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Spring 2020 Author Events Preview

As we head into the roaring '20s, let’s look forward to the Spring 2020 Free Library Author Events schedule , highlight a few of our guests, and offer up some other important details... Tickets go on sale to the public today,…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2019

It's that time of the year again! Working in the Fiction Department of the Parkway Central Library means that I am always surrounded by excellent books to read. I read over 330 this year, and in narrowing it down to my top 30…

Happy Birthday to Kurt Vonnegut (and Kilgore Trout?)

Yes, I am one of those: I keep a list of books saved in my phone—books that I will eventually read once I reach that magical point of life when I stop desiring new books and therefore stop adding to the dang list—and…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

Our October suggestions are a mix of fantasy, history, romance, health, and adventure—truly, something for everyone—and they’re all coming to a neighborhood library near you this month!   Young Children (Up to 2nd…

Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie!

In the course of a casual conversation with a new acquaintance this summer, chatter turned—as it inevitably does, when one of you works in a library—first to books, then to mystery novels, and then to my minor obsession with…

Fall 2019 Author Events: Cultural Connections

During this fall season of Free Library Author Events , we’re seeing a lot of cultural connections between our authors and speakers. Let’s talk about the events taking place two days in a row, both off-site at the same…

Celebrate National Read a Book Day!

Today is National Read a Book Day , and as a book lover and Free Library staff member it’s my sworn duty to encourage everyone I meet today to pick up a book, so expect some recommendations here. Reading can be so much more than…

Are You an N.K. Jemisin Fan Yet?

In my version of a perfect world, there are two kinds of fiction readers: Those who have already read (and loved) multi-award-winning author N.K Jemisin 's work and those who will. Soon. If you find yourself in neither category (!),…

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Are...

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia University in New York City on Monday, April 15. The Pulitzers recognize achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition,…

The Mystery of Missing Persons

Many things go missing – overdue books, keys, socks in the dryer – but none of those can compare with the gravity of when a person simply disappears. Approximately 90,000 people are missing at this very moment in the United…

Book Donation to Recognize and Celebrate Polish Literature

The Free Library was fortunate to recently receive a donation of books by Polish authors that were translated into English, along with books in Polish for both adults and children. The books were donated by the Polish Book Institute , a…

The 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating & honoring women’s fiction. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate originality, accessibility, and excellence in…

Our Summer Madness Blockbuster Reads Online Bracket Game Winner Is...

We started out with 32 blockbuster best-selling books from a variety of genres ... over 5 weeks, the books were voted upon by you, our faithful blog readers and library patrons... as each week passed, winners and losers were chosen by…

Two Shall Enter, One Shall Leave a.k.a. the 5th and Final Round of Summer Madness!

We're now into the fifth and final round of our Summer Madness blockbuster reads online bracket game! Amongst 32 titles vying for the prize, our finalists Life of Pi and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rose to the top of…

The Final Four Book Battle Is ON a.k.a. Round 4 of Summer Madness!

We're now into round 4 of our Summer Madness blockbuster reads online bracket game! The Final Four battle is ON! Here's some stats on each title to see how they match up against each other...   The Devil Wears Prada Genre:…

The Great Eight Takes Shape a.k.a. Round 3 of Summer Madness is Under Way!

We're into round 3 of our Summer Madness blockbuster reads online bracket game! With only two weeks left, the Great Eight has arrived with devils and dolls, fly girls and tigers, hitchikers and immigrants, romantic rendezvouses both…

We're Turning Up the Heat with... Summer Madness!

We've gone a bit crazy from the heat over here at the Free Library. You might even say, we've got... SUMMER MADNESS ! This online bracket-style tournament matches blockbuster, best-selling books from a variety of genres in…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2017

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy and not particularly difficult or…

Need a Last Minute Gift Idea? Check Out These 10 Popular Titles!

Looking for gift ideas for your favorite readers or for something to read yourself? Here’s a list from public libraries across the country of the 10 most popular books for adult readers in the past month. Mystery and suspense…

Literary Scenes from New Orleans

New Orleans is always on my mind at this time of year. Mardi Gras is more than just Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, and the celebrations extend far beyond Bourbon Street: parades take place all over the city for several weeks,…

Voyages by Road and Sea

Voyages by Road and Sea explores the legacies of Walt Whitman and Herman Melville through contemporary voices and art in Parkway Central Library's West Gallery. Marking the bicentennial years for both Whitman and Melville, Voyages…

Adult Reading Club: Color's Blues

Join us in the Education, Philosophy & Religion Department as we read and discuss Philadelphia author, Lee Ruben's novel, which delves into the steamy underworld during the Harlem Renaissance era. Copies of the book chapters…

Seanan McGuire | Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers

One of contemporary sci-fi/fantasy’s most popular writers, Seanan McGuire won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for the Wayward Children series of books. Also the author of, among other books, the October Day series and the…

Susan Choi | Trust Exercise with Jacqueline Woodson | Red at the Bone

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for fiction, Trust Exercise follows a star-crossed suburban teen romance in a 1980s performing arts high school. Susan Choi ’s novels are known for excavating the hidden corners of the human…

Mandarin Chinese Storytime

Enjoy stories, songs, music, movements and lots of fun in Mandarin Chinese with Ms. Han from the Philadelphia Chinese Academy for children birth to 5 years old with their caregivers. No prior Chinese language experience necessary.

Ottessa Moshfegh | Death in Her Hands with Taffy Brodesser-Akner | Fleishman Is in Trouble

Eileen , Ottessa Moshfegh ’s “always dark and surprising, sometimes ugly and occasionally hilarious” ( Washington Post ) novel about a young woman trapped between equally bleak work and home lives, won the…

Dalia Sofer | Man of My Time

Dalia Sofer is the author of the National Jewish Book Award finalist The Septembers of Shiraz , a “lyrical and sometimes haunting” ( Miami Herald ) bestselling debut novel about a gem dealer wrongly accused of espionage in…

Gallery Walk With Voyages by Road and Sea Co-curator Alex Ames

Join co-curator Alex Ames for a 45-minute guided tour of the ​Voyages by Road and Sea exhibition.

Book Discussion Group

Join us every month to discuss books that tackle issues shaping our jobs and the economy.  This month we will be talking about Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. An award-winning…

Bernardine Evaristo | Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo won the 2019 Booker Prize for  Girl, Woman, Other , “a breathtaking symphony of black women’s voices” that explores the confluences of identity and Britain’s African and Caribbean…

Emily St. John Mandel | The Glass Hotel

A finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, Emily St. John Mandel’s bestselling Station 11 vacillates in time between the world that we know and the dystopic travails of a Shakespearean acting troupe in the…

Mandarin Chinese Storytime

Enjoy stories, songs, music, movements and lots of fun in Mandarin Chinese with Ms. Han from the Philadelphia Chinese Academy for children birth to 5 years old with their caregivers. No prior Chinese language experience necessary.

Preschool Storytime & Play Group

Stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and lots of fun for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Followed by creative play at 11:00 a.m.

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz | The Weathermaker

Please note, the event with David Wallace-Wells has been rescheduled to May 5, 2020 Boasting a 40-year career in television weather, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is particularly acclaimed for…

World Builders Author Support and Training Workshop

Writers - Bring you curiosity and leave inspired.  The limit is your imagination. Dare to chip away writer's block with exciting tips, tools and insightful feedback.  Please bring a current project or start a new one. Read…

Preschool Storytime & Play Group

Stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and lots of fun for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Followed by creative play at 11:00 a.m.

Hilary Mantel | The Mirror and the Light

Two Tickets/One Book Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street Hilary Mantel won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall , a “darkly brilliant reimagining” ( Boston Globe ) of Thomas…

DG Footlights Playreading Series: The Boys Club by Marjorie Bicknell

A boys’ club founder and outspoken homosexual is accused of murdering 14 boys who were in his care. Can a young lawyer prove his innocence even when she has trouble believing him herself?   This event is free  please…

Anne Enright | Actress

Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street Anne Enright won the Man Booker Prize for The Gathering , “a moving splendor of a novel” ( Boston Globe ) that follows three generations of an Irish family assembled for the funeral of…

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Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and…

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Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless…

Jenny Offill | Weather

Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation , “an effortless-seeming downhill ride that picks up astonishing narrative speed as it goes” ( New York Review of Books ), tells the story of a once heady marriage at its breaking point. It was named…

John Sayles | Yellow Earth

Referred to by Roger Ebert as “the conscience of American independent filmmaking,” John Sayles is the writer/director of 18 movies, including Matewan , Lone Star , Eight Men Out , and Passion Fish . In addition to writing more than 100…

Eoin Colfer | Highfire

In conversation with Jon McGoran, author of Splintered Eoin Colfer is the internationally acclaimed author of the Artemis Fowl series, which chronicles the “magical” ( Washington Post ) adventures of a young antihero criminal…

Garth Greenwell | Cleanness

In conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, most recently author of In the Dream House “A subtle observer of human interactions” with “an inborn ability to cast a spell” ( New York Times ), Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs…

Liz Moore | Long Bright River

In conversation with Mike Newall, metro columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer “Incisive, insightful, and compassionate” ( Boston Globe ), Liz Moore is the author of the acclaimed novels Heft and The Unseen World . She is the recipient…

Salman Rushdie | Quichotte

In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace “One of the major literary voices of our time” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Salman Rushdie is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Satanic Verses , The Golden…

André Aciman | Find Me

In conversation with writer and film critic Gary Kramer André Aciman is the author of the nationwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name , a novel that chronicles the bittersweet love story of a teenage boy and the young academic staying at…

Gabby Rivera | Juliet Takes a Breath

In conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak, Shout, Fever 1793, and the Seeds of America trilogy Introduced by the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Raquel Salas Rivera The first Latina to write for Marvel…

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Water Dancer

SPOILER ALERT. A number of critical plot points are exposed during the discussion. In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015…

Edwidge Danticat | Everything Inside

In conversation with Glory Edim, author and founder of Well-Read Black Girl In “fiercely beautiful” novels, memoirs, and essay collections brimming with “enchantments and surprises” ( Los Angeles Times ), Edwidge Danticat bears witness…

Téa Obreht | Inland

In conversation with Sara Nović, author of Girl at War and A merica is Immigrants The Tiger’s Wife , Téa Obreht’s bestselling debut novel, won the 2011 Orange Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. A “graceful commingling of…

Richard Russo | Chances Are . . . with Amy Hempel | Sing to It: New Stories

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel  Empire Falls , Richard Russo is acclaimed for capturing the “foolishness of this lonely world, but also the humor, friendship and love that abide” ( San Francisco Chronicle ). His novel…

Andrew Shaffer | Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery

They’re back! In Andrew Shaffer’s sequel to the New York Times bestseller Hope Never Dies , the bromantic thriller that saw the former president and vice president tumble down a Delaware rabbit hole of conspiracy and murder, Obama and…

Mary Pope Osborne | Magic Tree House: To the Future, Ben Franklin! with Natalie Pope Boyce

Mary Pope Osborne is the prolific author of the beloved Magic Tree House series of children’s books. Featuring time-traveling brother and sister Jack and Annie, the wildly popular books have been translated into nearly three dozen…

Jennifer Weiner | Mrs. Everything

“One of the biggest names in popular fiction” ( USA Today ), Jennifer Weiner is the beloved number-one  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen novels—including Good in Bed , All Fall Down , and In Her Shoes , which was…

Esi Edugyan | Washington Black

Esi Edugyan’s novel Half-Blood Blues , the story of a World War II–era mixed-race jazz band’s abducted star trumpeter, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other honors. She is also the author of another novel, The Second…

Nicole Dennis-Benn | Patsy with Rebecca Makkai | The Great Believers

Here Comes the Sun , Nicole Dennis-Benn ’s debut novel about a young Jamaican struggling to protect her sister and village as she experiences feelings for another woman, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the…

James Ellroy | This Storm

In his bestselling L.A. Quartet mysteries and the Underworld USA trilogy, James Ellroy “has vigorously redefined the well-shadowed turf of contemporary crime fiction” ( Atlanta Journal Constitution ). He is also the author of the Lloyd…

James Patterson | Unsolved in conversation with Elin Hilderbrand

In conversation with nos. 1 bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most number-one New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A…

Tommy Orange | There There: A Novel with Rachel Kushner | The Mars Room

“Masterful. . . . A devastating debut novel” ( The Washington Post ), Tommy Orange ’s There There has been lauded as a new American treasure by some of the country’s greatest writers and esteemed publications. A New York Times…

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