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This morning Mayor John F. Street officially kicked off the 2008 One Book, One Philadelphia reading period with the announcement of this year’s One Book featured reading selection.… continue reading One Book, One Philadelphia Picks Dave Eggers' What Is the What for 2008

By written by Communications Office    October 17, 2007   

The hugely popular web-based, free content encyclopedia project Wikipedia currently features more than two million English-language articles. According to the site, “[Every] day hundreds of… continue reading Spinning Wikipedia

By written by Communications Office    October 15, 2007    1

Yesterday Horace Engdahl, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy , announced that Doris Lessing is the recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ms. Lessing's reaction to the news was… continue reading Congratulations, Ms. Lessing

By written by Communications Office    October 12, 2007   

The phrase “ Heavens to Murgatroyd! ” predates this character and may have found its way to 1960s American television by way of Gilbert and Sullivan. Spend hours exploring the origins… continue reading Heavens to Murgatroyd!

By written by Communications Office    October 11, 2007    1

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 Take Five with . . . Andrea Barrett

By written 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 Magna Carta for Sale in December, Just in Time for the Holidays

By written by Communications Office    October 5, 2007   

All you need is a light source 10 billion times brighter than the sun . continue reading Hands-Free Dead Sea Scrolls

By written 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 Mature Authors from the UK Eschew Computers

By written 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 Take Five with . . . Ann Patchett

By written 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 Take Five with . . . Daniel Handler

By written 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 Kablam-O! The 215 Festival Is Upon Us

By written 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 Wisconsin Library Remembers Bacon Bookmarks

By written 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 It's Not a Memoir, It's a Book

By written 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 Naomi Klein's Viral Video, Oscar-Nominated Director Does Nonfiction Book Ad

By written 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 Stephen Colbert Doesn't Read

By written 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 Take Five with . . . Dave Barry

By written 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 Take Five with . . . Diane Ackerman

By written 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 Anne Frank Rejected, Among Others

By written 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 Poet of the Week | William Stafford

By written 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 Astronaut Mourns Madeleine L'Engle

By written by Communications Office    September 11, 2007   

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