Book Signing With Carl Wolfson
Saturday, August 18th at 2:00-3:30pm
Join us for a special book signing by comedian and radio host Carl Wolfson! He will be signing his book "Slide! The Baseball Tragicomedy That Defined Me, My Family, and the City of Philadelphia - And How It All Could Have Been Avoided Had Someone Just Listened to My Lesbian Great Aunt."
Slide! is the laugh-out-loud true story of the greatest collapse in baseball history, told from the perspective of a boy who lived it. The Philadelphia Phillies' bid for the pennant in 1964 was an almost flawless run. With twelve games to play, the team's lead seemed insurmountable. For 11-year-old Carl Wolfson, it was the happiest summer of his young life. Then the unthinkable happened. With each late-season loss, Phillies fans were thrown into despair, and Carl's crumbling dream of a World Series forced him to take refuge in comedy. Luckily, it was all around him. His bickering parents (who put up Chinese symbols for "peace" and "happiness" and argued for years about which was which), his grandmother (who was so stubbornly Republican that she refused to carry a Roosevelt dime), and his mouthy great aunt (whose protest letters to the Phillies front office became local legend) created plenty of opportunity for distraction.
Book Signing by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz
Saturday, August 18th at 4:00-5:30pm
Join us for a special book signing by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz! They will be signing their latest book, Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago.
In 1929, thirty-year-old gangster Al Capone ruled both Chicago's underworld and its corrupt government. To a public who scorned Prohibition, "Scarface" became a local hero and national celebrity. But after the brutal St. Valentine's Day Massacre transformed Capone into "Public Enemy Number One," the federal government found an unlikely new hero in a twenty-seven-year-old Prohibition agent named Eliot Ness. Chosen to head the legendary law enforcement team known as "The Untouchables," Ness set his sights on crippling Capone's criminal empire.
Today, no underworld figure is more iconic than Al Capone and no lawman as renowned as Eliot Ness. Yet in 2016 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Al Capone still awaits the biographer who can fully untangle, and balance, the complexities of his life," while revisionist historians have continued to misrepresent Ness and his remarkable career.
Story Time and Painting with Behavior Bear
Saturday, August 25th at 10:30am-12:00pm
Join special guests, author Joni Downey and Behavior Bear, for story time! They will be reading "I Am Behavior Bear" or "Let's Behave."
Afterwards, you can meet and greet Behavior Bear and will even have an opportunity to test your painting skills! Paint from 11am to 12pm. Pre-registration is required to paint. Please pre-register and pay the $12 painting fee online at www.charactersofcharacter.org.