Winner of the 1996 National Book Award for fiction for her story collection Ship Fever , Andrea Barrett will be appearing at the Central Library’s Montgomery Auditorium tomorrow, Thursday ,… continue reading

By Administrator   October 10, 2007   

A copy of the Magna Carta that dates from 1297--and which, incidentally, paid a lengthy visit to Philadelphia 20 years ago--will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in December. Purchased by… continue reading

By Communications Office   October 5, 2007   

All you need is a light source 10 billion times brighter than the sun . continue reading

By Communications Office   October 3, 2007   

The Guardian periodically takes readers inside Writers’ rooms with pieces contributed by renowned authors about the spaces in which they write. From this series one may learn, among other… continue reading

By Communications Office   October 2, 2007   

Ann Patchett will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium on Wednesday , October 3 , at 8:00 p.m. Click here for ticket info. She recently took a moment to chat with us about… continue reading

By Communications Office   October 1, 2007   

Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket himself) will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium on Tuesday , October 2 , at 8:00 p.m. Click here for ticket info. He recently took a moment… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 28, 2007   

Started in 2001 (née "McSweeney's Festival") Philadelphia's own 215 Festival is back in its seventh year with a long weekend of (mostly) free events and "cross-pollinated performances"… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 26, 2007   

Items found between the pages of returned books at the Madison Public Library in recent memory include pipe cleaners, postcards, tax forms, an unused ticket to the Olympics for the rhythmic… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 25, 2007    1

It seems that Augusten Burroughs may have taken some liberties in his characterization of the Turcotte family (aka "the Finches") in his wildly popular Running with Scissors: A Memoir . But… continue reading

By Administrator   September 24, 2007    2

Naomi Klein, bestselling author of No Logo , is back with another polemic, this time aiming to "[explode] the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically" and to expose "the puppet… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 21, 2007   

The Colbert Report on Comedy Central may seem like an improbable venue for serious literary discussion (and it is), but that doesn't discourage noted authors from stopping by to promote their… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 20, 2007   

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium tomorrow, Thursday , September 20 , at 12:00 p.m. (This event is free ; no tickets… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 19, 2007   

Diane Ackerman, acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses , will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium this Thursday , September 20 , at 8:00 p.m. (Click here to… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 18, 2007   

"Very dull" and "a dreary record of typical family bickering, petty annoyances and adolescent emotions"--so wrote a staff reader for Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., the publisher who subsequently rejected… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 17, 2007    2

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914. He attended the Universities of Kansas and Iowa. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and worked in the alternative service camps. He… continue reading

By Administrator   September 13, 2007   

This past Saturday's installment of National Public Radio's All Things Considered featured an interview with astronaut Janice Voss , who was inspired as a young reader by Madeleine L'Engle's A… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 11, 2007   

Lovers of words and web-based social networks will rejoice upon discovering Wordie , yet another internet rabbit hole to tumble down, this one encouraging you to wile away abstracted hours… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 10, 2007   

Tomorrow is International Literacy Day . Check out what organizations are doing around the world to promote "literacy as an integral aspect of the universal right to education." There's also no… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 7, 2007   

Natasha Trethewey was born in 1966 in Gulfport, Mississippi. She earned an M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of… continue reading

By Administrator   September 6, 2007   

Radio One's 100.3 The Beat and the Free Library partnered this morning to present a Start the School Year Right Anti-Violence Rally in the Central Library's Main Lobby. The program featured a… continue reading

By Communications Office   September 5, 2007    2

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