Tagged Fiction

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,…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2016

Every year I read a lot of books. This year I’m at 329 and counting (I still have a day left...). This isn’t a strange statement coming from a librarian since it’s pretty much part of the job…

Fantastic Fantasy and Where to Find It

Movie goers will be whisked back into the wizarding world of the Harry Potter -verse this weekend when J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them magically appears across theater screens. The story takes place sixty…

The Final Word with Ann Patchett

Amid swirls of concern over the death of the independent book shop, Ann Patchett  has been bringing "independent" back for the past five years at her Parnassus Books , a thriving book hub in Nashville she owns and runs…

Book Discussion Group

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire…

James Breakwell | Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Following a viral 2016 Buzzfeed article featuring the assorted musings of his four daughters—the oldest is 7 years old—comedy writer James Breakwell’s jokes have appeared in USA Today, US Magazine , and Huffington Post…

Book Discussion Group

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire…

John Banville | Mrs. Osmond

John Banville won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea , a story of loss and the fickle power of memory celebrated for its “power and strangeness and piercing beauty” ( The Washington Post Book World ). His other…

Isabel Allende | In the Midst of Winter

Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with Janet Benton, author of the debut novel Lilli de Jong . “Poignant, powerful” and “timeless” (…

Jennifer Weiner | Little Bigfoot, Big City

Jennifer Weiner is the “funny, fierce, feisty” ( Glamour ) no. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that dive headlong into the ups and downs of relationships, careers, and family…

John Hodgman | Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

In conversation with Mary Richardson Graham John Hodgman played the role of “PC” in the Apple vs. PC commercials, served alternately as the “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire” on The Daily…

Book Discussion Group

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire…

Author Talk: Thom Nickels

Author Thom Nickels will discuss his book Literary Philadelphia. Thom Nickels is the author of 11 published books, the theater critic for ICON Magazine, a weekly columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, Spirit Newspapers, and a Huff Post…

Simon Schama | The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900

EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large,The Chronicle of Higher Education  Lauded historian Simon Schama is the author of The Embarrassment of Riches; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble ; and…

Alice McDermott | The Ninth Hour

Pulling the delicate threads of “fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief” ( The Washington Post ), Alice McDermott’s acclaimed fiction explores intersecting stories of familial…

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