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Oct
22
2:00pm 2:00pm

Spero Lappas Book Talk and Signing

DR SPERO T. LAPPAS DISCUSSES AND SIGNS CONQUER LIFE'S FRONTIERS: A PHILOSOPHY OF INDIVIDUAL FULFILLMENT

About the Book:

Harrisburg resident, Dr. Spero Lappas recognized his own aspirational incompleteness and then worked to fulfill his dream by leaving his successful law practice to become a college professor.  Teaching and mentoring young people was his true passion, and he wrote Conquer Life’s Frontiers: a Philosophy of Individual Fulfillment  to express his promise that you can fulfill yours too - and to show you how to do it.
  
Writing with a clear and entertaining style Dr. Lappas uses examples from history, philosophy, mythology, and literature to help his readers explore their own lives and make choices that lead to a Personal Renaissance of greater happiness, deeper meaning, and brighter fulfillment.  He draws examples from his own journeys from poverty to success and then from incompleteness to fulfillment to help the reader learn from someone who resolved to live a life of daring and aspiration – and succeeded!  The Philosophy of Individual Fulfillment which the subtitle promises contains a practical, detailed, and original step-by-step action plan.  Conquer Life’s Frontiers is never preachy or didactic.  Instead, from cover to cover, it is an enjoyable and fascinating reading experience - fun to read, engaging,  and easy to follow.  www.conquerlifesfrontiers.com.
  

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Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

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Oct
28
11:00am11:00am

CHILDREN'S STORYTIME @ THE MIDTOWN SCHOLAR BOOKSTORE

Bring your "littles" to Children's Storytime @ the Midtown Scholar Bookstore every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11am-12noon.  We'll share a story, make a craft, or perhaps sing, dance or enjoy visits from special guests.  Fun Surprises are Promised! Best suited for children 3-8, but all ages are welcome, however, with a parent or caregiver!

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Greg Huber Signing
Oct
28
1:00pm 1:00pm

Greg Huber Signing

Barn Historian Greg Huber signs copies of his new book, The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania. For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, this is the story of that barn and many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

About the Book:

Huger’s work focuses on “the hearth,” the area east of the Susquehanna River and South of the Blue Mountains. One of the earliest-settled areas in North America, this region of the Keystone State, which includes eleven counties, is home to an astounding 20,000 standing barns, in various states of repair, built from the mid 1700s on. Discussed in this text are the primary factors that have determined the fundamental structures and appearances of the six great barn classifications, including forest resources. Other featured topics are architectural aspects and regionalisms, dates of construction, survival of 18th-century examples, mysterious decorations, and barn preservation. Completing this treatise are representative color photographs, building plan sketches, charts conveying the prevalence of types, and a glossary of barn terms.

About the Author:

Greg Huber is a barn and house historian, consultant, and owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants – historic cultural resource companies. Huber has specialized in house and barn architecture of Holland Dutch and Pennsylvania Swiss-German culture areas that include more than 8,000 vernacular houses and barns. He has authored more than 230 articles on architecture and is co-author of two books – the second edition of The New World Dutch Barn (2001) and Stone Houses – Traditional Homes of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and Brandywine Valley (2005). He has also led 60 tours and given more than 195 lectures on architecture in the past 25 plus years. He won the Alice Kenney award and the Allen Noble Book Award issued by the Pioneer America Society.

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Dan Wakefield | Kurt Vonnegut: Complete Stories
Oct
28
4:00pm 4:00pm

Dan Wakefield | Kurt Vonnegut: Complete Stories

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome longtime Kurt Vonnegut friend Dan Wakefield as he discusses the first-ever complete collection of Vonnegut's short stories, Kurt Vonnegut: Complete Stories. RSVP here. 

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About the Book:

Here for the first time is the complete short fiction of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. More than half of Vonnegut's output was short fiction, and never before has the world had occasion to wrestle with it all together. Organized thematically—War, Women, Science, Romance, Work Ethic v. Fame and Fortune, Behavior, The Band Director (those stories featuring Lincoln High's band director and nice guy, George Hemholtz), and Futuristic—these ninety-seven stories were written over a lifetime, from 1941 to 2007, and include those published during Vonnegut's lifetime in magazines and collected in Welcome to the Monkey House, Bagombo Snuff Box, and other books; those published posthumously; and, here for the first time, five previously unpublished stories as well as a handful of others that were published online only and read by few. Vonnegut published only about half of the stories he wrote, his agent telling him in 1958 upon the rejection of a particularly strong story, "Save it for the collection of your works which will be published someday when you become famous. Which may take a little time."

Curated and introduced by longtime Vonnegut friend, Dan Wakefield, and Vonnegut scholar Jerome Klinkowitz, The Complete Stories puts Vonnegut's great wit, humor, and humanity on full display. This is an extraordinary new work for readers, Vonnegut fans, and scholars alike.

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About the Editor:

A longtime friend of Kurt Vonnegut's, Dan Wakefield edited and introduced Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, and is the author of the memoirs New York in the Fifties and Returning: A Spiritual Journey, and the novel, Going All the Way, which was made into a movie starring Ben Affleck. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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An Evening with Gary Fincke
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Gary Fincke

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel are pleased to welcome poet Gary Fincke to Harrisburg to discuss his new short-story collection, The Out-Of-Sorts: New and Selected Stories. 

About the book:

The new and selected stories in this collection, written over a period of thirty years, are firmly entrenched in the culture and people of rust belt cities and rural Appalachia. 

These stories are often set against large, significant events like the Cold War, Vietnam, and the Kent State shootings, but are always uniquely local. A mother fends off the police by brandishing copperhead snakes. A woman cares for the dog of an alleged double murderer. A husband who has lost his job works at trying to save his wife from a debilitating phobia. 

This extensive collection by Gary Fincke, an accomplished poet and writer of fiction, gives rise to ordinary people living lives made fascinating by attention to the particulars of voice, place, and character. With precise language, surprising imagery, and sharp, evocative dialog, these stories deepen beyond the oddities of their characters, who are scarred and defeated by circumstance and choice, but also attain moments of grace, compassion, and generosity of the spirit.

About the author:

Author of the just-published The Out-of- Sorts: New and Selected Stories and Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Ohio StateUniversity/The Journal Poetry Prize, Gary Fincke has published thirty-one books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, most recently, Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems, A Room of Rain: Stories, and The Killer’s Dog: Stories. Within the past year he has won three national book prizes, one in each of the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

His stories have appeared in such periodicals as The Missouri Review, Newsday, The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and CrazyHorse. He has been twice awarded Pushcart Prizes for his work, recognized by Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize series, and cited fifteen times in the past eighteen years for a
"Notable Essay" in Best American Essays. He has just retired as the Charles Degenstein Professor of English and Creative Writing at Susquehanna University.

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An Evening with Jared Yates Sexton
Nov
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Jared Yates Sexton

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Jared Yates Sexton to Harrisburg as he discusses his new book on the rise of Donald Trump, THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RISE LIKE THE WATERS UPON YOUR SHORE.

About the book:

On June 14, 2016, Jared Yates Sexton reported from a Donald Trump rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of the first journalists to attend these rallies and give mainstream readers an idea of the raw anger that occurred there, Sexton found himself in the center of a maelstrom. Following a series of tweets that saw his observations viewed well over a million times, his reporting was soon featured in The Washington PostNPRBloomberg, and Mother Jones, and he would go on to write two pieces for The New York Times. Sexton gained over eighteen thousand followers on Twitter in a matter of days, and received online harassments, campaigns to get him fired from his university professorship, and death threats that changed his life forever.

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 Presidential Election and the cultural forces that powered Donald Trump into White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton’s book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history. It is also a sobering chronicle of our democracy’s political polarization—a result of our self-constructed, technologically assisted echo chambers.

Like the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer— books that have paved the way for important narratives that shape how we perceive not only the politics of our time but also our way of life— The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is an instant, essential classic, an authoritative depiction of a country struggling to make sense of itself.

About the author:

Jared Yates Sexton's political writing has appeared in The New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction and a crime novel. Currently he serves as an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.

 

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An Evening with Carmen Maria Machado
Nov
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Carmen Maria Machado

The Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Carmen Maria Machado to Harrisburg! Carmen will discuss and sign copies of her new short-story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES.

Photo Credit: Tom Storm Photography

Photo Credit: Tom Storm Photography

About the book:

In this electric and provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies: a wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck; a salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls-with-bells-for-eyes. Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

About the author: 

Carmen Maria Machado’s work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, NPR, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She lives in Philadelphia.

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XPN Welcomes John Gorka
Nov
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

XPN Welcomes John Gorka

Friday, November 10, 2017  |  All ages, general admission.

Doors open at 7:15 PM, concert at 8 PM.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door.

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“Superb songwriting . . .warm, intimate, yet texturally intricate.” — Vintage Guitar "Wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine." — Associated Press

"The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.” — Rolling Stone

“With his wide-eyed lyrical honesty, and wistful, nice-guy baritone, he offers gentle, sharply observed songs that refuse to cliche their way around life’s tangles.” — Boston Globe

“It’s all there: the smooth baritone voice and thoughtful lyrics....he always delivers.” — Elmore

"Mr. Gorka mesmerizes." — New York Times

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Walter Stahr | Stanton
Nov
11
3:00pm 3:00pm

Walter Stahr | Stanton

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning biographer Walter Stahr to Harrisburg as he discusses and signs copies of his new historical biography of President Lincoln's War Secretary, STANTON. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Book:

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Award-winning biographer Walter Stahr—author of the New York Times bestseller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man—breathes new life into one of the most crucial and controversial, yet underappreciated figures in President Lincoln’s cabinet in STANTON: Lincoln’s War Secretary.

A difficult and stubborn genius, Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was Lincoln’s stalwart Secretary of War, who not only brilliantly organized the Union Army, but dramatically raced to Lincoln’s deathbed on the night of April 14, 1865, and assumed control of the government. Later, President Andrew Johnson attempted to remove Stanton from office after Stanton opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies, which led to Johnson’s impeachment. One cannot understand the first impeachment of an American president without understanding Stanton. Walter Stahr’s STANTON truly restores this complicated figure to his proper place in American history and “should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come."

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About the Author:

Walter Stahr is the author of the New York Times bestseller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man as well as John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America’s first Supreme Court Chief Justice. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, he practiced international law for twenty-five years, including seven years in Hong Kong and five years with the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington. He lives in Newport Beach, California.

 

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An Evening with Wendy Pearlman
Nov
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Wendy Pearlman

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning teacher at Northwestern University, Wendy Pearlman, to Harrisburg! Wendy will discuss and sign copies of her new book, WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED: VOICES FROM SYRIA. 

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Photo credit Maia Rosenfeld

About the book:

Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, poetic and aphoristic. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.

About the author:

Wendy Pearlman is a professor and award-winning teacher at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East politics. Educated at Harvard, Georgetown, and Brown, Pearlman speaks fluent Arabic and has spent more than twenty years studying and living in the Arab World. She is the author of numerous articles and two books, Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003) and Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Nov
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

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An Evening with Masha Gessen
Nov
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

An Evening with Masha Gessen

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.

About the book:

Putin’s bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

Hailed for her “fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia” (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own—as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. 

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

About the author:

Masha Gessen is an award-winning Russian-American journalist who is the author of several books, including the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Slate, and many other publications, and she has received many awards, including a Carnegie fellowship. Her latest book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in October 2017. She lives in New York.

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Nov
25
11:00am11:00am

CHILDREN'S STORYTIME @ THE MIDTOWN SCHOLAR BOOKSTORE

Bring your "littles" to Children's Storytime @ the Midtown Scholar Bookstore every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11am-12noon.  We'll share a story, make a craft, or perhaps sing, dance or enjoy visits from special guests.  Fun Surprises are Promised! Best suited for children 3-8, all ages are welcome, however, with a parent or caregiver!

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Dec
9
11:00am11:00am

CHILDREN'S STORYTIME @ THE MIDTOWN SCHOLAR BOOKSTORE

Bring your "littles" to Children's Storytime @ The Midtown Scholar Bookstore every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 11am-12noon.  We'll share a story, make a craft, or perhaps sing, dance or enjoy visits from special guests.  Fun Surprises are Promised! Best suited for children 3-8, all ages are welcome, however, with a parent or caregiver!

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Dec
23
11:00am11:00am

CHILDREN'S STORYTIME @ THE MIDTOWN SCHOLAR BOOKSTORE

Bring your "littles" to Children's Storytime @ the Midtown Scholar Bookstore every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 11am-12noon.  We'll share a story, make a craft, or perhaps sing, dance or enjoy visits from special guests.  Fun Surprises are Promised! Best suited for children 3-8, all ages are welcome, however, with a parent or caregiver!

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Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Indian Summer Jars in Concert

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Indian Summer Jars in concert for October's Third in the Burg!

Indian Summer Jars creates a sound that is unique and upbeat, dynamic and bold. Expect high energy performances with harmonies and vocals reminiscent of Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant. With creative guitar tunings and strong, earthy rhythms, ISJ brings you uplifting songs inspired by travel, discovery, growth and transformation. There is no doubt this music will stir your soul!

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Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

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Harrisburg Book Festival
Oct
12
to Oct 15

Harrisburg Book Festival

Proudly brought to you by the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, the 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival will take place in the heart of Pennsylvania's capital at one of the nation's premiere independent bookstores. Featuring an array of award-winning and emerging literary sensations, the festival will celebrate the vibrant literary community of Central Pennsylvania and the necessity of literature to our culture. With events for all ages and reading preferences — including the keynote address from National Book Award Winner Ibram X. Kendi — the 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival will take place over four intellectually stimulating days from Thursday October 12th through Sunday, October 15th. Special thanks to our leading sponsors: Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Messiah College School of Humanities, TheBurg Magazine, and WITF. We'll see you at the Scholar this October!

All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will take place on the MainStage at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. For full lineup details, VISIT OUR FESTIVAL WEBSITE

The 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival is grateful for the many and varied contributions of our wonderful sponsors and community partners. Their commitment and support of Central Pennsylvania's literary culture is invaluable to the sustainability of the Book Festival, now celebrating its 5th year. 

Festival Sponsors: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Messiah College School of Humanities

Program Sponsors: City House B&B, Harrisburg Academy, Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities, Susquehanna University’s Department of English & Creative Writing, and Temple University Harrisburg. 

Event Sponsors: Dickinson College Department of Creative Writing, Millersville University Department of English, West Chester University Graduate Studies

Media Sponsors: TheBurg Magazine, WITF

Community Partners: Gamut Theatre’s Popcorn Hat Players, The Millworks, Perry County Council of the Arts, The Triangle Magazine

 

TEXT LISTINGS:

Thursday, October 12th | 7pm: Opening Night Poetry Kick-Off with Safiya Sinclair, Joshua Bennett, Shara McCallum, and Shawan Rice. 

Friday, October 13th | 7pm: 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival Keynote Address: An Evening with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Saturday, October 14th | 10am – Noon: Children’s Festival with Lauren Castillo and Jonathan Bean

Saturday, October 14th | 2pm: Let’s Talk Books: A Roundtable Discussion with Four Acclaimed Book Reviewers

Saturday, October 14th | 4pm: Light in the Darkness: A Conversation on Creative Inspiration with Joe Fassler

Saturday, October 14th | 6pm: The Art of the Novel: A Conversation with Jennifer Haigh and Liz Moore

Sunday, October 15th | 2pm: One Book, One Community: An Afternoon with Elizabeth Wein

Sunday, October 15th | 3:30pm: The Power of Seeing: Rorschach, the Inkblots, and the Enduring Relevance of the Iconic Test with Damion Searls

Sunday, October 15th | 5pm: The Haunted Life of Shirley Jackson: A Conversation with Ruth Franklin

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Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Stephen Kozan Book Signing

Author Stephen Kozan signs copies of his new middle-grade novel, TOWN.

About the Book:

KYLE KETCHUM and his three best friends, MICHAEL, NIA, and SKYLER live in White Tanks, Pennsylvania, which just happens to be the location of one of the creepiest graveyards in all of America. Once known as a bustling boomtown of happiness, prosperity, and hope, White Tanks has become a frightening, old, steel town, known mostly for being ground zero of the infamous nuclear meltdown that took place on Marathon Island 30 years ago.

Isolated from populated society, far away from any major city, the four friends have no one to turn to but each other when they begin to suspect that the widespread hauntings and unexplained, supernatural phenomena that plague their town have a direct link to the Marathon Island disaster.

Joining forces, the four lifelong friends set out to uncover the town’s shadowy history, and decipher the clues guarding the secrets that will lead them to the truth of how White Tanks became a playground for mayhem and monsters.

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Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

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An Evening with Salman Rushdie
Sep
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Salman Rushdie

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome renowned author Salman Rushdie to Harrisburg as he discusses his new novel, The Golden House.  Please join us for an evening to remember!  

Ticket required | Talk at 7 PM | Signing at 8:15 PM

All types of tickets require advance book purchase, $32.00 (includes tax)

Signing Line after Rushdie's Talk - Entry begins at 8:15pm. - LIMITED AVAILABILITY:  preorder your SIGNED copy of Rushdie's book at the link below, to join in the Signing Line after Rushdie's talk.

Standing Room Only for Rushdie's talk (sold out) - Entry begins at 6:30pm, reading at 7pm, signing to follow

General Admission Seating for Rushdie's talk (sold out) - Doors open at 6pm, reading at 7pm, signing to follow

Wait List Entry to Rushdie's talk, if available - Begins at 6:45pm, reading at 7pm, signing to follow

Pre-order your SIGNED first edition copy for $32.00 (includes tax) and you'll receive a Signing Line entry pass for 8:15pm on Friday 9/29, to receive the book, meet the author and have him personalize the inscription. Plus we'll add your name to our wait-list for standing room admission to Rushdie's 7pm sold-out talk!

About The Golden House

A mesmerizing new novel from New York Times bestselling author Salman Rushdie, set in New York City against the backdrop of modern American politics and culture with dark glamour and intrigue reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.

On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic, powerful billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in “the Gardens,” a sheltered, gated community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric Golden family. One of these said neighbors and our guide is René, an ambitious young filmmaker, who befriends the mysterious family in an artistic opportunity to make them the subject of what he hopes will be his career-making film.

Nero Golden lives with his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous; D, the youngest son, who harbors an explosive secret even from himself; and a Russian beauty named Vasilisa, who comes along and seduces Nero with high aspirations of her own. René is quickly drawn into their inner circle, becoming privy to their tortured secrets, infidelities and crimes.

Outside “the Gardens,” America is facing radical political change—the rise of the Tea Party, identity politics, and backlash against political correctness. While on the brink of a new presidency, an insane, narcissistic presidential candidate known as only The Joker grows stronger and stronger, and the country is turned upside-down. 

Overflowing with inventiveness and humor that fans of Rushdie will recognize, THE GOLDEN HOUSE is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with an incomparable daring, elegant wit.

Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve previous novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and The Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction—Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line—and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

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Suzy Hansen | Notes on a Foreign Country
Sep
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Suzy Hansen | Notes on a Foreign Country

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg are pleased to welcome journalist Suzy Hansen to Harrisburg as she discusses and signs copies of her new book, Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World. 

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About the Book: 

In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul.

Hansen arrived in Istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country—and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. It is, Hansen writes, “a broken heart . . . A one-hundred-year-old relationship.”

Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation—a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.

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About the Author: 

SUZY HANSEN is contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and has written for many other publications, including Vogue, Bookforum, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, GQ, The Baffler, and The New York Review of Books. In 2007, she was awarded a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs to do research in Turkey. She currently lives in Istanbul. Notes on a Foreign Country is her first book.

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21
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Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

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