Ever wonder what celebrated authors like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Jennifer Egan, and Francine Prose read when they're lounging in the sun? Satisfy your curiosity here . continue reading

By Communications Office   May 23, 2007   

Shrinking book review sections in print publications around the country have caught the attention of the National Book Critics Circle , and they are not pleased . They've mounted a " Campaign to… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 22, 2007   

With The Kite Runner still charting on the New York Times paperback fiction bestseller list--its run currently extends more than one hundred weeks--Khaled Hosseini is back with his second novel, A… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 21, 2007   

Charles Simic was born in Yugoslavia in 1938 and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1958. He published his first poems in 1959, at the age of 21. In 1961 he was drafted into the… continue reading

By Administrator   May 18, 2007   

The Philadelphia Tribune published an article today on the Youth Empowerment Summit hosted here at the Central Library on Wednesday. The theme of this year's summit was "Stand Up for Philly."… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 18, 2007   

Starting this past weekend and running through September 30 of this year, the King Tut exhibition at the Franklin Institute Science Museum is sponsoring a "Geocaching Trail and Scavenger Hunt of… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 17, 2007    1

Been meaning to read a Don DeLillo novel but don't know where to start? New York Magazine just published a handy, quick-reference critical guide to DeLillo's oeuvre. His latest novel, Falling Man,… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 16, 2007   

OK, so maybe they're not evil , but if I were a human employee at Chicago State University's new high-tech library, I wouldn't turn my back on these eerily efficient robotic cranes . Comments:… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 15, 2007   

A special section ran yesterday in the New York Times covering the latest in children's books . continue reading

By Emily   May 14, 2007   

Jorie Graham is one of the most important contemporary poets writing today. Her youth was spent trotting the globe with her journalist father and sculptor mother. She has penned many books of… continue reading

By Administrator   May 10, 2007   

The official Rant press release from Doubleday, Chuck Palahniuk's publisher, claims that Palahniuk's "writing has been known to induce fainting and his events have the feel of a rock concert… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 9, 2007   

To raise money for Vienna's main public library, city officials have resorted to hawking what sells best . continue reading

By Administrator   May 9, 2007    2

Self-described atheists and secular humanists Natalie Angier and Christopher Hitchens will be appearing here at the Central Library this month, discussing their latest respective books, The Canon:… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 7, 2007   

John Ashbery has written more than twenty books of poetry and won nearly every major American prize for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a National… continue reading

By Administrator   May 4, 2007    1

As demonstrated in this recent interview in the New York Times Magazine . And he'll be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium tonight at 7:00 p.m. Part of the Summer 2007 Free… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 3, 2007   

The Free Library’s website and all of its web-based resources will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday , May 3 , 2007 , during which time the Library will be… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 2, 2007   

According to the general buzz of the blogosphere, the first annual Philadelphia Book Festival was a success, and it sounds like people are already looking forward to next year’s Festival.… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 1, 2007   

Listen to the Poetcast , "the official podcast of the Academy of American Poets," and let out a wistful sigh. continue reading

By Communications Office   April 30, 2007   

May Swenson was born the eldest of ten children in a Swedish-speaking Mormon household in Utah in 1919. She received a bachelor's degree in 1939 from Utah State University and went on to teach… continue reading

By Administrator   April 27, 2007   

We love the Friends of the Free Library . We love them not only because of all the wonderful work they do in supporting and advocating for the Free Library--we also love them for supplying us wth… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 26, 2007   

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