Tagged Author Events

Pliés To Meet You, Misty Copeland!

Here’re the allegro steps and quick jetes on ballet uber-etoile Misty Copeland, who’ll be appearing at a SOLD OUT Free Libray Author Event at  Parkway Central Library tonight, Thursday, April 13. (For those who…

Nevertheless, Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin...

Long before taking the Saturday Night Live stage as the Impersonator-in-Chief, Alec Baldwin starred in a raft of projects on stages and screens both large and small. In his new memoir Nevertheless , the actor lays bare the facts of his…

All In with Chris Hayes

If you’d like to do some background reading before attending this week's sold out Author Event with Chris Hayes on Thursday, follow the links below to become familiar with the broadcaster and his work. Check out Chris…

Chong’s Not Here, But Cheech Is

In the 1970s, the counter culture comedy duo of Cheech and Chong (Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong) laughed all the way to el banco as each of their successive bad-boy stoner albums turned gold, were nominated for Grammy…

Author Events Introduces New Video Interview Series 20th & Vine

The Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events program is pleased to announce the debut of 20th & Vine , a new behind-the-scenes interview series featuring backstage conversations with authors from its season lineup. Created as an…

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Every parent's worst nightmare is something bad happening to their child. For Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, that nightmare became a reality when their 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on…

The Meaning of Michelle

In his farewell address to the nation, President Obama turned to thank First Lady Michelle, his "rock and love" over the years, saying, "You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit…

Going for the Gold with Simone Biles

So, I have a confession to make: up until the beginning of this year, I had no idea who Simone Biles was. I'm not big on sports and had no interest in watching the Olympics this past year. Admittedly, it's kind of hard to get…

Bernie Sanders: Progressivism, Social Democracy, and Political Revolution

2016 will be remembered for many things in the history books and one of those top historical moments will be the 2016 Presidential Election. No matter which candidate you voted for or what political beliefs you may hold, there is no…

The Final Word with Ann Patchett

Amid swirls of concern over the death of the independent book shop, Ann Patchett  has been bringing "independent" back for the past five years at her Parnassus Books , a thriving book hub in Nashville she owns and runs…

Who's The Boss: How Well Do You Know Bruce Springsteen?

So, apparently some guy named Bruce Springsteen is stopping by the Free Library in a couple weeks? All we know is that he's a musician and has a new book coming out or something... Kidding! We are absolutely a buzz with excitement…

The Free Library Celebrates Fitzgerald at 120!

F. Scott Fitzgerald is now considered one of the nation’s pre-eminent modern novelists and short story writers. During his lifetime, he was best known for his literary depictions of the American Dream in the 1920s, achieving early…

Funniest Author Events Podcasts

Looking forward to our upcoming Author Event with comedian Amy Shumer next week on Wednesday, August 17th? Then sit back and have a laugh listening to these funny podcasts from other humorous authors and legendary comedians who've…

#OneBookWednesday: With one week until the Kickoff, get some book-discussion tips!

We are just one week away from the Kickoff Event to the One Book, One Philadelphia 2016 season. On Tuesday night, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. you are invited to join us in Parkway Central Library’s Montgomery Auditorium for a free…

Patti Smith - Anything Is Possible

Patti Smith —poet, punk, and provocateur all rolled into one scorching soul, will be appearing at the Free Library this evening for a waaaaaaaay sold out Author Event to discuss her new book M Train . The book is a bit of a…

Coming This Fall to the Culinary Literacy Center!

This fall promises to be a busy and exciting time at the Culinary Literacy Center. We have some wonderful programs lined up highlighting treasured books and talented cooks. Cookbook authors  Leanne Brown and Marisa McClellan will…

Author Events Galore and Free Library in the News: August 3-7, 2015

This week's press round-up is sparse, but gives a preview of some exciting author events happening at the Library soon and also looks back at a couple fun past events . From chick-lit machine Jennifer Weiner to punk…

Top 10 Author Event Podcast Downloads November 2014

How time flies! We recently closed out another year of great conversations in our Author Events series here at the Free Library and can't wait for the new year to start right up again! Our 2015 schedule is now live and you'll…

Top 10 Author Event Podcast Downloads October 2014

Our Fall 2014 Author Events schedule continues through the end of the year and into 2015 with The Monday Poets series on the first Monday of every month, the business-minded Leading Voices lecture series , historian Jill Lepore's…

Top 10 Author Event Podcast Downloads September 2014

Our Fall 2014 schedule continues with these great upcoming Author Events : The Monday Poets series on the first Monday of every month beginning in October, groundbreaking television writer and producer Norman Lear , high profile…

Lawrence Wright | The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State

A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker , Lawrence Wright won the Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower , a “wrenchingly intimate and boldly sweeping” (The New York Times ) narrative that explains the rise of Islamic…

Kevin Hearne | Besieged with Chuck Wendig | Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy and Fran Wilde | Updraft

In conversation with Dena Heilek Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles, the ancient-Celtic-meets-contemporary-mayhem action-adventure series featuring 2,000-year-old Atticus O’Sullivan.…

Zinzi Clemmons | What We Lose

A cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor for Literary Hub , Zinzi Clemmons has had work published in a variety of literary magazines, including Zoetrope: All Story, The Paris Review Daily , and…

Harvey Sachs | Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

Music historian Harvey Sachs’s many books include The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 , a biography of Arthur Rubenstein, and two collections of essays on musical subjects. He has written for dozens of newspapers,…

Sherman Alexie | You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

Sherman Alexie is acclaimed for prose that “startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-to-anticipate moves” ( The Boston Globe ). His books include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , winner of the…

Meet the Author

If you love Philadelphia history, art, or parks, this event is for you! Dr. Elizabeth Milroy will be speaking about her latest book, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876

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 ).…

David Baron | American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

As NPR’s science correspondent, David Baron received awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many other organizations. He…

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,…

Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homecoming , 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…

Kevin Hart | I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons

Tickets on sale May 5 at 10:00 a.m. here. Cost = $40 - $55.00 and includes a pre-signed copy of the book. In conversation with Quincy Harris, host of The Q on Fox 29 Kevin Hart’s stand-up comedy tours Let Me Explain, What Now? ,…

Sam Calagione with Patrick E. McGovern | Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created

Sam Calagione is a beer expert and founder of Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America’s fastest growing independent breweries. The star of the Discovery Channel program Brew Masters , he was a Small Business…

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…

Douglas Brunt | Trophy Son

In conversation with Megyn Kelly Ghosts of Manhattan , Douglas Brunt’s New York Times bestselling debut novel about a flawed but highflying Bear Stearns bond trader, took “a smart shot at the absurdity of Wall Street and the…

Thomas E. Ricks | Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

Military historian and journalist Thomas E. Ricks won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his Wall Street Journal series on U.S. defense spending in the post-Cold War era. His books include The Generals, The Gamble , and the…

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…

William Hogeland | Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include The…

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…

Lady Jane's Salon

Fourth Floor Room 405 Visit the salon and listen to authors reading excerpts of their newest releases, followed by Q&A where you'll get the inside scoop. Bring your friends, and settle in for a night of romance reading fun!…

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,…

Joan Nathan | King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World

Joan Nathan is the author of 11 bestselling culinary guides, including The New American Cooking and Jewish Cooking in America , both of which won James Beard and IACP awards. The latter book was adapted into a PBS series produced by…

Jessamyn Stanley | Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body

An internationally acclaimed yoga teacher whose body-positive approach encourages students to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?,” Jessamyn Stanley has been featured on Good Morning America, Shape, People , and New York…

Dr. Willie Parker | Life’s Work: From the Trenches, a Moral Argument for Choice

In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a…

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.…

Wendy Lesser | You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

“Consistently engaging, sly, witty, understated…and written with simple elegance” ( The New York Observer ), Wendy Lesser’s many essay collections, works of fiction, and edited volumes include The Pagoda in the Garden, Room for Doubt ,…

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…

Anne-Marie Slaughter | The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New America,…

Leading Voices: Mo Gawdat | Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy*

In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak The Vice President of Business Innovation Google’s [X], Mo Gawdat is a serial entrepreneur who has founded more than 20 businesses, started almost half of Google’s…

Kory Stamper | Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Kory Stamper discusses the subtleties of the English language in the venerable volume’s popular “Ask the Editor” video series. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the…

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…

Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC’s news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes . Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes , in 2013 he became the youngest…

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…

Cheech Marin | Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong

In conversation with Andy Kahan In addition to the reams of Cheech and Chong comedy albums and films he and his partner wrote and starred in, Cheech Marin, half of the eponymous Grammy-winning stoner comedy duo, has dozens of other film…

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…

Melissa Clark | Dinner: Changing the Game

In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald, Food Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer One of America’s most beloved food writers, Melissa Clark writes the New York Times column “A Good Appetite” and hosts its weekly complementary video…

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…

Judy Collins | Cravings: How I Conquered Food

In conversation with Laura Kovacs Popularly beloved as “Judy Blue Eyes,” eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins has delighted audiences for decades with such albums as A Maid of Constant Sorrow and Wildflowers . The latter album’s lead…