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Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

Ben Rabb Live in Concert

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore proudly presents Ben Rabb in concert for July's Third in the Burg!

Ben Rabb a touring Los Angeles-based-by way of New York City singer/songwriter, whose soulful lyrics and authentic approach to performance make him a refreshing, unique standout in an industry where realism often takes a backseat to the bells and whistles of pop production.

Jul
23
2:00 pm14:00

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!

Jul
27
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Jul
29
1:00 pm13:00

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.

Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Aug
5
6:00 pm18:00

Good News Cafe

Good News Cafe is an ongoing series created for all to enjoy ministries of the 'Gospel' expressed through gifts such as dance, poetry,musicianship, live music, and fellowship.

An Evening with Zinzi Clemmons
Aug
9
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons 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.

Aug
10
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Aug
10
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

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

Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium
Aug
12
4:00 pm16:00

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.

Aug
17
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toasmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Aug
17
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Aug
18
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

 

Aug
20
5:00 pm17:00

LGBT Book Club

The LGBT book club meets monthly and discusses a different LGBT-themed book each meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no cost for participation. Contact lgbtbookclubhbg@gmail.com for more details! 

An Evening with Kate Fagan
Aug
23
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Aug
24
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Heather Mae in Concert

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

RSVP on facebook

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.

An Afternoon with Dave Levitan
Aug
26
4:00 pm16:00

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.

Aug
31
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Sep
14
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Sep
21
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Sep
21
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Sep
28
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

An Evening with Salman Rushdie
Sep
29
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Oct
5
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Oct
7
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Oct
19
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Oct
19
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Greg Huber Signing
Oct
28
2:00 pm14:00

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.

An Evening with Carmen Maria Machado
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

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.

XPN Welcomes John Gorka
Nov
10
8:00 pm20:00

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

An Evening with Wendy Pearlman
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Nov
16
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

An Evening with Masha Gessen
Nov
20
6:30 pm18:30

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.


Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Jul
20
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Jul
16
5:00 pm17:00

LGBT Book Club

The LGBT book club meets monthly and discusses a different LGBT-themed book each meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no cost for participation. Contact lgbtbookclubhbg@gmail.com for more details! 

An Afternoon with Keith Law
Jul
15
3:00 pm15:00

An Afternoon with Keith Law

ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law discusses his new book, Smart Baseball, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. 

Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball, as Keith Law, ESPN’s veteran writer and analyst on baseball statistics, challenges a century of the game’s accepted wisdom, proving why some of baseball’s most trusted numbers—from pitcher wins to batting average—are surprisingly wrong, sharing the statistics that actually work, and examining the future of the game in a Big Data world.

About the book:

For the past fifteen years, many baseball fans, writers, and commentators have remained mired in the muck of old statistics—baseball card numbers such as batting average, saves recorded, and a pitcher’s won-lost record—while newer, smarter, and at times counterintuitive, baseball stats known as sabermetrics have become commonplace throughout Major League Baseball. Yet, despite their popularity, confusion persists about these new stats, with much of the baseball world still following the “old” way—a combination of those outdated numbers and “gut” instinct—to evaluate players’ contributions and careers. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers.

ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law, respectfully, or perhaps not so respectfully, disagrees. In this provocative book, the outspoken Law takes on the established view of baseball stats, undermining over a century’s worth of baseball dogma. With many of these numbers dating back to the beginning of the game, he examines how allegiance to these old stats is firmly rooted, not in the modern game as it’s played, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition. Using entertaining anecdotes, logic, and occasionally just a little math, he exposes the flaws in much of the game’s orthodoxy, from the illusion of clutch performers, to the dishonesty of RBIs, to how the save rule - invented by a journalist - has ruined bullpens for decades.

But Smart Baseball is not just about tearing down tradition.  Law also offers a clear-eyed discussion of the new stats that are helping teams win, changing how players are valued, and altering how we talk about the game.  Exploring long underappreciated numbers like On Base Percentage, as well as newer stats like Win Probably Added and Wins Above Replacement, he simplifies the math that has gotten in the way for many curious fans, providing understandable explanations of what these numbers measure and why they work better.  In addition he delves into the future of baseball stats, uncovering the escalating arms race for statistical talent being waged by almost every MLB front office, as the teams search for innovative ways to find the statistical edge on and off their field.

 

Author Bio:

Keith Law is a senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider and an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, focusing on all types of baseball analysis. Prior to joining ESPN, Law spent four and a half years working as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays, handling all statistical analysis and was also a writer for Baseball Prospectus. Law holds degrees from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon and lives in Delaware.

Jul
15
1:00 pm13:00

Alan Krasner Poetry Reading

Alan Krasner is the author of a trilogy of meditative poetry.  Collections of poems and haikus portray his personal spiritual journey.  Alan will be reading his recently published book, “A Personal Connection.”  This book explores what is beyond the horizon of knowledge and the leap of faith into what we experience as our universe.  Join me as we explore the boundaries of our world in a meditative journey.

Alan was an IT consultant for 22 years before retiring in 2007 and transitioning to a second career as a financial advisor.  He is married, has two adult children and lives in Harrisburg, PA.  More information is available at www.alankrasner.com

Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Jul
13
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Jul
1
6:00 pm18:00

Good News Cafe

Good News Cafe is an ongoing series created for all to enjoy ministries of the 'Gospel' expressed through gifts such as dance, poetry, musicianship, live music, and fellowship.

Jul
1
1:00 pm13:00

Fire is Your Water and PA Dutch Folk Healing with Jim Minick

Through family stories and research, author Jim Minick describes Pennsylvania Dutch folk-healing and his use of the practice in his new novel, Fire Is Your Water. 

About the book: 

Sacred chants are Ada Franklin’s power and her medicine. By saying them, she can remove warts, stanch bleeding, and draw the fire from burns. At age twenty, her reputation as a faith healer defines her in her rural Pennsylvania community. But on the day in 1953 that her family’s barn is consumed by flame, her identity as a healer is upended. The heat, the roar of the blaze, and the bellows of the trapped cows change Ada. For the first time, she fears death and—for the first time—she doubts God. With her belief goes her power to heal. Then Ada meets an agnostic named Will Burk and his pet raven, Cicero.

Built on magical realism and social observation in equal measure, Fire Is Your Water never gives way to sentimentality and provides an insider’s glimpse into the culture of Appalachia. A jealous raven, a Greek chorus of one, punctuates the story with its judgments on the characters and their actions, until a tragic accident brings Ada and Will together in a deeper connection.

About the author:

Jim Minick is the author of five books, including the novel Fire Is Your Water and The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family, winner of the SIBA Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award. He’s also written a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path, two books of poetry, Her Secret Song and Burning Heaven, and he edited All There Is to Keep by Rita Riddle.

Jun
29
7:00 pm19:00

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. 

Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Bill Morris in Conversation with Brad Bumsted

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome The Millions' Bill Morris as he discusses his new book covering the "spectularly lurid stories" in Chambersurg, PA, American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo '70s, with Brad Bumsted. 

About the book: 

After publishing his third novel, Motor City Burning (Pegasus Books, 2014), Bill Morris turned his attention to researching, remembering and reliving some of the spectacularly lurid stories he covered in Chambersburg nearly forty years ago. These included arson, rape, murder, kidnapping, attempted suicide, the paranormal, prison breaks - all of it leavened by the more prosaic aspects of life in a picturesque small town in central Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley. He has now collected his memories - along with explorations into the slippery nature of memory - in a non-fiction book he's called American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo '70s.

Author biographies:

Bill Morris began his writing career as a reporter at Chambersburg, Pa.’s, Public Opinion, where he covered the lurid and sensational stories that appear in American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo ‘70s. Since then he has published three critically acclaimed novels and has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, LA Weekly, and Popular Mechanics. He lives in New York City and is a staff writer at the online literary magazine The Millions.

Brad Bumsted is the bureau chief of a new print-only publication, The Caucus,  which focuses on state issues. The weekly newspaper features  investigative reporting and long form journalism in an era of sound bites,  the 24-hour news cycle, and unending Tweets and Facebook feeds. Bumsted worked 18 years as an award-winning reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covering Harrisburg. Previously he was a reporter for Gannett News Service in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. and Florida. He began his career in journalism at the Chambersburg Public Opinion, where is top accomplishment was being hung in effigy in the Mercersburg Halloween Parade. He is the author of two books and co-author of another. His most recent book, Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal , is available here at the book store. Bumsted lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Gail. They have a daughter, Lindsey, who just finished her JD degree at Temple Law School.

Jun
25
8:00 am08:00

Summer Book Sale!

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore will be hosting an outdoor tent sale with over 15,000 used books priced at $1 and $2! The book sale will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 8am - 7pm and Sunday, June 25 th from 8am-7pm at 3rd and Verbeke Streets adjacent to the Broad Street Market.

The sale will take place, rain or shine!

Jun
24
3:00 pm15:00

Telling the Story with Erik Fasick

Historian Erik Fasick gives a presentation on Tropical Storm Agnes and its impact on the Harrisburg community in 1972. Copies of Erik's book, TROPICAL STORM AGNES IN GREATER HARRISBURG will be available for purchase.

About the speaker:

Erik V. Fasick is vice president of the board of trustees for The Historical Society of Dauphin County and holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg. He is a former board member and executive director of The Pennsylvania German Society. In addition to Tropical Storm Agnes in Greater Harrisburg, he has previously published Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River, both from Arcadia Publishing, along with several articles on military history and folklore related to the Harrisburg area.

Jun
24
8:00 am08:00

Summer Book Sale!

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore will be hosting an outdoor tent sale with over 15,000 used books priced at $1 and $2! The book sale will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 8am - 7pm and Sunday, June 25 th from 8am-7pm at 3rd and Verbeke Streets adjacent to the Broad Street Market.

The sale will take place, rain or shine!

An Evening with Andrew Krivak
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Andrew Krivak

Midtown Scholar is pleased to host National Book Award Finalist Andrew Krivak, as he discusses and signs copies of his new novel, The Signal Flame. 

In a small town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Hannah and her son Bo mourn the loss of the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich. Beginning shortly after Easter in 1972 and ending on Christmas Eve this ambitious novel beautifully evokes ordinary time, a period of living and working while waiting and watching and expecting. The Signal Flame is gorgeously written, honoring the cycles of earth and body, humming with blood and passion, and it confirms Andrew Krivak as a writer of extraordinary vision and power.

Andrew Krivák is the author of The Signal Flame and the National Book Award finalist, The Sojourn, which also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Chautauqua Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Andrew Krivák is the author of The Signal Flame and the National Book Award finalist, The Sojourn, which also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Chautauqua Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts.