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Author Events at The Free Library of Philadelphia

We all know I like the books, and I also like people who write books (commonly known as writers). As such I am interested in going to see authors talk about their work and the The Free Library of Philadelphia Public Library Calendar is a great resource to find some neat free things to attend.

I will be going to the following:

  • Sat, March 12 at 2:00 PM Orson Scott Card - Orson Scott Card is the author of the sci-fi classic Ender's Game (1985), "the science fiction novel for people who don't think they like science fiction." He was the first author ever to win both the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Hugo Award for Science Fiction Achievement two years in a row (first for Ender's Game, then Speaker for the Dead). Shadow of the Giant is the latest installment of this epic adventure.

  • Tue, March 15 at 7:00 PM Tim O'Brien - Central Library, Auditorium (free) The Things They Carried was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. A collection of fictional stories about American soldiers in Vietnam, The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien. In Books of the Century, the editors of The New York Times Book Review cited The Things They Carried in stating that the book, "Belongs high on the list of best fiction about any war....crystallizes the Vietnam experience for everyone [and] exposes the nature of all war stories."

  • Thu, April 21 at 7:00 PM - Sarah Vowell - A best-selling cultural critic and frequent radio commentator, Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for NPR's This American Life and the author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Take the Cannoli. Known for her witty and irreverent exposés of the glorious conundrums of American history, Vowell takes an actual and metaphoric trip though the theaters of American political murder from Buffalo to Washington, Alaska to Key West, and through the lenses of pop culture, including film, literature, and, of course, historical tourism, in Assassination Vacation.

I am going to go to all three of these, so if anyone is interested in joining me feel free to contact me. However, even if no one wants to go with me I will be posting full reports here on Blankbaby.

And while I am not interested in this one, I think Paul might be so here is the info:

Ed Conlon, Blue Blood - Tue, April 26 at 7:30 PM

The New Yorker published the first "Cop Diary" column in 1997. Written by an active NYPD officer under the pseudonym "Marcus Laffey," the column created an instant stir with its literary style, fascinating insider's view of the city's police force, and the mystery of who this fine writer, walking a beat in the Bronx, really was. That officer was Ed Conlon, a Harvard graduate and current NYPD detective. In his bestseller, the memoir Blue Blood, Conlon relates the daily life of urban cops in a realistic and sharp-witted account of his years as one of New York's Finest.

Appearing with Joseph D. Pistone.

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