Tagged Author Events

The One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Is Upon Us!

It's the eve of the 20th season of  One Book, One Philadelphia , and the opening event is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., featuring a conversation with Quiara Alegría…

Black Authors and Voices: Podcasts from the Author Events Archive

Our podcast archive dates back more than 25 years and features scores of author talks to help you commemorate, celebrate, and reflect on Black History Month. But even in just this past year, we’ve hosted an incredible variety of…

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with These Author Events Podcasts and Videos

November is Native American Heritage Month, so let’s celebrate with audio podcasts and videos from the Free Library’s Author Events series! Natalie Diaz | Postcolonial Love Poem  with Denice Frohman Recorded April 21,…

African American Art Collecting and Research with Philadelphia Author Sherry Howard

Updated Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Sherry L. Howard is a Philadelphia-based art collector and researcher who primarily focuses on local African American art and artists. She writes about her experience in the world of art auctions…

Author Events Return Live and In-Person to Montgomery Auditorium This November!

Annnnnnnd we’re back! On Monday, November 1, the Free Library’s Author Events series will host its first in-person event in more than 19 months. For now, there are only a handful of in-person author talks on our schedule,…

Author Events Fall 2021 Schedule

While—for now—the realities of the ongoing pandemic keep us from gathering in the Parkway Central Library’s Montgomery Auditorium for a new season of Author Events , this month we’re bringing you a host of…

Author Events Celebrates Pride Month

June is Pride Month and the Free Library’s Author Events series has an extensive archive of podcasts and videos to help you celebrate a diverse range of writers working in politics, fiction, health and fitness, literary fiction,…

Asian Pacific American Authors and Voices: Podcasts from the Author Events Archive

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! You can celebrate the heritage, contributions, and writing of these diverse peoples through the Free Library’s Author Events Series. Here’s a compilation of ten authors…

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…

Airea D. Matthews | Bread and Circus

REGISTER Airea D. Matthews is the 2022–23 Philadelphia Poet Laureate and directs the poetry program at Bryn Mawr College. Her collection Simulacra won the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and her work has appeared in The…

Daniel Torday | The 12th Commandment with Nana Kwame Adjie-Brenyah | Chain Gang All-Stars

REGISTER/TICKETS With characters situated in surreal,  Twilight Zone -esque, yet all-too-familiar positions of oppression within our most venerable institutions,  Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah ’s 2018 debut fiction…

Simon Winchester | Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic

TICKETS Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture Exuding “the comfort and charm of a beloved encyclopedia come to life” ( The New Yorker ), Simon Winchester is the bestselling author of nearly 30 nonfiction books that explore…

Neil King Jr. | American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal

REGISTER In conversation with Signe Wilkinson A Wall Street Journal correspondent for two decades, Neil King Jr. reported from more than 50 countries, served as the newspaper’s chief diplomatic correspondent, national political…

Read, Play & Imagine with Thembi Palmer!

Join local author and storyteller Thembi Palmer on TWO dates this Spring (catch us in the morning on Tuesday March 21st , too) for an hour of fun centered around her new interactive movement adventure book: This Book May Make You Do…

Mary Louise Kelly | It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs

TICKETS An NPR reporter for more than two decades, Mary Louise Kelly currently co-hosts the network’s flagship program  All Things Considered , the most listened-to radio news show in the United States. Also the author of two…

This Book May Make You Do Things!

This Book May Make You Do Things! is a colorful collage picture book that engages both the reader and the listener. The words come alive in this movement adventure that is sure to keep children entertained while reading and exploring…

Matthew Desmond | Poverty, by America

TICKETS Sociologist Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City , the “exhaustively researched,…

Vanessa Hua | Forbidden City

REGISTER A former longtime columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle , Vanessa Hua has written about Asia and the diaspora from countries such as China, Burma, and South Korea, and has contributed articles to The New York Times, The…

Angela Saini | The Patriarchs: The Origins of Inequality

REGISTER Angela Saini is the author of Superior , an “easy-to-read blend of science reporting, cultural criticism, and personal reflection” ( Slate ) that explores the resurgence of the harmful and faulty study of race…

Emily St. John Mandel | Sea of Tranquility

TICKETS In conversation with Laura McGrath, Assistant Professor of English at Temple University A “soul-quaking” ( Los Angeles Review of Books ) meditation on the everyday miracles we take for granted set amongst the…

Ari Shapiro | The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening

TICKETS In conversation with award-winning chef and restauranteur Michael Solomonov Ari Shapiro is the cohost of NPR’s  All Things Considered , the most listened-to radio news program in the country. Formerly NPR’s…

VIRTUAL - Judith Lewis Herman, M.D. | Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice

TICKETS In conversation with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.  Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture Your link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event. A professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School…

Adam Gopnik | The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery

TICKETS A staff writer at  The New Yorker  for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of  Paris to the Moon ,  The Table Comes First ,  At the Strangers’ Gate , and  A Thousand Small…

Read, Play & Imagine with Thembi Palmer!

Join local author and storyteller Thembi Palmer on TWO dates this Spring (catch us in the afternoon on Friday April 14th , too) for an hour of fun centered around her new interactive movement adventure book: This Book May Make You Do…

Debra Lee | I Am Debra Lee: A Memoir

TICKETS The former longtime CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Debra Lee currently serves on the boards of several of the world’s leading corporations, including Proctor & Gamble, Warner Bros. Discovery, Revlon,…

Heather McGhee | The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers): How Racism Hurts Everyone

REGISTER Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture The Sum of Us , Heather McGhee’s 2021 odyssey across the American landscape of inequality, won wide acclaim for its empathetic and incisive imagining of a future that could offer more than…

Mehdi Hasan | Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking

TICKETS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 17, 2022 ALL PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE VALID ON THE NEW DATE Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill British American journalist Mehdi Hasan…

Camonghne Felix | Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation

REGISTER In conversation with Sharon G. Flake Camonghne Felix is the author of Build Yourself a Boat , “an exquisite and thoughtful” ( Bustle ) poetry collection that was longlisted for the National Book Award in poetry and…

Leth Oun and Joe Samuel Starnes | A Refugee’s American Dream: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the U.S. Secret Service

REGISTER Veteran United States Secret Service Officer  Leth Oun  has protected presidents and vice presidents in four administrations in almost every state and more than a dozen countries. A political refugee who survived the…

John Hendrickson | Life on Delay: Making Peace with a Stutter

In conversation with Robert Kolker John Hendrickson  is the author of a 2019  Atlantic  article titled “What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say.” An account of the President’s—and his own—lifelong experience with stuttering, it was…

Stephen A. Smith | Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes

In conversation with Mike Sielski The star of ESPN’s No. 1 morning talk show  First Take , Stephen A. Smith is one of the U.S. sporting press’s most popular and outspoken personalities. He is also the host of NBA in Stephen A’s World…

Ilyon Woo | Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

In conversation with Imani Perry Ilyon Woo is the author of  The Great Divorce , the “lively, well-written, and engrossing tale” ( The New York Times Book Review ) of a young mother’s five-year fight against her husband, the Shakers…

Aidan Levy | Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins

In conversation with Nate Chinen The author of  Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed  and editor of  Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters ,  Aiden Levy  played the baritone saxophone in the Stan Rubin…

Deb Perelman | Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files: A Cookbook

Julie Dannenbaum Memorial Culinary Arts Lecture In conversation with Dena Heilik, head of Philbrick Hall, the Fiction and Movie department at Parkway Central. She also cohosts a monthly library Cookbook Club that has been running…

Tyler Kepner | The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series

The national baseball writer for  The New York Times  since 2010, Tyler Kepner began his career as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that garnered him national attention. His national bestseller  K: A History of…

Misty Copeland | The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven Wilkinson

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6abc Action News morning edition The first African American principal dancer in the history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most accomplished and…

David M. Rubenstein | How to Invest: Masters on the Craft

Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Richard Vague David Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s most successful private equity firms. The host of  The David Rubinstein…

Patti Smith | A Book of Days

A couple of songs and stories from a memorable evening with Patti Smith and Tony Shanahan--and a great audience--at the library.

Neal Gabler | Against The Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism, 1976-2009 with Patrick Kennedy

In conversation with former congressman Patrick Kennedy Neal Gabler is the author of Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour , a “rich and insightful” ( The New York Times ) account of the figure known as the most complex…

Kerri K. Greenidge | The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Historian Kerri K. Greenidge is the author of  Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter , a portrait of the post-Reconstruction civil…

George Lakey | Dancing With History: A Life for Peace and Justice

In conversation with Varshini Prakash Active in grassroot campaigns for social change for more than seven decades, sociologist and Quaker organizer George Lakey was first arrested at a civil rights demonstration in 1963 and most…

Ralph Macchio | Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor Ralph Macchio is best known for his portrayal of Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film The Karate Kid . This iconic piece of pop culture has spawned a slew of sequels and…

Rabia Chaudry | Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Attorney, advocate, and podcaster Rabia Chaudry is the author of the New York Times bestseller Adnan's Story , a true-crime analysis into the 2000 conviction of a young Baltimorean for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Also the executive…

John Banville | The Singularities

In conversation with Colum McCann “The heir to Nabokov” ( The Sunday Telegraph ), Irish novelist John Banville  won the Man Booker Prize for  The Sea , a story of loss and the fickle nature of memory. His many other novels include  The…

Andrew K. Diemer | Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad

Andrew K. Diemer is the author of  The Politics of Black Citizenship: Free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Borderland, 1817–1863 , an examination of the ways in which free Black Philadelphians and Baltimoreans fought to defend…

Anand Giridharadas | The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy

Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A former longtime columnist and foreign correspondent for  The New York Times , Anand Giridharadas is the bestselling author of …

Kardea Brown | The Way Home: A Celebration of Sea Islands Food and Family with over 100 Recipes

In conversation with Valerie Erwin Charleston, South Carolina–based Kardea Brown hosts the Food Network’s Delicious Miss Brown and OWN’s The Great Soul Food Cookoff . She also is the creator of the pop-up New Gullah Supper Club, where…

Ross Gay | Inciting Joy: Essays with Major Jackson | A Beat Beyond: Selected Prose of Major Jackson

Ross Gay is the author of The Book of Delights , a life-affirming collection of short lyric essays that reminds readers to appreciate so-called ordinary wonders, even during turbulent times. His several volumes of poetry include Catalog…

Stacy Schiff | The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

In conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Tracey Matisak Acclaimed for her “balanced, perceptive, thoroughly researched and exceptionally well written” ( The New Yorker ) nonfiction portraits of historical figures,…