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Quite possibly, says Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and chair of the London-based Society of Authors . A recent piece in the Times quotes her as saying that the traditional… continue reading Will Internet Book Piracy Drive Authors to Stop Writing?

By written by Communications Office    April 4, 2008   

"In all the years that I've been writing--15 years now--there's only one genre that's really debuted in the New York Times Book Review , and that's the graphic novel," says author Jodi… continue reading More Writers Drawn to Comics

By written by Communications Office    April 2, 2008   

For his 2003 novel, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company , Brian Hall won acclaim for the way he used the intimate voice of fiction to capture the half-hidden personal stories of the Lewis… continue reading Take Five with . . . Brian Hall

By written by Communications Office    March 31, 2008   

According to the New York Times , "A series of announcements from publishers across the globe in the last few weeks suggests that the long migration to the Internet has picked up pace, and… continue reading Dead Tomes Walking?

By written by Communications Office    March 28, 2008   

The Pennsylvania Primary is nearly upon us. On April 22, 2008, Pennsylvania voters in the Democratic Primary may help determine the party’s nominee for President. To further prepare for… continue reading Get Primed for the Primary

By written by Communications Office    March 26, 2008   

LibraryThing isn't the only social-networking website aimed at booklovers. There's also  Goodreads , Shelfari , aNobii , and BookJetty , among others. "Think of it as Facebook or MySpace… continue reading Bookish Social Networking

By written by Communications Office    March 24, 2008   

The Print and Picture Collection's annual Robert F. Looney Memorial Event is coming up on Saturday , March 29 , at the Central Library. This year’s program features a discussion on the State… continue reading The State of the Visual Arts

By written by Communications Office    March 19, 2008    1

According to their official website, Google has "teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you" Google Sky , a new tool offering "an… continue reading Google Reaches the Stars

By written by Communications Office    March 17, 2008    1

Don't get it? "For fans of numerical information or the history of mathematical discoveries," writes poetry blogger Edward Byrne , "March 14 represents a day of celebration. Since… continue reading Happy Pi Day

By written by Communications Office    March 14, 2008    2

“Before the comics were beset by the prolonged crackdown that is described [in David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague ], they were created in a spirit best summarized by Mickey Spillane,… continue reading A Kid's Dime

By written by Communications Office    March 12, 2008   

If you’re a tech-savvy grammar enthusiast, you’re probably already familiar with Mignon Fogarty (aka “Grammar Girl”) and her weekly podcast, Quick and Dirty Tips for Better… continue reading Grammar Girl's Top 10 Language Myths

By written by Communications Office    March 10, 2008   

It was recently revealed that Love and Consequences , an acclaimed memoir of gang life in Los Angeles, ostensibly written by Margaret B. Jones--a woman of mixed Caucasian and Native American… continue reading The Latest Publishing Scandals

By written by Communications Office    March 7, 2008   

How did Daniel Handler end up on the cover of someone else's novel ? According to the New York Times books blog, "When it came time for Grove Press to design a cover for the United States… continue reading Daniel Handler as Cover Art

By written by Communications Office    March 5, 2008   

March 4 is National Grammar Day , according to the  Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG). Why March 4? According to the SPOGG website, "It's not only a date, it's an… continue reading Happy National Grammar Day

By written by Communications Office    March 4, 2008   

A reporter for more than 20 years, including more than a decade at the Baltimore Sun , Laura Lippman infuses her Tess Monaghan Mysteries with the authenticity of experience. Ms. Lippman will be… continue reading Take Five with . . . Laura Lippman

By written by Communications Office    February 27, 2008   

Whether you like it or not, Wikipedia matters. According to Web information company Alexa, Wikipedia is currently the eighth most popular website in the United States --six spots ahead of… continue reading Digital Literacy, Democracy, and the State of Wikipedia

By written by Communications Office    February 25, 2008    1

This week's edition of the Philadelphia City Paper includes a piece on the Free Library's Automobile Reference Collection . Managed by librarian Kim Bravo, who is featured prominently in the… continue reading Meet Kim Bravo

By written by Communications Office    February 21, 2008   

Excited about the three-month exhibition of more than 40 works by Frida Kahlo opening tomorrow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? Just in time to prepare for your visit, the Free Library’s… continue reading Frida in Philadelphia

By written by Communications Office    February 19, 2008   

Today's edition of the New York Times features a piece on Susan Jacoby’s new book , The Age of American Unreason , which the author’s website describes as a “tough-minded work of… continue reading Don't Be Anti-Rational

By written by Communications Office    February 14, 2008   

While deciphering handwritten manuscripts, letters, and journals may challenge fewer and fewer editors as we move forward into the age of new media , there’s still plenty of head-scratching… continue reading Incomprehensible Handwriting of the Greats

By written by Communications Office    February 12, 2008   

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