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Author Readings


An Evening with Ross Gay | The Book of Delights

Saturday, February 16th | 5pm

The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.


An Afternoon with Pam Jenoff | The Lost GIrls of Paris

Sunday, February 17th | 4pm

From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.


Book Launch with Adam Makos | Spearhead

Tuesday, February 19th | 11am - 2pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of a Pennsylvanian tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel—and forge an enduring bond with his enemy. Makos will be joined by the World War II Hero behind the book, Clarence Smoyer.


An Evening with Daniel Stone | The Food Explorer

Saturday, March 9th | 5pm

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes—and thousands more—to the American plate. A must-read for foodies.


An Evening with Sarah St. Vincent and Kimi Grant

Saturday, March 16th | 5pm

Steeped in the rugged beauty of the Pennsylvania mountains, Sarah St.Vincent’s Ways to Hide in Winter is a powerful story about violence and redemption, betrayal and empathy . . . and how we reconcile the unforgivable in those we love. And in Kimi Grant’s novel Fallen Mountains, even loyalty, love, trust, and family can trap you on a path of tragedy.

Together, they’ll have an insightful conversation on their new novels and the role of Pennsylvania in their settings.

An Evening with Richard Rothstein | The Color of Law

Wednesday, March 27th | 7pm

The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation.” A groundbreaking, “virtually indispensable” study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history, The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.


An Evening with Robert Crease | The Workshop and the World

Thursday, April 4th | 7pm

When does a scientific discovery become accepted fact? Why have scientific facts become easy to deny? And what can we do about it? In The Workshop and the World, philosopher and science historian Robert P. Crease answers these questions by describing the origins of our scientific infrastructure―the “workshop”―and the role of ten of the world’s greatest thinkers in shaping it.


An Evening with Anthony Grooms | The Vain Conversation

Wednesday, April 17th | 7pm

Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters―Bertrand Johnson, one of the victims; Noland Jacks, a presumed perpetrator; and Lonnie Henson, a witness to the murders as a ten-year-old boy. Lonnie's inexplicable feelings of culpability drive him in a search for meaning that takes him around the world, and ultimately back to Georgia, where he must confront Jacks and his own demons, with the hopes that doing so will free him from the grip of the past.


The Presidents: An Afternoon with Brian Lamb and Susan Swain

Sunday, April 28th | 4pm

The complete rankings of our best — and worst — presidents, based on C-SPAN's much-cited Historians Surveys of Presidential Leadership.

Over a period of decades, C-SPAN has surveyed leading historians on the best and worst of America's presidents across a variety of categories — their ability to persuade the public, their leadership skills, the moral authority, and more.


An Evening with Nicole Weisensee Egan | Chasing Cosby

Thursday, May 2nd | 7pm

The definitive account of Bill Cosby's transition from revered father figure to convicted criminal, told by a veteran crime reporter and senior writer for People magazine. Rich in character and rife with dramatic revelations about popular culture, media power, and our criminal system, Egan's account will inform and fascinate readers with its candid telling of humanity's most enduring tale: the rise and fall of a cultural icon.


An Evening with Mark Bowden | The Last Stone

Saturday, May 4th | 6pm

On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and mystery endured. Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed. The Last Stone recounts a masterpiece of criminal interrogation, and delivers a chilling and unprecedented look inside a disturbing criminal mind.


An Evening with D. Watkins | We Speak for Ourselves

Saturday, May 11th | 6pm

The critically lauded author of The Beast Side and The Cook Up returns with an existential look at life in low-income black communities, while also offering a new framework for how we can improve the conversations occurring about them. Through the personal retelling of his journey, Watkins aims to illuminate the lessons he’s learned navigating through two very distinct worlds—the hood and the elite sanctums of the prominent black thinkers and public figures—in hopes of providing actionable solutions.


How to Resist: An Evening with Michael Long and George Lakey

Wednesday, May 15th | 7pm

In We the Resistance, Michael Long gives curious citizens and current resisters unfiltered access to the hearts and minds―the rational and passionate voices―of their activist predecessors. In How We Win, George Lakey looks to successful campaigns across the world to help us see what has worked and what hasn’t: from choosing the right target, to designing a creative campaign; from avoiding burnout within your group, to building a movement of movements.

Together, they’ll have a powerful conversation on non-violent resistance, how to gain political power, and successful strategies to achieve real progressive victories.


An Evening with Casey Cep | The Furious Hours

Tuesday, June 18th | 7pm

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird .

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.