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An Evening with Kate Fagan
Aug
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Kate Fagan

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome ESPN Reporter Kate Fagan as she discusses her new book, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen. 

About the book:

Madison Holleran embodied having it all: A top student, star athlete, gorgeous and popular, with a loving family. Shockingly, Madison died by suicide in 2014, in her sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was running track. In WHAT MADE MADDY RUN: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by ESPN on-air commentator and espnW columnist Kate Fagan explores Madison’s struggles and reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the story of young people, and especially young athletes, suffering with mental illness today.

Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn and can also be seen on Outside the Lines, First Take and His & Hers. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the author of a memoir, The Reappearing Act, and co-host of the espnW podcast, Free Cookies. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her girlfriend Kathryn Budig, and their two dogs.

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Aug
24
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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Aug
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Heather Mae in Concert

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Heather Mae in concert on Friday, August 25th at 7pm. 

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An imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice, Heather Mae is forging new ground with her newest album. Entitled “I AM ENOUGH”, the collection was dubbed a KickStarter Staff Pick within it’s first week, smashing through its $15,000 fundraising goal and on it’s official release date - June 10th, 2016 - peaked at #58 on the iTunes Pop Charts. All of this without the support of a label.

With producer Mark Williams (Sucker Punch Recording Co.) at the wheel, the collection of five songs is a bold breakout from her former years as a folk singer-songwriter strumming a ukulele. Mae breaks ground in “I AM ENOUGH” not only for her interesting indie-pop sound, but also for her musical take on touchy subjects ranging from LGBTQ discrimination, gender stereotypes, body image, and mental health issues. This is what sets Mae apart—she seeks to write music for those that need an anthem and doesn’t shy away from tackling topics not often heard in pop music.

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An Afternoon with Dave Levitan
Aug
26
4:00pm 4:00pm

An Afternoon with Dave Levitan

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome journalist Dave Levitan to Harrisburg, as he presents his new book, NOT A SCIENTIST: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science. 

About the book:

You can be sure of one thing in politics: politicians always have scientific facts on hand—sometimes with their fingers crossed. No matter the complexities of climate change, infectious diseases, pollution, or vaccines—it’s easy to justify almost any position with the help of infallible scientific experts. The recent election season was no exception: every candidate claimed deep expertise on specialized subjects from fisheries to fracking. Trouble is, as journalist Dave Levitan demonstrates in his book NOT A SCIENTIST: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science there are many ways to misread the data—and our friends in Washington turn out to be very creative readers indeed. It was Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator himself, who made famous the disingenuous humblebrag “I’m not a scientist, but…” And thus, a rhetorical monster was born.

In friendly, fair-minded prose for layperson and science buff alike, Levitan breaks down lawmakers’ questionable takes on scientific research into cleverly worded categories worthy of Dr. Seuss. There’s the ‘Oversimplification’, the ‘Cherry-Pick’, the ‘Butter-Up and Undercut’, the ‘Demonizer’, the ‘Blame the Blogger’, the ‘Ridicule and Dismiss’, the ‘Literal Nitpick’, the ‘Credit Snatch’, the ‘Certain Uncertainty’, the ‘Blind Eye to Follow-Up’, the ‘Lost in Translation’, and last—but definitely not least—the ‘Straight-Up Fabrication’. In each case, Levitan provides succinct and persuasive examples from recent decades and all the way up to today’s headlines. Not only is NOT A SCIENTIST a vital guidebook for the thickets of political rhetoric, it would make a pretty good drinking game. What’s more, while he’s deftly sketching the skewed science of decades of political skullduggery, Levitan is also writing trenchant and entertaining social history. Readers will find plenty of familiar characters, from Reagan to Bush to Palin to Obama (and everyone in between), and can instantly apply his handy taxonomy to our current political menagerie.

While certain figures and politic parties showup more than others, confusing science is a bipartisan occurance. As Levitan is quick to point out, there have been plenty of examples of Democrats skimming convenient facts for special agendas—while, in fairness, Republicans are the most reliable culprits. But Levitan’s mission is to get the facts right, not to point fingers.NOT A SCIENTIST will give everyone invested in the political process (and with any luck, that’s all of us) the tools to identify the whoppers in the stump speeches and diatribes on the Senate floor. Most important, beyond the talking points and tweets of any given election year, he gives us more reasons than ever to keep scientific research and education at the forefront of our national values. It’s funny, but our survival depends on it.

About the author:

Dave Levitan is a journalist whose work has appeared in the Philadelphia InquirerScientific AmericanSlate, and many other outlets. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife.

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Aug
31
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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Sep
7
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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Sep
14
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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Sep
21
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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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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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

Receive free standing-room admission when you PRE-ORDER a Signed Copy of Rushdie's new novel:  $32.00 (includes tax)

Doors open at 6pm for general admission seating (SOLD OUT) | Standing-room-only entry begins at 6:30pm (limited quantity!) | Reading at 7pm

Each advance purchase of a pre-signed hardcover copy of The Golden House includes one free ticket for standing-room admission, only while supplies last! Standing-room-only entry begins at 6:30pm. ARRIVE BY 6:45 PM to guarantee standing-room admission. Your email order-confirmation will serve as the admission ticket and book-purchase receipt. Please bring your ID and a printed copy of the email order-confirmation for entry to the event and to receive your book! 

If you are pre-ordering multiple copies of Rushdie's book to reserve admission for multiple people, your entire party must be together and present for entrance to the venue.

Book purchase is required for advance tickets. This event will SELL OUT, so pre-order your signed copy today!

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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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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Oct
7
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
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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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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Greg Huber Signing
Oct
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

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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An Evening with Jared Yates Sexton
Oct
29
3:00pm 3:00pm

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 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 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.

~~~CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS~~~

“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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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. 

Photo credit Maia Rosenfeld

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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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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Aug
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Third in the Burg with Sean Marshall

The Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Sean Marshall in concert for August's Third in the Burg! 

Hailing from coastal New Jersey music town Asbury Park, Sean Marshall uprooted from the shore in 2014 and travelled inland, finding himself in Columbus, OH with a handful of songs and over a decade of performing experience.

Marshall’s forthcoming full-length effort, New, transfers the sentiments of displacement and transition onto a palette of rock tunes. Supported by his band, The Near Miss (Dakota McElley- bass; Corbin Pratt- guitar & pedal steel; Brady Oxender- drums), NEW‘s 10 songs offer a refreshing way to look at change- for all its comforts and discomforts- as an exciting chapter of one’s life. 

 

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Aug
17
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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Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium
Aug
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome notable Penn Staters Harry H. West and Lee Stout to discuss their new book on the history of Beaver Stadium, Lair of the Lion. 

Written by two longtime Penn Staters, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering Harry H. West and Librarian Emeritus Lee Stout, Lair of the Lion shows how Beaver Stadium came to be. It includes a look at its predecessors, “Old” Beaver Field, built in 1893 on a site centrally located northeast of Old Main, and “New” Beaver Field, built on the northwest corner of campus in 1909, and details the many expansions made to the current field, including the feat of engineering undertaken in 1978 when hydraulic jacks were used to lift the stadium and add 16,000 seats along the inner lower ring of the structure.

Featuring over 200 photos, Lair of the Lion is a celebration both of the ways in which Penn State fans, students, and athletes have experienced home games from the 1880s to the present day, and of the monumental structure the Nittany Lions now call home.

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Aug
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Renee Wahl in Concert

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Renee Wahl in concert on Friday, August 11th at 7pm!

Perhaps her duties in the world of covert operations helped her hone her authenticity as a songwriter and as a performer. So does playing the very stages in East Nashville that are the epicenter of the burgeoning singer/songwriter-centric scene that’s being described as Nashville’s New Outlaw movement. And now, the Pennsylvania native is carving out her own space at the recently rediscovered intersection where authentic Nashville songwriting meets Music Row.

Inspired by groundbreaking artists including Neko Case, Buddy and Julie Miller, Linda Ronstadt, and Ryan Adams , Wahl deftly crafts accessible songs that explore the human experience. From escaping emotional torment to finding a short-term solution to a temporary loneliness problem, few topics are off limits when it comes to Wahl’s powerful and personal approach to songwriting.

More info at www.reneewahl.com   |   RSVP on facebook

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Aug
10
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 Zinzi Clemmons
Aug
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Zinzi Clemmons

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and The Triangle are pleased to welcome Zinzi Clemmons to Harrisburg as she discusses and signs copies of her debut novel, What We Lose. 

From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. 

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. A graduate of Brown and Columbia, her writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-StoryThe Paris Review DailyTransition, and elsewhere. She is a cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor to Literary Hub. She has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech, Morocco. Clemmons lives in Los Angeles with her husband, where she teaches at The Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College.

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Aug
3
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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Jul
29
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tim Wesley Book Signing

Tim Wesley signs copies of his new book, My Boxes: A Nostalgic Collection of Stories and Stuff. 

We all have boxes of stuff, and we often find comfort in reminiscing about “the good old
days.” Thinking back to childhood stirs vibrant memories of family, friends, and historic events. Sometimes all it takes is an object such as a ticket stub or a baseball glove to awaken that sense of nostalgia.

 


In “My Boxes: A Nostalgic Collection of Stories and Stuff”, first-time author Tim Wesley, a Harrisburg native and 1979 Cumberland Valley High School graduate, brings his significant memories to life. In this powerful, meditative memoir, the former sports writer sorts through boxes storing the pieces of his past and delivers a mix of heartwarming and tragic tales from his personal and professional experiences.


Sports and entertainment fanatics will find his stories about yesteryear’s superstars fascinating. What was Joe Namath like in person? How did Tim end up with one of Lyle Alzado’s gloves worn in Super Bowl XVIII? And how did he come to attend Elvis Presley’s last great concert, on a frigid New Year’s Eve in Pittsburgh? The memoir also delves into moments that shaped Tim’s personal life—playing catch with his grandfather, almost shooting his father in a hunting accident, and helping to construct a medical clinic in Zimbabwe with his church.


Readers who peek inside “My Boxes” will find themselves laughing and crying at Tim’s evocative memories. Afterward, they will likely reflect upon their own literal and figurative boxes and the meaningful objects—and stories—they contain.

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Jul
27
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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Jul
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

Making Mensches - The Elements of Virtue

What elements make a valuable and productive member of society? Hosted by The Silver Academy, "Making Mensches" describes the building blocks that create a "Mensch", or a "person of integrity and honor." 

The program is presented by Rabbi Ron Muroff of Chisuk Emuna in Harrisburg.

RSVP for this FREE event to Adam at agrobman@silveracademypa.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

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