One City, One Book, Two Talks

If you, like thousands of other Philadelphians, read this year’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection, The Soloist, now’s your chance to get together with other like-minded city-dwellers and discuss it.

The book chronicles author Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist, as he sees Nathaniel Ayers passionately playing a two-stringed violin in L.A.’s Skid Row. Lopez at first thinks he’ll use Ayers as the subject of his next column—but instead ends up befriending the man and discovering a world he never knew existed.

Part One of a program discussing the book is tonight at 7 p.m. at the University of the Sciences’ McNeill Science and Technology Center (S. 43rd and Woodland streets). Professors Mary Ellen Graham and Steve Metraux will lead the free discussion.

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