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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

Update: PHILLY, WE HEARD YOU! We've reconfigured this event as a Photo Op (with a pre-signed book) and it has been moved from Temple Performing Arts Center to our Parkway Central Library. Anyone who bought tickets to the event at…

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…

Ntozake Shange | Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems

“Extraordinary and wonderful” ( New York Times ), Ntozake Shange wrote the Broadway-staged Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf , the groundbreaking prose poem/theater…

Jed Perl | Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! “Few people write about art as beautifully” ( Wall Street Journal ) as Jed Perl, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former 20-year art critic for…

James Breakwell | Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Following a viral 2016 Buzzfeed article featuring the assorted musings of his four daughters—the oldest is 7 years old—comedy writer James Breakwell’s jokes have appeared in USA Today, US Magazine , and Huffington Post…

Bill McKibben | Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book  The End of Nature . His myriad other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth , and Oil and Honey , a call to arms…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became…

Lawrence O’Donnell | Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word , one of cable television’s most watched news and political commentary programs. In addition to writing for a…

Roz Chast | Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! “By turns grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny” ( New York Times ), Roz Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast…

Tucker Carlson | The Last Liberal: How the Modern Left Abandoned Principle, Humor, Common Sense—and Liberalism

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Tucker Carlson is the host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight , one of cable’s most watched primetime news and commentary programs. The former co-host of…

Russell Shorto | Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom

Russell Shorto is the author of the bestselling The Island at the Center of World , “a masterpiece of storytelling and first-rate intellectual history” ( Wall Street Journal ) of the forgotten and mythologized Dutch colony…

John Banville | Mrs. Osmond

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! John Banville won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea , a story of loss and the fickle power of memory celebrated for its “power and strangeness and piercing beauty” ( The…

Gordon S. Wood | Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Acclaimed for synthesizing historical insight with wit and exuberance, Gordon S. Wood won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for The Radicalism of the…

Isabel Allende | In the Midst of Winter

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with Janet Benton, author of the debut novel Lilli de Jong .…

Reza Aslan | God: A Human History

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. “Wise and passionate” ( The New York Times Book Review ), religion scholar…

Dan Rather | What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most…

Nikki Giovanni | A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter

“One of the finest poets of our time” ( Ebony ), Nikki Giovanni is the author of nearly 30 books, including the collections Acolytes; Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment; Those Who Ride the Night Winds ; and …

Chris Matthews | Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

The host of MSNBC’s popular news and commentary program Hardball , Chris Matthews is one of America’s most familiar media faces. A former longtime syndicated print media columnist, staffer for several Democratic members of…

Ta-Nehisi Coates | We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy*

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me , a “searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today” ( New York Times ).…

Jennifer Weiner | Little Bigfoot, Big City

Jennifer Weiner is the “funny, fierce, feisty” ( Glamour ) no. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen novels that dive headlong into the ups and downs of relationships, careers, and family…

John Hodgman | Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! John Hodgman played the role of “PC” in the Apple vs. PC commercials, served alternately as the “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire” on The…

Juan González | Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities

In conversation with Nermeen Shaikh , co-Host and Producer at Democracy Now! Ms. Shaikh is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power and has an M.Phil. in politics from Cambridge University. Juan…

Lawrence Wright | The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State

In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker , Lawrence Wright won the Pulitzer Prize for…

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 Chronicles,…

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 Marimow, editor at large, 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 Vanity Fair…

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, magazines, and…

Douglas Brunt | Trophy Son in conversation with Megyn Kelly

In conversation with Megyn Kelly, host of Sunday Night 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…

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 ). His many…

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 is the…

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, literally: once read, it cannot…

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 descendants. It was a New…

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 The New York…

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…

Joshua Ferris | The Dinner Party with Jim Shepard | The World to Come

Then We Came to the End , Joshua Ferris ’s “truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness” (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other…

William Hogeland | Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include The…

Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

Dennis Lehane’s “raw, harrowing, and unsentimental” ( Washington Post Book World ) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone ; and Live by Night , all of which have been adapted into critically…

Colm Tóibín | House of Names

“His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” ( Los Angeles Times ), Colm Tóibín is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels  The…

China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

In conversation with Joel Nichols, Data Strategy & Evaluation Administrator, Strategic Initiatives Acclaimed for his “unparalleled inventiveness” ( Chicago Tribune ), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics,…

Paula Poundstone | The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

Paula Poundstone’s decades-long stand-up comedy career has included multiple HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two comedy albums, and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Renowned for her self-effacing wit and cheeky…

Jo Nesbø | The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø’s “maddeningly addictive” ( Vanity Fair ) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages.…

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…