Tagged Literature

Jon Meacham | The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

Tickets on sale April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Couples Ticket A “tough-minded” but “nuanced and persuasive” ( The New York Times Book Review ) expert on history, politics, and religion in America, Jon Meacham won the…

Beck Dorey-Stein | From the Corner of the Oval

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017, Beck Dorey-Stein was serving cocktails in the D.C. area when she answered an unlikely Craigslist post that…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Jeffrey Eugenides' "The Marriage Plot".   To register and borrow a copy of the book, please see Mr. Kessler in the Humanities Department, or call…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Jeffrey Eugenides' "The Marriage Plot".   To register and borrow a copy of the book, please see Mr. Kessler in the Humanities Department, or call…

Elin Hildebrand | The Perfect Couple

“The queen of the summer beach read” ( New York Post ), Elin Hildebrand has captured the flavor, scenery, and people of Nantucket in more than 20 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Beach Club, The Matchmaker ,…

Author Event: Brad Windhauser

The Literature Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents a night with local author Brad Windhauser who will discuss his latest novel The Intersection: When a white driver critically injures a black bicyclist, the…

Bloomsday

Join us on beautiful Delancey Place for the Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday celebration on June 16, the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James…

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Bill Goldstein

The World Broke in Two  tells the story of 1922, a pivotal year in literary history. In his talk, Bill Goldstein will describe the intellectual and personal journeys that year of four of the key writers of the 20th century –…

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: Hamlet part 2

Reading Shakespeare plays aloud not only offers a communal way to enjoy these great works but promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry and wordplay. No acting experience is required to participate—just bring…

Nell Irvin Painter | Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

Celebrated historian Nell Irvin Painter’s many books include Sojourner Truth, Creating Black Americans , and, most recently, The History of White People , a national bestseller examining the dangerous socially constructed notion…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Joe Hill's "NOS4A2".   To register and borrow a copy of the book, please see Mr. Kessler in the Humanities Department, or call 215-685-0513.  Most…

Kevin Powers | A Shout in the Ruins with Elise Juska | If We Had Known

Kevin Powers won the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award  and the Guardian First Book Award for The Yellow Birds , “the first great Iraq War novel” ( Rolling Stone ), a work drawn from his experiences as a U.S. Army machine-gunner…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Joe Hill's "NOS4A2".   To register and borrow a copy of the book, please see Mr. Kessler in the Humanities Department, or call 215-685-0513.  Most…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Joe Hill's "NOS4A2".   To register and borrow a copy of the book, please see Mr. Kessler in the Humanities Department, or call 215-685-0513.  Most…

A Voice for Peace, Concord and Harmony: XII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia (Room 108)

A voice for peace, concord and harmony, the XII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will congregate poets from Latin America and USA in an evening of verse and music. Each poet will read one piece, and at the end of each…

Bibliococktails: Emily Dickinson

The Bibliococktails series celebrates great literature and great libations. Held almost every second Friday, programs include light refreshments, a playful engagement with the theme such as readings or games, and two drink…

Mary Morris | Gateway to the Moon with Nathaniel Popkin | Everything is Borrowed

“A marvelous storyteller” ( Chicago Tribune ), Mary Morris explores some of her favorite themes—away versus home, childhood memories, and the Midwest—in such works of fiction as A Mother’s Love, House…

Philadelphia's Centaur Book Shop and Press, 1921-1942: a talk by Lynne Farrington

"Up on my back and I will take you thither" Bookshops have long been a determining factor in the availability of texts. The early twentieth century saw the emergence of bookshops specializing in contemporary avant-garde…

Jesmyn Ward | Sing, Unburied, Sing

In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming A “hypnotic” novelist whose ease with vernacular puts her “in fellowship with such forebears as Zora Neale Hurston and William…

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Ulrich Baer

Author and translator Ulrich Baer will present some of poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s previously uncollected and untranslated letters of condolence. These 23 letters, culled from Rilke’s correspondence of over 15,000…

Poetry in Translation

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Poetry - Novels in Verse

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

Poetry - Great Contemporary Poetry

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