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Spring has Sprung with New Upcoming Author Events!

Spring has sprung, and so has the Free Library’s Author Events calendar! Our events are, of course, still virtual, so you can enjoy our diverse array of authors from the comfort of wherever you’re social distancing. Most are…

Author Events Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month and the Free Library's Author Events podcast has scores of aptly-themed book talks! To start you on your way, here are seven favorites from over the years. Once you’ve listened to these,…

Black Authors and Voices: Podcasts from the Author Events Archive

To commemorate and celebrate the scope of Black History Month, you can jump into our Author Events podcast archive , which dates back almost 25 years! There you’ll find an astonishing wealth of Black voices, perspectives, and…

Author Events Winter / Spring 2021 Schedule

The Free Library’s Winter / Spring 2021 Author Events series is set to begin! As in the fall, all of these events will be virtual and held on Zoom. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. Most are free, and you can find all the information…

Author Events Fall 2020 Schedule

Like all of you, we’re adapting to the realities of social distancing in the era of COVID-19. And while we can’t gather in the Parkway Central Library ’s auditorium for a new season of Author Events , we can still…

Find Online Events with Our New Virtual Program Listings!

We miss being with our library friends for in-person visits, but until our neighborhood libraries open again, we’re excited to bring you some of your favorite offerings online!  That’s right, our staff has taken to a…

Listen to Over 1,800 Podcasts and Watch Almost 500 Videos from Our Author Events Series!

Hello, Author Events friends, While our event season has so far been a bit truncated, we’re willing to bet you haven’t heard or seen the vast majority of the writers we’ve hosted over the past 20 or so years. We also…

Author Events Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month and the Free Library’s Author Events series will feature three related programs that will explore very different eras and the ideas of women. First up, on Monday, March 9, we’re hosting…

“Rev Run” Simmons in the House!

Have you ever wanted to hear some of your favorite authors speak live and in person? A new month means a new wave of authors excited to talk about their new books on love, politics, food, music, and fun. The best part is that you can…

#OneBookWednesday | It's Almost Time for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff!

It's almost time for the One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff! On January 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library we will officially launch our 18th season of One Book, One Philadelphia . This event will include a reading…

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,…

Introducing the Free Library’s Author Events YouTube Channel!

We know that not everyone is lucky enough to live in Philadelphia. For those who aren’t able to make it to our diverse line-up of author talks in person—no worries! You can now watch them streamed live on our new Author…

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…

VIRTUAL - Paul Farmer | Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 27, 2021 AT 7:30 P.M. PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. REGISTER HERE Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Dr. Steven Larson, Associate Professor of Emergency…

VIRTUAL - Kiese Laymon | Long Division 

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Imani Perry Kiese Laymon’s  Heavy , a coming-of-age memoir that begins in Jackson, Mississippi, was named a Best Book of 2018 by the  New York Times , NPR, and the  Washington Post…

VIRTUAL - Maggie O’Farrell  | Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March , Caleb's Crossing and People of the Book With a “gift for combining intricate, engrossing plots with full-bodied…

VIRTUAL - Joshua Coombes  | Do Something for Nothing: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness, through the Simple Act of a Haircut

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Britt James, founder of  Philly Unknown In 2015, British hairstylist Joshua Coombes hit the streets of London with a pair of scissors and an extraordinary idea—that giving free haircuts…

VIRTUAL – David Yoon | Vision Zero

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Karen M. McManus, author of the number one New York Times bestseller  One of Us Is Lying and The Cousins  David Yoon is the author of Frankly in Love , a "funny, profane and…

VIRTUAL - Ray Didinger | Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Michael Smerconish Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, Ray Didinger covered the NFL for The Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News for over 25 years. He has authored or…

VIRTUAL - Jennifer Ackerman | The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think

REGISTER HERE Longtime nature writer Jennifer Ackerman is the bestselling author of The Genius of Birds , “a lyrical testimony to the wonders of avian intelligence” ( Scientific American ) that has been translated into 20…

VIRTUAL - Kaitlyn Greenidge | Libertie

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Salamishah Tillet, the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing and author of  In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece Kaitlyn Greenidge…

VIRTUAL - Tracy K. Smith, Gregory Pardlo and Joshua Bennett | There’s A Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis

REGISTER HERE In conversation Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia Poet Laureate A reflection of the heartrending turmoils of racial injustice and brutality against Black Americans amidst the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic, …

VIRTUAL - Suzanne Simard | Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest 

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network One of the world’s leading forest ecologists, Dr. Suzanne Simard is most famous for…

VIRTUAL - Amy Klobuchar | Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics The senior United States Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar chairs the Senate Rules Committee; the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition…

VIRTUAL - Caleb Azumah Nelson | Open Water

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Megha Majumdar, bestselling author of A Burning British–-Ghanaian writer Caleb Azumah Nelson’s debut novel Open Water is, “an intense, elegant” ( Guardian ) tale of two young…

VIRTUAL - Martha C. Nussbaum | Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation

REGISTER HERE Please note the new event time is 6:00 p.m. Martha C. Nussbaum is the author of numerous watershed books and articles concerning moral, legal, and political philosophy, including The Fragility of Goodness , Sex and Social…

VIRTUAL - Ian Manuel | My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Reginald Dwayne Betts, essayist, poet, and author of the award-winning collection, Felon When Ian Manuel was 13 years old he shot a young mother of two in the face during a botched robbery. Sentenced…

VIRTUAL - Annette Gordon-Reed | On Juneteenth 

REGISTER HERE Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Annette Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for  The Hemingses of…

VIRTUAL - Brian Greene | Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with Dennis Overbye, science reporter for the New York Times and author of the books Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos and Einstein in Love “The single best explainer of abstruse science in the world…

VIRTUAL - Alison Bechdel | The Secret to Superhuman Strength

PURCHASE TICKETS Alison Bechdel is the author of Fun Home , a bestselling graphic memoir that details bittersweet revelations made by her distant father in his final days. "A masterpiece about two people who live in the same house…

VIRTUAL - Cate Doty | Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Selena Coppock, standup comedian, writer, author, and creator and voice of @NYTVows , the parody Twitter and Instagram account that lampoons the New York Times Wedding…

VIRTUAL - Ross King | The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

REGISTER HERE Celebrated for his skill at “elucidating crucial episodes in the history of art and architecture” (Time ), Ross King is the author of many bestselling nonfiction books that peak behind the curtain of history of…

VIRTUAL - Yusef Komunyakaa |  Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2021

REGISTER HERE Yusef Komunyakaa won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Neon Vernacular , a collection of poems that spoke about the realities of the Vietnam War, of which he was a veteran. His other collections include Warhorses , Taboo ,…

Natalie Diaz | Postcolonial Love Poem with Denice Frohman

Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec , an “ambitious . . . beautiful” ( New York Times ) American Book Award–winning poetry collection that ruminates on her sibling’s drug addiction. A former professional…

Larry Krasner | For the People: A Story of Justice and Power 

In conversation with Chris Jackson, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, One World; and  Khadijah Costley White, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University Winning on a platform of prison reform…

Phillip Lopate | The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945-1970

In conversation with Carrie Rickey, writer and former film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer Phillip Lopate’s “observant, elegiac, and far-reaching” ( New York Times ) essay collections include Bachelorhood , Against Joie de Vivre ,…

Sonia Sanchez | Collected Poems

In conversation with M. Nzadi Keita, Poet-in-Residence, Associate Professor; co-coordinator, African-American/Africana Studies at Ursinus College, and author of Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the life of Anna Murray Douglass…

Blake Bailey | Philip Roth: The Biography

In conversation with Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Border , The Force ,  The Cartel, Power of the Dog , Savages,  and  Broken , his new collection of six short novels. Blake Bailey is acclaimed for his…

Richard Thompson | Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

NOTE: SIGNED BOOKS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. ALL TICKETS BOUGHT AFTER 5:50 P.M (EST) ON EVENT DAY ARE FOR ENTRY WITH AN UNSIGNED BOOK INCLUDED. PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with musician, novelist, and teacher Wesley Stace “One of rock’s…

Quiara Alegría Hudes | My Broken Language

In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel Introduced by Virginia Sanchez Quiara Alegría Hudes won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play  Water by the Spoonful , a story of “shimmering, sustaining…

Walter Isaacson | The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Pine Tree Foundation Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist “A renaissance man…driven by a joyful desiredrive to discover” ( The Times of London ), Walter Isaacson is the author of…

Reem Kassis | The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World

In conversation with Deb Perelman Reem Kassis is the author of  The Palestinian Table , a guide to Middle Eastern cooking woven together through recipes, regional history, and three generations of family traditions. Praised by fellow…

Jonathan Zimmerman and Signe Wilkinson | Free Speech: And Why You Should Give a Damn

In conversation with Bob Mankoff, cartoonist, cartoon and humor editor for  Esquire, and former cartoon editor, The New Yorker Across the political spectrum, throughout history, the U.S. public has demanded the suppression of ideas and…

Deborah Willis | The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship

Deborah Willis, Ph.D. , is the author of  Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present ; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present ; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in…

Kate Masur | Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Kate Masur is the author of  An Example for All the Land , a Lincoln Prize finalist that examined Washington, D.C.’s role as a…

Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Committed

In conversation with Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh , The Queen of the Night , and How To Write An Autobiographical Novel , and associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016…

Don Lemon | This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition America’s sole Black primetime news anchor, Don Lemon has hosted  CNN Tonight  since 2014. Before joining the respected cable network in 2006, he worked for…

Hala Alyan | The Arsonists’ City

In conversation with Alix Gerz, Vice President of Communications, Free Library of Philadelphia Hala Alyan’s novel  Salt Houses , a “heart-wrenching, lyrical and timely” ( Dallas Morning News ) study of three generations in a Palestinian…

Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane | Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son

In conversation with Action News anchor, Jim Gardner On the eve of the biggest professional risk of her life—running for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives—Madeleine Dean discovered that her son, Harry Cunnane, was…

Yaba Blay | One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race

In conversation with Imani Perry Referred to by Michael Eric Dyson as “one of the most brilliant and committed critics and advocates writing and thinking and working on behalf of Black people today,” Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar,…

Beth Kephart | Wife | Daughter | Self: A Memoir in Essays

In conversation with Jacinda Barrett, Traveler, Actress on Netflix Bloodline, Writer, Mother, Wife and all the rest of it. Beth Kephart is the author of more than 30 books across a wide range of genres, including poetry, young adult…

Joby Warrick | Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Endowed Lecture Joby Warrick won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for Black Flags , “a revealing, riveting and exquisitely detailed account” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) of the rise of ISIS and its…

Brontez Purnell | 100 Boyfriends

In conversation with Kaitlyn Greenidge Brontez Purnell is the author of Since I Laid My Burden Down , a debut novel about growing up gay in 1980s Alabama that “not only holds its own as queer literature, but also expands upon it” ( San…