working-class kid from Long Island who purchased his first business, a deli, at 16. Injected with colorful anecdotes and practical takeaways from his decades of career experience, Winners Dream is a blueprint for personal and professional success. In conversation with Tracey Matisak *Book included with ticket purchase.

David Grossman | Falling Out of Time 
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:30PM; FREE

No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
Israeli author David Grossman is the author of several novels, including See Under: LOVEBe My Knife, and To the End of the Land, a meditation on war, family, and loss, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "one of the few novels that feel as though they have made a difference to the world." Grossman is outspoken peace activist and critic of Israel's treatment of Palestine, and his nonfiction, includingThe Yellow Wind and Sleeping on a Wire, has given a human face to this complex and polarizing conflict. Grossman's new book--part play, prose, and poetry--follows a father's search for his dead son and the communal grieving he shares with the bereaved he meets during his journey.  
Laurence Steinberg | Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence  
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:30PM; FREE 

No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341  
Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Temple University,Laurence Steinberg is one of the world's leading experts on adolescence. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science, he is the author of more than 350 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author or editor of 17 books. He has been a featured guest on numerous television programs, including CBS Morning NewsTodayGood Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In Age of Opportunity, Steinberg mines innovative research to explain how the plasticity of the adolescent brain, rivaling that of years 0 through 3, suggests new strategies for instilling self-control. 
Slavoj Zizek | Event: A Philosophical Journey Through A Concept  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30PM; SOLD OUT"The most dangerous philosopher in the West" (The New Republic), SlovenianSlavoj Zizek is a towering figure in Marxist ideology, psychoanalysis, and social theory. The author of dozens of books and articles and the subject of a score of interviews and documentaries, his best known volumes in English include The Sublime Object of Ideologyand First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. "The Elvis of cultural theory" (Chronicle of Higher Education), Zizek adopts a radical style in his newspaper op-eds and academic works, which has earned him an international following and relevancy. His new book asks fundamental questions about what is really happening when an event occurs, whether events are interconnected, and if we are really agents of our own fates.
Jeff VanderMeer | Southern Reach Trilogy
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:30PM; FREE   
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341 
Jeff VanderMeer is the author of the Southern Reach Trilogy, a "compelling, elegant and existential" (Los Angeles Times) chronicle of a forgotten, foreboding wilderness area called Area X and the mysterious government agency tasked with investigating it. ThinkJurassic Park meets Lost. The multiple World Fantasy Award-winning VanderMeer has written a score of other popular novels, works of nonfiction, and story collections. He is also a widely respected editor, publisher, and teacher of science fiction and fantasy writing. The Academy of Natural Sciences will be at the event with a live owl and rabbit so you can learn more about the creatures that inhabit The Southern Reach's enigmatic Area X. Hosted by Geekadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia. 
Rosenbach Open House  
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12 - 6 PM; FREE  

2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia PA 19103 
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting an free Open House! Bring your friends and family to explore the Rosenbach's incredible collection of rare books and manuscripts, current exhibitions of children's literature and material by Maurice Sendak, and the Rosenbach brothers' beautiful historic house on Delancey Place near Rittenhouse Square. This event is affiliated with Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day. For more info: 215-732-1600 

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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