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Closing Keynote with Carol Anderson
7:00 PM19:00

Closing Keynote with Carol Anderson

In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Dr. Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Dr. Carol Anderson will deliver the closing keynote address to the Harrisburg Book Festival, offering us a timely glimpse into the history of voter suppression. With vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.

This event is free and open to the public!

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XPN Welcomes John Gorka
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.

The store will be closed from 5pm to 7:15pm for sound-check and set-up.


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

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

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

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

"Mr. Gorka mesmerizes." — New York Times

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An Evening with Salman Rushdie
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 | Talk at 7 PM | Signing at 8:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Golden House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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