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Author Readings


An Evening with Diane McCormick | Well-Behaved Taverns

Saturday, February 2nd | 4pm

Take a pub crawl through 12 Pennsylvania taverns with rebellious pasts, where the stakes were high and the rum was flowing. Meet the scalawags and insurrectionists of the American Revolution, Whiskey Rebellion, the boozy Fries Rebellion, the tumultuous Canal Era, the Underground Railroad, the Battle of Gettysburg (and the making of the movie!), the Molly Maguires, and Prohibition.


An Evening with Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan | Vagrants and Vagabonds

Saturday, February 9th | 5pm | Conversation and Book Signing

The riveting story of control over the mobility of poor migrants, and how their movements shaped current perceptions of class and status in the United States.


An Afternoon with Deborah and James Fallows | Our Towns

Sunday, February 10th | 4pm | Conversation and Book Signing

A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts. 


An Evening with Robbie Tolan | No Justice

Tuesday, February 12th | 7pm | Conversation and Book Signing

The harrowing story of Robbie Tolan, who early on one New Year's Eve morning, found himself being rushed to the hospital. A white police officer had shot him in the chest after mistakenly accusing him of stealing his own car — while in his own driveway. No Justice is the story about what happened after the cameras and social media protests went away.


An Evening with Ross Gay | The Book of Delights

Saturday, February 16th | 5pm | Reading and Book Signing

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 | Reading and Book Signing

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.


An Evening with Daniel Stone | The Food Explorer

Saturday, March 9th | 5pm | Conversation and Book Signing

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.

An Evening with Richard Rothstein | The Color of Law

Wednesday, March 27th | 7pm | Conversation and Book Signing

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 | Reading and Book Signing

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.


An Evening with Nicole Weisensee Egan | Chasing Cosby

Thursday, May 2nd | 7pm | Presentation and Signing

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.