Tagged Literature

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 215-685-0513.  Most…

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 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 sessions will take…

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…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Yann Martel's "The Life of Pi".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To register and borrow a copy of the…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Yann Martel's "The Life of Pi".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To register and…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Art Spiegelman's powerful graphic novel  "Maus".   To register and borrow a copy of the book, please see Mr. Kessler in the Humanities Department, or…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Art Spiegelman's powerful graphic novel  "Maus".   To register and borrow a copy of the book, please see Mr. Kessler in the Humanities Department, or call 215-685-0513.…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss John LeCarre's "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening.…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss John LeCarre's "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To register and…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss P. D. Jame's "Death of an Expert Witness".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss P. D. Jame's "Death of an Expert Witness".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To register and borrow a copy…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Markus Zuzak's "The Book Thief".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To register and borrow a copy of the…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Markus Zuzak's "The Book Thief".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To register and…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Mikhail Bulgakov's's "The Master and Margarita".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Mikhail Bulgakov's's "The Master and Margarita".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books and a film screening. To register and borrow a…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Joan Didion's "Slouching Towards Bethlehem".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books. To register and borrow a copy of the book, please…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Joan Didion's "Slouching Towards Bethlehem".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books. To register and borrow a…

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss Sandra Cisnero's "The House on Mango Street".  This program includes an audio lecture from The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books. To register and borrow a…

Poetry in Translation

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Poetry - Novels in Verse

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

Poetry - Great Contemporary Poetry

Selections from the Literature Department.

Richard Russo | Everybody’s Fool and Trajectory

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 many…

Patricia Lockwood | Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Patricia Lockwood, “The Poet Laureate of Twitter” (unofficial), is the author of 2014’s groundbreaking Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals , a book of obscene, angry, funny verse that “is unforgettable, literally: once read, it cannot…

Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homegoing , a multigenerational tale that “brims with compassion” ( NPR Books ), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was a New…

Janet Benton | Lilli de Jong

In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions. Janet Benton’s writing has appeared in some of America’s most prestigious periodicals and literary journals, including The New York…

Joshua Ferris | The Dinner Party with Jim Shepard | The World to Come

Then We Came to the End , Joshua Ferris ’s “truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness” (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other…

Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

Dennis Lehane’s “raw, harrowing, and unsentimental” ( Washington Post Book World ) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone ; and Live by Night , all of which have been adapted into critically…

Colm Tóibín | House of Names

“His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” ( Los Angeles Times ), Colm Tóibín is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels  The…

China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

In conversation with Joel Nichols, Data Strategy & Evaluation Administrator, Strategic Initiatives Acclaimed for his “unparalleled inventiveness” ( Chicago Tribune ), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics,…

Jo Nesbø | The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø’s “maddeningly addictive” ( Vanity Fair ) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages.…

Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams director of author events. “A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" ( The New York Review of Books ), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and…

Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

In conversation with Laura Kovacs Possessed of “a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller  Olive Kitteridge , a linked collection of…

Anthony Doerr | All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See , “a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel” ( Seattle Times ) about a blind French girl and a German boy navigating the carnage of World War II.…

Lauren Grodstein | Our Short History with Tom McAllister | The Young Widower's Handbook

Employing “agile prose and clever observations” ( New York Times Book Review ), Lauren Grodstein  is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The…

Colum McCann | Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

In conversation with Jason Freeman Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for  Let the Great World Spin , a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker’s death-defying feats. His other novels include Song Dogs, This…

Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

Roxane Gay’s “commanding debut” ( The New Yorker ) novel An Untamed State , the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection…

Richard Holmes | This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

“Almost unfairly gifted both as a writer of living, luminous prose and as a tireless researcher” ( Time ), Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a knight in the Order of the…

Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

“At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant” ( The Washington Post ), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily…

Mohsin Hamid | Exit West with Pankaj Mishra | Age of Anger: A History of the Present

“One of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” ( New York Times ), Mohsin Hamid is the author of Moth Smoke , a  New York Times  Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist; the novel  The Reluctant…

James Rahn with Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Tom Teti | Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop

The founder and head of the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group for its nearly 30-year existence, James Rahn has made this venerable workshop one of America’s longest running and most prestigious. His eponymous memoir of the group details not…

Yiyun Li | Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

In conversation with Carmen Machado, author of the forthcoming story collection Her Body and Other Parties . Yiyun Li’s “remarkable” ( The Washington Post ) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers , won the Frank…

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