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Happy 70th Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!

The first guitar Bruce Springsteen used was rented from Diehl’s Music in Freehold, NJ, until the 7-year-old future rock star felt he had no skill for the instrument and that he could no longer spend his "mother’s…

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…

Fall 2019 Author Events Preview: Musical Memoirs

Yeah, it’s a bit of a bummer that summer is drawing to a close, but there are a few upsides: in addition to it not being a million degrees every day, we’re getting closer to the fall season of Free Library Author Events .…

Remembering Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

When I first read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison , at 15 years old, I knew it would haunt me. The story fed my soul—I was shocked at its lovely, yet stinging taste, but realized I had always been craving it. Never had my struggle…

Conversations About Queer and Trans Literature with Author Kacen Callender

In part 2 of interviews conducted around the Trans Writers, Kids, and Books event (you can find our interview with Kyle Lukoff from before the event in an earlier blog post), this time we speak with Lambda and Stonewall Award-winning…

Conversations About Queer and Trans Literature with Picture Book Author Kyle Lukoff

We’re having a really exciting Author Event on the evening of Thursday, July 25 where the topics of discussion will be Trans Writers, Kids, and Books ! Lambda and Stonewall Award-winning author Kacen Callender ( Hurricane Child ,…

Summer 2019 Author Events Preview!

As the mercury rises this summer in Philly, get hot on the trail of... A re-opened cold case with one of America’s most dogged investigative journalists . Explore your epicurean side with the queen of Indian cooking ’s guide…

Books for Rising Readers: Strengthening Early Literacy in Philadelphia with a Shared Reading Experience

Though our One Book, One Philadelphia 2018-2019 season is now over, the Free Library will keep connecting readers through a shared text all spring long! We are thrilled to be launching an ambitious pilot program called Books for Rising…

The Free Library Celebrates Black History Month!

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February, with extensive programming set to take place in neighborhood libraries across the city including craft workshops, performances,…

2019 Author Events Preview!

As the sun has set on 2018, let’s cast our gaze ever forward to a new year and a new author events schedule. Over here in Author Events, people have been asking, "Hey! What’s on tap for Spring 2019?" and "When…

The Final Word with Jill Lepore

A historian whose "discipline is worthy of a first-class detective" ( New York Review of Books ), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages , the story of Benjamin Franklin’s beloved…

The Uncommon Tom Hanks

I mean, this is Tom Hanks —you scarcely need us to tell you who he is. Famed for his portrayals of a ping-pong savant , WWII Army ranger , pioneering AIDS activist , toy sheriff , astronaut Jim Lovell , volcano battler , mermaid…

Introducing the Division of Cultural and Civic Engagement!

The Free Library was founded with the goal of helping Philadelphians achieve personal enlightenment, and has continuously evolved to reach this goal in an ever-changing city and world. To further this bedrock goal, we have created the…

How John Cena and the Free Library Inspired My Love of Professional Wrestling

***Event Information Update | October 9, 2018*** Book sales will begin at 4:00 p.m. Books purchased will include a signed bookplate.   The event has been moved from the Montgomery Auditorium to the Parkway Central Library lobby…

John Kerry | Every Day Is Extra

John Kerry Author Event Livestream Video by Michael Smerconish When Andy Kahan, the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Director of Author Events at the Free Library of Philadelphia invited me to interview Secretary John Kerry about…

Fall 2018 Author Events Preview

Our Fall 2018 Author Events season is just around the corner. Join us this fall for meaningful conversations with bestselling writers, world class chefs, longtime politicians, a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, a Pulitzer…

Creative Thinkers at the Free Library and on WHYY’s Articulate

We’re a hall of learning, a cove of curiosity, an ambassador of opportunities, and a fount of resources. The Free Library of Philadelphia is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city. Our more…

Buzzing about Cookbooks!

The Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center is coming up on four years of having our kitchen doors open! One of the most frequent questions we get is,  What's your favorite cookbook? As if we could respond to that…

Celebrate National Poetry Month

It’s April, everyone, and you know what that means – it’s National Poetry Month ! Each year, the Academy of American Poets "highlights the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets" by…

Spring 2018 Author Events Preview

Our Spring 2018 Author Events schedule begins in just a few short days and we have some amazing authors coming to the Free Library including political commentators, poets, social activists, physicians, economists, historians, educators,…

Elaine Sciolino | The Seine: The River That Made Paris

A former Paris bureau chief and contributing writer for the New York Times , Elaine Sciolino is acclaimed for her “deliciously detailed and smart” ( Vogue ) chronicles of French culture and history. Her books include the…

Salman Rushdie | Quichotte

Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets still available In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace “One of the major literary voices of our time” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Salman Rushdie is…

William D. Cohan | Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short

William D. Cohan is the bestselling author of The Last Tycoons , an inside history of Lazard Frères & Co., one of the country’s most venerable investment banks. A former longtime Wall Street mergers and acquisitions…

André Aciman | Find Me

In conversation with Gary Kramer, a writer and film critic based in Philadelphia 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…

Monday Poets | Zach Savich, Poetry Students, and Alumni from University of the Arts

Zach Savich Poetry Students & Alumni from University of the Arts

Ronan Farrow | Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Auditorium sold out; in-house simlucast tickets on sale New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, a National Magazine Award, and a George Polk Award for his “indefatigable and imaginative”…

Rashid Khalidi | The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917 – 2017

The Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and editor of the  Journal of Palestine Studies , Rashid Khalidi is one of the world’s leading historians of the Middle East. Among his many books are…

Deirdre Bair | Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me

Deirdre Bair won the National Book Award for her “blockbuster biography” of Samuel Beckett, “the best introduction to an enigmatic giant of 20th-century literature” ( Christian Science Monitor ). Her other…

Jeanine Basinger | The Movie Musical!

In conversation with Carrie Rickey, former film critic for the Inquirer Mentor to some of contemporary cinema’s top directors (Joss Whedon and Michael Bay) and founder of the department of film studies at Wesleyan University,…

Jon Dorenbos | Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery

In conversation with Larry Platt, co-founder/co-executive director of The Philadelphia Citizen and former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Magazine and co-author of Life is Magic Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper…

Susan Orlean | The Library Book

A staff writer for the New Yorker  since 1992, Susan Orlean won wide acclaim for the 1998  New York Times bestseller The Orchid Thief , the story of a renegade Florida swamp plant poacher that was adapted into an Academy…

An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Co-sponsored by Monday Poets This year, Joy Harjo became the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American honored with this position. Her 16 poetry collections include She Had Some Horses , Conflict Resolution for Holy…

Monday Poets | An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Cost: $15.00 Buy Tickets Online | Ticket and Subscription Packages This year, Joy Harjo became the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American honored with this position. Her 16 poetry collections include She Had Some…

Saeed Jones | How We Fight for Our Lives with Clifford Thompson | What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues

Saeed Jones is the author of the “hard and glaring and brilliant” ( NPR Book Review ) poetry collection Prelude to Bruise , winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. He is also the co-host of…

Carmen Maria Machado | In the Dream House

In conversation with Emma Eisenberg, author of the forthcoming book The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia Carmen Maria Machado’s bestselling debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties…

Michael Beschloss | Presidents of War

Auditorium sold out; in-house simulcast tickets available A “deft researcher and a first-rate storyteller” ( Washington Post ), Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on the American presidency, including two volumes…

Erica Armstrong Dunbar | She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

In conversation with Lorene Cary , author of Black Ice , The Price of a Child , Ladysitting and the forthcoming Arden Theatre production of My General Tubman Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the author of the National Book Award finalist Never…

Paul Hendrickson | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Paul Hendrickson’s books include Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961 , a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Sons of Mississippi , winner of the National Book Critics Circle…

Stephanie Taylor Presents: I Can Change Everything

Come join us in the Story Hour Room for a reading and activity with writer and activist Stephanie Taylor to celebrate her new book, I Can Change Everything.  Free event for children and families. There will be an opportunity to…

Sally Field | In Pieces

Tickets on sale Friday October 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY The winner of two Academy Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards, screen icon Sally Field is acclaimed for roles…

Susan Rice | Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 and President Obama’s national security advisor from 2013 to 2017, Susan Rice has been at the…

Richard Vague | A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises

In conversation with Joe Torsella, State Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Venture capitalist and longtime Philadelphia-area philanthropist Richard Vague serves on the Penn Medicine board, is Chairman of the University of…

Imani Perry | Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Dr. Imani Perry is the author of Looking for Lorraine , a work of “masterly syntheses of research and analysis” ( New York Times Book Review ) of the life of…

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…

Malcolm Gladwell | Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know

With “an uncanny ability to simplify without being simplistic” ( Seattle Times ), Malcolm Gladwell synthesizes academic research and critical analysis with engaging prose and relatable anecdotes to fashion surprisingly counterintuitive…

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…

Billy Bragg | The Three Dimensions of Freedom

In conversation with Ian Zolitor, host of The Folk Show on WXPN Introduced by Cynthia Schemmer Legendary English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg’s more than 40-year musical career melds facets of folk, punk, and protest music with…

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…

Jonathan Safran Foer | We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Renowned for placing “his reader’s hand on the heart of human experience” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Jonathan Safran Foer is the bestselling author of the frenetically irreverent, emotionally urgent novels  Everything Is Illuminated ,…

Amy Gutmann and Jonathan D. Moreno | Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven But Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care

In conversation with Action News anchor, Jim Gardner Dr. Amy Gutmann is President of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a professor of political science and communications. Formerly the provost at Princeton, she is the…

Paul Tough | The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Paul Tough is the author of the bestselling How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character , a “persuasive wake-up call” ( People ) to the deprivations of knowledge suffered by American kids from both extremes…

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…

Terry McAuliffe | Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism

In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak. The Democratic governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, Terry McAuliffe “won praise even from Republicans for his tireless salesmanship” ( Washington Post ) of the Old…

Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake | The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats

In conversation with Michael A Smerconish Veteran counterterrorism czar and one of the world’s leading experts on cyberspace security, Richard A. Clarke worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades of his professional life to…

Julie Salamon | An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer

Exploring an astonishing range of genres and subject matter, Julie Salamon is the author of a score of novels, children’s books, and nonfiction books. Initially a longtime banking reporter and film critic for the Wall Street Journal ,…

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…

Rachel Louise Snyder | No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

The recipient of an Overseas Press Award for her contributions to This American Life , Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises . A “gut-wrenching” ( Esquire ) and intimate investigation into the scope and root causes of…