Tagged Biography and Autobiography

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Generation to Generation | Digital Discussion

Join curators from regional institutions whose exhibitions look at the multi-generational women-led movement building around voter rights and enfranchisement leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment and beyond. This discussion…

VIRTUAL - Senator Mazie K. Hirono | Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE A “hero on the left” ( Washington Post ) for her vocal support of progressive legislation and issues, Mazie K. Hirono is the only immigrant and the first Asian American woman in the United States…

VIRTUAL - Larry Krasner | For the People: A Story of Justice and Power 

REGISTER HERE Winning on a platform of prison reform in a city notorious for its high incarceration rates, Larry Krasner was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia in 2018 with more than 50% of the vote. He worked as a public…

Virtual - Blake Bailey | Philip Roth: The Biography

REGISTER HERE Blake Bailey is acclaimed for his “meticulously researched, judicious, and critically perceptive” ( Boston Globe ) biographies of some of the 20th century’s most complicated writers, including John…

VIRTUAL - Richard Thompson | Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with musician, novelist, and teacher Wesley Stace “One of rock’s MVPs since the mid-Sixties” ( Rolling Stone ), Richard Thompson is a beloved singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His…

VIRTUAL - Quiara Alegría Hudes | My Broken Language

REGISTER HERE Quiara Alegría Hudes won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play  Water by the Spoonful , a story of “shimmering, sustaining warmth” ( New York Times ) that follows an Iraq War veteran…

Virtual - Walter Isaacson | The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT HAS MOVED FROM 3/31/21 to 4/6/21. ALL PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Pine Tree Foundation Lecture “A renaissance man…driven by a joyful desiredrive…

RESCHEDULED - Walter Isaacson | The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT HAS MOVED FROM 3/31/21 to 4/6/21 . ALL PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. Pine Tree Foundation Lecture “A renaissance man…driven by a joyful desiredrive to discover” (…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Black Sisterhood and Suffrage | Digital Discussion

From the recent 'Stroll to the Polls' that mobilized voters for the 2020 presidential election, to the longstanding commitments to public service and racial uplift, Black Greek sororities have played a pivotal role in expanding…

VIRTUAL - Don Lemon | This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE America’s sole Black primetime news anchor, Don Lemon has hosted  CNN Tonight  since 2014. Before joining the respected cable network in 2006, he worked for NBC News and MSNBC, and earlier in…

Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane | Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son

Register Here PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT HAS MOVED FROM 2/17/21 to 3/10/21. ALL PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. In conversation with Action News anchor, Jim Gardner On the eve of the biggest professional risk of her…

VIRTUAL - Yaba Blay | One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Imani Perry Referred to by Michael Eric Dyson as “one of the most brilliant and committed critics and advocates writing and thinking and working on behalf of Black people today,” Dr. Yaba…

VIRTUAL - Beth Kephart | Wife | Daughter | Self: A Memoir in Essays

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Jacinda Barrett, Traveler, Actress on Netflix Bloodline, Writer, Mother, Wife and all the rest of it. Beth Kephart is the author of more than 30 books across a wide range of genres, including poetry,…

A list of FREE Virtual Literature Events all month long!

Fill your calendar with upcoming FREE events on literature and more.  You will need to register for each event separately and they can all be found on eventbrite.com  Create a free account and you can get notified of your…

Famous Asian Americans

Biographies and collective biographies on Asian Americans.

LGBTQ - Biographies and Autobiographies

Biographies and Autobiographies of important and influential members of LGBTQ community.

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Literature Criticism Online

This extensive compilation of literary commentary represents a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres. Covers Children’s, Classical, Contemporary, Drama, Poetry, Shakespearean,…

HistoryMakers Digital Archive

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is the nation's largest African American video oral history collection. It provides high-quality primary source content, with fully searchable transcripts, from thousands of people from a broad range of…

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Cross-search all of Gale’s literature databases from a single digital space to find biographies, primary sources, contextual reference, and criticism. Includes Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author, LitFinder,…

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Biography in Context

Comprehensive online biographical reference database in the areas of literature,science,multicultural studies,business,entertainment,politics,sports,government,history,arts and newsmakers from around the world and throughout history.

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Michael Eric Dyson | Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

In conversation with Jon Meacham Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Tears We Cannot Stop , an “eloquent, righteous, and inspired” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) call for racial change that was named one of the…

Maria Kefalas | Harnessing Grief: A Mother's Quest for Meaning and Miracles

In conversation with Ashley Fox, Writer. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Athlete. Mom. ESPN alumna. In 2012, Maria Kefalas’s daughter, Calliope, was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative, and incurable genetic disease called metachromatic…

Nadia Owusu | Aftershocks: A Memoir

In conversation with writer and librarian Maisy Card, author of These Ghosts Are Family Nadia Owusu won a 2019 Whiting Award for her work on  Aftershocks . “A memoir that broods on lost identity and statelessness” ( Elle ), this debut…

Salamishah Tillet | In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece

In conversation with Errin Haines, founding member and editor at large at The 19th, a new, nonprofit newsroom focused on the intersection of women, politics and policy. Salamishah Tillet is the author of Sites of Slavery , an…

Gabriel Byrne | Walking with Ghosts

In conversation with musician and novelist Wesley Stace, author of Misfortune , By George , Wonder Kid and most recently Out Loud with dancer and choreographer Mark Morris An actor renowned as much for his versatility as his depth,…

Katherine May | Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Katherine May ’s fiction and memoirs include The Electricity of Every Living Thing ,  Burning Out, a nd  No-Stress Meditation . She was also the editor of …

Jerald Walker | How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

In conversation with author, essayist, and radio host Solomon Jones. Jerald Walker ’s recent How to Make a Slave and Other Essays was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award. A “restless, brilliant” collection that “can alight on a…

An Evening with Signe Wilkinson

In celebration of thirty-five years of cartooning at the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer . The first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Signe Wilkinson is acclaimed for her distinctive and irreverent art. A…

Catherine Coleman Flowers | Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

In conversation with Khaliah Ali Wertheimer Dubbed the “Erin Brockovich of Sewage,” Catherine Coleman Flowers is a hero of the environmental justice movement. She is the rural development manager at the Race and Poverty Initiative of…

Eddie Glaude, Jr. | Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

In converation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, Eddie S. Glaude…

André Gregory | This is Not My Memoir

In conversation with co-author Todd London, Head of the MFA Playwriting Program at the New School, School of Drama A theater director in New York for more than 50 years, the legendary André Gregory has collaborated on film adaptations…

Alex Ross | Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

In conversation with Simon Callow Music critic for the  New Yorker  since 1996, Alex Ross is the author of the international bestseller  The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century . A trip down the rabbit hole of modern…

Tamara Payne | The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

In conversation with Sarah Glover, veteran journalist and past president of the National Association of Black Journalists.   In 1990, Pulitzer Prize -winning journalist Les Payne set out on a nearly 30-year crusade to write the most…

Issac J. Bailey | Why Didn't We Riot: A Black Man in Trumpland

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist “A painful indictment of American inhumanity woven with threads of grace and love” ( Guardian ) Issac J. Bailey ’s memoir My Brother Moochie offered a raw,…

H. W. Brands | The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

“A terrific writer who commands” his historical subject matter with “authority and panache” ( New York Times ), H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin ( The First American…

Ayad Akhtar | Homeland Elegies

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Acclaimed for exploring complicated sociopolitical aspects of identity within the Muslim American experience, Ayad Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for…

Veronica Chambers | Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

In conversation with:  Rachelle Baker, illustrator; Jennifer Harlan, writer; Steffi Walthall, illustrator Veronica Chambers is the editor for Narrative Projects at The New York Times and a co-author of "Finish the Fight!" She joined The…

Maria Hinojosa | Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

In conversation with: Helen Ubiñas, metro columnist at the The Philadelphia Inquirer In her nearly 30 years as a journalist, Maria Hinojosa has reported for PBS, CBS, and CNN, among other outlets, and is the longtime anchor and…

Stacey Abrams | Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Stacey Abrams  is the New York Times bestselling author of  Lead from the Outside , a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving…

Donna Rifkind | The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

A prolific book critic whose reviews appear in the  Wall Street Journal , the  Washington Post , and the  New York Times Book Review , Donna Rifkind was a 2006 finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the…