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!
The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is honored to welcome 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author George Saunders to Harrisburg as he presents his new award-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Please join us for an evening to remember! Saunders will read from his novel and answer questions from the audience. Book signing to follow the discussion.
To purchase your book and ticket, visit: www.midtownscholar.com/event-tickets/an-evening-with-george-saunders
About the Book:
The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.
From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.
Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?
About the Author:
George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, the 2017 Man Booker Prize, the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.
The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author and journalist Andrea Pitzer to Harrisburg as she discusses her new book, One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. A haunting history of modernity’s greatest tragedy, One Long Night offers "a potent, powerful history of cruelty & dehumanization," and has been named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Ten Best History books for 2017.
About the Book:
A groundbreaking, haunting, and profoundly moving history of modernity's greatest tragedy: concentration camps.
For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. First used as battlefield strategy, camps have evolved with each passing decade, in the scope of their effects and the savage practicality with which governments have employed them. Even in the twenty-first century, as we continue to reckon with the magnitude and horror of the Holocaust, history tells us we have broken our own solemn promise of "never again."
In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, Andrea Pitzer reveals for the first time the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps. Beginning with 1890s Cuba, she pinpoints concentration camps around the world and across decades. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation and political repression. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even the interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions.
Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Andrea Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps: our greatest atrocities, the extraordinary survivors, and even the intimate, quiet moments that have also been part of camp life during the past century.
About the Author:
Andrea Pitzer is the author of The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, Slate, Lapham’s Quarterly, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. In 2009, she founded Nieman Storyboard, the narrative nonfiction site of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She lives in Falls Church, Virginia.
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!
The authors are the co-founders of Someone To Tell It To, a non-profit ministry in Harrisburg, Pa., with the mission of creating a caring culture that accompanies others on journeys toward deeper connections. They are husbands, fathers, pastors, and mentors who want to inspire a movement for people to listen more intently and be more present in others lives. Their hope is that these stories help you understand what being more compassionate and emphatic can mean for your life and for the lives of those you encounter every day. Each of the stories is intimate; they invite readers to reflect deeply on the examples they offer. Compassion requires an intentional consideration of another s circumstances, a grace that recognizes our common humanity in all its beauty and brokenness. All proceeds of this book will be used to help the ministry of Someone To Tell It To: To create a caring culture that accompanies others on the path toward meaningful connections.
Mr. Gingerich and Mr. Kaden will discuss their co-authored book, "Someone to Tell It To" and Ms. Turner will present her book, "Hidden Miracles."
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!
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.
Purchase the book in-store or online in advance & receive VIP Reserved Seating:
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 newly published by Riverhead Books in October 2017. She lives in New York.
FAMILY BOOK FAIR
Saturday November 18
2pm - Survival guide for teens: YA writers Justina Ireland & E. C. Myers
7pm - Covenant Christian Academy invites the public to its annual pre-Thanksgiving Student Coffeehouse, filled with music, fellowship and fun!
Area favorites John Terlazzo and Voices in the Hall return to perform for November's Third in the Burg, Harrisburg's celebration of city life and its wonders.
John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall sing Original Songs evocative of the influences of Arthur Rimbaud, William Blake, the Surrealists & the Beat Poets. Often compared to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, & Bruce Cockburn, this trio's music has been described as "Modern Surrealist Gypsy Folk," "Marc Chagall gone aural," "Leonard Cohen meets Rumi," and "Too exotic for WalMart."