2012 Philadelphia Book Festival: Saturday Events
The Festival's grand finale takes place inside and outside on the Parkway. 6abc's Tamala Edwards kicks off the festivities in Shakespeare Park with the beloved Storybook Character Parade. Stick around for music by The Cat's Pajamas and Many Thoughts of Music, and fun with the Teddy Bear Picnic, Eagles Bookmobile, and KYW's Kidcast. Enjoy food by Krispy Kreme, Lucky Old Souls, Pitruco Pizza, Zsa's Gourmet Ice Cream, and Yumtown USA!
All Philadelphia Book Festival Author Events will be interpreted in American Sign Language.
|A Storied Evening: A Family Fun Event
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM, buy tickets online>>
After the Philadelphia Book Festival, head inside Parkway Central Library for A Storied Evening, an event for the whole family! This special ticketed event includes a storytime with master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, a high-tech, high-jinks scavenger hunt throughout the historic building, and dinner and conversation with acclaimed author Sara Shepard, whose Pretty Little Liars series has become a smash hit on television as well as on the book stands.
For more detailed information and ticket prices, call 215-814-3520 or visit: freelibrary.eventbrite.com.
Dava Sobel | A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., FREE
Award-winning science writer Dava Sobel's bestselling books include Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and The Planets. In the elegant Longitude, Sobel relayed the dramatic human story behind the invention of the chronometer, which revolutionized naval navigation. With Galileo's Daughter she infused the father of modern science with expressions of character and everyday details, bringing his enveloping struggle to life. A freelance writer for twenty years, Sobel was a staff reporter in the Science News department at the New York Times. She is also the co-author of The Illustrated Longitude and the editor of Letters to Father. A More Perfect Heaven merges her Copernicus-inspired play And the Sun Stood Still with the nonfiction narrative of Copernicus's life, seminal text, and revolutionary ideas.
Jonathan Haidt | The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM, FREE
In what Psychology Today called the "remedy for the modern glut of frivolous self-help literature," award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis was a widely praised demystification of life. Citing Plato, Buddha, and modern brain science, Haidt sifted Eastern and Western maxims for nuggets of modern wisdom. A social psychology professor at the University of Virginia, Haidt is an active exponent in the "positive psychology" movement, and has published an abundance of research articles and political essays in Psychological Review, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He also co-edited Flourishing, a collection of essays on well-being, and has given major talks for TED and Edge.org, as well as a panel discussion with the Dalai Lama at the University of Southern California. The Righteous Mind is an exploration into the origins of morality and its role as the foundation of politics and religion.
D. Graham Burnett | The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM, FREE
In The Sounding of the Whale, D. Graham Burnett provides a comprehensive study of cetacean science, history, and policy. Called "the definitive account of whalekind's transformation from cipher to signifier" in Paul Greenberg's New York Times review, the book details the activities of the Discovery Investigations, the International Whaling Commission, and the save-the-whale movement--showing how science, politics, conservation, and the counterculture intertwine to transform the way whales are regarded. A professor at Princeton University, Burnett is the author of the books A Trial by Jury, Trying Leviathan, and Masters of All They Surveyed. Hehas written essays and reviews for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, Harpers, and the New York Times, and serves as editor of the art magazine Cabinet.
Storybook Character Parade
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., FREE
This year's Storybook Parade will feature fan favorites Madeline, Toot and Puddle, Clifford, the Berenstain Bear Kids, Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Curious George, and Ladybug Girl. Storybook friends will meet fans and pose for photos.
The Cat's Pajamas
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., FREE
The Cat's Pajamas combine high energy children's music with engaging dance routines, costumes, props, and puppetry, for a performance that entertains kids and parents alike.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., FREE
Join the Berenstain Bears Kids for songs, stories, and a snack!
Many Thoughts of Music
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m., FREE
Featuring Eric Mabley on keyboard, Ron Starley on drums, and the Free Library's own Alfred "Moe Joe" Moore on bass, Many Thoughts of Music is a gospel and jazz jam band with a sophisticated sound.
|Free Library Author Events|
Andy Kahan, Director
Laura Kovacs, Assistant Director
Brittanie Sterner, Program Assistant
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Author Events are held in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, unless noted. Events generally consist of a talk by the author and a Q & A period with the audience followed by a book signing. Books are sold on-site. Seating begins 45 minutes prior to event start times. No tickets or reservations are required for Free Author Events.
Live American Sign Language translation of Author Events during the 2011-2012 season is provided upon request through the generous support of the Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust. Call the Author Events Office at least two weeks in advance to request this service.
|Books are sold
on-site by Joseph Fox Bookshop. A portion of proceeds from book sales benefit library programs. Visit the bookstore for signed, first editions of books from Author Events. |
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