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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…

Happy 70th Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!

The first guitar Bruce Springsteen used was rented from Diehl’s Music in Freehold, NJ, until the 7-year-old future rock star felt he had no skill for the instrument and that he could no longer spend his "mother’s…

Fall 2019 Author Events: Cultural Connections

During this fall season of Free Library Author Events , we’re seeing a lot of cultural connections between our authors and speakers. Let’s talk about the events taking place two days in a row, both off-site at the same…

Fall 2019 Author Events Preview: Musical Memoirs

Yeah, it’s a bit of a bummer that summer is drawing to a close, but there are a few upsides: in addition to it not being a million degrees every day, we’re getting closer to the fall season of Free Library 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…

VIRTUAL - Omar El Akkad | What Strange Paradise

Registration details to come Omar El Akkad is the author of  American War , a “poignant and horrifying” ( Washington Post ) dystopian novel that imagines a future civil war born from the U.S.’s current…

VIRTUAL - Jessamyn Stanley | Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance

Registration details and final copy to come In conversation with Adrienne Maree Brown Internationally sought-after wellness expert Jessamyn Stanley is the author of  Every Body Yoga , “a clever memoir of a millennial…

VIRTUAL - Yaa Gyasi | Transcendent Kingdom

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Celebrated for her “stellar instincts, sturdy craftsmanship and penetrating wisdom” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Yaa Gyasi is the…

VIRTUAL – T.J. Newman | Falling

REGISTER HERE A former bookseller turned flight attendant, T. J. Newman flew for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 until this year. While her passengers were asleep on cross-country red-eye flights, she began to write a novel…

VIRTUAL - Scott Ellsworth | The Ground Breaking: An American City's Search for Justice

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Scott Ellsworth is the author of Death in a Promised Land , an in-depth book about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of modern history’s…

Virtual - Bobby Rush | I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story

PURCHASE TICKET In conversation with Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show on WXPN In his five decades in blues music, Grammy-winner Bobby Rush has recorded hundreds of his own songs, collaborated with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf…

VIRTUAL - Sarah Schulman | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Jason Villemez, editor of the  Philadelphia Gay News A decades-long activist for LGBTQ+ rights and women’s empowerment, Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty novels,…

VIRTUAL - Joshua Cohen | The Netanyahus with Rivka Galchen | Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

REGISTER HERE Joshua Cohen ’s acclaimed novels include Moving Kings , Witz , and Book of Numbers , “a fascinating look at the dark heart of the Web” and “one of the best novels ever written about the…

VIRTUAL - Elias Rodriques | All the Water I’ve Seen is Running

REGISTER HERE In conversation with author and State Senator, Nikil Saval Co-sponsored by n+1 and Blue Stoop Elias Rodriques currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and in the fall of 2021 will start as an assistant professor…

VIRTUAL - Alex Michaelides | The Maidens

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with David Baldacci, global #1 bestselling author whose books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. Alex Michaelides is the author…

VIRTUAL - Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize.…

VIRTUAL - Elizabeth Hinton | America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

REGISTER HERE Leading Professor of History and African American Studies at Yale University and a Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Elizabeth Hinton is one of the country’s foremost experts on policing, racial inequality, and…

VIRTUAL - Emily Rapp Black | Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Katie Ford, author of If You Have to Go and three previous collections of poems. Ford is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and she teaches at the University of California, Riverside.…

VIRTUAL - Jason L. Riley | Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Anthony B. Bradley, Professor and Chair of Religious and Theological Studies at The King's College (New York) and a Research Fellow at The Acton Institute Jason L. Riley ’s books…

VIRTUAL - Ursula M. Burns | Where You Are Is Not Who You Are

PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist The first Black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Ursula M. Burns headed Xerox from 2009 to 2016. She was the chair and CEO of VEON from…

VIRTUAL - Paul Farmer | Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 27, 2021 AT 7:30 P.M. PREVIOUS REGISTRATIONS AND LINKS ARE STILL VALID. REGISTER HERE Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Dr. Steven Larson, Associate Professor of Emergency…

Carol Anderson | The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster In appreciation of the George S. Pepper Society Carol Anderson is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner White Rage , “a riveting and…

Kiese Laymon | Long Division 

In conversation with Imani Perry Kiese Laymon’s  Heavy , a coming-of-age memoir that begins in Jackson, Mississippi, was named a Best Book of 2018 by the  New York Times , NPR, and the  Washington Post , among other media outlets. The…

Michael Punke | Ridgeline

In conversation with Christina Baker Kline, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train , A Piece of the World , and The Exiles Michael Punke is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Revenant , “a superb revenge…

Maggie O’Farrell  | Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague

In conversation with Nicole Galland, historical novelist and author of Master of the Revels and creator of Shakespeare for the Masses With a “gift for combining intricate, engrossing plots with full-bodied characterizations” (…

Kevin Kwan | Sex and Vanity

In conversation with Nydia Han, Consumer Investigative Reporter and co-anchor of 6ABC Action News Sunday mornings Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians , "a lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion” (…

Sebastian Junger | Freedom

In conversation with Joe Klein, Time political columnist and bestselling author of six books including Primary Colors and most recently Politics Lost Employing “his narrative gifts and vivid prose” ( The Washington Post ) to chronicle…

Joshua Coombes  | Do Something for Nothing: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness, through the Simple Act of a Haircut

In conversation with Britt James, founder of  Philly Unknown In 2015, British hairstylist Joshua Coombes hit the streets of London with a pair of scissors and an extraordinary idea—that giving free haircuts to those who are experiencing…

David Yoon | Version Zero

In conversation with Karen M. McManus, author of the number one New York Times bestseller  One of Us Is Lying and The Cousins  David Yoon is the author of Frankly in Love , a "funny, profane and poignant” ( Wall Street Journal) tale of…

Ray Didinger | Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches

In conversation with Michael Smerconish Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, Ray Didinger covered the NFL for The Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News for over 25 years. He has authored or coauthored 11…

Kaitlyn Greenidge | Libertie

In conversation with Salamishah Tillet, the Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing and author of  In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of…

Marc Bookman | A Descending Spiral: Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays

In conversation with Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania. The Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, Marc Bookman is an internationally renowned…

Camille T. Dungy, Gregory Pardlo and Joshua Bennett | There’s A Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis

In conversation Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia Poet Laureate A reflection of the heartrending turmoils of racial injustice and brutality against Black Americans amidst the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic,  There’s a Revolution Outside,…

Suzanne Simard | Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest 

In conversation with Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network. Her most recent book is Treepedia: A Brief Compendium of Arboreal Lore One of the world’s leading forest…

Amy Klobuchar | Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

In conversation with Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics The senior United States Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar chairs the Senate Rules Committee; the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and…

Caleb Azumah Nelson | Open Water

In conversation with Megha Majumdar, bestselling author of A Burning British–-Ghanaian writer Caleb Azumah Nelson’s debut novel Open Water is, “an intense, elegant” ( Guardian ) tale of two young Black British artists who find love as…

Martha C. Nussbaum | Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation

Martha C. Nussbaum is the author of numerous watershed books and articles concerning moral, legal, and political philosophy, including The Fragility of Goodness , Sex and Social Justice , and Cultivating Humanity . The Ernst Freund…

Ian Manuel | My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption

In conversation with Reginald Dwayne Betts, essayist, poet, and author of the award-winning collection, Felon When Ian Manuel was 13 years old he shot a young mother of two in the face during a botched robbery. Sentenced to life…

Annette Gordon-Reed | On Juneteenth 

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Annette Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for  The Hemingses of Monticello: An…

Brian Greene | Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe

In conversation with Dennis Overbye, science reporter for the New York Times and author of the books Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos and Einstein in Love “The single best explainer of abstruse science in the world today” ( Washington Post…

Cate Doty | Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages

In conversation with Selena Coppock, standup comedian, writer, author, and creator and voice of @NYTVows , the parody Twitter and Instagram account that lampoons the New York Times Wedding section A former writer and editor at the New…