The 2008 One Book, One Philadelphia kick-off was a standing-room-only affair--conclusively answering this question ...--with hundreds of people interested in learning more about Dave Eggers’… continue reading

By Communications Office   January 9, 2008   

Congratulations to Jon Scieszka--author of clever children's favorites including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs --who was yesterday… continue reading

By Communications Office   January 4, 2008   

Yesterday writer Belinda Webb posted an item on the Guardian 's books blog announcing her New Year's resolution to keep to an " audiobook diet " in 2008. She writes, "So here we are, in 2008.… continue reading

By Communications Office   January 2, 2008    2

One Book, One Philadelphia will soon kick off its sixth consecutive year with a visit on January 8 from bestselling writer Dave Eggers , author of this year’s featured One Book reading… continue reading

By Communications Office   December 21, 2007   

A copy of the Magna Carta that dates from 1297--the only copy of the Magna Carta in the United States--was auctioned by Sotheby’s yesterday, fetching $21.3 million from David Rubenstein, a… continue reading

By Communications Office   December 19, 2007   

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift idea for a lapsed bibliophile , or just curious how your favorite books of the past 12 months have been ranked by the… continue reading

By Communications Office   December 17, 2007   

The University of Pennsylvania’s 60-Second Lecture Series offers an excellent repository of thought-provoking distractions. Check out the Fall 2007 series here . With topics ranging from… continue reading

By Communications Office   December 12, 2007   

Yes, such a thing does exist. Since September, folks at the Nobel Foundation have been adding videos of Nobel Prize announcements, interviews with Nobel Laureates, and official Nobel Lectures.… continue reading

By Communications Office   December 5, 2007   

Described by Gillian Engberg for Booklist as a “winning Dutch import for parents looking for an original tale with a gay slant,” Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland’s King & King… continue reading

By Communications Office   December 3, 2007    1

In January 1943 Philadelphia’s readers couldn’t get enough of Marcia Davenport’s second novel, The Valley of Decision , and Cecil Brown’s Suez to Singapore , the respective… continue reading

By Communications Office   November 30, 2007   

A comprehensive study released by the National Endowment for the Arts on November 19 finds that Americans are reading less, and also less well. Key findings include that on average Americans… continue reading

By Communications Office   November 26, 2007   

A time to celebrate togetherness like it's 1621 ? continue reading

By Communications Office   November 21, 2007   

Read any good book autopsies lately? continue reading

By Communications Office   November 19, 2007   

Etymythologies are etymologies that are not factually true but remain popular nonetheless. "[They're] like family anecdotes," writes Ben MacIntyre for the Times. "They may not literally be true;… continue reading

By Communications Office   November 16, 2007   

This Saturday , November 17 , the Free Library's Print and Picture Collection, together with the Philadelphia Center for the Book , will present Book, Paper, Scissors , an artist's book fair. (If… continue reading

By Communications Office   November 14, 2007   

According to Google , "Revision is a critical piece of the writing process." Indeed. "Now, Google Docs has partnered with Weekly Reader’s Writing for Teens magazine to help you teach it in a… continue reading

By Communications Office   November 9, 2007    1

Thankless too for peace, (Peace long preserved by fleets and perilous seas) Secure from actual warfare, we have loved To swell the war-whoop, passionate for war! from "Fears in Solitude"… continue reading

By Administrator   November 7, 2007   

In a recently published interview with Bookslut , Shalom Auslander is asked if writing has stopped being a catharsis for him--if the publication of his new memoir, Foreskin's Lament , signals an… continue reading

By Communications Office   November 5, 2007   

"... [There's] nothing quite like a book-about-a-blog-about-a-book ," writes Peter Stothard, former Times editor and current editor of the Times Literary Supplement , in his blog for Times Online .… continue reading

By Communications Office   November 2, 2007   

OK, they're not really spooky; but it's Halloween, and the Free Library is debuting its first podcast series , currently featuring recordings of some memorable author events at the Central Library… continue reading

By Communications Office   October 31, 2007   

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