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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!

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.

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!

Bookstore Feature: Black Bride Magazine


Last year, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore was honored to serve as the visual backdrop for local wedding photographer Ade Oshodi’s spotlight on artistic and bohemian brides. Now, almost a year later, Ade’s feature will be published in the Spring and Summer edition of Black Bride Magazine, a publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in bridal fashion, style, and culture. We are excited to be able to show you Ade’s exquisite work and vision which came to life here at the Midtown Scholar!

(c) Ade Oshodi 2015(c) Ade Oshodi 2015

For more information on Black Bride Magazine, be sure to visit their website, blackbride.com.