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Dec
23
11:00 AM11:00

CHILDREN'S STORYTIME @ THE MIDTOWN SCHOLAR BOOKSTORE

Bring your "littles" to Children's Storytime @ the Midtown Scholar Bookstore every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 11am-12noon.  We'll share a story, make a craft, or perhaps sing, dance or enjoy visits from special guests.  Fun Surprises are Promised! Best suited for children 3-8, all ages are welcome, however, with a parent or caregiver!

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Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

CHILDREN'S STORYTIME @ THE MIDTOWN SCHOLAR BOOKSTORE

Bring your "littles" to Children's Storytime @ The Midtown Scholar Bookstore every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 11am-12noon.  We'll share a story, make a craft, or perhaps sing, dance or enjoy visits from special guests.  Fun Surprises are Promised! Best suited for children 3-8, all ages are welcome, however, with a parent or caregiver!

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Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

Michael Gingerich, Tom Kaden, Abby Turner Book Talk & Signing

The authors are the co-founders of Someone To Tell It To, a non-profit ministry in Harrisburg, Pa., with the mission of creating a caring culture that accompanies others on journeys toward deeper connections. They are husbands, fathers, pastors, and mentors who want to inspire a movement for people to listen more intently and be more present in others lives. Their hope is that these stories help you understand what being more compassionate and emphatic can mean for your life and for the lives of those you encounter every day. Each of the stories is intimate; they invite readers to reflect deeply on the examples they offer. Compassion requires an intentional consideration of another s circumstances, a grace that recognizes our common humanity in all its beauty and brokenness. All proceeds of this book will be used to help the ministry of Someone To Tell It To: To create a caring culture that accompanies others on the path toward meaningful connections.

Mr. Gingerich and Mr. Kaden will discuss their co-authored book, "Someone to Tell It To" and Ms. Turner will present her book, "Hidden Miracles."

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Nov
25
11:00 AM11:00

CHILDREN'S STORYTIME @ THE MIDTOWN SCHOLAR BOOKSTORE

Bring your "littles" to Children's Storytime @ the Midtown Scholar Bookstore every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11am-12noon.  We'll share a story, make a craft, or perhaps sing, dance or enjoy visits from special guests.  Fun Surprises are Promised! Best suited for children 3-8, all ages are welcome, however, with a parent or caregiver!

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An Evening with Masha Gessen
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Masha Gessen

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.

Purchase the book in-store or online in advance & receive VIP Reserved Seating:

About the book:

Putin’s bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

Hailed for her “fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia” (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own—as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. 

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

About the author:

Masha Gessen is an award-winning Russian-American journalist who is the author of several books, including the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Slate, and many other publications, and she has received many awards, including a Carnegie fellowship. Her latest book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia is newly published by Riverhead Books in October 2017. She lives in New York.

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John Terlazzo and Voices in the Hall: Third in the Burg November Concert
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

John Terlazzo and Voices in the Hall: Third in the Burg November Concert

Area favorites John Terlazzo and Voices in the Hall return to perform for November's Third in the Burg, Harrisburg's celebration of city life and its wonders.

John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall sing Original Songs evocative of the influences of Arthur Rimbaud, William Blake, the Surrealists & 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," "Marc Chagall gone aural," "Leonard Cohen meets Rumi," and "Too exotic for WalMart."

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Nov
16
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. 

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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.

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Walter Stahr | Stanton
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Walter Stahr | Stanton

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome award-winning biographer Walter Stahr to Harrisburg as he discusses and signs copies of his new historical biography of President Lincoln's War Secretary, STANTON. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Book:

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Award-winning biographer Walter Stahr—author of the New York Times bestseller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man—breathes new life into one of the most crucial and controversial, yet underappreciated figures in President Lincoln’s cabinet in STANTON: Lincoln’s War Secretary.

A difficult and stubborn genius, Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was Lincoln’s stalwart Secretary of War, who not only brilliantly organized the Union Army, but dramatically raced to Lincoln’s deathbed on the night of April 14, 1865, and assumed control of the government. Later, President Andrew Johnson attempted to remove Stanton from office after Stanton opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies, which led to Johnson’s impeachment. One cannot understand the first impeachment of an American president without understanding Stanton. Walter Stahr’s STANTON truly restores this complicated figure to his proper place in American history and “should be Stanton’s definitive biography for some time to come."

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About the Author:

Walter Stahr is the author of the New York Times bestseller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man as well as John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America’s first Supreme Court Chief Justice. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, he practiced international law for twenty-five years, including seven years in Hong Kong and five years with the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington. He lives in Newport Beach, California.

 

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PENNSYLVANIA REGIONAL BALLET: NUTCRACKER PREVIEW
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

PENNSYLVANIA REGIONAL BALLET: NUTCRACKER PREVIEW

The Mouse King, Dancing Snowflakes, a Trip to Arabia and of course, a Handsome Prince!

It's a special edition of our Children's Storytime at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore as our tale for the morning is told through the artistry of dance!  Members of the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet usher in the holiday season as your children and you thrill to this timeless and magical masterpiece by Tchaikovsky!  FREE, as always!

 

  

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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.

The store will be closed from 5pm to 7:15pm for sound-check and set-up.

 

“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

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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.

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An Evening with Jared Yates Sexton
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Jared Yates Sexton

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome Jared Yates Sexton to Harrisburg as he discusses his new book on the rise of Donald Trump, THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RISE LIKE THE WATERS UPON YOUR SHORE.

About the book:

On June 14, 2016, Jared Yates Sexton reported from a Donald Trump rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of the first journalists to attend these rallies and give mainstream readers an idea of the raw anger that occurred there, Sexton found himself in the center of a maelstrom. Following a series of tweets that saw his observations viewed well over a million times, his reporting was soon featured in The Washington PostNPRBloomberg, and Mother Jones, and he would go on to write two pieces for The New York Times. Sexton gained over eighteen thousand followers on Twitter in a matter of days, and received online harassments, campaigns to get him fired from his university professorship, and death threats that changed his life forever.

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 Presidential Election and the cultural forces that powered Donald Trump into White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton’s book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history. It is also a sobering chronicle of our democracy’s political polarization—a result of our self-constructed, technologically assisted echo chambers.

Like the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer— books that have paved the way for important narratives that shape how we perceive not only the politics of our time but also our way of life— The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore is an instant, essential classic, an authoritative depiction of a country struggling to make sense of itself.

About the author:

Jared Yates Sexton's political writing has appeared in The New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction and a crime novel. Currently he serves as an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.

 

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