Tagged 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,…

Our Spring 2018 Author Events Series Is Full of Fire and Fury!

Updated January, 16, 2018 Watch our interview with Michael Wolff tonight LIVE starting @ 7:30 p.m. A week from today, in what is sure to be one of our more interesting Author Events to ever take place at the Free Library, we welcome…

The Final Word with Michael Solomonov

The Israel-born, Pittsburgh-raised chef is now claimed by Philadelphia as a favorite culinary son. As executive chef and co-owner of Zahav, a restaurant of international renown that celebrates Israeli cuisine, Michael Solomonov has…

Happy Young Readers Day!

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to remind you about the many wonderful…

Elaine Sciolino | The Seine: The River That Made Paris

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 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…

Salman Rushdie | Quichotte

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace “One of the major literary voices of our time” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Salman Rushdie is the author of…

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

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 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…

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

Zach Savich Poetry Students & Alumni from University of the Arts

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

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 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”…

Jeanine Basinger | The Movie Musical!

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 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…

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

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. In convesation with Larry Platt Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos played in two Pro Bowls and had an illustrious 14-year career in the NFL. Also a gifted magician, he was a…

Susan Orlean | The Library Book

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 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…

An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 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…

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

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. 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 on Lyndon…

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

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the author of the National Book Award finalist Never Caught, the story of Ona Judge, a young enslaved person who risked her life to escape servitude under President George Washington. Named the National…

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…

Booker T. Jones | Time Is Tight: My Life Note by Note

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The frontman for R&B band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, songwriter, producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones was a driving figure in the creation of the…

Sean Brock | South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Jason Freeman Praised as “an absolutely transformative figure” by the late Anthony Bourdain, Sean Brock is the founding chef of the Husk restaurant group,…

Gail Collins | No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America

Tickets on sale September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. A columnist for the New York Times and a member of its editorial board since 1995, Gail Collins was the Gray Lady’s editorial page editor from 2001 to 2007, the first woman to hold…

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…

Elaine Welteroth | More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

In conversation with Rakia Reynolds , founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media The firebrand former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director in Condé Nast’s 107-year…

Jason Baumann | The Stonewall Reader with Mark Segal, Karla Jay and Joel Hall

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the riots that started the fight for American LGBTQ+ rights, The Stonewall Reader highlights some of the movement’s most iconic moments and figures in the years before and after those tumultuous…

Frank Langfitt | The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China

In conversation with Bill Marimow As NPR's Correspondent in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt created a free-taxi service where he offered rides in exchange for passenger's stories and candid conversation. He met a motley crew of characters…

Esi Edugyan | Washington Black

Esi Edugyan’s novel Half-Blood Blues , the story of a World War II–era mixed-race jazz band’s abducted star trumpeter, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other honors. She is also the author of another novel, The Second…

Mark Kram Jr. | Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier

In conversation with longtime radio host Steve Ross Mark Kram Jr. won the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for Like Any Normal Day , the tragic story of two brothers bonded but separated by a devastating sports injury. He…

Jacob Shell | Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

In conversation with Nikil Saval, an editor of n+1 and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace A professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, Jacob Shell is the author of Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons,…

Nicole Dennis-Benn | Patsy with Rebecca Makkai | The Great Believers

Here Comes the Sun , Nicole Dennis-Benn ’s debut novel about a young Jamaican struggling to protect her sister and village as she experiences feelings for another woman, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the…

James Ellroy | This Storm

In his bestselling L.A. Quartet mysteries and the Underworld USA trilogy, James Ellroy “has vigorously redefined the well-shadowed turf of contemporary crime fiction” ( Atlanta Journal Constitution ). He is also the author of the Lloyd…

James Patterson | Unsolved in conversation with Elin Hilderbrand

In conversation with nos. 1 bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most number-one New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A…

Rick Atkinson | The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777

Rick Atkinson won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for  An Army at Dawn , the first volume in his Liberation trilogy, a “densely researched but supremely readable” ( New York Times Book Review ) history of the Allied victory in World War II. His…

John Waters | Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

In conversation with Jason Freeman, producer and editor of author events John Waters’s transgressive movies include  Pink Flamingos ,  Hairspray ,  Cry-Baby ,  Serial Mom , and  Cecil B. Demented . He is also the author of  Shock Value…

Eve Ensler | The Apology

One of  Newsweek ’s “150 Women Who Shake the World” and the Guardian ’s “Top 100 Women,” Tony Award–winning playwright Eve Ensler is a performer, activist, and author. Her phenomenon  The Vagina Monologues  has been published in nearly…