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Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Welcome legendary Soul and R+B singer Charlie Wilson. He discusses his memoir. Call store for details.
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Book Readings, July 06, 2015, 07/06/2015, Charlie Wilson reads from his book I Am Charlie Wilson
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Frank Romano is back by popular demand. Love and Terror in the Middle East dramatically captures his perilous journeys throughout the region in efforts to promote understanding between Jews, Muslims and Christians.
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Book Readings, July 07, 2015, 07/07/2015, Frank Romano discusses his book Love and Terror in the Middle East
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Dr. Jaime Kulaga helps navigate the challenges of today's modern woman with step-by-step strategies to create work-life balance.
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Book Readings, July 07, 2015, 07/07/2015, Jaime Kulaga reads from her book The SuperWoman's Guide to Super Fulfillment: Step-by-Step Strategies to Create Work-Life Balance
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The release of Sandwich Stories, a new zine, with readings from Mairead Case, Rahawa Haile, Jen Vafidis, Jazmine Hughes, Maggie Serota, Adam Chandler, Jaya Saxena, Rachel Fershleiser, Lisa Lucas, Kat Kinsman, Anna Hezel, and Helen Rosner.
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Readings, July 07, 2015, 07/07/2015, 3-Minute Sandwich Stories
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No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers including Nicole Ferraro, Thomas Pryor, Sandi Marx and Joey Novick. Curated and co-hosted by author/storyteller Michele Carlo (FISH OUT OF AGUA: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, Citadel Press), the show will also include a "Magic Hat Open-Mic" where audience members can sign up for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own story.
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Open Mike Readings, July 07, 2015, 07/07/2015, Super Storytellers
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Featuring the poets: Tony Hoagland, Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays Jeffrey McDaniel, Chapel of Inadvertent Joy Regie Cabico, Flicker and Spark: a Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry
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Poetry Readings, July 07, 2015, 07/07/2015, Word for Word Poetry
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In conversation with Lou Brutus (Host of hardDrive with Lou Brutus). In the tradition of the late great George Carlin, New York Times bestselling author and lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour Corey Taylor sounds off in hilarious fashion about the many vagaries of modern life that piss him off.
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Book Signings, July 08, 2015, 07/08/2015, Corey Taylor signs copies of his book You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left
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For the 150th anniversary, Harold Holzer (The Civil War in 150 Objects) presents an unprecedented firsthand chronicle of one of the most pivotal moments in American history.
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Book Signings, July 08, 2015, 07/08/2015, Harold Holzer reads from his book Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion
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Historian Alexis Coe (Alice+Freda Forever) curates a night of readings about discolation, with Amitava Kumar, Anna North, Danielle Henderson, Josh Gondelman, Reyhan Harmanci, Rembert Brown, and Mychal Denzel Smith.
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Readings, July 08, 2015, 07/08/2015, What is Home? Readings
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With: Timothy Liu, Sara Jane Stoner, Yolanda Wisher, and Magdalena Zurawski. Timothy Liu (Don’t Go Back to Sleep, Saturnalia Books), Sara Jane Stoner (Experience in the Medium of Destruction, Portable Press), Yolanda Wisher (Monk Eats An Afro, Hanging Loose Press), and Magdalena Zurawski (Companion Animal, Litmus Press).
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Poetry Readings, July 09, 2015, 07/09/2015, Showcase Poetry Reading Series
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Karolina Waclawiak, Megan Abbott, Kathleen Alcott, Jami Attenberg, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, and Iman Saleh present a night of readings and stories for the launch of Waclawiak's hotly anticipated second novel, co-presented with The Believer.
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Book Readings, July 09, 2015, 07/09/2015, Karolina Waclawiak reads from her book The Invaders
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Even though Alexander Hamilton was among the most important Founding Fathers, less is known about his early life than that of any other major Founder. Relatively few records have been found regarding Hamilton's birth, childhood, and origins in the West Indies. Hamilton "rarely...dwelt upon his personal history" and never recorded his life's story. Most of Hamilton's correspondence prior to 1777 was lost during the American Revolution. This has resulted in many gaps in his biography, which has given rise to much conjecture regarding the details of his life. Relying on new research and extensive analysis of the existing literature, Michael E. Newton presents a more comprehensive and accurate account of Alexander Hamilton's formative years. Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years tells the dramatic story of how this poor immigrant emerged from obscurity and transformed himself into the most remarkable Founding Father. In riveting detail, Newton delivers a fresh and fascinating account of Hamilton's origins, youth, and indispensable services during the American Revolution.
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Book Readings, July 10, 2015, 07/10/2015, Michael Newton discusses his book Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, July 13, 2015, 07/13/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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“An inspiring account of New York’s first black mayor and the hopes he inherited, many of them dashed on the shoals of fiscal reality and a sometimes hapless search for consensus.” - Sam Roberts, New York Times Book Review
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Book Signings, July 14, 2015, 07/14/2015, David Dinkins signs copies of his book A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic
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Meena Alexander’s collections of poetry include Birthplace with Buried Stones (2013), Quickly Changing River (2008) Raw Silk (2004) and Illiterate Heart (2002), the winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. She lives and works in New York City, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and at the CUNY Graduate Center in the PhD program in English. Ross Gay is the author of three collections of poetry: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (2015), Bringing the Shovel Down (2011), and Against Which (2006). He currently teaches at Indiana University and in Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. January Gil O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (2014) and Underlife (2009). She is executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and teaches at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, July 14, 2015, 07/14/2015, Summer Poetry Readings with Meena Alexander, Ross Gay and January Gil O'Neil
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Featuring the poets of Poetry Society of America: Abdul Ali, Caroline Williams, John Murillo
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Poetry Readings, July 14, 2015, 07/14/2015, Word for Word Poetry
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With: Hosted by Julia Fierro, Cutting Teeth Dennis Mahoney, Bell Weather Sophie McManus, The Unfortunates Patricia Park, Re Jane Erika Swyler, The Book Of Speculation Fierro, the founder of the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, leads a lively conversation with a group of buzzed-about novelists.
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Book Readings, July 15, 2015, 07/15/2015, Novel Novelists
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What did Abraham Lincoln envision when he talked about "reconstruction?" Assassinated in 1865, the president did not have a chance to begin the work of reconciling the North and South, nor to oversee Reconstruction as an official postwar strategy. Yet his final speech, given to thousands gathered in the rain outside the White House on April 11, 1865, gives a clear indication of what Lincoln's postwar policy might have looked like-one that differed starkly from what would emerge in the tumultuous decade that followed.
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Book Readings, July 15, 2015, 07/15/2015, Louis Masur reads from his book Lincoln’s Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion
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Angela Flournoy chats with Tayari Jones about Flournoy's debut novel about a family and the abandoned home located in the deteriorating and turbulent Detroit of the 60s.
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Book Readings, July 15, 2015, 07/15/2015, Angela Flournoy reads from her book The Turner House
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Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina’s landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. Readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack’s personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.
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Book Readings, July 15, 2015, 07/15/2015, Carl Safina discusses his book Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel with actress Isabella Rossellini
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With: Ellen Hagan, Parneshia Jones, Anne Marie Macari, and Jean Valentine. Ellen Hagan (Hemisphere, Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), Parneshia Jones (Vessel, Milkweed Editions), Anne Marie Macari (Red Deer, Persea Books), and Jean Valentine (Shirt in Heaven, Copper Canyon Press).
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Poetry Readings, July 16, 2015, 07/16/2015, Showcase Poetry Reading Series
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In the early months of 1965, the killings of two civil rights activists inspired the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, which became the driving force behind the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This is their story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, July 16, 2015, 07/16/2015, Steve Fiffer reads from his book Jimmie Lee and James: Two Lives, Two Deaths, and the Movement that Changed America
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Boof is the Egyptian-Sudanese-American author of several bestselling novels and poetry collections, including The Sexy Part of the Bible, Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s and the story collection "Politically Inspired." Her autobiography Diary of a Lost Girl was published in 2006. Joining her at the event will be New Jersey-based poet Mark Fogarty (The Brownstone Poets Anthology, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, July 17, 2015, 07/17/2015, Poets Read: Kola Boof / Mark Fogarty
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A novel about what happens when you are totally unknown to yourself.
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Book Readings, July 20, 2015, 07/20/2015, Fiona Maazel reads from her book What Kind of a Man
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Leave Your Mark isn't an advice book - it's a mentorship in 288 pages. Aliza Licht - global fashion communications executive and Twitter phenom @DKNY PR GIRL - is here to tell her story, complete with The Devil Wears Prada-like moments and insider secrets.
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Book Readings, July 21, 2015, 07/21/2015, Aliza Licht reads from her book Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media
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Michelle Goldberg traces the life of the incredible woman who brought yoga to the West — and in so doing paints a sweeping picture of the twentieth century.
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Book Readings, July 21, 2015, 07/21/2015, Michelle Goldberg reads from her book The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West
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Featuring the Poets of Song Cave Press: Jae Choi, Thomas Meyer, Emily Hunt
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Poetry Readings, July 21, 2015, 07/21/2015, Word for Word Poetry
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With: Hosted by Joyce Lamb, Curator of USA Today's romance novels blog, Happy Ever After Robyn Carr, Four Friends, Never Too Late Kristan Higgins, If You Only Knew Elizabeth Hoyt, Dearest Rogue Beverly Jenkins, For Your Love, Destiny’s Captive Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heroes Are My Weakness Meredith Wild, Hardwired USA Today blogger Joyce Lamb is joined by bestselling and emerging romance novelists from three of the top publishers of the genre: Harlequin, Avon and Forever.
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Book Readings, July 22, 2015, 07/22/2015, Romance Writers' Panel
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Readings, July 22, 2015, 07/22/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Hodes brings to life a key moment of national uncertainty and confusion, when competing visions of America’s future proved irreconcilable and hopes for racial justice in the aftermath of the Civil War slipped from the nation’s grasp. Hodes masterfully brings the tragedy of Lincoln’s assassination alive in human terms—terms that continue to stagger and rivet us one hundred and fifty years after the event they so strikingly describe.
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Book Readings, July 22, 2015, 07/22/2015, Martha Hodes reads from her book Mourning Lincoln
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With: Nickole Brown, Betsy Fagin, Jessica Jacobs, and Thomas Meyer. Nickole Brown (Fanny Says, BOA Editions), Betsy Fagin (All Is Not Yet Lost, Belladonna), Jessica Jacobs (Pelvis with Distance, White Pine Press), and Thomas Meyer (Essay Stanzas, The Song Cave).
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Poetry Readings, July 23, 2015, 07/23/2015, Showcase Poetry Reading Series
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Staring in the face of prostate cancer at age thirty-five and metastatic disease and proposed surgical castration at age forty, Paul Steinberg was forced to take two simultaneous journeys. The first was to transition from doctor to patient and surrender his physical health to a medical establishment he knew from firsthand knowledge would be using approaches that would be outdated within a few years. The second was a spiritual journey.
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Book Readings, July 23, 2015, 07/23/2015, Paul Steinberg reads from his book A Salamander's Tale: My Story of Regeneration - Surviving 30 Years with Prostate Cancer
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The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure and an alien invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before.
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Book Readings, July 23, 2015, 07/23/2015, Ernest Cline reads from his book Armada
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, July 27, 2015, 07/27/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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The heartbreaking story written by Jeff Hobbs about his former roommate trying to fit into disparate spheres of his existence.
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Book Readings, July 28, 2015, 07/28/2015, Jeff Hobbs reads from his book The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
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Featuring the poets of Sibling Rivalry Press: Jane Summer, Ralph Hamilton, Robert Siek, Priscilla Atkins
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Poetry Readings, July 28, 2015, 07/28/2015, Word for Word Poetry
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From former SNL "Weekend Update" host and legendary stand-up Colin Quinn comes a controversial and laugh-out-loud investigation into cultural and ethnic stereotypes.
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Book Signings, July 29, 2015, 07/29/2015, Colin Quinn signs copies of his book The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America
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This heroic true story of the three youngest children of a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance.
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Book Readings, July 29, 2015, 07/29/2015, Charles Kaiser reads from his book The Cost of Courage
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A book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963 and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered who profoundly influenced his life and art.
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Book Readings, July 29, 2015, 07/29/2015, Deborah Davis reads from her book The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
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A night of poetry from three great independent presses, Sarabande Books, Sibling Rivalry Press, and Saturnalia. With readings by Kathleen Ossip, David Tomas-Martinez, Ralph Hamilton, and Debbie Kuan.
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Book Readings, July 30, 2015, 07/30/2015, Small Press Night Readings
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The United States faces a serious retirement challenge. Many of today's workers will lack the resources to retire at traditional ages and maintain their standard of living in retirement. Solving the problem is a major challenge in today's environment in which risk and responsibility have shifted from government and employers to individuals. For this reason, Charles D. Ellis, Alicia H. Munnell, and Andrew D. Eschtruth have written this concise guide for anyone concerned about their own - and the nation's - retirement security.
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Book Readings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, Charles D. Ellis reads from his book Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It
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With a single shot from a pistol small enough to conceal in his hand, John Wilkes Booth catapulted into history on the night of April 14, 1865. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln stunned a nation that was just emerging from the chaos and calamity of the Civil War, and the president's untimely death altered the trajectory of postwar history. But to those who knew Booth, the event was even more shocking-for no one could have imagined that this fantastically gifted actor and well-liked man could commit such an atrocity.
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Book Readings, August 05, 2015, 08/05/2015, Terry Alford reads from his book Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth
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The riveting true story of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound by marriage to George Washington’s family but turned by war against Washington’s crowning achievement, the Union.
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Book Readings, August 12, 2015, 08/12/2015, Jonathan Horn reads from his book The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History
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The remarkable tale of a childhood steeped in doomed dogma.
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Book Readings, August 17, 2015, 08/17/2015, Said Sayrafiezadeh reads from his book Brief Encounters with the Enemy
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For the socially conscious reader of Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters, Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness, and Howard Schultz’s Onward comes an inspiring handbook for success in business, life, and the all-important task of building a more compassionate world — by the visionary CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks.
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Book Readings, August 18, 2015, 08/18/2015, Daniel Lubetzky reads from his book Do the Kind Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
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America’s best-loved therapist returns to the park for an afternoon discussion of her latest book, in which she shares private stories from her past and her present, and her insights into living life to the fullest, at any age.
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Book Signings, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, Ruth Westheimer signs copies of her book The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre
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One of the most dynamic eras in American history—the 1920s—began with this watershed year that would set the tone for the century to follow.
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Book Readings, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, Eric Burns reads from his book 1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar
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When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, he had broader aims than simply rallying a war-weary nation. Lincoln realized that the Civil War had taken on a wider significance—that all of Europe and Latin America was watching to see whether the United States, a beleaguered model of democracy, would indeed “perish from the earth.”
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Book Readings, August 26, 2015, 08/26/2015, Don Doyle reads from his book The Cause of All Nations
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A novel about what happens when you are totally unknown to yourself.
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Poetry Readings, September 21, 2015, 09/21/2015, Poet Eileen Myles reads from her work
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