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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…

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…

Monday Poets | Philadelphia Poet Laureate

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An evening of poetry from the 2018-19 Philadelphia Poet Laureate, to be announced in December 2017 , and Husnaa Hashim, the 2017-18 Youth Poet Laureate . Now housed at the Free Library, the…

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

“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 The New Republic . A longtime contributing editor…

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…

Monday Poets | Andrew Nurkin & Poet TBA

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Andrew Nurkin’s poems have appeared in The Believer, North American Review, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, FIELD, Iron Horse Literary Review, and elsewhere. He holds his MFA in…

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…

Tina Brown | The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992

In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY In a publishing career that stretches back more than four decades, Tina Brown has been editor-in-chief of the popular and acclaimed magazines Tatler , Vanity Fair , Talk…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Auditorium sold out! In-house simulcast tickets available. 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…

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

Auditorium sold out! In-house simulcast tickets still available. 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…

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

“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 has written or illustrated more than a dozen books,…

Tucker Carlson | EVENT POSTPONED

EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY. ALL TICKETS TO THE EVENT ON 11/17/17 WILL BE HONORED ON THE NEW DATE. Tucker Carlson is the host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight , one of cable’s most watched primetime news and…

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…

Philly Loves Romance - Ruth A. Casie | Lynn Kellan | Veronica Forand

Fourth Floor Room 405/406 Join USA Today Bestseller Ruth A. Casie and authors Lynn Kellan and Veronica Forand as they read from their latest releases and take Q&A. There's plenty of time for mingling before and after. RUTH A.…

John Banville | Mrs. Osmond

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 Washington Post Book World ). His other…

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

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 American Revolution , a rollicking and watershed study…

Isabel Allende | In the Midst of Winter

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 . “Poignant, powerful” and “timeless” (…

Reza Aslan | God: A Human History

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 Reza Aslan is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling…

Dan Rather | What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

Event completely sold out!  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 decorated…

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 …

Monday Poets | Fiona Sze-Lorrain & Beth Feldman Brandt

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Fiona Sze-Lorrain  is a poet, literary translator, and zheng harpist who writes and translates in English, French, and Chinese.  Her third poetry collection,  The Ruined Elegance,…