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Books for Rising Readers: Strengthening Early Literacy in Philadelphia with a Shared Reading Experience

Though our One Book, One Philadelphia 2018-2019 season is now over, the Free Library will keep connecting readers through a shared text all spring long! We are thrilled to be launching an ambitious pilot program called Books for Rising…

The Free Library Celebrates Black History Month!

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February, with extensive programming set to take place in neighborhood libraries across the city including craft workshops, performances,…

2019 Author Events Preview!

As the sun has set on 2018, let’s cast our gaze ever forward to a new year and a new author events schedule. Over here in Author Events, people have been asking, "Hey! What’s on tap for Spring 2019?" and "When…

The Final Word with Jill Lepore

A historian whose "discipline is worthy of a first-class detective" ( New York Review of Books ), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages , the story of Benjamin Franklin’s beloved…

The Uncommon Tom Hanks

I mean, this is Tom Hanks —you scarcely need us to tell you who he is. Famed for his portrayals of a ping-pong savant , WWII Army ranger , pioneering AIDS activist , toy sheriff , astronaut Jim Lovell , volcano battler , mermaid…

Introducing the Division of Cultural and Civic Engagement!

The Free Library was founded with the goal of helping Philadelphians achieve personal enlightenment, and has continuously evolved to reach this goal in an ever-changing city and world. To further this bedrock goal, we have created the…

How John Cena and the Free Library Inspired My Love of Professional Wrestling

***Event Information Update | October 9, 2018*** Book sales will begin at 4:00 p.m. Books purchased will include a signed bookplate.   The event has been moved from the Montgomery Auditorium to the Parkway Central Library lobby…

John Kerry | Every Day Is Extra

John Kerry Author Event Livestream Video by Michael Smerconish When Andy Kahan, the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Director of Author Events at the Free Library of Philadelphia invited me to interview Secretary John Kerry about…

Fall 2018 Author Events Preview

Our Fall 2018 Author Events season is just around the corner. Join us this fall for meaningful conversations with bestselling writers, world class chefs, longtime politicians, a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, a Pulitzer…

Creative Thinkers at the Free Library and on WHYY’s Articulate

We’re a hall of learning, a cove of curiosity, an ambassador of opportunities, and a fount of resources. The Free Library of Philadelphia is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city. Our more…

Buzzing about Cookbooks!

The Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center is coming up on four years of having our kitchen doors open! One of the most frequent questions we get is,  What's your favorite cookbook? As if we could respond to that…

Celebrate National Poetry Month

It’s April, everyone, and you know what that means – it’s National Poetry Month ! Each year, the Academy of American Poets "highlights the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets" by…

Spring 2018 Author Events Preview

Our Spring 2018 Author Events schedule begins in just a few short days and we have some amazing authors coming to the Free Library including political commentators, poets, social activists, physicians, economists, historians, educators,…

Our Spring 2018 Author Events Series Is Full of Fire and Fury!

Updated January, 16, 2018 Watch our interview with Michael Wolff tonight LIVE starting @ 7:30 p.m. A week from today, in what is sure to be one of our more interesting Author Events to ever take place at the Free Library, we welcome…

The Final Word with Michael Solomonov

The Israel-born, Pittsburgh-raised chef is now claimed by Philadelphia as a favorite culinary son. As executive chef and co-owner of Zahav, a restaurant of international renown that celebrates Israeli cuisine, Michael Solomonov has…

Happy Young Readers Day!

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to remind you about the many wonderful…

Eric Velasquez, Celebrated Picture Book Author and Illustrator, to Visit Free Library!

A grandmother and child share a trip to the city to visit the museum and buy ingredients for pasteles , the traditional Puerto Rican Christmas delicacy. A young boy uses his speedy typing skills to stand up to injustice. A dreary, rainy…

Small Business Spotlight: Girls Auto Clinic

BRIC librarians went on the road to Upper Darby to find Patrice Banks, proprietor of Girls Auto Clinic and Clutch Beauty Bar , and soon-to-be published author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide . Patrice is combining a unique business…

Edward Snowden Kicks Off Our Fall 2017 Author Events Schedule

In 2013, NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of highly classified information that exposed astonishingly widespread mass U.S. surveillance overreach on a…

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…

Richard Russo | Chances Are . . . with Amy Hempel | Sing to It: New Stories

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…

Terry McAuliffe | Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism

The Democratic governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, Terry McAuliffe “won praise even from Republicans for his tireless salesmanship” ( Washington Post ) of the Old Dominion. A former chair of the National Governors…

Harriet A. Washington | A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

Harriet A. Washington won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Medical Apartheid , a far-reaching history of medical experimentation on black Americans from the colonial era to present day. Also the author of Deadly Monopolies and…

Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake | The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats

Veteran counterterrorism czar and one of the world’s leading experts on cyberspace security, Richard A. Clarke worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades of his professional life to combating threats to the United…

Julie Salamon | An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer

Exploring an astonishing range of genres and subject matter, Julie Salamon is the author of a score of novels, children’s books, and nonfiction books. Initially a longtime banking reporter and film critic for the Wall Street…

Andrew Shaffer | Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery

They’re back! In Andrew Shaffer’s sequel to the New York Times bestseller Hope Never Dies , the bromantic thriller that saw the former president and vice president tumble down a Delaware rabbit hole of conspiracy and murder,…

Mary Pope Osborne | Magic Tree House: To the Future, Ben Franklin! with Natalie Pope Boyce

Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. Mary Pope Osborne is the prolific author of the beloved Magic Tree House series of children’s books. Featuring time-traveling brother and sister Jack and Annie, the wildly popular…

Jennifer Weiner | Mrs. Everything

“One of the biggest names in popular fiction” ( USA Today ), Jennifer Weiner is the beloved number-one  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen novels—including Good in Bed , All Fall Down ,…

Ottessa Moshfegh | My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Eileen , Ottessa Moshfegh’s “always dark and surprising, sometimes ugly and occasionally hilarious” ( Washington Post ) novel about a young woman trapped between equally bleak work and home lives, won the PEN/Hemingway…

Elaine Welteroth | More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

The firebrand former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director in Condé Nast’s 107-year history, Elaine Welteroth “masterminded the reinvention of…

Jason Baumann | The Stonewall Reader with Mark Segal, Karla Jay and Joel Hall

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the riots that started the fight for American LGBTQ+ rights, The Stonewall Reader highlights some of the movement’s most iconic moments and figures in the years before and after those…

Frank Langfitt | The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China

In conversation with Bill Marimow Frank Langfitt served as NPR’s China correspondent for five years, reporting on such varied topics as the government’s notorious detention centers and the Beijing Olympics, for which his…

Esi Edugyan | Washington Black

Esi Edugyan’s novel Half-Blood Blues , the story of a World War II–era mixed-race jazz band’s abducted star trumpeter, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among other honors. She is also the author of another…

Mark Kram Jr. | Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier

In conversation with Steve Ross Mark Kram Jr. won the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing for Like Any Normal Day , the tragic story of two brothers bonded but separated by a devastating sports injury. He formerly wrote for…

Father's Day Storytime with Author Ray Pine!

Ray Pine's book "A Boy and his Dada" is a reflection on  past relationships with fathers, and the future sons that many of us will be raising.  The design and media (crayon, watercolor and pencil) of the book…

Jacob Shell | Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

In conversation with Nikil Saval A professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, Jacob Shell is the author of Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility , a…

Local Author at the Library!

Local author and illustrator Rachel Dougherty will read from her book, Secret Engineer:  How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge, and lead a special STEM activity.  For all ages. This program is sponsored by Friends of…

Meet Author Christian Trimmer and Illustrator Jessie Sima

Join us as picture book author and illustrator duo Christian Trimmer and Jessie Sima share their stories and books in a special Pride month storytime. Christian and Jessie worked together to create Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature…

Meet Author Christian Trimmer and Illustrator Jessie Sima

Join us as picture book author and illustrator duo Christian Trimmer and Jessie Sima share their stories and books in a special Pride month storytime. Christian and Jessie worked together to create Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature…

Meet Author Christian Trimmer and Illustrator Jessie Sima

Join us as picture book author and illustrator duo Christian Trimmer and Jessie Sima share their stories and books in a special Pride month storytime. Christian and Jessie worked together to create Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature…

Bill McKibben | Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“The world’s best green journalist” ( Time ), Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book The End of Nature . His many other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy ,…

Mary Norris | Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

“A rollicking adventure into the origins of the apostrophe, the proliferation of profanity in American culture, and everything in between” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Mary Norris’s bestselling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma…

Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions

A 30-year contributor to The New Yorker , Patricia Marx is the author of several books including Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again the End of Him , both of which were Thurber Prize finalists. A former writer for Saturday Night…

Kwame Onwuachi | Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

In conversation with Chef Elijah Milligan A former Top Chef star, the executive chef at Washington D.C.’s popular Kith and Kin, and a Forbes and Zagat’s 30 Under 30 honoree, Kwame Onwuachi  is one of America’s most acclaimed young…

Richard Blanco | How to Love a Country: Poems

Richard Blanco made history four times at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration: He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the youngest person, and the first openly gay person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. Exploring…

Robert A. Caro | Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Standing at “the summit of American historical writing” ( Washington…

Dave Barry | Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

A 30-year writer at the Miami Herald whose column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, humorist Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. His more than 30 New York Times bestselling books include I’ll Mature When…

Michael Dobbs | The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

A longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post , Michael Dobbs reported on some of the most important events of our time. His many books include Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire , Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid…

Valerie Jarrett | Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition “The ultimate Obama insider” ( New York Times ), Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving advisor in the 44th President’s administration. Born in Iran and…

Barry Lopez | Horizon

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and…

Cecile Richards | Make Trouble: Stand Up, Speak Out, and Find the Courage to Lead—My Life Story

In conversation with Tamala Edwards , anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A “heroine of the resistance” ( Vogue ), Cecile Richards was the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund…

Nathan Englander | Kaddish.com with Thomas Mallon | Landfall

Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank , a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story…

Albert Woodfox | Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope

In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. Falsely accused and convicted of a 1972 robbery in which a white guard was killed, Albert Woodfox served more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s…

Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

“A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the…

Carolyn Forché | What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance

In conversation with Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over , Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir , and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River . “An unflinching…

Lidia Bastianich | My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food

Renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich is the owner and co-owner of celebrated Italian restaurants in Manhattan, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City. The author of a baker’s dozen cookbooks, a judge on Masterchef Jr. Italy , and a…

Frans de Waal | Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist , a “tour de force” ( Nature ) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and…

Darius James | Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

In conversation with Gene Seymour, contributor to The Nation and former film critic and jazz columnist for Newsday . He has written for Bookforum , CNN.com, and The Washington Post . Author and spoken-word artist Darius James’s 1992…

David Treuer | The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

An Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and an unromantic chronicler of Native American culture and literature, David Treuer is the author of the novels Prudence , Little , The Hiawatha , and The Translation of…

Brittney Cooper | Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower with Rebecca Traister | Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

In converation with Rebecca Traister , author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger Examining the intersections of race, gender, and politics in a popular monthly Cosmo column, Brittney Cooper is also a professor of…