Tagged One Book One Philadelphia

One Book, One Philadelphia at Home: Reading and Teaching Guides

While we missed out on the last week of One Book, One Philadelphia  programming, we are looking forward to a rescheduled Finale event later this year. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime, we invite you to continue reading and…

One Book, Many Voices Community Dinner at Cobbs Creek Library

I learned so much at a recent One Book, One Philadelphia   panel about the relationship between food, memory, and economic justice. The conversation centered on what it means to "decolonize" our food systems— in…

One Book Food and Community Conversation

On February 11 , the Culinary Literacy Center and One Book will bring together panelists who reflect a range of involvement in Philadelphia’s commitment to economic justice, food education and land sovereignty, and cultural…

#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…

#OneBookWednesday | One Book 2020 Event Highlights

On Wednesday, January 22, Tommy Orange will join us in Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff , which launches eight weeks of more than 130 events exploring the themes in his novel There There . Below are some featured…

#OneBookWednesday | Intergenerational Trauma

"The wound that was made when white people came and took all that they took has never healed. An unattended wound gets infected. Becomes a new kind of wound like the history of what actually happened became a new kind of history.…

#OneBookWednesday | Regional Lenape History

Never having been much of a history buff, and possessing a wholly striking inability to memorize dates, my cultivation of Philadelphia history has been mostly through passive absorption. I have lived in Philadelphia long enough to have…

#OneBookWednesday | Indigenous Voices for Young Adults

I’m so thrilled that the One Book, One Philadelphia selection this year is There, There by Tommy Orange. I’m so thrilled that it features Indigenous folks with complicated, modern lives. And I’m so thrilled that…

Did You Know?: Black Friday was Born in Philly

What is ‘Black Friday,' and why do we do it? I did some digging... "In 1621, colonists invited Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoags, to a feast after a recent land deal. Massasoit came with ninety of his men. That…

#OneBookWednesday | Surfacing the Edge: Reading Contemporary Native Poets

Recently, my One Book, One Philadelphia coworker-in-crime wrote a blog post about poetry events happening at the Free Library this fall, including a public talk with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo . I readied myself to meet Ms. Harjo…

#OneBookWednesday | Book Discussion Tips

Have you heard that Tommy Orange’s breathtaking novel There There is the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection? If you don’t have a copy yet, don’t worry: the Free Library has over 400 copies available to…

#OneBookWednesday | Some History and Terms from There There

While reading There There — Tommy Orange ’s award-winning novel and the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection—I was repeatedly struck by how many references Orange was able to weave into a single, cohesive…

#OneBookWednesday: Are You Reading With Us?

So, have you started reading There There yet? Back on October 17, the Free Library was pleased to announce , in partnership with the Office of the Mayor , that Tommy Orange 's award-winning debut novel would be the 2020 One…

Announcing the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection!

There’s a new book in town! This morning, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, the Free Library announced the title of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection. Are you ready? This year, Philadelphia will be…

This Year’s One Book, One Philadelphia Selection is…

It seems like just yesterday that thousands of Philadelphians were reading and discussing Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing , the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. There is still time to read it, of course… but…

#OneBookWednesday: Closing the Book (For Now!)

We hate to admit it, but the end of another phenomenal  One Book, One Philadelphia  season is already upon us! We’ve spent the last eight weeks reading, discussing, watching, creating, playing, and enjoying, with dynamic…

#OneBookWednesday: Journeys

What is a story? Perhaps the question isn’t what , but where . Every story I’ve read has taken me somewhere, twisting and turning the ground under me until I’m in a place I haven’t been before. A good story…

#OneBookWednesday: Natural Healing & Remedies

Throughout Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing , we see how the characters connect, or disconnect, from each other. The novel focuses in on relationships and what one needs for such connections to thrive in positive ways. Each of…

First Listen: Writing Workshops Inspired by This Year's One Book, One Philadelphia Selection

What’s the difference between hearing and listening? Kirsten, our instructor from the Drexel Writers’ Room , asked us this question last week in a workshop inspired by Sing, Unburied, Sing . We were gathered at the Institute…

#OneBookWednesday: It All Starts Tonight!

Back in October, we announced Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing as the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection, and since then we’ve been digging in and gathering our thoughts throughout the three-month-long…