Posts by Administrator (83)

On Monday, March 5, Philadelphia's favorite crime novelist, Lista Scottoline, will discuss her latest book, Daddy’s Girl at the Central Library at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Scottoline took a moment… continue reading

By Administrator   March 2, 2007   

Nikki Giovanni (who will be reading at the Central Library this evening at 8:00 p.m.) is a poet known for her fearless exploration of race, womanhood, family, violence, and God. She attended Fisk… continue reading

By Administrator   March 1, 2007   

On Thursday, March 1, poet Nikki Giovanni will discuss her latest book, Acolytes , at the Central Library at 8:00 p.m. If you want to go, it will cost $12 for general admission or $6 for students.… continue reading

By Administrator   February 27, 2007   

Stellargirl gave the Free Library a shout-out on her blog! continue reading

By Administrator   February 26, 2007   

Henry Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer, completing thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels during his lifetime. In the Fifties and Sixties, he worked as a letter… continue reading

By Administrator   February 22, 2007   

The Philadelphia Weekly gave the Free Library some love this week (scroll down to read it ). continue reading

By Administrator   February 21, 2007   

On Thursday, February 22nd, Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley will discuss her latest novel, Ten Days in the Hills , at the Central Library at 8:00 p.m. If you want to go, it will cost $12 for… continue reading

By Administrator   February 20, 2007   

  Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1965 for her first book, Dream Barker . Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 won the 2004 National Book Award for… continue reading

By Administrator   February 15, 2007   

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the most influential American spiritual writers of the 20th century. In his short life, he wrote over 60 books, hundreds of poems, and countless essays ranging… continue reading

By Administrator   February 9, 2007   

Audre Geraldine Lorde wrote her first poem in the eighth grade. In 1954, she spent a pivotal year as a student at the National University of Mexico and then returned to the United States,… continue reading

By Administrator   February 2, 2007   

Federico García Lorca was one of Spain's most prolific and important writers. The poet and playwright was born June 5, 1899, and published his first book, Impresiones y Viajes , at the… continue reading

By Administrator   January 29, 2007   

Amiri Baraka , formerly Everett LeRoi Jones, was born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He published as Leroi Jones until the assassination of Malcom X, after which he changed his name to Amiri… continue reading

By Administrator   January 12, 2007   

Sharon Olds began publishing in 1980, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for The Dead & the Living . Other works by Olds include Strike Sparks: Selected Poems (2004,… continue reading

By Administrator   January 5, 2007   

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1879. Though he longed to be a professional writer, he ended up practicing law until 1916. Stevens nevertheless began publishing under the… continue reading

By Administrator   December 28, 2006   

Carolyn Forché refers to herself as "a poet of witness." Indeed, in 1983, she acted as a journalist for Amnesty International in El Salvador in 1983 and as a Beirut correspondent… continue reading

By Administrator   December 18, 2006    1

Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (in 1923, for The Harp-Weaver, and Other Poems), was known not only for her writing but for what was considered at the… continue reading

By Administrator   December 6, 2006   

Former United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, Robert Pinsky, is the author of six books of poetry: Jersey Rain, The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems… continue reading

By Administrator   December 1, 2006    1

Tonight at 8:00 p.m., the country’s preeminent English-to-Spanish translator, Edith Grossman , speaks alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Galway Kinnel. She has translated Mario Vargas… continue reading

By Administrator   November 16, 2006    1

Rita Dove’s books include American Smooth, On the Bus with Rosa Parks , Mother Love , Selected Poems, Grace Notes , Thomas and Beulah (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry), Museum , and… continue reading

By Administrator   November 8, 2006   

Sherman Alexie was raised on the Spokane Indian reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was born with water in his brain and was not expected to live. Even when he did, doctors predicted he would… continue reading

By Administrator   November 1, 2006