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…

IN-PERSON - Patrick Radden Keefe | Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

REGISTER In conversation with Karen Heller,  national features writer for The Washington Post,  formerly a metro and features columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer , and a finalist for the  2001 Pulitzer Prize in…

IN-PERSON - Valerie Biden Owens | Growing Up Biden: A Memoir

TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 4/13/2022 WILL BE HONORED. Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture The younger sister of President Joe Biden, Valerie Biden Owens led his seven consecutive successful campaigns for the U.S. Senate,…

IN-PERSON - Hugh Ryan | The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison

REGISTER In conversation with Sayeeda Rashid, Director of the Center for Gender Resources and Sexual Education at Haverford College Hugh Ryan is the author of When Brooklyn Was Queer , a “boisterous, motley … entertaining…

IN-PERSON - Lisa Taddeo | The Ghost Lover: Stories

REGISTER Lisa Taddeo is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller  Three Women , the “staggeringly intimate” ( Entertainment Weekly ) and extensively researched true story of the sex lives of three unconnected…

IN-PERSON - Gene Andrew Jarrett | Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Life and Times of a Caged Bird

REGISTER In conversation with Herman Beavers Gene Andrew Jarrett is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature . He…

IN-PERSON - Kali Fajardo-Anstine | Woman of Light

REGISTER A story collection featuring Latinas of Indigenous heritage experiencing the challenges of friendship and family in the American West, Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Sabrina & Corina won an American Book Award and was a…

IN-PERSON - Bo Seo | Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard

REGISTER In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist A two-time world champion debater and a former coach of the Harvard College Debating Union and the Australian national debating team, Bo Seo has won…

IN-PERSON - Rebecca Rukeyser | The Seaplane on Final Approach

REGISTER In conversation with Annie Liontas, author of Let Me Explain You and co-editor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors Praised by Carmen Maria Machado as “a sharp, flawless … sexy and dark and…

VIRTUAL - Maxine Hong Kingston | The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, Other Writings

REGISTER In conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen Acclaimed for her contributions to feminism and Chinese American literature, Maxine Hong Kingston won the 1976 National Book Critics Circle General Nonfiction Award for her first book, The…

IN-PERSON - Zakiya Dalila Harris | The Other Black Girl

REGISTER In conversation with Liz Moore Zakiya Dalila Harris is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Other Black Girl , a thriller in which a young Black editorial assistant slowly realizes there are more sinister…

IN-PERSON - Bill McKibben | The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened

REGISTER “The world’s best green journalist” ( TIME ), Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about climate change with his 1989 book The End of Nature . His many other bestselling books about the environment…

IN PERSON - An afternoon in conversation: Music in Fiction

Montgomery Auditorium The relationship between music and fiction has always been a strong one. Four authors come together to chat about the role music has had in their works and in their writing life. Xio Axelrod [she/her] is a USA…

Haroon Moghul | Two Billion Caliphs: A Vision of a Muslim Future

In conversation with Adnan A. Zulfiqar Haroon Moghul ’s many books include My First Police State , The Order of Light , and How to Be Muslim: An American Story , a “profound and intimate” ( The Washington Post ) memoir about life in the…

Jason Rekulak | Hidden Pictures

In conversation with Liz Moore Jason Rekulak ’s Edgar Award–nominated debut novel The Impossible Fortress tells a coming-of-age story of first love, old school computer programming, and the heist of a Playboy magazine that features…

Matthew Continetti | The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

In conversation with Ramesh Ponnuru, editor of National Review A senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Matthew Continetti works in the field of American political thought and history, with an emphasis on the Republican…

Eric Holder | Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote—A History, a Crisis, a Plan

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist The United States attorney general from 2009 to 2015, Eric Holder is the first African American to hold that position. In his 30-year career in government he…

Chloé Cooper Jones | Easy Beauty: A Memoir

In conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald Freelance journalist Chloé Cooper Jones was a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for “Fearing for His Life,” a profile of the man who filmed NYPD officers killing Eric Garner. Also a…

Ken Kalfus | 2 A.M. in Little America

In conversation with Nathaniel Popkin The “rare writer who can combine keen, grounded, psychological observation with visionary headiness” ( Salon ), Ken Kalfus is the author of the novels The Commissariat of Enlightenment , a New York…

Rebecca Roanhorse | Fevered Star

One of the “Indigenous novelists reshaping North American science fiction, horror, and fantasy” ( The New York Times ), Rebecca Roanhorse is the bestselling author of the fantasy books Storm of Locusts , Trail of Lightning , and Race to…

Adriana Trigiani | The Good Left Undone

In conversation with Pam Jenoff “A comedy writer with a heart of gold” ( The New York Times ), Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction that have been published in 38 countries. These works…

Don Winslow | City on Fire

“One of the best thriller writers on the planet” ( Esquire ), Don Winslow is the author of 22 bestselling crime novels that explore such broad-ranging topics as the socio-political underpinnings of the war on drugs, law enforcement,…

Margo Jefferson | Constructing A Nervous System: A Memoir

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition “A national treasure” ( Vanity Fair ), Margo Jefferson won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir Negroland , an examination of her upbringing…

Lawrence Jackson | Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore

In conversation with Solomon Jones. Lawrence Jackson ’s award-winning books include The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics , biographies of Chester Himes and Ralph Ellison, and a memoir…

Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster | Seen and Unseen: Technology, Social Media, and the Fight for Racial Justice

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award winning broadcaster and journalist The host of BET News , Black News Tonight , and UpFront , Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University.…

Marie Yovanovitch | Lessons From the Edge: A Memoir

In conversation with Mitchell Orenstein, Department Chair and Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania In 2019, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was the focus of international interest when…

Dorothy Roberts | Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World

In conversation with Marc Lamont Hill Addressing social justice issues of policing, state surveillance of families, and science, Dorothy Roberts ’s books include Killing the Black Body , Shattered Bonds , and Fatal Invention . She has…

M. Chris Fabricant | Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture In conversation with John Holloway One of the United States’s foremost experts on forensic sciences and the criminal justice system, M. Chris Fabricant is the director of strategic litigation at the…

Dolen Perkins-Valdez | Take My Hand

In conversation with Asali Solomon, author of the novels  Disgruntled and Days of Afrekete Using “gorgeous, compassionate prose” to continue “our national conversation about people working together to heal our communities” ( The…

Frans de Waal | Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist

“A pioneer in primate studies” ( The Wall Street Journal ), Dr. Frans de Waal is the author of  The Bonobo and the Atheist , an exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social interaction. His other 16…

Bryant Terry | Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora

In conversation with Jamila Robinson Chef and educator Bryant Terry is the author of four vegan cookbooks, including  Grub ,  Afro-Vegan , and  Vegetable Kingdom , winner of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. In 2015 he…

Maggie Shipstead | Great Circle

Carole Phillips Memorial Lecture Maggie Shipstead is the bestselling author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements , the latter of which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. A former…

Raquel Salas Rivera | antes que isla es volcán / before island is volcano

Introduced by Denice Frohman In conversation with Cynthia Dewi Oka The 2018–19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Raquel Salas Rivera is the author of five full-length books of poetry. These poetry collections include lo terciario/the…