Free Library in the News: October 19-23, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, October 23, 2015

Learn to Advance Your Career with Advice from These Philly Techies
At this Free Library event held October 28, representatives from Philadelphia’s top tech organizations will come together to present short exciting talks on emerging technologies that will enhance your business and enrich your career. The event is presented in partnership with the Raven Society, a dedicated group of individuals in their 20s and 30s who share a passion for literacy, learning, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Philadelphia is Firing Up for Cold Mountain!
It's a novel, a film, an opera, and now it's the recently announced One Book, One Philadelphia selection for 2016. The Free Library and the City of Philadelphia officially kicked off the year-long collective read, which will be the National Book Award fiction winner Cold Mountain.


Q&A: Margaret Atwood talks about writing, editing, the future, Elvis robots, and Mae West
From her hotel room in New York, Atwood chatted about what it's like when speculation has become reality, how she has handled feedback from fans and editors, Elvis sex robots, and her Mae West corset. And she wanted to know a few things about Philadelphia before her sold-out visit Tuesday at the Free Library of Philadelphia. (appeared 10/20)


Ta-Nehisi Coates talks race and writing in Philly
The Philadelphia Free Library held an author event Friday night with Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer of the #1 New York Times best-selling book Between the World and Me. Coates, a journalist for The Atlantic by day, garnered national praise and criticism for his 2014 article “A Case for Reparations,” which argues for the U.S.’s longstanding economic and moral debt to African Americans. (appeared 10/16)


In Mideast, allies gauge reliability of the U.S.
Dennis Ross will speak about "Doomed to Succeed" at noon Thursday at the Free Library of Philadelphia (appeared 10/22)


The Anti-Hell House, Historical Holograms, and a Halloween Read
Then stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia this evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. for a reading and book signing with the author [Margaret Atwood] (if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold-out event, that is) (appeared 10/20).


In Philly, Ta-Nehisi Coates talks race and the ‘responsibility to resist’
High school students across Philadelphia identified with this idea as they gathered at the Free Library on Friday to hear Ta-Nehisi Coates read from his latest book, Between the World and Me. “This book was written for you. It is directed at my 15-year-old son, and he is in so many ways a stand-in for you,” said Coates, addressing the audience of 500 teens, students from 13 District and charter high schools. (appeared 10/16)


Lawyer Who Defeated DOMA to speak at Free Library of Philadelphia
In a phone interview with PGN, Kaplan noted, “Who wouldn’t want to spend their mid-80s like Edie Windsor has? What a way to spend them.” Kaplan will be in Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. She will be in conversation with Tobias Barrington Wolff, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


Cookbook for low-cost meals started as a graduate thesis on poverty
The book's can-do spirit is one reason Liz Fitzgerald, who runs the Philadelphia Free Library's Center for Culinary Literacy, leans on the book for many of her center's programs. It's a key part of the ESL program there, which uses food as a way to get immigrants practicing their conversational English outside traditional classrooms.


Neighborhood health reform
One of the newest projects in South Philadelphia is the added Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia facility, which will be located at 1700 S. Broad St in the Newbold neighborhood. The new care center, which was previously home to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s South Philadelphia Branch, will also combine the City-owned Health Center and CHOP’s pediatric practice center into one building.


A guide to help find the right college
Philadelphia Futures has distributed 42,000 copies of the guide to the Free Library of Philadelphia, and to every public, charter, and parochial high school in the city.


Novel-winner Orhan Pamuk talks about love and the city
Orhan Pamuk seems to be infatuated with the idea of love at first sight. The postmodern novelist, who in 2006 became the first Turkish author to win a Nobel Prize in literature, mines that particular topic in two of his greatest novels, Snow (2002) and The Museum of Innocence (2008).  (appeared 10/22)


Free Library initiative to ‘cluster’ libraries to better address community needs
It’s been more than two years since Mt. Airy learned Lovett Memorial Library had been selected as a prototype branch in the Free Library of Philadelphia's 21st Century Libraries Initiative. And at Lovett's community meeting Monday evening, representatives from the Free Library of Philadelphia provided a much awaited update.


Beatrix Potter’s original artwork on display at Free Library
Beatrix Potter, the beloved author of the "Peter Rabbit" books, would have turned 150 years old in 2016. To celebrate, the Free Library of Philadelphia is showcasing a collection of Potter's works in the Rare Book Department now through Sunday, Feb. 28. Guided tours of the highlights will be available at 11 a.m. each day.


Carrie Brownstein's Book Tour Will Feature Amy Poehler, Aidy Bryant And Questlove - And We Can't Wait
As if we weren’t already totally pumped, yesterday Brownstein announced her book tour dates, and the list of guest interviewers she has lined up for the tour sent all of us here at BUST into excitement overload. (appears 10/29)


Carrie Brownstein assembles celeb squad for her book tour, including Questlove and Amy Poehler
Carrie Brownstein — Sleater-Kinney member, Portlandia star, and author of the forthcoming memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl — has assembled a group so star-studded for her book tour, it rivals Taylor Swift’s tour. (appears 10/29)


Carrie Brownstein 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl' Star-Studded Book Tour Includes Amy Poehler, Questlove & More
But Brownstein's "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" book tour is different in a way that the celebrities joining her as guest interviewers are already listed and revealed. (appears 10/29)


Carrie Brownstein Is Hitting the Road For the Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Book Tour
If you haven’t already pre-ordered the book, you’ll get a signed copy of Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl when you buy a ticket to see Carrie on her tour. (appears 10/29)


Garry Kasparov: Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
In Winter is Coming, Kasparov urges the world to stand against Russia’s current head of state. (appears 10/28)             

Calendar: October 21-28
Features Ben Bernanke (appears 10/23) and Ruth Reichl (10/27) Author Events


Radio Times in Review: Transgender activist Jennifer Finney-Boylan, In-Your-Face Politics, former congressman Barney Frank
Lastly, we’ll listen to Marty’s interview with former Democratic congressman BARNEY FRANK. (appeared 3/2015)


Sarah Vowell, then a look at biggest campaign donors
Today on Radio Times, author and humorist SARAH VOWELL, best-selling author of Assassination Vacation, joins us in the studio. (appeared 10/21)


Wes will be in conversation with Sarah Vowell on Wednesday, October 21 and with David Hare on Thursday, November 5, at the Parkway Central Library


Middle East peace negotiator Dennis Ross on U.S.-Israeli relations
In today’s edition of Ballot Talks, we’re joined by Middle East negotiator DENNIS ROSS, who served under Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama (appeared 10/22)

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