The Branding of Right-Wing Activism

with author Khadijah Costley White
in conversation with David Brancaccio

Wednesday, October 10 — 7:30 pm

From the start of Barack Obama’s presidency in 2009, conservative populist groups began fomenting political fractiousness, dissent, and surprising electoral success. The Tea Party was one of the major characters driving this story. The news media played a major role in developing, cultivating, and promoting populism’s brand.

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Understanding Texts & Readers

with author Jennifer Serravallo

Thursday, October 11 — 4:30 pm

Understanding Texts & Readers makes comprehension make sense. In it, Jennifer Serravallo narrows the distance between assessment and instruction. She maps the four fiction and four nonfiction comprehension goals she presented in The Reading Strategies Book to fourteen text levels and shares sample responses that show what to expect from readers at each.

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Ready-To-Eat 10-Minute Desserts

with author Anna Helm Baxter

Thursday, October 11 — 7:30 pm

Anna Helm Baxter removes the stress of getting that sweet fix when you can’t be bothered to leave the house, or making dessert when you have run out of time but have a house full of guests. From a classic Tiramisu to a comforting Molten chocolate, she shows that you can make hassle-free desserts that look and taste impressive, whether you’re home alone or throwing a dinner party.

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A Perilious Journey of Danger & Mayhem

with author Christopher Healy

Saturday, October 13 — 2:00 pm

A rip-roaring, hilarious alternate-history adventure starring the world’s most famous inventors—and its most forgotten. From the author of the beloved Hero’s Guide series, Christopher Healy.

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Their Houses

with author Meredith Sue Willis

Tuesday, October 16 — 7:30 pm

Three adults, closely bonded in childhood, are reunited on an acreage once owned by a white supremacist group, where they discover in various ways that there is no final protection, no matter how hard they strive to find it or make it.

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POSTPONED Dinner at the Center of the Earth

with author Nathan Englander


Wednesday, October 17 — 7:30 pm

The new novel from the Pulitzer-nominated, bestselling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges—a political thriller set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dinner at the Center of the Earth is a tour de force—a powerful, wryly funny, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, and the man who improbably lands at the center of it all.

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Another Way to Play

with author Michael Lally

Saturday, October 20 — 7:30 pm

The collected works of a poet who bridges the rhythms and message of the beats, the disarming frankness of the New York School, and the fierce temerity of activist authors throughout the ages. From a ’60s-era verse letter to John Coltrane to a 2017 examination of Life After Trump, Another Way to Play collects more than a half century of engaged, accessible, and deeply felt poetry from a writer both iconoclastic and embedded in the American tradition.

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Nurturing Your Child’s Math and Literacy in Pre-K — Fifth Grade

with authors Mary Mueller and Alisa Hindin

Saturday, October 27 — 5:00 pm

With the changes in how math and literacy are being taught, parents often struggle with helping even first grade children with their homework. In this book we set out to alleviate this struggle, by offering parents a resource they can use to navigate their child’s education, communicate with teachers, and support their children in learning mathematics and literacy.

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Hollywood Ending

with author Kellye Garrett

Saturday, October 27 — 7:30 pm
JOINT EVENT: Stabbed in the Baklava with Tina Kashian

Tinseltown’s awards season is in full swing, and everyone is obsessed with dressing up, scoring free swag, and getting invited to the biggest awards shows of the year. But when celebrity publicist Lyla Davis is killed, the festive mood comes to an abrupt halt. Apprentice private eye Dayna Anderson thinks she’s uncovered the killer. Unfortunately, what starts as an open-and-shut case turns out to be anything but.

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Stabbed in the Baklava

with author Tina Kashian

Saturday, October 27 — 7:30 pm
JOINT EVENT: Hollywood Ending with Kellye Garrett

Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .

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Amongst the Liberal Elite

with author Elly Lonon

Tuesday, October 30 — 7:30 pm

Getting woke is hard. As this couple is discovering under 45’s regime, it takes more than listening to NPR on our daily commutes and watching Jon Stewart cameos on our phones in bed while we sip craft beer from artisanal glassware made by at-risk women on another continent to make us global citizens. That won’t stop Alexandra and Michael from trying, though.

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