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The Final Word with George Saunders

George Saunders, a MacArthur Genius and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, is the author of several collections of short stories, including the New York Times notable books Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in…

Life Lessons with Kevin Hart

We're not making this up: comedian and North Philly native Kevin Hart will be joining us for a sure-to-be-hilarious Author Event on Wednesday, June 7! Buy tickets here . In preparation for his appearance and new book, I Can’t…

Oscar-nominated Actress Gabourey Sidibe Delivers Her One-of-a-Kind Life Story

Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire , and won instant fame for her heartbreaking portrayal of the movie’s title…

Making Trouble with The Pope of Trash

In advance of our sold-out John Waters Author Event this Saturday, April 29, let’s get some background on the iconic director, writer, actor, art collector, professional hitchhiker, all-around bon vivant, and self-described Pope…

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…

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 Heilik, Department Head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction department of the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid…

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…

Mark Bowden | Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

In conversation with Bill Marrimow, Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer “One of the most intense, visceral” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for  The Atlantic 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,…

Douglas Brunt | Trophy Son in conversation with Megyn Kelly

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…

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

Explore Oak Lane's History

Learn about the history of the diverse and beautiful Oak Lane neighborhood from a resident and published author, Marita Krivda Poxon.  Ms. Poxon is co-author of Oak Lane, Olney and Logan , from the Images of America series.…

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 Homegoing , 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 or call 215 204 2400.  Cost = $40 - $55.00 and includes a pre-signed copy of the book. There is no formal signing or meet and greet with the author. In conversation with Quincy Harris, host…

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…

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…

Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio stations…

Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe won…

Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams director of author events. “A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" ( The New York Review of Books ), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and…

Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

In conversation with Laura Kovacs Possessed of “a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller  Olive Kitteridge , a linked collection of…

John Waters | Make Trouble

In conversation with Jason Freeman “A greater National Treasure than 90 percent of the people who are given ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ ( The Washington Post ), filmmaker, actor, and writer John Waters was also lovingly described as “The…

Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life

In conversation with Buzz Bissinger , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including The New York Times bestsellers 3 Nights in August and Friday Night Lights . Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is…

David Callahan | The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

Blending liberalism with old values, David Callahan’s many nonfiction books include Fortunes of Change , The Moral Center , and The Cheating Culture , a “meticulously researched, thoughtful and damning look at our broken moral compass”…

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant | Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy*

Join Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children…

David Grann | Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z , the “brilliant…impressively researched and crafted” ( Los Angeles Times ) nonfiction tale of the deadly search for a fabled Amazonian civilization. His…

Joe Beddia | Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia

In conversation with Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit Joe Beddia is the owner and chef of Philly’s own Pizzeria Beddia, named by Bon Appétit as the best pizza in America. This distinction is not surprising, considering that he devoted the…

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…