PA – An Afternoon with Sean Penn

Sean Penn appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, March 29th from noon till 2:00 PM to present his new novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. Get tickets here…

The winner of two Best Actor Oscars for his performances in Mystic River and Milk, Sean Penn is also an acclaimed writer, producer, and director with more than 100 theater and film productions to his name. He is also an acclaimed journalist, with work appearing in The Nation, the San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, among other periodicals. A political activist and humanitarian, he has reported from on the ground during elections in Iran and war in Iraq, and he has conducted exclusive interviews with former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Cuban President Raúl Castro, and Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. In his debut novel, Penn spins the darkly comic tale of a nondescript, disillusioned jack-of-all-trades—septic tank salesman, pyrotechnics expert, and contract killer for a shadowy U.S. intelligence agency—who decides to fight back against some of America’s most deeply entrenched monoliths.

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PA – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets here…

Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the “unruly, manic, seductive” (Esquire) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the author of the story collections Drown and the National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her. He serves as fiction editor at Boston Review and professor of creative writing at MIT. His many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Islandborn—Diaz’s first foray into children’s books—is an ode to the power of our imaginations to connect us to the past.

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PA – U-God Signing

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, March 8th at 7:30 PM to discuss and sign his memoir RAW: MY JOURNEY INTO THE WU-TANG, the explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of hip-hop royalty. Tickets available at the link!

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, “the most significant posse in hip-hop” (Rolling Stone). He and fellow members RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and CappaDonna released four gold and platinum studio albums, including 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang, widely considered to be one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. Raised in some of New York City’s harshest neighborhoods in the 1970s and ’80s, U-God met and bonded with his future groupmates over a shared love of music and the dream of escape. Raw tells his deeply personal story.

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PA – Going into Town Presentation

Cartoonist Roz Chast appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM for the Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture. Tickets available at the link…

Roz Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, including several collected volumes of her published cartoons and the memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a bestselling multi-genre narrative about her aging parents that won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Told with nostalgia, wonder, and deft observation, Going into Town is an illustrated paean/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan.

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PA – Gabrielle Union Signing

Actress Gabrielle Union appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM to present her new book We’re Going to Need More Wine.

Best known for leading roles in a variety of comedies, dramas, and action films such as The Brothers, Deliver Us from Eva, Bad Boys II, and 2016’s The Birth of a Nation, Gabrielle Union began her acting career in the 1990s in a string of successful television and film roles. An advocate for Susan G. Komen, Planned Parenthood, and survivors of violence, Union has been nominated for 11 BET Awards and eight NAACP Image Awards and has won one of each. We’re Going to Need More Wine is an intimate, urgent collection of essays about race, bullying, competition between women in Hollywood, and her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault.

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PA – An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM to present his latest book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Tickets available at the link…

Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me, a “searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today” (New York Times). Covering culture, politics, and social issues as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, he won the George K. Polk Award for his cover story “The Case for Reparations.” A Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, among a string of other honors. We Were Eight Years in Power is a collection of new and previously published essays on the Obama presidency. Coates currently writes the Black Panther series for Marvel Comics.

*A pre-signed book comes with each ticket to the auditorium and simulcast.
You will collect your book as you enter the auditorium or simulcast.
There will not be a book signing at this event.

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PA – Moonglow Signing

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Author Michael Chabon presents his new novel MOONGLOW at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday December 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

In MOONGLOW, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon turns his own family history into fiction as he imagines the murky origins and murkier fate of Chabon Scientific Company, a mail-order novelty business.  This expansive narrative unfolds as an old man’s deathbed confession to his grandson; over the course of his final week, the man leaves a dizzying legacy of half-revealed secrets and shocking revelations as he looks back over a tumultuous century and relives scenes from an impoverished childhood in south Philadelphia, wartime Europe, a prison in upstate New York, and the American space program.

About this author:
Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay — an epic novel that charts 16 years in the lives of Sammy Clay and Joe Kavalier, two Jewish cousins who create a popular series of comic books in the early 1940s, the years leading up to the U.S. entry into World War II. In addition to novels, including the now-classic Wonder Boys, Chabon has also produced short stories, screenplays, children’s books, comics, and newspaper serials.

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PA – Jamie Lee Curtis Signing

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Jamie Lee Curtis signs This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library.

Cost: FREE

One of film’s most compelling presences since her screen debut almost 40 years ago, Jamie Lee Curtis’ diverse résumé includes roles in Halloween, Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, Freaky Friday, and True Lies, for which she won a best actress Golden Globe. A staunch advocate for children’s hospitals, human rights campaigns, and marriage equality, among other causes, Curtis is also the author of a bunch of bestselling children’s books, including It’s Hard to Be Five, I’m Gonna Like Me, and Today I Feel Silly. Her latest offering for kids is a picture book that raises more-important-than-ever issues of identity, immigration, and inclusive culture.

No posed photos. No memorabilia, DVDs, photos, etc. will be signed.

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215-686-5322

PA – Killing and Dying/10:04 Signing

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Adrian Tomine (Killing and Dying) and Ben Lerner (10:04: A Novel) appear at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM!

“One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time” (Wired), Adrian Tomine has a cult following for a variety of his acclaimed work. Perhaps best known for his long-running semiautobiographical comic book series Optic Nerve, he has also done many illustrations for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His graphic novel Shortcomings was a 2007 New York Times Notable Book. In six interconnected morbidly funny stories, Killing and Dying explores loss, identity, and family dynamics.

Ben Lerner is the author of three poetry collections, including the National Book Award-nominated Angle of Yaw. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, was a 2011 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and his essays and criticism have appeared across a wide spectrum of periodicals. In 10:04, a “near-perfect piece of literature, affirmative of both life and art” (The Los Angeles Review of Books), Lerner wrestles with mortality, fatherhood, and a beset New York on the edge of underwater oblivion.

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PA – Sarah Vowell Signs

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Sarah Vowell (author and voice actor of Violet from The Incredibles) debuts her new book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” at the Philadelphia Library on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM!

About Lafayette in the Somewhat United States:
Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell swerves from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way.

Drawn to the patriots’ war out of a lust for glory, Enlightenment ideas and the traditional French hatred for the British, young Lafayette crossed the Atlantic expecting to join forces with an undivided people, encountering instead fault lines between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, rebel and loyalist inhabitants, and a conspiracy to fire George Washington, the one man holding together the rickety, seemingly doomed patriot cause.

While Vowell’s yarn is full of the bickering and infighting that marks the American past—and present—her telling of the Revolution is just as much a story of friendship: between Washington and Lafayette, between the Americans and their French allies and, most of all between Lafayette and the American people. Coinciding with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Vowell lingers over the elderly Lafayette’s sentimental return tour of America in 1824, when three fourths of the population of New York City turned out to welcome him ashore. As a Frenchman and the last surviving general of the Continental Army, Lafayette belonged to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction. He was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what the founders hoped this country could be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing, singular past.

Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.

Author Bio:
Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.

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