Category Archives: Event Spotlights

Event Spotlight: David Berkeley at the Midtown Scholar


DSCF0026Free Performance and Reading by David Berkeley

October 10 @ 3pm

freebrontosaurussmallerRenowned musician and author David Berkeley will be returning to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore to showcase his latest creative project: a compilation of ten short stories accompanied by a ten-song soundtrack. The novella, The Free Brontosaurus, depicts the intersecting lives of ten characters as they all pass through the same stretch of time in one fictional city. Intertwining with the written accounts of each character, David Berkeley has composed ten songs in what is being hailed as his best album to date, Cardboard Boat.

This is a free performance and completely open to the public and audiences of all ages!
For more information, feel free to call the bookstore at 717-236-1680.

See you at the Scholar!

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”

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!


Event Spotlight: How to Understand the Mind with Gen Kelsang Jampa



Gen Kelsang Jampa – May 30 @ 11:00 am

Renowned for his warm demeanor and peaceful, inspired teachings, Gen Kelsang Jampa jampaCA1-211x250will be joining us at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on May 30 at 11:00 a.m. to give a free, public talk on meditation, understanding the mind, and finding true freedom and happiness. Gen Jampa is currently a resident teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Centar in Texas, and serves as the National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa tradition of Buddhism. If you have any questions about the event, or about Gen Jampa, feel free to contact the Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center of Harrisburg via their website ( or email address (

And, to gain a better sense of Gen Kelsang Jampa’s teaching and presence, be sure to watch the video below of Gen Jampa’s guided meditation recorded at the TEDxSarasota conference.