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Women's History Month | Ursula K. Le Guin Honored with Commemorative Stamp

Ursula K. Le Guin 's award-winning writing often depicted futuristic alternative worlds steeped in the themes of politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. Now her legacy will live on in a…

What Philadelphia Read in 2020

The longest year ever is coming to a close. (Amen.) That means that it’s time to peruse some Best of 2020 book lists! Across the web you can find tons of these kinds of lists. Two of my favorites are Book Riot’s Best Books…

Join Our New YA and Adult Multicultural Book Club!

Are you interested in reading new authors? Are you looking for a safe place to discuss literature and culture? Then this book club is for you! The YA / Adult Multicultural Book Club has a focus on authors of color and expanding cultural…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

In this time of self-reflection and evaluation of our own and our society's biases and attitudes around race, our suggestions include new titles in which race is a central theme, as well as a primer on voting and why it matters. We…

Curl Up with a Cozy Mystery

Are you looking for some binge-worthy reading that has nothing to do with the quasi dystopian reality outside your front door? Look no further than the literary comfort food that is the Cozy Mystery! Here is Goodreads' excellent…

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,…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2019

It's that time of the year again! Working in the Fiction Department of the Parkway Central Library means that I am always surrounded by excellent books to read. I read over 330 this year, and in narrowing it down to my top 30…

Happy Birthday to Kurt Vonnegut (and Kilgore Trout?)

Yes, I am one of those: I keep a list of books saved in my phone—books that I will eventually read once I reach that magical point of life when I stop desiring new books and therefore stop adding to the dang list—and…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

Our October suggestions are a mix of fantasy, history, romance, health, and adventure—truly, something for everyone—and they’re all coming to a neighborhood library near you this month!   Young Children (Up to 2nd…

Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie!

In the course of a casual conversation with a new acquaintance this summer, chatter turned—as it inevitably does, when one of you works in a library—first to books, then to mystery novels, and then to my minor obsession with…

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…

Celebrate National Read a Book Day!

Today is National Read a Book Day , and as a book lover and Free Library staff member it’s my sworn duty to encourage everyone I meet today to pick up a book, so expect some recommendations here. Reading can be so much more than…

Are You an N.K. Jemisin Fan Yet?

In my version of a perfect world, there are two kinds of fiction readers: Those who have already read (and loved) multi-award-winning author N.K Jemisin 's work and those who will. Soon. If you find yourself in neither category (!),…

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Are...

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia University in New York City on Monday, April 15. The Pulitzers recognize achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition,…

The Mystery of Missing Persons

Many things go missing – overdue books, keys, socks in the dryer – but none of those can compare with the gravity of when a person simply disappears. Approximately 90,000 people are missing at this very moment in the United…

Book Donation to Recognize and Celebrate Polish Literature

The Free Library was fortunate to recently receive a donation of books by Polish authors that were translated into English, along with books in Polish for both adults and children. The books were donated by the Polish Book Institute , a…

The 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating & honoring women’s fiction. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate originality, accessibility, and excellence in…

Our Summer Madness Blockbuster Reads Online Bracket Game Winner Is...

We started out with 32 blockbuster best-selling books from a variety of genres ... over 5 weeks, the books were voted upon by you, our faithful blog readers and library patrons... as each week passed, winners and losers were chosen by…

Two Shall Enter, One Shall Leave a.k.a. the 5th and Final Round of Summer Madness!

We're now into the fifth and final round of our Summer Madness blockbuster reads online bracket game! Amongst 32 titles vying for the prize, our finalists Life of Pi and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rose to the top of…

The Final Four Book Battle Is ON a.k.a. Round 4 of Summer Madness!

We're now into round 4 of our Summer Madness blockbuster reads online bracket game! The Final Four battle is ON! Here's some stats on each title to see how they match up against each other...   The Devil Wears Prada Genre:…

VIRTUAL - Kiese Laymon | Long Division 

REGISTER HERE 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…

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

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March , Caleb's Crossing and People of the Book With a “gift for combining intricate, engrossing plots with full-bodied…

VIRTUAL – David Yoon | Vision Zero

REGISTER HERE 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…

VIRTUAL - Book Discussion Group

This month we will be talking about The Price of Salt , by Patricia Highsmith .  Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth…

VIRTUAL - Kaitlyn Greenidge | Libertie

REGISTER HERE 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…

VIRTUAL - Caleb Azumah Nelson | Open Water

REGISTER HERE 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…

VIRTUAL - Book Discussion Group

This month we will be talking about Say nothing : a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland , by Patrick Radden Keefe .  "Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from…

Virtual Author Visit with Lexie Bean

Friends, please join us for a virtual author visit and book talk with Lexie Bean , author of the middle grade epistolary novel, The Ship We Built. Lexie will read a chapter of the book and then your librarians, Mx. Kate and Ms. Naomi,…

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Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and…

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Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless…

Blake Bailey | Philip Roth: The Biography

In conversation with Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Border , The Force ,  The Cartel, Power of the Dog , Savages,  and  Broken , his new collection of six short novels. Blake Bailey is acclaimed for his…

Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Committed

In conversation with Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh , The Queen of the Night , and How To Write An Autobiographical Novel , and associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016…

Hala Alyan | The Arsonists’ City

In conversation with Alix Gerz, Vice President of Communications, Free Library of Philadelphia Hala Alyan’s novel  Salt Houses , a “heart-wrenching, lyrical and timely” ( Dallas Morning News ) study of three generations in a Palestinian…

Melissa Broder | Milk Fed

In conversation with Nomi Eve, author of Henna House and The Family Orchard , Director of the Creative Writing MFA program, Drexel University. Melissa Broder is the author of  The Pisces , a darkly erotic yet tender tale of academia,…

Victor Wooten | The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues

In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace A founding member of jazz fusion super group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, bass guitarist Victor Wooten is a five-time Grammy winner and has been called “the Michael Jordan of the…

Salamishah Tillet | In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece

In conversation with Errin Haines, founding member and editor at large at The 19th, a new, nonprofit newsroom focused on the intersection of women, politics and policy. Salamishah Tillet is the author of Sites of Slavery , an…

VIRTUAL - Sadeqa Johnson | Yellow Wife

In conversation with Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of numerous books including In Her Shoes and most recently Big Summer Yellow Wife tells the harrowing story of an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in…

George Saunders | A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Masterclass on Writing, Reading, and Life

In conversation with Daniel Torday , Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West,   Boomer1, and The Sensualist , and two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award. “One of the most…

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o | The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi

In conversation with Ketu H. Katrak, Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of California, Irvine, and author of the forthcoming book Jay Pather, Performance, and Spatial Politics in South Africa Acclaimed Kenyan scholar…

Eddie Glaude, Jr. | Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, Eddie S. Glaude…

Karen Russell | Sleep Donation with Charles Yu | Interior Chinatown

Karen Russell ’s debut novel,  Swamplandia! , the tale of a family’s run-down alligator-themed Everglades amusement park, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a nominee for the Orange Prize. Her…

Jess Walter | The Cold Millions

Jess Walter’s six acclaimed novels include the #1  New York Times  bestseller  The Beautiful Ruins , the National Book Award finalist  The Zero , and  Citizen Vince , winner of the Edgar Award. A former print journalist, he was a…

Nicole Krauss | To Be a Man: Stories

In conversation with Nomi Eve, author of Henna House and The Family Orchard , Director of the Creative Writing MFA program, Drexel University. “One of America’s most important novelists and an international literary sensation” ( New…

Ayad Akhtar | Homeland Elegies

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Acclaimed for exploring complicated sociopolitical aspects of identity within the Muslim American experience, Ayad Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for…

Asha Lemmie | Fifty Words for Rain

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist  Asha Lemmie’s  New York Times  bestselling novel  Fifty Words for Rain  tells the decades and continents-spanning story of Nori, a child born to a married…

Roddy Doyle | Love

In conversation with Liz Moore , best selling author of Long Bright River Lauded for his “marvelous” and “bloody brilliant” ( Toronto Star ) works of fiction, prolific novelist, dramatist, children’s author, and screenwriter Roddy…

Lauren Francis-Sharma | Book of the Little Axe

In conversation with Erica Armstrong Dunbar ,  award-winning author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge  and She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman. Lauren…

Seanan McGuire | Middlegame and Imaginary Numbers

One of contemporary sci-fi/fantasy’s most popular writers, Seanan McGuire won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for the Wayward Children series of books. Also the author of, among other books, the October Day series and the InCryptid…

Susan Choi | Trust Exercise with Jacqueline Woodson | Red at the Bone

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for fiction, Trust Exercise follows a star-crossed suburban teen romance in a 1980s performing arts high school. Susan Choi ’s novels are known for excavating the hidden corners of the human heart…

Julia Alvarez | Afterlife

Named “Woman of the Year” by  Latina  magazine in 2000, poet, essayist, and fiction writer  Julia Alvarez  is renowned for her lyrical, poignant, politically insightful books, including  How the García Girls Lost Their Accents , which…

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