XPN Welcomes John Gorka to the Midtown Scholar


XPN Welcomes John Gorka

September 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

gorka1HRNew Jersey native John Gorka first entered the folk music scene in the late 1970’s as an MC and sound man for a coffeehouse in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As his talent and acclaim grew, John found himself traveling to New York City to open for powerful voices and influences in the folk and country music worlds. From New York, John began touring folk festivals across the nation, continually winning awards and rising in popularity as he traveled. Now, almost four decades later, Gorka continues to captivate audiences around the globe with his calm yet emotionally poignant storytelling style of folk music. And, for just one evening, John Gorka will be returning to the state that started his career for an unforgettable night of live music and entertainment.

Unlike our regular Main Stage Concerts, the Midtown Scholar will be closed for business during this event, to provide you with an uninterrupted acoustic evening with John Gorka. Tickets are now on sale, and quantities are limited, so we hope you will reserve yours today.

If you are unfamiliar with Gorka’s work, you will find a video of John’s song “Blue Chalk” below that showcases not only his incredible musical talent, but also his approachably calm stage presence.

Event Spotlight: Book Talk with Frank Varney


Book Talk and Signing with Dr. Frank Varney

Sunday, July 5th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

generalgrantrewritinghistorycoverThis Sunday, author and professor Frank Varney will be taking the stage to present his research and writing on General Grant, General William S. Rosecrans, and how biased accounts of the Civil War have forever shaped our perception of that terrible American conflict. Dr. Varney will also be signing and selling copies of his latest book, “General Grant and the Rewriting of History” after his talk is finished. We hope you will attend and join in the ever-evolving conversation surrounding the American Civil War.

Event Spotlight: Book Signings with Three Local Authors


Book Signing with David Krulac, Kelly Sangree, and Susan Hicks
6/27/15 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Three local authors will be on-site at the Scholar, ready to discuss and sign their latest works on getting organized, saving money, and making it in real estate! Below are the descriptions of each book being showcased.

51ipGJSXHzL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_David Krulac – How I Started with Nothing and Made 12 Million in Real Estate Part-Time

“The author David Krulac, started as a part time real estate investor with a non-real estate full time job and created a portfolio of hundreds of real estate properties. In each of the 240+ cases in the book there are real numbers showing actual purchase price, sale price and rent if applicable. ”

Kelly Sangree – Hard Core Poor – a book on extreme 51DNONUO9RL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_thrift

“Having trouble making ends meet? Could you use a little more wiggle room in your budget? In this book, I share the tricks and methods I used when I was Hard Core Poor to make my nickels stretch. In this book you’ll find tips on how to save on -food -clothing -transportation -phone service -entertainment -school/college costs -banking And how to do all of it without feeling deprived!”

Susan Hicks – Organized Serenity

“Yes! That was a good idea to pick up this book! You’ve finally decided that clutter will no longer rule your life and you’ve sought help! Time is of the essence. So, take the time and effort to organize your life so that the end result is comfort, peace and serenity. Some people get so busy they become disorganized and lose sight of how to get organized again. For those people, they just need a “jump” start to get them moving and then they are able to maintain the order in their environment. Then, there are those who never were organized, and don’t have a sense of what it means to be organized. They have no point of reference for organization. They just accept clutter as part of their life, as a part of who they are. Well, if you’ve gotten off track, Susan will give you a quick reminders of how to get organized again. If you’ve never been organized, she will show you how to get organized and maintain. The purpose of this book is to help you begin to think about how being organized can make your life more wonderful by living with less stress, more peace, and more time to do the things that you really enjoy doing! You’re on your way to moving your life forward, so open this book and keep reading”

On the Main Stage: Carly Clark


Carly Clark – 6/12 @ 7:30 pm


Carly ClarkCarly Clark is a singer/songwriter from Harrisburg PA. From a young age, Carly had a passion for music but focused primarily on sports. During college, Carly was inspired by one of her friends to learn the guitar. She began to write her own songs and play them for friends and family. While Carly enjoys covering popular songs, some of her best work is found in her original songs.
Recently, Carly has branched out and started playing throughout the greater Harrisburg area, as well as locations near Philadelphia, York and upcoming dates in Washington DC. Some of Carly’s musical inspiration/influence comes from artists such as; Colbie Calliat, John Mayer, Norah Jones and Ed Sheeran.

For more information on Carly, and on her upcoming shows and EP release, visit her website, Carly Clark Music.

Seasonal Coffee Spotlight: Finca el Puente


coffee pickingIn March of this year, Famous Reading Cafe manager Chris Scott had the opportunity to travel with a team from Counter Culture Coffee to Honduras in order to learn more about the coffee he serves here at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. While there, Chris experienced firsthand each step of a coffee bean’s journey from the farm to the roaster and finally to the shipyard that delivers Honduras’ finest coffees to the world. To fully appreciate and understand the process of coffee harvesting, Chris strapped on his bright yellow coffee bag and spent a day in the fields, picking beans that would eventually be served right here in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This coffee, named “Finca el Puente,” will be served at the Famous Reading Cafe from 8 am until noon throughout the summer season as a celebration both of seasonal coffee, and of Chris, our adventurous leader. We will also have packages of Finca el Puente available for purchase that you can brew at home!

Once brewed, Finca el Puente has a wonderful series of tasting notes, beginning with hints of sweet plum, and finishing with a distinct aftertaste of toasted nuts. We hope that you will be able to stop in a morning or two this summer to sample this excellent, single-origin roast!

Author Talk and Signing: Leonard M. Adkins


Author Talk and Signing with Leonard M. Adkins

leo2014-210-expJune 7th from 2 – 4 p.m.

Leonard M. Adkins, the “Habitual Hiker,” will be joining us at the Scholar on June 7th to discuss his 30th and newest book Along the Appalachian Trail: West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Adkins’ book contains a plethora of historic images and accounts from the collections and memories of both early and modern hikers of the Appalachian Trail, many of which have never been published. Also “included are the glimpses of American history the trail passes by, the pathway’s early (and later) supporters and hikers, and original locations that have been rerouted off of today’s trail.” Following his talk, Mr. Adkins will be autographing and selling copies of his book until 4:00 p.m.

Learn more about Leonard, his literary works, and his current hiking expeditions at his website, Habitual Hiker!


On the Main Stage: Kelly Zullo


Kelly Zullo – 5/30 @ 7:30 pm

ZulloKelly Zullo, known for her lightning-fast acoustic guitar work will be returning to the Scholar for an acoustic performance like no other. Unlike traditional singer-songwriters, Zullo slaps and hammers on her guitar to creative a percussive power and depth that is rarely seen in funk-folk performers. Zullo’s idiosyncratic style will be on display Friday, May 30 at 7:30 pm!