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Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: A Commonwealth Reader
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: A Commonwealth Reader

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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome editors Wes Leckrone and Michelle Atherton to Harrisburg to discuss their new book, Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: A Commonwealth Reader. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.

Pennsylvania Politics and Policy is designed to showcase current issues of interest to Pennsylvanians. During the talk, co-editors Atherton and Leckrone will delve policy issues on education, health care, public finance, tax policy, environmental policy, alcohol policy and more. Each chapter is supplemented by forums with arguments in support of or opposed to contested elements of state policy, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

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Storytime with Martha Freeman
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Storytime with Martha Freeman

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“If you’re going to a march, you’re going to want a sign”—and this inspiring handbook, which introduces children to the world of action and activism. 

All little scholars are welcome for this special storytime with children's author, Martha Freeman! She'll read from her brand-new children's book, If You're Going to a March. This event is free and open to the public! 

About the Book:

As more and more children attend the growing number of marches across the country, this cheerful guide serves as a great reference tool and conversation starter for youthful participants. Inspired by author Martha Freeman’s own experiences, this picture book addresses many of the questions kids might have: What should I wear? How will I get there? Where will I be able to go to the bathroom? Is it okay to dance? (Yes, it is!). All the while the text stays focused on the fact that the right to assemble is a Constitutional part of our life as Americans . . . whatever our political point of view.

About the Author: 

Martha Freeman has been marching since she was in middle school. Her 30 children’s books include Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow, Zap!, and Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question. She has three children and lives in Philadelphia.

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An Evening of True Crime: The Black Hand Society
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of True Crime: The Black Hand Society

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce to Harrisburg to present their new book, INSPECTOR OLDFIELD AND THE BLACK HAND SOCIETY: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought Them to Justice. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.

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About the Book:

The incredible true story of the US Post Office Inspector who took down the deadly Black Hand, a turn-of-the-century Italian-American secret society that preyed on immigrants across America’s industrial heartland—featuring fascinating and never-before-seen documents and photos from the Oldfield family’s private collection.

Before the emergence of prohibition-era gangsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, there was the Black Hand: an early twentieth-century Sicilian-American crime ring that preyed on immigrants from the old country. In those days, the FBI was in its infancy, and local law enforcement were clueless against the dangers—most refused to believe that organized crime existed. Terrorized victims rarely spoke out, and the criminals ruled with terror—until Inspector Frank Oldfield came along.

In 1899, Oldfield became America’s 156th Post Office Inspector—joining the ranks of the most powerful federal law enforcement agents in the country. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the unconventional Oldfield brilliantly took down train robbers, murderers, and embezzlers from Ohio to New York to Maryland. Oldfield was finally able to penetrate the dreaded Black Hand when a tip-off put him onto the most epic investigation of his career, culminating in the 1909 capture of sixteen mafiosos in a case that spanned four states, two continents—and ended in the first international organized crime conviction in the country.

Hidden away by the Oldfield family for one hundred years and covered-up by rival factions in the early 20th century Post Office Department, this incredible true story out of America’s turn-of-the-century heartland will captivate all lovers of history and true crime.

About the Author:

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Victoria Bruce is the author of No Apparent Danger, Hostage Nation, and Sellout. She is the recipient of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt. She lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

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William Oldfield is an archivist and historical lecturer. He is currently engaged in entrepreneurial pursuits in the areas of environmental and sustainable operations. He grew up in Akron, Ohio, and currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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An Evening with Elaine Weiss
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Elaine Weiss

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“With a skill reminiscent of Robert Caro, [Weiss] turns the potentially dry stuff of legislative give-and-take into a drama of courage and cowardice.”–The Wall Street Journal

The Midtown Scholar is thrilled to welcome award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss to Harrisburg to discuss her book, The Woman's  Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Book:

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the “Antis”–women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel’s, and the Bible. 

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

About the Author:

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Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The AtlanticHarper’sThe New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree, she is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press).

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Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Third in the Burg with Kosi Akosua Gyebi

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome singer/songwriter Kosi Akosua Gyebi to Harrisburg for September's Third in the Burg! Performance begins at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public!

About the Musician:

"Kosi (née Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues."

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An Evening with Michael Ausiello
Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Michael Ausiello

In conjunction with the LGBT Center, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author and TVLine.com founder Michael Ausiello to present his memoir, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies. A book signing will follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Book:

In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman’s Bettyville, Michael Ausiello—a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com—remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together.

For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello’s insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as founder and editor-in-chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.

What many of his fans don’t know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: his husband, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Over the course of eleven months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015.

In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty—always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love.

About the Author

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Michael Ausiello is the founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com, a television entertainment website owned by Penske Media that launched in 2010. Ausiello began his publishing career in 1997 at Soaps In Depth magazine before moving on to TVGuide.com in 2000, where he debuted his signature, spoiler-tinged “Ask Ausiello” column and established himself as a major player in the world of TV journalism. In 2008, he jumped to Entertainment Weekly, where he penned a column in the magazine as well as an award-winning blog on EW.com (both titled “The Ausiello Files”). He currently splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

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Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Third in the Burg FINALE w/ Indian Summer Jars feat. special guest Shine Delphi

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome musical band Indian Summer Jars, featuring Shine Delphi, to Harrisburg for October's Third in the Burg big finale! Performance begins at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public!

About the Musicians:

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

Shine Delphi travels this world with a resonator guitar and a few words to share. Born in Pennsylvania, raised in California, and rebirthed in the crescent city of New Orleans. Shine is a performer that will leave you feeling good and wanting more. From his technical ability on the guitar to his simple yet touching lyrics, he is an act that spans many genres and all ages. He has opened for such bands as The Carolina Chocolate drops, Reverend Peyton's big damn band, and The Tony Rice unit just to name a few. Oh yeah, and there's also that laugh... you can't forget that! HA!

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Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Third in the Burg with Andrew Pauls

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome singer/songwriter Andrew Pauls to Harrisburg for August's Third in the Burg! Performance begins at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public!

About the musician:

“Themes of hope, sadness, and striving fill Andrew Pauls’s original songs. Rooted in traditional American folk music, Andrew marries catchy melodies to beautiful lyrics to create relatable and thought-provoking songs.

Andrew’s first full-length album, released in 2016, describes the the joy and excitement of exploring new places and the difficulty of leaving home behind. Minimal instrumentation and simple production give the record an intimate, stripped-down feel, inviting the listener to pull up a chair and lean in close.

In addition to his solo work, Andrew performs with the band Theory Expats. The pop- and jazz-infused folk trio has performed at festivals from Ohio to Kansas and recently completed a tour of the east coast. Theory Expats released their first EP in 2015 and their sophomore project in 2017.

Andrew performs often in the Lancaster area and he lives there with his spouse Laura and all of their instruments. He is interested in the way music can bring people together in an increasingly divided world.”

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AN EVENING WITH CARA SUE ACHTERBERG
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

AN EVENING WITH CARA SUE ACHTERBERG

The Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Pennsylvania bestselling author Cara Sue Achterberg as she presents her new book, Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs. A book signing will follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Book

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When Cara felt her teenage children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs―lots of them―and so her foster journey began.

In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes. There were the nine puppies at once, which arrived with less than a day’s notice; a heart- worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and a warm place to sleep. Operation Paws for Homes rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and shuttles them north to foster homes like Cara’s on the way to their forever homes.

What started as a search for a good dog led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one that could fill the hole left in her heart from her children gaining independence―she could save dozens along the way. The stories of these remarkable dogs― including an eighty-pound bloodhound who sang arias for the neighbors―and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.

About the Author

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Cara Sue Achterberg is the author of several books, including I’m Not Her and Girls Weekend, which were national bestsellers. She lives in New Freedom, Pennsylvania.

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An Evening with Darnell Moore
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Darnell Moore

In conjunction with the LGBT Center of Central PA, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome renowned activist Darnell Moore to Harrisburg as he presents his new memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow presentation.

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About the Book: 

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.

When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.

Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive.

No Ashes in the Fire is a story of beauty and hope-and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.

About the Author: 

Darnell L. Moore is an editor-at-large at CASSIUS (Urban One), a columnist at LogoTV.com and NewNextNow.com, and a contributor at Mic, where he hosted their widely viewed digital series The Movement. He writes regularly for Ebony, Advocate, Vice, and Guardian. Moore was one of the original Black Lives Matter organizers, organizing bus trips from New York to Ferguson after the murder of Michael Brown. Moore is a writer-in-residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University, has taught at NYU, Rutgers, Fordham, and Vassar, and was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2016, he was named one of The Root 100, and in 2015 he was named one of Ebony magazine's Power 100 and Planned Parenthood's 99 Dream Keepers. He divides his time between Brooklyn and Atlanta.

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Book Signing with Local Poet Juelz Davenport
Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

Book Signing with Local Poet Juelz Davenport

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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome local author and poet Juelz Davenport to the Scholar as he signs copies of his new book, In My Eyes II: Urban Poetry

In this new collection of poetry, Davenport delivers poems on addiction, justice, equality, and how to explore the world through the eyes of another.
 

 

 

"Julian is a remarkably talented man who puts his raw emotions and painful experiences on paper, leaving his readers charged up and inspired by his poetic tales of the urban experience. I hope his gifts will encourage others to learn, leave their old ways behind and push forward to a better life." -- Representative Patty Kim

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Coffee Tasting at 10 w/ Counter Culture Coffee!
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee Tasting at 10 w/ Counter Culture Coffee!

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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Counter Culture Coffee to Harrisburg for a *special limited release* tasting of their brand new coffee, Frank! Join us this Friday for a special Tasting at 10 to be the first to taste the coffee! This tasting is FREE and open to the public. 

This latest limited release was created to inspire meaningful conversation and transparency around pricing at origin. A fundamental issue is the ability of farmers to make a profit growing coffee—and understanding the ways we can address that issue. With this limited-release blend of coffees from Mexico and Kenya, we explore what it means to have transparency about the prices farmers receive and how that transparency can transform supply chains.

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How Bernie Won: Jeff Weaver in conversation with John Fetterman
Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

How Bernie Won: Jeff Weaver in conversation with John Fetterman

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This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Bernie Sanders's Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver to Harrisburg as he discusses his new book, How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country -- and Where We Go From Here. Weaver will be in conversation with Mayor of Braddock County, John Fetterman. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Book:

When Jeff Weaver hopped in a car with Bernie Sanders in the summer of 1986, he had no idea the Vermont backroads would lead them all the way to the 2016 presidential campaign.

In How Bernie Won, Weaver shows how Bernie sparked a movement that would sweep America and inspire millions. He vowed not to run a negative campaign. He would focus on policies, not personalities. He would not be beholden to big money. He would actually make America work for ordinary people. Weaver also shows how they overcame significant challenges: A media that thrived on negative campaigns. A party controlled by insiders. And a political system dependent on big money. Weaver explains how Bernie beat them all and, in doing so, went from having little national name recognition when he entered to the race to being one of the most respected and well-known people in the world by its end―because, Weaver argues, Bernie won the race.

He moved the discussion from the concerns of the 1% to those of the 99%. He forced the Democrats to remember their populist roots. And he showed that an outsider with real ideas and ways to get them done could compete and win against the establishment’s hand-picked candidate.

From holding bags of “Bernie buttons” and picket-stick signs, to managing thousands of campaign workers, to looking ahead to 2020, Weaver chronicles the birth of a revolution that didn’t end in November 2016. It’s only just begun.

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About the Author:

Jeff Weaver, who began working for Bernie Sanders in 1986, was his campaign manager for the 2016 presidential election, as well as president of Our Revolution, a nonprofit founded by Sanders until June 2017. He is currently senior political adviser to Senator Sanders. He graduated from the University of Vermont and Georgetown University Law School. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

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An Evening with Beck Dorey-Stein
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Beck Dorey-Stein

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and WITF are pleased to welcome former White House Stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein to Harrisburg! Dorey-Stein will discuss her new memoir, From the Corner of the Oval.  Audience Q&A and book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public!

Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content have optioned the film rights, which is now in development. Read more here!

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About the Book:

The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love, and finding her place in the world.

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers—young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.

As she learns to navigate White House protocols and more than once runs afoul of the hierarchy, Beck becomes romantically entangled with a consummate D.C. insider, and suddenly the political becomes all too personal.

Against the backdrop of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters, and, in the process, discovering her voice.

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About the Author: 

Beck Dorey-Stein is a native of Narberth, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Wesleyan University. Prior to her five years in the White House, she taught high school English in Hightstown, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Seoul, South Korea. This is her first book.

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Third in the Burg with Milan Credle

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome musician and artist Milan Credle to Harrisburg for July's Third in the Burg! Performance begins at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public!

About the Artist: 

Milan Credle is a Washington D.C. native. He grew up listening to music his mother would play, from Rick James, Isley Brothers, DC's own GoGo Music, and Bob Marley to TLC, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and 2Pac. 

Milan viewed music and songwriting as a hobby or form of therapy to cope with the various trials encountered early on in his life. 

Two mixtapes were released by Milan Credle prior to officially starting his Rap career in 2014 with the release of his "The Abstract Of A Man" mixtape. Since then, Milan is now based in Lancaster, PA where he has been growing as an artist, with the recent release of his debut album, "Milan Credle Music".

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An Evening with Ruby Lal | Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Ruby Lal | Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

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"Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost — until now."

This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome acclaimed historian Ruby Lal to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Book: 

When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compare. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River that inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. And she was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill, which rivaled those of her female counterparts in Europe and beyond.

In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and most cherished wife of the Emperor Jahangir. While other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur ruled the vast Mughal Empire alongside her husband, and governed in his stead as his health failed and his attentions wandered from matters of state. An astute politician and devoted partner, Nur led troops into battle to free Jahangir when he was imprisoned by one of his own officers. She signed and issued imperial orders, and coins of the realm bore her name.

Acclaimed historian Ruby Lal uncovers the rich life and world of Nur Jahan, rescuing this dazzling figure from patriarchal and Orientalist clichés of romance and intrigue, and giving new insight into the lives of women and girls in the Mughal Empire, even where scholars claim there are no sources. Nur’s confident assertion of authority and talent is revelatory. In Empress, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens us to a fascinating history.

About the Author: 

Ruby Lal is professor of South Asian history at Emory University. Her previous books are Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness and Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World.

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Taking Action! Featuring Sarah McBride
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Taking Action! Featuring Sarah McBride

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Join us on for an Equality Pennsylvania event with HRC Press Secretary Sarah McBride as she discusses how we bend the arc of justice.

The evening will be an excellent opportunity to learn and hear from one of the most visible advocates in the national movement for equality as she discusses her book, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.

A book signing will follow the conversation, and everyone is invited to stick around to meet and mingle and to learn more about how they can get engaged in their local community.

Light refreshments to be provided.

About Tomorrow Will Be Different:

“A brave, powerful memoir.” —PEOPLE
 
Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was serving as student body president. She’d known she was a girl from her earliest memories, but it wasn’t until the Facebook post announcing her truth went viral that she realized just how much impact her story could have on the country.

Four years later, McBride was one of the nation’s most prominent transgender activists, walking the halls of the White House, advocating inclusive legislation, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She had also found her first love and future husband, Andy, a trans man and fellow activist, who complemented her in every way . . . until cancer tragically intervened.

Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to health care to gender in America, McBride weaves the important political and cultural milestones into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.

As McBride urges: “We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live.”

The fight for equality and freedom has only just begun.

 

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About the Author

Sarah McBride is the national press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, working tirelessly to advocate for LGBTQ equality. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker, and she speaks regularly at national LGBTQ and political events. A native of Delaware, Sarah is on the front lines of the progressive movement.
 

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Gerrymandering: Book Signing with Franklin Kury
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Gerrymandering: Book Signing with Franklin Kury

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This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome former State Senator Franklin Kury to Harrisburg as he signs copies of his new book, Gerrymandering: A Guide to Congressional Redistricting, Dark Money, and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

“Franklin Kury’s excellent book is as trenchant as it is timely. In it, he provides a great overview of the redistricting process in states like Pennsylvania. He shows how utterly broken that process is in that state and how gerrymandering in places like Pennsylvania is so clearly at odds with the fundamental values that ought to undergird republican democracies. He also shows why it is high time we did something about it.” - TOM WOLF, Governor of Pennsylvania

About the Book:

After placing fair legislative representation in the context of our governmental system, this book shows the anatomy of Pennsylvania’s 2011 Congressional redistricting that was invalidated by the state Supreme Court in 2018. Pennsylvania (and, later, California, the polar opposites of Pennsylvania n its redistricting process) is used as a measuring rod for other states. This is followed by an historical review of gerrymandering in America and the Supreme Court’s role to date in curbing it. The great challenges involved in reforming the redistricting process in states without a ballot referendum process concludes with a description of “dark money” and the virtual impossibility of tracing it in state elections.

About the Author: 

Franklin Kury served six years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and eight in the Pennsylvania Senate. He practiced law with Reed Smith, a major law firm, and then worked as a lobbyist with Malady and Wooten in Harrisburg, before retiring. This is his third book on legislatures and politics.

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Book Launch with John Fea
Jun
30
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch with John Fea

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Historian and Messiah College Professor John Fea as he presents his new book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion. 

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About the Book:

A historian’s discerning, critical take on current American politics.

“Believe me” may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump’s lexicon. Whether about building a wall or protecting a Christian heritage, the refrain has been constant. And to the surprise of many, a good 80 percent of white evangelicals have believed Trump—at least enough to help propel him into the White House. 

Historian John Fea is not surprised, however—and in these pages he explains how we have arrived at this unprecedented moment in American politics. An evangelical Christian himself, Fea argues that the embrace of Donald Trump is the logical outcome of a long-standing evangelical approach to public life defined by the politics of fear, the pursuit of worldly power, and a nostalgic longing for an American past. 

As insightful as it is timely, Fea’s Believe Me challenges Christians to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history.

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About the Author: 

John Fea is professor of American history at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. His previous books include Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction, and he blogs regularly at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.

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Nick Foles Book Signing
Jun
29
2:30 PM14:30

Nick Foles Book Signing

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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Super Bowl MVP and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles to Harrisburg to sign copies of his new book, Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds. This is a ticketed book signing event. 

To purchase tickets, visit: http://www.midtownscholar.com/tickets

*Ticket purchase includes (one) copy of BELIEVE IT and admission for up to (two) people to the signing line. Cost of a book + ticket is $30 tax-inclusive. Copy of BELIEVE IT will be given to ticket-holders as they enter the venue. No more than (five) copies will be permitted per ticket-holder. 

*Your order-confirmation acts as your ticket to the signing line. The name on the order-confirmation must match our signing line guest-list. 

*Doors open at 2:15pm. Book signing begins promptly at 2:30pm and ends promptly at 4:30pm.

*The signing line will be strictly limited to signing copies of BELIEVE IT only. No souvenirs, photos, memorabilia, jerseys, etc. will be signed, and no personalizations will be permitted. 

*Due to timing constraints, no posed photos are allowed. Action-only photos will be permitted.

*Customers must purchase copies of BELIEVE IT through the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. No outside copies will be allowed into the signing line.

About the Book:

When the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback went down with a torn ACL in week 14 of the 2017 NFL season, many fans—and commentators—assumed the Eagles’ season was over.

Instead, Nick Foles came off the bench and, against all odds, led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in history.

How did Nick get it done—winning MVP honors, silencing the critics, and shocking the world? How did the man who was on the verge of retiring just two seasons earlier stay optimistic and rally the team to an astounding win? How did he stay ready despite numerous trades and discouraging injuries, able to step up in the moment and perform at the top of his game?

Believe It offers a behind-the-scenes look at Nick’s unlikely path to the Super Bowl, the obstacles that threatened to hold him back, his rediscovery of his love for the game, and the faith that grounded him through it all. Learn from the way Nick handled the trials and tribulations that made him into the man he is today—and discover a path to your own success.

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About the Author:

Originally a third-round draft choice (88th overall) by the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft, Nick Foles spent the first three seasons of his pro career with Philadelphia prior to stints with St. Louis (2015) and Kansas City (2016). The Eagles’ all-time leader in passer rating (94.2), Foles has completed 776-of-1,285 (60.4%) attempts for 9,215 yards, 56 TDs and an 88.2 passer rating in 42 career games (36 starts). He lives in Philadelphia with his Wife and Daughter.

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