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Jun
25
8:00 am08:00

Summer Book Sale!

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore will be hosting an outdoor tent sale with over 15,000 used books priced at $1 and $2! The book sale will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 8am - 7pm and Sunday, June 25 th from 8am-7pm at 3rd and Verbeke Streets adjacent to the Broad Street Market.

The sale will take place, rain or shine!

Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Bill Morris in Conversation with Brad Bumsted

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome The Millions' Bill Morris as he discusses his new book covering the "spectularly lurid stories" in Chambersurg, PA, American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo '70s, with Brad Bumsted. 

About the book: 

After publishing his third novel, Motor City Burning (Pegasus Books, 2014), Bill Morris turned his attention to researching, remembering and reliving some of the spectacularly lurid stories he covered in Chambersburg nearly forty years ago. These included arson, rape, murder, kidnapping, attempted suicide, the paranormal, prison breaks - all of it leavened by the more prosaic aspects of life in a picturesque small town in central Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley. He has now collected his memories - along with explorations into the slippery nature of memory - in a non-fiction book he's called American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo '70s.

Author biographies:

Bill Morris began his writing career as a reporter at Chambersburg, Pa.’s, Public Opinion, where he covered the lurid and sensational stories that appear in American Berserk: A Cub Reporter, a Small-Town Daily, the Schizo ‘70s. Since then he has published three critically acclaimed novels and has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, LA Weekly, and Popular Mechanics. He lives in New York City and is a staff writer at the online literary magazine The Millions.

Brad Bumsted is the bureau chief of a new print-only publication, The Caucus,  which focuses on state issues. The weekly newspaper features  investigative reporting and long form journalism in an era of sound bites,  the 24-hour news cycle, and unending Tweets and Facebook feeds. Bumsted worked 18 years as an award-winning reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covering Harrisburg. Previously he was a reporter for Gannett News Service in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. and Florida. He began his career in journalism at the Chambersburg Public Opinion, where is top accomplishment was being hung in effigy in the Mercersburg Halloween Parade. He is the author of two books and co-author of another. His most recent book, Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal , is available here at the book store. Bumsted lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Gail. They have a daughter, Lindsey, who just finished her JD degree at Temple Law School.

Jun
29
7:00 pm19:00

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

Jul
1
1:00 pm13:00

Fire is Your Water and PA Dutch Folk Healing with Jim Minick

Through family stories and research, author Jim Minick describes Pennsylvania Dutch folk-healing and his use of the practice in his new novel, Fire Is Your Water. 

About the book: 

Sacred chants are Ada Franklin’s power and her medicine. By saying them, she can remove warts, stanch bleeding, and draw the fire from burns. At age twenty, her reputation as a faith healer defines her in her rural Pennsylvania community. But on the day in 1953 that her family’s barn is consumed by flame, her identity as a healer is upended. The heat, the roar of the blaze, and the bellows of the trapped cows change Ada. For the first time, she fears death and—for the first time—she doubts God. With her belief goes her power to heal. Then Ada meets an agnostic named Will Burk and his pet raven, Cicero.

Built on magical realism and social observation in equal measure, Fire Is Your Water never gives way to sentimentality and provides an insider’s glimpse into the culture of Appalachia. A jealous raven, a Greek chorus of one, punctuates the story with its judgments on the characters and their actions, until a tragic accident brings Ada and Will together in a deeper connection.

About the author:

Jim Minick is the author of five books, including the novel Fire Is Your Water and The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family, winner of the SIBA Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award. He’s also written a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path, two books of poetry, Her Secret Song and Burning Heaven, and he edited All There Is to Keep by Rita Riddle.

Jul
1
6:00 pm18:00

Good News Cafe

Good News Cafe is an ongoing series created for all to enjoy ministries of the 'Gospel' expressed through gifts such as dance, poetry, musicianship, live music, and fellowship.

Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

Jul
13
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

Jul
15
1:00 pm13:00

Alan Krasner Poetry Reading

Alan Krasner is the author of a trilogy of meditative poetry.  Collections of poems and haikus portray his personal spiritual journey.  Alan will be reading his recently published book, “A Personal Connection.”  This book explores what is beyond the horizon of knowledge and the leap of faith into what we experience as our universe.  Join me as we explore the boundaries of our world in a meditative journey.

Alan was an IT consultant for 22 years before retiring in 2007 and transitioning to a second career as a financial advisor.  He is married, has two adult children and lives in Harrisburg, PA.  More information is available at www.alankrasner.com

Jul
15
3:00 pm15:00

An Afternoon with Keith Law

ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law discusses his new book, Smart Baseball, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. 

Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball, as Keith Law, ESPN’s veteran writer and analyst on baseball statistics, challenges a century of the game’s accepted wisdom, proving why some of baseball’s most trusted numbers—from pitcher wins to batting average—are surprisingly wrong, sharing the statistics that actually work, and examining the future of the game in a Big Data world.

About the book:

For the past fifteen years, many baseball fans, writers, and commentators have remained mired in the muck of old statistics—baseball card numbers such as batting average, saves recorded, and a pitcher’s won-lost record—while newer, smarter, and at times counterintuitive, baseball stats known as sabermetrics have become commonplace throughout Major League Baseball. Yet, despite their popularity, confusion persists about these new stats, with much of the baseball world still following the “old” way—a combination of those outdated numbers and “gut” instinct—to evaluate players’ contributions and careers. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers.

ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law, respectfully, or perhaps not so respectfully, disagrees. In this provocative book, the outspoken Law takes on the established view of baseball stats, undermining over a century’s worth of baseball dogma. With many of these numbers dating back to the beginning of the game, he examines how allegiance to these old stats is firmly rooted, not in the modern game as it’s played, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition. Using entertaining anecdotes, logic, and occasionally just a little math, he exposes the flaws in much of the game’s orthodoxy, from the illusion of clutch performers, to the dishonesty of RBIs, to how the save rule - invented by a journalist - has ruined bullpens for decades.

But Smart Baseball is not just about tearing down tradition.  Law also offers a clear-eyed discussion of the new stats that are helping teams win, changing how players are valued, and altering how we talk about the game.  Exploring long underappreciated numbers like On Base Percentage, as well as newer stats like Win Probably Added and Wins Above Replacement, he simplifies the math that has gotten in the way for many curious fans, providing understandable explanations of what these numbers measure and why they work better.  In addition he delves into the future of baseball stats, uncovering the escalating arms race for statistical talent being waged by almost every MLB front office, as the teams search for innovative ways to find the statistical edge on and off their field.

 

Author Bio:

Keith Law is a senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider and an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, focusing on all types of baseball analysis. Prior to joining ESPN, Law spent four and a half years working as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays, handling all statistical analysis and was also a writer for Baseball Prospectus. Law holds degrees from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon and lives in Delaware.

Jul
16
5:00 pm17:00

LGBT Book Club

The LGBT book club meets monthly and discusses a different LGBT-themed book each meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no cost for participation. Contact lgbtbookclubhbg@gmail.com for more details! 

Jul
20
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

An Afternoon with Steven Levingston
Jul
22
4:00 pm16:00

An Afternoon with Steven Levingston

The Washington Post's Steven Levingston discusses and signs copies of his new book, Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights. 

"By reminding us of these great leaders and their accomplishments, this book will fuel your passion for the new work we still need to do in our society today." -- Congressman John Lewis


About the book:

Kennedy and King traces the emergence of two of the twentieth century's greatest leaders, their powerful impact on each other and on the shape of the civil rights battle between 1960 and 1963. These two men from starkly different worlds profoundly influenced each other's personal development. Kennedy's hesitation on civil rights spurred King to greater acts of courage, and King inspired Kennedy to finally make a moral commitment to equality. As America still grapples with the legacy of slavery and the persistence of discrimination, Kennedy and King is a vital, vivid contribution to the literature of the Civil Rights Movement.

About the author:

Steven Levingston is the non-fiction book editor of the Washington Post and, most recently, the author of Little Demon in the City of Light. He has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and Washington and reported and edited for the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune.

Good News Cafe
Aug
5
6:00 pm18:00

Good News Cafe

Good News Cafe is an ongoing series created for all to enjoy ministries of the 'Gospel' expressed through gifts such as dance, poetry,musicianship, live music, and fellowship.

Aug
9
7:00 pm19:00

Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons discusses and signs copies of her debut novel, What We Lose. 

From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. 

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

Zinzi Clemmons was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. A graduate of Brown and Columbia, her writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-StoryThe Paris Review DailyTransition, and elsewhere. She is a cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor to Literary Hub. She has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech, Morocco. Clemmons lives in Los Angeles with her husband, where she teaches at The Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College.

Aug
20
5:00 pm17:00

LGBT Book Club

The LGBT book club meets monthly and discusses a different LGBT-themed book each meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no cost for participation. Contact lgbtbookclubhbg@gmail.com for more details! 

Greg Huber Signing
Oct
28
2:00 pm14:00

Greg Huber Signing

Barn Historian Greg Huber signs copies of his new book, The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania. For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, this is the story of that barn and many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

About the Book:

Huger’s work focuses on “the hearth,” the area east of the Susquehanna River and South of the Blue Mountains. One of the earliest-settled areas in North America, this region of the Keystone State, which includes eleven counties, is home to an astounding 20,000 standing barns, in various states of repair, built from the mid 1700s on. Discussed in this text are the primary factors that have determined the fundamental structures and appearances of the six great barn classifications, including forest resources. Other featured topics are architectural aspects and regionalisms, dates of construction, survival of 18th-century examples, mysterious decorations, and barn preservation. Completing this treatise are representative color photographs, building plan sketches, charts conveying the prevalence of types, and a glossary of barn terms.

About the Author:

Greg Huber is a barn and house historian, consultant, and owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants – historic cultural resource companies. Huber has specialized in house and barn architecture of Holland Dutch and Pennsylvania Swiss-German culture areas that include more than 8,000 vernacular houses and barns. He has authored more than 230 articles on architecture and is co-author of two books – the second edition of The New World Dutch Barn (2001) and Stone Houses – Traditional Homes of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and Brandywine Valley (2005). He has also led 60 tours and given more than 195 lectures on architecture in the past 25 plus years. He won the Alice Kenney award and the Allen Noble Book Award issued by the Pioneer America Society.

An Evening with Carmen Maria Machado
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Carmen Maria Machado

The Midtown Scholar is pleased to welcome Carmen Maria Machado to Harrisburg! Carmen will discuss and sign copies of her new short-story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES.

Photo Credit: Tom Storm Photography

Photo Credit: Tom Storm Photography

About the book:

In this electric and provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies: a wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck; a salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls-with-bells-for-eyes. Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

About the author: 

Carmen Maria Machado’s work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, NPR, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She lives in Philadelphia.

XPN Welcomes John Gorka
Nov
10
8:00 pm20:00

XPN Welcomes John Gorka

Friday, November 10, 2017  |  All ages, general admission.

Doors open at 7:15 PM, concert at 8 PM.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door.

~~~CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS~~~

“Superb songwriting . . .warm, intimate, yet texturally intricate.” — Vintage Guitar "Wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine." — Associated Press

"The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.” — Rolling Stone

“With his wide-eyed lyrical honesty, and wistful, nice-guy baritone, he offers gentle, sharply observed songs that refuse to cliche their way around life’s tangles.” — Boston Globe

“It’s all there: the smooth baritone voice and thoughtful lyrics....he always delivers.” — Elmore

"Mr. Gorka mesmerizes." — New York Times

An Evening with Wendy Pearlman
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Wendy Pearlman

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning teacher at Northwestern University, Wendy Pearlman, to Harrisburg! Wendy will discuss and sign copies of her new book, WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED: VOICES FROM SYRIA. 

Photo credit Maia Rosenfeld

Photo credit Maia Rosenfeld

About the book:

Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, poetic and aphoristic. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.

About the author:

Wendy Pearlman is a professor and award-winning teacher at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East politics. Educated at Harvard, Georgetown, and Brown, Pearlman speaks fluent Arabic and has spent more than twenty years studying and living in the Arab World. She is the author of numerous articles and two books, Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003) and Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She lives in Chicago, Illinois.


Jun
24
3:00 pm15:00

Telling the Story with Erik Fasick

Historian Erik Fasick gives a presentation on Tropical Storm Agnes and its impact on the Harrisburg community in 1972. Copies of Erik's book, TROPICAL STORM AGNES IN GREATER HARRISBURG will be available for purchase.

About the speaker:

Erik V. Fasick is vice president of the board of trustees for The Historical Society of Dauphin County and holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg. He is a former board member and executive director of The Pennsylvania German Society. In addition to Tropical Storm Agnes in Greater Harrisburg, he has previously published Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River, both from Arcadia Publishing, along with several articles on military history and folklore related to the Harrisburg area.

Jun
24
8:00 am08:00

Summer Book Sale!

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore will be hosting an outdoor tent sale with over 15,000 used books priced at $1 and $2! The book sale will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 8am - 7pm and Sunday, June 25 th from 8am-7pm at 3rd and Verbeke Streets adjacent to the Broad Street Market.

The sale will take place, rain or shine!

An Evening with Andrew Krivak
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Andrew Krivak

Midtown Scholar is pleased to host National Book Award Finalist Andrew Krivak, as he discusses and signs copies of his new novel, The Signal Flame. 

In a small town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Hannah and her son Bo mourn the loss of the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich. Beginning shortly after Easter in 1972 and ending on Christmas Eve this ambitious novel beautifully evokes ordinary time, a period of living and working while waiting and watching and expecting. The Signal Flame is gorgeously written, honoring the cycles of earth and body, humming with blood and passion, and it confirms Andrew Krivak as a writer of extraordinary vision and power.

Andrew Krivák is the author of The Signal Flame and the National Book Award finalist, The Sojourn, which also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Chautauqua Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Andrew Krivák is the author of The Signal Flame and the National Book Award finalist, The Sojourn, which also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Chautauqua Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

Jun
18
5:00 pm17:00

LGBT Book Club

The LGBT book club meets monthly and discusses a different LGBT-themed book each meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no cost for participation. Contact lgbtbookclubhbg@gmail.com for more details! 

John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall
Jun
16
7:30 pm19:30

John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall

Midtown Scholar Bookstore presents a musical performance from John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall!

John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall sing Original Songs evocative of Arthur Rimbaud, William Blake, the Surrealists and the Beat Poets.  Often compared to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison & Bruce Cockburn, this trio's music has been described as "Modern Surrealist Gypsy Folk Rock", "Marc Chagall gone aural", "Leonard Cohen meets Rumi" and (their most recent favorite) "Too exotic for WalMart" (!!!)

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. 

Jun
15
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

An Evening with Jeff Shaara
Jun
12
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Jeff Shaara

From the master of historical military fiction, Jeff Shaara discusses and signs copies of his new novel on the Korean War, The Frozen Hours.

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure–two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize—winning classic The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg.

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure–two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize—winning classic The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg.

The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.

June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.

But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable—and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.

The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as “advancing in a different direction”; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move.  

Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s “Forgotten War,” when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.

Jun
10
1:00 pm13:00

Richard Fellinger Book Signing

Award-winning short story writer Richard Fellinger signs copies of his new novel, Made to Break Your Heart at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

About the book:

Made to Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining your sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League baseball.

It’s 2008, and Nick Marhoffer is a stressed-out dad who finds himself flirting with thoughts of infidelity. While his job is being threatened by a crumbling economy, he’s fraught with anxiety over his only son’s well-being. So when his son starts playing baseball, Nick becomes a rabid Little League dad who loses sight of what’s good in his life. After developing a crush on a gorgeous team mom, he can’t decide between her and his wife, then finds himself at risk of losing everything that’s most important to him.

This is a smart, sexy, and funny novel about bad breaks, bad decisions, and the long road of life.

About the author:

Richard Fellinger is an award-winning short story writer and former journalist who teaches writing at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

His story collection, They Hover Over Us, won the 2011 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. He also won the 2008 Flash Fiction Contest at Red Cedar Review and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals such as EpiphanyPotomac Review, Westview, and PANK.

He's a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, where he won the 2009 Beverly Hiscox Scholarship for Excellence in Writing. He lives with his wife and son in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where he has retired from coaching Little League baseball.

Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

Health Care Town Hall

The American Healthcare Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4th. Learn how the sweeping changes, which impact one-sixth of our economy, would affect you and your family at a Health Care Town Hall featuring state and local experts. Our experts will address questions such as; will I or someone in my family lose benefits; will my premiums go up or down; will I be covered if I have a pre-existing condition; how will the changes impact Pennsylvania’s economy; who will actually benefit from the proposed changes.

Senators Toomey and Casey have been invited to attend, as well as Representative Scott Perry. Representative Perry voted for the AHCA, and Senator Pat Toomey is on the Republican work group charged with coming up with the Senate version of the bill. 

The following individuals will be speaking:

Jeannine Peterson, Executive Director of Hamilton Health Center, a federally qualified health center serving the greater Harrisburg area
Mark Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Anna Kruk-Corbin, parent

In addition, there will be an opportunity for participants to let their federal representatives know how the proposed changes will affect their healthcare.

This event is sponsored by: 
Rising Fourth
Indivisible Action – 4th PA Congressional District
Tuesdays with Toomey

Jun
8
6:30 pm18:30

Camp Curtin Toastmasters

Improve your speaking and leadership with the Camp Curtin Toasmasters every second and third Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore! 

An Evening with Patricia Lockwood
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Patricia Lockwood

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel are pleased to welcome Patricia Lockwood to Harrisburg! Patricia will discuss and sign copies of her new memoir, Priestdaddy. 

Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates “like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.” His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide.

In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence—from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group—with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents’ household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. 
 
Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.

Patricia Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. She is the author of two poetry collections, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a New York Times Notable Book. Her writing has appeared in the New York TimesThe New YorkerThe New RepublicSlate, and The London Review of Books. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Good News Cafe

Good News Cafe is an ongoing series created for all to enjoy ministries of the 'Gospel' expressed through gifts such as dance, poetry,musicianship, live music, and fellowship.

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Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners. Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.