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Brought to you by one of the nation’s premier independent bookstores, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s capital city. We proudly host national award-winning authors and emerging literary sensations in our weekly book-talk-and-signing series. SIGNED books by featured authors now available at www.MidtownScholar.com

Join us as we celebrate the essential role of literature in contemporary society and engage the region’s vibrant literary and civic community in wide-ranging discussions on books, politics, arts & culture.

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PORTRAITS OF HOME: An Afternoon with Crystal Hana Kim and Lucy Tan


What is the meaning of home? Is it a physical place, a sense of being — is it connected to our familial past? And what happens when war, migration, and love  — alter our perception of home? In What We Were Promised, Tan probes a silk-producing village in rural China, the corporate ladder in suburban America, and the post-Maoist nouveaux riches of modern Shanghai — ultimately exploring the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves. And in If You Leave Me, Kim delivers a stunning portrait of war and refugee life, a passionate and timeless romance, and a heartrending exploration of one woman’s longing for autonomy in a rapidly changing world.

Lucy Tan and Crystal Hana Kim will take the stage to read from their novels — and explore the origins of home and our connection to family, country, and history.