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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

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1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
(717) 236-1680 http://www.midtownscholar.com/

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January 2018

Free

Nathaniel Gadsden’s Spoken Word Café

January 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating indefinitely

Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Join Nathaniel Gadsden’s Spoken Word Café for a time of poetry and storytelling at the Midtown Scholar! This event is free and open to the public.

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Third in the Burg with Ian Fitzgerald

January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome singer-songwriter Ian FItzgerald for January's Third in the Burg! Hailed as "the songwriter's songwriter" by the Newport Folk Festival, Ian Fitzgerald has been criss-crossing the country over the past several years singing what he's written for audiences of all stripes. Based in Providence, RI, Ian performs both as a solo act and as the leader of Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else, the group formed in 2017 to bring full-band arrangements of his…

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February 2018

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An Evening with George Saunders

February 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is honored to welcome 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author George Saunders to Harrisburg as he presents his new award-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Please join us for an evening to remember! Saunders will read from his novel and answer questions from the audience. Book signing to follow the discussion. This is a ticketed event. Reserve one STANDING ROOM ONLY TICKET with each advance purchase of a signed paperback…

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Storytime with Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

February 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Acclaimed illustrator and children’s author Amy June Bates joins us for a special storytime with her daughter and co-author, Juniper Bates! Their new children’s book, The Big Umbrella, offers a timely and timeless picture book about acceptance. Both authors will be available to sign copies after the storytime. This event is free and open to the public! About the Book: In the tradition of Alison McGhee’s Someday, beloved illustrator Amy June Bates makes her authorial debut alongside her eleven-year-old daughter.…

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Third in the Burg with The Flat Wheels

February 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome folk rock band, The Flat Wheels, for February's Third in the Burg! The Flat Wheels are a Folk Rock band born in the hills of Perry County, Pennsylvania. Their sound is derived from a melting pot of influences that is continually mixed by all five members of the band. Classic Country and Bluegrass blended with Contemporary Pub-Rock/Indie sounds takes your ears for a ride in the country through modern day Americana.

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An Afternoon with Andrea Pitzer

February 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author and journalist Andrea Pitzer to Harrisburg as she discusses her new book, One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. A haunting history of modernity’s greatest tragedy, One Long Night offers "a potent, powerful history of cruelty & dehumanization," and has been named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Ten Best History books for 2017. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: A groundbreaking, haunting, and profoundly…

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An Evening with Vegas Tenold

February 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning journalist Vegas Tenold to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: Six years ago, Vegas Tenold embedded himself among the members of three of America’s most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups-the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. At the time, these groups…

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March 2018

Free

An Evening of Poetry with Todd Boss and Marci Nelligan

March 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Join the Midtown Scholar Bookstore and the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel for an evening celebrating the spoken word with acclaimed poets Todd Boss and Marci Nelligan! Both poets will read from their latest collections, Tough Luck and Ghost Manada. Their will be an open mic session after the reading, and both poets will be available to sign their books after the event. This event is free and open to the public. About the Books: At the center of Todd Boss’s…

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An Afternoon with Keisha Blain

March 3, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Historian Keisha Blain to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom. About the Book: In 1932, Mittie Maude Lena Gordon spoke to a crowd of black Chicagoans at the old Jack Johnson boxing ring, rallying their support for emigration to West Africa. In 1937, Celia Jane Allen traveled to Jim Crow Mississippi to organize rural black workers around…

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April 2018

Free

An Evening with Richard Blackett and Peter Levy

April 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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How did fugitive slaves impact the politics of the critical decade leading up to the Civil War? What can we learn from the race riots during the Civil Rights Movement in Urban America? And how do both critical moments in African American History shape our society today? In conjunction with Cambridge University Press, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome renowned scholars Richard Blackett and Peter Levy to Harrisburg. Blackett and Levy will present their new books, followed by…

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An Evening with Sands Hall

April 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Sands Hall to Harrisburg as she presents her new memoir, Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology. Book signing to take place after the talk. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the late 1970s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder,…

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Uneasy Peace: A Conversation with Patrick Sharkey

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Why have American cities experienced an astonishing drop in violent crime in the past two decades? How does Harrisburg fit into this narrative? And ultimately -- how do we prevent another crime wave? Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at New York University Patrick Sharkey will be joined by award-winning Penn Live journalist Christine Vendel and The Burg's Lizzy Hardison to discuss Sharkey's new book, Uneasy Peace: : The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and…

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An Evening with Matthew Frederick: How to Fix Harrisburg

April 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome urban designer and former Harrisburg resident Matthew Frederick as he presents his new book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School. This new title in the bestselling 101 Things I Learned® series provides unique, accessible lessons on urban design for students, professionals, and even general readers who wish to better understand the design of cities and towns. In this presentation, Frederick will show how the urban designer’s unique understanding of space…

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Independent Bookstore Day!

April 28, 2018
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore! As a proud participant with over 500 independent bookstores across the country in this one-day national event, we’ll have family fun activities, special book giveaways, blind-date-with-a-book, free coffee tasting, exclusive sales and merchandise, and a memorable conversation with two award-winning debut novelists. See below for all the details! 11:00am: Celebrity Storytime with News Anchor Valerie Pritchett 3:00pm: Coffee Tasting with Counter Culture Coffee 4:00pm | An Afternoon with Meghan Kenny and…

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An Afternoon with Meghan Kenny and Jane Delury

April 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning debut novelists Meghan Kenny and Jane Delury to Harrisburg on Independent Bookstore Day! Kenny will read from her novel, The Driest Season, and Delury will read from her novel, The Balcony. Following the reading, Kenny and Delury will be in conversation with Alex Brubaker to discuss the the craft of writing fiction, contemporary novels, and the creative process. This event is free and open to the public. About The Driest Season:…

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May 2018

FREE

An Evening with Allen Guelzo

May 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to partner with the National Civil War Museum to welcome award-winning historian Allen Guelzo to Harrisburg! Dr. Guelzo will present his new book on the Civil War, Reconstruction: A Concise History with WITF's Scott LaMar. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: The era known as Reconstruction is one of the unhappiest times in American history. It succeeded in reuniting the nation politically after the Civil War but in…

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Our Kids, Our Future

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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An Education Policy Forum with Experts, Thought Leaders, and Local Officials on The Current State and Future of Education in Pennsylvania’s 10th District, Hosted by Shavonnia Corbin- Johnson, Democratic candidate for Congress at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore

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An Evening with Maya Rao

May 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Maya Rao as she presents her new narrative nonfiction book, Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier. Audience Q&A and book signing to take place after the talk. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: The story of a twenty-first century American frontier–where the free market reigns supreme as profiteers rush to develop a massive new oilfield. The…

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An Evening with Jared Brock

May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome author Jared Brock to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War. This talk will be presented alongside a screening of the accompanying documentary, Josiah, narrated by Danny Glover. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: This sweeping biography immortalizes the man who was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in…

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An Evening with Madeline Miller

May 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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About the Book: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft,…

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June 2018

Free

An Evening with Todd Mealy

June 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Todd Mealy to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Glenn Killinger, All-American: Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion. About the Book: This first biography of W. Glenn Killinger highlights his tenure as a nine-time varsity letterman at Penn State, where he emerged as one of the best football, basketball and baseball players in the…

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Poet Annie Ginder at Midtown Scholar Bookstore

June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel will be featuring Lancaster Poet, Annie Ginder at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on Thursday Evening, June 21st, 2018. Ms. Ginder is co-founder and program director at "Writeface", a Lancaster based non-profit for veterans recovering from PTSD. Using different forms of writing, poetry, music, metaphor and Art, "Writeface" provides cirriculums for Veterans and their families to explore the reintegration process. "Writeface wants to change the psyche of the nation, one vet at a time", says Ginder.

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An Evening with Eliza Griswold

June 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome prizewinning journalist Eliza Griswold to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman’s transformation from…

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Nick Foles Book Signing

June 29, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Super Bowl MVP and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles to Harrisburg to sign copies of his new book, Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds. This is a ticketed book signing event. To purchase tickets, visit: http://www.midtownscholar.com/tickets *Ticket purchase includes (one) copy of BELIEVE IT and admission for up to (two) people to the signing line. Cost of a book + ticket is $30 tax-inclusive. Copy of BELIEVE…

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Book Launch with John Fea

June 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Historian and Messiah College Professor John Fea as he presents his new book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion. About the Book: A historian’s discerning, critical take on current American politics. “Believe me” may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump’s lexicon. Whether about building a wall or protecting a Christian heritage, the refrain…

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July 2018

Free

Harrisburg’s Poet Laureate, Rick Kearns at the Scholar

July 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Harrisburg's Poet Laureate Rick Kearns will be reciting his work at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, on Thursday evening, July 12th, at 8 PM. There will be one hour of open reading for all poets attending, starting at 7. This event is sponsored by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

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An Evening with Ruby Lal

July 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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"Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost — until now." This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome acclaimed historian Ruby Lal to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book: When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress…

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An Evening with Beck Dorey-Stein

July 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome White House Stenographer and author Beck Dorey-Stein to Harrisburg as she presents her new memoir, From the Corner of the Oval. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion. Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content have optioned the film rights. About the Book: The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling…

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How Bernie Won: Jeff Weaver in Conversation with John Fetterman

July 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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"When Jeff Weaver hopped in a car with Bernie Sanders in the summer of 1986, he had no idea the Vermont backroads would lead them all the way to the 2016 presidential campaign." This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Bernie Sanders's Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver to Harrisburg as he discusses his new book, How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country -- and Where We Go From Here. Weaver will be in conversation…

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August 2018

Free

An Evening with Darnell Moore

August 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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In conjunction with the LGBT Center of Central PA, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome renowned activist Darnell Moore to Harrisburg as he presents his new memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow presentation. About the Book: From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir. When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his…

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An Evening with Cara Sue Achterberg

August 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Pennsylvania bestselling author Cara Sue Achterberg as she presents her new book, Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs. A book signing will follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public. What started as a search for a good dog led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one that could fill the hole left in her heart from her children gaining independence―she could save dozens along the…

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An Evening with Cara Sue Achterberg

August 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Pennsylvania bestselling author Cara Sue Achterberg as she presents her new book, Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs. A book signing will follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM OLDFIELD AND VICTORIA BRUCE

August 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce to Harrisburg to present their new book, INSPECTOR OLDFIELD AND THE BLACK HAND SOCIETY: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought Them to Justice. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion. About the Book: The incredible true story of the US Post Office Inspector who took down the deadly Black Hand, a turn-of-the-century Italian-American secret society that…

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An Evening of True Crime: The Black Hand Society

August 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce to Harrisburg to present their new book, INSPECTOR OLDFIELD AND THE BLACK HAND SOCIETY: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought Them to Justice. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.

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September 2018

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An Evening with Elaine Weiss

September 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar is thrilled to welcome award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss to Harrisburg to discuss her book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. About Book: Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists…

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WITF’s The Great American Read Preview Screening

September 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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From WITF: "Join book lovers of all ages for an advance screening of PBS's highly anticipated television series The Great American Read. WITF, in partnership with Midtown Scholar Bookstore, invites you to this special preview screening that includes a peek at two special features produced by WITF--one highlighting the work of Pulitzer Prize winning Pennsylvania author John Updike and another profiling children's book author Jean Craighead George. After the screening, stick around for a talk back session with local authors…

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An Evening with David Kaplan: The Most Dangerous Branch

September 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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“With the voice of a gifted narrator and the insight of a relentless journalist, Kaplan lifts the veil on the Supreme Court." This September, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author David Kaplan to Harrisburg as he discusses his new book, The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution. Kaplan will be in conversation with book critic Harvey Freedenberg. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing…

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An Evening with Michael Aussielo

September 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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In conjunction with the LGBT Center, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author and TVLine.com founder Michael Ausiello to present his memoir, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies. A book signing will follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public. About the Book In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman’s Bettyville, Michael Ausiello—a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com—remembers his late husband,…

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October 2018

2018 Harrisburg Book Festival

October 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 14, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is proud to present the 2018 Harrisburg Book Festival, now in its sixth year! For more information, visit http://www.hbgbookfest.com. Featuring an all-star lineup, the festival's mission is celebrate the transformative power of literature by hosting a four-day festival with some of the most internationally renowned authors working today — right here in Harrisburg. With over a dozen visiting authors — the 2018 Harrisburg Book Festival will showcase a diverse, award-winning lineup featuring panel discussions, keynote presentations,…

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Opening Keynote with Tayari Jones

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Oprah's 2018 Book Club Selection. Barack Obama's summer reading recommendation. Instant New York Times Bestseller. You've heard the praise — now meet bestselling novelist and speaker Tayari Jones as she delivers the 2018 Keynote Address for the 2018 Harrisburg Book Festival. In An American Marriage, Jones takes us to the Deep South, offering us an unforgettable masterpiece of storytelling, and an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and…

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Mary Lambert: An Evening of Spoken Word and Music

October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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From her performance in Macklemore's "Same Love" — to her smash single, "Secrets," which launched her to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance charts — Mary Lambert has solidified herself as an emerging and important new voice on the scene. Now, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and spoken word performer Mary Lambert can add poet to her list of accomplishments with her debut collection, Shame Is An Ocean I Swim Across. Lambert will deliver a spoken word performance, followed by an…

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Storytime & Crafts with Lauren Castillo and Julia Mallory

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Calling all Little Scholars! Have you ever imagined what you might be when you grow up? Have you ever needed to relax, meditate, and breathe before bedtime? In Imagine, an illustrated poem of endless possibility, Lauren Castillo and Juan Felipe Herrera breathe magic into the hopes and dreams of readers searching for their place in life. And in Breathe, Julia Mallory and Taquiyya Muhammad combine rhyming-verse and richly-hued illustrations to deliver a poem that's suitable for any moments of much-needed…

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Pizza Camp with Joe Beddia

October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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His pizza was named the "Best Pizza in America" by Bon Appetit (yep, it's that good) and he just happens to hail from Central Pennsylvania. Now, the legendary chef-owner of Pizzeria Beddia has penned the ultimate guide to achieving pizza nirvana in your very own home. In Pizza Camp, Joe Beddia presents more than fifty iconic and new recipes, delivering everything you’ll need to make unforgettable and inventive pizza, stromboli, hoagies, and more — with plenty of vegetarian options. Beddia…

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An Afternoon with Crystal Hana Kim and Lucy Tan

October 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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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.…

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The Hidden Army of Female Codebreakers: An Evening with Liza Mundy

October 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Who were the American women that secretly served as codebreakers during World War II? How did this hidden chapter of the war — nearly erased from history— help shorten the war? In Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings these stories to life — detailing how these female codebreakers saved countless lives. Featuring dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, Mundy delivers an instant classic of…

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Coming of Age in the Whitehouse: An Afternoon with David Litt and Beck Dorey-Stein

October 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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He was President Obama's Comedy Writer. She was the White House Stenographer. More than any other presidency, Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House were defined by young people – twenty-somethings who didn’t have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter), yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. Now — for the first time in Harrisburg — speechwriter David Litt will be joined on-stage by stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein for a hilarious…

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$30

Closing Keynote with Carol Anderson

October 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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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…

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November 2018

A Morning with Zach Berman and Molly Sullivan

November 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter Zach Berman to Harrisburg to discuss his new book, Underdogs: The Philadelphia Eagles' Emotional Road to Super Bowl Victory. Berman will be joined on-stage by Philadelphia Eagles sideline reporter, Molly Sullivan. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

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An Evening with Erin Hoover

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome poet Erin Hoover to Harrisburg! Hoover will read from her new collection of poetry, Barnburner. Erin Hoover’s poems have appeared in the 2016 edition of The Best American Poetry, and recently in Alaska Quarterly Review, Pleiades, and Tampa Review.

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The War Before the War: An Evening with Andrew Delbanco

November 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar is thrilled to welcome Andrew Delbanco to our stage to discuss his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. This devastating story of how fugitive slaves drove the nation to Civil War illuminates what brought us to war with ourselves and the terrible legacies of slavery that are with us still. Andrew Delbanco is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia…

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The Odyssey: Emily Wilson and Madeline Miller on Translation

November 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey has been called "a masterpiece of translation," "a poetic feast," and "a staggeringly superior translation." Meanwhile, Madeline Miller's novel Circe, a creative retelling of the goddess Circe's story, took the world by storm this summer, quickly becoming a #1 New York Times Bestseller. The Midtown Scholar is thrilled to welcome author and scholar Emily Wilson and welcome BACK Madeline Miller for a conversation on translating The Odyssey.

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Lady Killers: An Evening with Tori Telfer

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Tori Telfer to the stage to discuss her book, Lady Killers! Inspired by author Tori Telfer's Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages. A book signing will follow discussion.

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Drag Storytime at the Scholar!

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to present Drag Storytime, hosted by Miss Anita! This free and open to the public event will feature themes of diversity, love, and acceptance. Arts & crafts with Miss Anita will begin at 10am, and storytime will begin at 10:30am with local performers reading and acting out various stories. The first Drag Storytime will feature Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrations by local author, Lauren Castillo. Your host Miss Anita has been preforming…

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American Overdose: An Evening with Chris McGreal

November 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar is excited to welcome award-winning Guardian journalist Chris McGreal to Harrisburg to discuss his new book, American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, a detailed account of the history of the American opioid epidemic. In this comprehensive portrait, McGreal tells the story, in terms both broad and intimate, of a population hit by a catastrophe they never saw coming. It was years in the making; and its ruinous consequences will stretch years into the future.

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December 2018

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An Evening with Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan

December 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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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. This February, the Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan to discuss her new book, Vagrants and Vagabonds: Poverty and Mobility in the Early American Republic. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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February 2019

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An Afternoon with Diane McCormick

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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This February, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Diane McCormick as she presents her new book, Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions. McCormick will be in conversation with Harrisburg's own, Sara Bozich Surra. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public!

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Our Towns: An Afternoon with James and Deborah Fallows

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America. In partnership with WITF, the Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome James and Deborah Fallows to Harrisburg as they discuss their best selling book, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. The Fallows will be in conversation with WITF's Scott LaMar. This event is free and open to the public! Book signing to follow discussion.

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AN EVENING WITH ROBBIE TOLAN

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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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.

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An Evening with Ross Gay

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar is thrilled to welcome Ross Gay to discuss his new collection of essays, The Book of Delights, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. “Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.” —Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate

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An Afternoon with Pam Jenoff

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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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. This February, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff as she discusses her new novel, The Lost Girls of Paris. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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March 2019

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The Food Explorer: An Evening with Daniel Stone

March 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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In partnership with The Millworks, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Daniel Stone to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public!

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An Evening with Sarah St. Vincent and Kimi Grant

March 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Steeped in the rugged beauty of the Pennsylvania mountains, Sarah St. Vincent and Kimi Grant's new novels take on love, betrayal, loyalty, and redemption. This March, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome novelists Sarah St. Vincent and Kimi Grant to Harrisburg for a reading and conversation on their new novels, Ways to Hide in Winter and Fallen Mountains. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.

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An Evening with Adam Rutherford

March 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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This March, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Dr. Adam Rutherford to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature. This event is free and open to the public.

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An Evening with Linda Kay Klein

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s purity culture has had on a generation of young women—in a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir. This March, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Linda Kay Klein to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free. This event is free…

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An Evening with Richard Rothstein

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The Midtown Scholar is thrilled to welcome Richard Rothstein to our stage to discuss his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide. A book signing will follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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April 2019

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The Workshop and the World: An Evening with Robert Crease

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A fascinating look at key thinkers throughout history who have shaped public perception of science and the role of authority. This April, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome philosopher and science historian Robert Crease to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, The Workshop and the World: What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science and Authority. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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An Evening with Alison Dagnes

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Based on extensive interviews with leading media figures and politicos, this book traces the development of the media machine, giving suggestions on how to restore our national dialogue while defending our right to disagree agreeably. This April, we’re pleased to welcome Political Scientist Alison Dagnes to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Super Mad at Everything All the Time: Political Media and Our National Anger. This event is free and open to the public!

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An Evening with Charles Fergus

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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“A Stranger Here Below marries richly textured historical fiction with the urgency of a mystery novel. Fergus knows certain things, deep in the bone: horses, hunting, the folkways of rural places, and he weaves this wisdom into a stirring tale.” — Geraldine Brooks This April, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Charles Fergus as he presents his new novel, A Stranger Here Below. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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Separate: An Evening with Steve Luxenberg

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A surprising, compelling, and brilliant milestone in understanding the history of race relations in America. This April, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Steve Luxenberg to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation. Luxenberg will be in conversation with Harrisburg's own, Harvey Freedenberg. This event is free and open to the public

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Separate: An Evening with Steve Luxenberg

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A surprising, compelling, and brilliant milestone in understanding the history of race relations in America. This April, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Steve Luxenberg to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation. Luxenberg will be in conversation with Harrisburg's own, Harvey Freedenberg. This event is free and open to the public.

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Independent Bookstore Day!

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at the Midtown Scholar! As a proud participant with over 500 independent bookstores across the country in this one-day national event, we’ll have family fun activities, special book giveaways, blind-date-with-a-book, exclusive sales and merchandise, and a special book signing with one of our favorite local writers. See below for all the details! 10:00am: Celebrity Storytime with WGAL8 News Anchor Tosin Fakile! 10:30am: Special Performance from the Popcorn Hat Players of Gamut Theater! 1:00pm | Book Signing…

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The Presidents: An Afternoon with Brian Lamb and Susan Swain

April 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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The complete rankings of our best -- and worst -- presidents, from C-SPAN Chairman Brian Lamb and CEO Susan Swain. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome CSPAN's Brian Lamb and Susan Swain to Harrisburg as they discuss their new book, The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best -- and Worst -- Chief Executives. Lamb and Swain will be interviewed on-stage by WITF's Scott LaMar. This event is free and open to the public.

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May 2019

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An Evening with Nicole Weisensee Egan

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Nicole Weinsensee Egan to Harrisburg as she discusses her new book, Chasing Cosby. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.

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Chasing Cosby: An Evening with Nicole Weisensee Egan

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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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. In conjunction with Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Nicole Weisensee Egan to Harrisburg as she discusses her new book, Chasing Cosby. Egan will be in conversation with PCAR's Kristen Houser .This event is free and open to the public.

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An Evening with Mark Bowden

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Black Hawk Down — a chilling and unprecedented look inside a disturbing criminal mind. This May, bestselling author Mark Bowden visits Harrisburg to discuss his new book of true crime history, The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation. Bowden will be in conversation with TheBurg's Lawrance Binda. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.

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When Kids Rule the School: An Evening with Jim Rietmulder

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Created for educators, parents, students, and scholars, When Kids Rule the School will immerse you, heart and mind, in a promising new approach to education, and stretch your thinking about what school can be. This May, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome educator Jim Rietmulder to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, When Kids Rule the School: The Power and Promise of Democratic Education. This event is free and open to the public.

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We Speak For Ourselves: An Evening with D. Watkins

May 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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From the row houses of Baltimore to the stoops of Brooklyn, with searing conviction and full compassion — D. Watkins lays bare the voices of the most vulnerable and allows their raw, intimate stories to uncover the systematic injustice threaded within our society. This May, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome author D. Watkins to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, We Speak For Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America. This event is free and open…

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

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Two leading voices on non-violent resistance come together for a powerful discussion on the history of resistance, how to gain political power, and successful strategies to achieve real progressive victories. This May, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome authors George Lakey and Michael Long to Harrisburg as they present their new books, How We Win (Lakey), and We the Resistance (Long). This event is free and open to the public.

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Guns Down: An Evening with Igor Volsky

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Twenty years after Columbine, a leading gun control activist offers a radical argument for the gun control movement our country desperately needs. This May, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Igor Volsky to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns. This event is free and open to the public.

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Guns Down: An Evening with Igor Volsky

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Twenty years after Columbine, a leading gun control activist offers a radical argument for the gun control movement our country desperately needs. This May, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Igor Volsky to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns. This event is free and open to the public.

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Ladysitting: An Evening with Lorene Cary

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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"A brilliant work of art. Ladysitting is a lyrical odyssey of the multiply-descended and cross-generational heritage of black diaspora in a strange land." This May, we’re pleased to welcome author Lorene Cary as she presents her new memoir, Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century. This event is free and open to the public!

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An Evening with William Sanderson

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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From the beloved character actor who starred in such films and shows as Blade Runner, True Blood, Newhart, and Deadwood — I’m That Guy is an indelible rags-to-riches story that demonstrates the power of perseverance and fortitude in overcoming one's struggles. This May, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to celebrate the launch of Hollywood Actor William Sanderson’s new book, I’m That Guy: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Character Actor. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and…

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Undocumented: An Evening with the Poets Laureate of Pennsylvania

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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This May, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, Harrisburg are pleased to welcome the Poets Laureate of Pennsylvania to present their new collection, Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. Several current and former Poets Laureate will read their work from the collection, including Heather Thomas of Berks County, Sandra Fees of Berks County, Carla Christopher of the City of York, Barbara Buckman Strasko of Lancaster County and Rick Kearns of the City of Harrisburg. Each…

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June 2019

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An Evening with Jericho Brown

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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"To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius." ― Claudia Rankine In conjunction with the Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Jericho Brown to Harrisburg as he reads from his new poetry collection, The Tradition. This event is free and open to the public. This reading is made possible through a generous gift from from Helen and Elvin Hurst.

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Range: An Evening with David Epstein

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. This June, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author David Epstein to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

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Anti/Vax: An Evening with Bernice Hausman

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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"Deeply thought provoking, Anti/Vax is an excellent book and a surprising intellectual journey into and across the cultural underpinnings of contemporary vaccination skepticism. Bernice Hausman, as author and narrator, is a masterful guide." This June, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome the Chair of the Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine Bernice Hausman to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Anti/Vax: Reframing the Vaccination Controversy. This event is free and open to the…

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An Evening with Eric Blanc, Author of “Red State Revolt: The Teacher’s Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics”

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Educators across the country are rising up against low pay, privatization, and austerity. Former high school teacher Eric Blanc has been on the ground reporting on this historic upsurge for The Nation, Jacobin, and The Guardian. His new book "Red State Revolt" describes the inspiring story of the teachers' strike wave and analyzes why it points the way forward for all working people. Join us for a discussion of the strikes — from West Virginia to Washington, from Oklahoma to…

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The Furious Hours: An Evening with Casey Cep

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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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. This June, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Casey Cep to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. This event is free and open to the public.

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An Evening with Randi Hutter Epstein

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them. This June, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Randi Hutter Epstein to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. This event is free and open to the public.

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An Evening with Randi Hutter Epstein

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them. This June, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Randi Hutter Epstein to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. This event is free and open to the public.

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BOOK LAUNCH WITH JOEL BURCAT

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Set in Harrisburg, this debut environmental legal thriller traces the suspicious deaths of two teenagers after swimming in the Susquehanna River. Mike Jacobs, a young environmental prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is assigned his first big case and must find, and stop the dumpers. Mike's alluring new friend Sherry Stein, an ambitious young Deputy Attorney General, is investigating the man running against the Governor. Another of Mike's friends, Patty Dixon, 'the girl next door,' is his mother's nurse and…

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July 2019

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An Evening with Kim Wehle

July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Essential reading for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for everyone in America—regardless of political party. This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Kim Wehle to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, How to Read the Constitution -- And Why. Book signing to follow discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Tenth Muse: An Evening with Catherine Chung

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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An exhilarating novel about a trailblazing mathematician who unearths her own extraordinary family story and its roots in World War II. A recommended book of 2019 from Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, and the Rumpus. This July, the Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome acclaimed novelist Catherine Chung to Harrisburg as she presents and signs copies of her new historical novel, The Tenth Muse. This event is free and open to the public.

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BOOK SIGNING WITH ERIK FASICK

July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Erik Fasick to Harrisburg as he signs copies of his book, Three Mile Island; the true account of the most severe nuclear power accident in the history of the United States.

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BOOK SIGNING WITH COOPER WINGERT

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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Close to the Mason-Dixon line, South Central Pennsylvania was a magnet for slave catchers and abolitionists alike. Cooper Wingert reveals the history of the antislavery movement in South Central Pennsylvania. This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Cooper Wingert to Harrisburg as he signs copies of his new book, Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania. Wingert will also sign copies of Targeted Tracks: The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War, 1861-1865.

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AN EVENING WITH STEVEN WALDMAN

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A dramatic, sweeping survey of how America built a unique model of religious freedom. This July, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Steven Waldman to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Sacred Liberty: America's Long, Bloody, and Ongoing Struggle for Religious Freedom. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow presentation.

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August 2019

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AN EVENING WITH R.O KWON | THE INCENDIARIES

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult's acts of terrorism. This August, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome R.O. Kwon to Harrisburg as she presents her new novel, The Incendiaries. This event is free and open to the public. Book signing to follow discussion.

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An Evening with Charles King

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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This August, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning author Charles King to Harrisburg as he presents his new book, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. This event is free and open to the public.

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AN EVENING WITH CHARLES KING | GODS OF THE UPPER AIR

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A dazzling group portrait of Franz Boas, the founder of cultural anthropology, and his circle of women scientists, who upended American notions of race, gender, and sexuality in the 1920s and 1930s--a sweeping chronicle of how our society began to question the basic ways we understand other cultures and ourselves. Gods of the Upper Air is a page-turning narrative of radical ideas and adventurous lives, a history rich in scandal, romance, and rivalry, and a genesis story of the fluid…

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AN EVENING WITH P. E. MOSKOWITZ

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, 17102
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A hard-hitting expose that shines a light on the powerful conservative forces that have waged a multi-decade battle to hijack the meaning of free speech -- and how we can reclaim it. There's a critical debate taking place over one of our most treasured rights: free speech. We argue about whether it's at risk, whether college students fear it, whether neo-Nazis deserve it, and whether the government is adequately upholding it.

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