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Dena's Favorite Books of 2017

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy and not particularly difficult or…

Need a Last Minute Gift Idea? Check Out These 10 Popular Titles!

Looking for gift ideas for your favorite readers or for something to read yourself? Here’s a list from public libraries across the country of the 10 most popular books for adult readers in the past month. Mystery and suspense…

Literary Scenes from New Orleans

New Orleans is always on my mind at this time of year. Mardi Gras is more than just Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, and the celebrations extend far beyond Bourbon Street: parades take place all over the city for several weeks,…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2016

Every year I read a lot of books. This year I’m at 329 and counting (I still have a day left...). This isn’t a strange statement coming from a librarian since it’s pretty much part of the job…

Fantastic Fantasy and Where to Find It

Movie goers will be whisked back into the wizarding world of the Harry Potter -verse this weekend when J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them magically appears across theater screens. The story takes place sixty…

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…

Book Discussion Group

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire…

Jake Tapper | The Hellfire Club

Auditorium sold out. A limited number of simulcast tickets are available. Jake Tapper is anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, where he hosts the weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper and the Sunday morning show State…

Curtis Sittenfeld | You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories

In conversation with Jennifer Weiner , author of numerous bestselling books including her recent memoir  Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing and the Little Big Foot series of young adult novels. “Popular but…

John Sandford | Twisted Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

John Sanford is the nom de plume of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp, a respected Midwestern newspaperman with a decades-long career. He is the author of the  no. 1 New York Times -bestselling Prey series of books,…

Author Talk: Thom Nickels

Author Thom Nickels will discuss his book Philadelphia Mansions: Stories and Characters behind the Walls. Philadelphia's grand mansions and architectural treasures reflect its iconic status in American history, for each Greek…

Book Discussion Group

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire…

David Grossman | A Horse Walks into a Bar

Tickets on sale January 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. David Grossman won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar , a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance” (…

Richard Powers | The Overstory with William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels.…

Lorrie Moore | See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

In conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips , author of Black Tickets, Lark & Termite, Machine Dreams, and director of Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial” (…

Junot Díaz | Islandborn

Auditorium sold out. In-house simulcast tickets available. Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the “unruly, manic,…

Charles Frazier | Varina

Cold Mountain , Charles Frazier’s “rare and extraordinary” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) Whitman-esque Civil War odyssey of love, separation, and desertion, won the National Book Award, was adapted by Anthony Minghella…

Elizabeth George | The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel

“A superstar of the crime-fiction world” ( Seattle Times ), Elizabeth George is the author of 20 character-driven suspense novels featuring Scotland Yard’s intrepid Inspector Thomas Lynley and idiosyncratic Detective…

Book Discussion Group

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire…

Peter Carey | A Long Way from Home with Alan Hollinghurst | The Sparsholt Affair

A writer who “luxuriates in language” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Peter Carey is the author of 15 quirky and daring novels, including Parrot and Olivier in America , Bliss , Oscar and Lucinda , and The True History of the…

Anna Badkhen | Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” (…

Walter Mosley | Down the River Unto the Sea

Walter Mosley is best known for the Easy Rawlins mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective and World War II vet living in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood. His diverse body of work includes science fiction, story…

Book Discussion Group

Please join our book discussion group for Adults at the Philadelphia City Institute.  We meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  For our current title and a copy of the book, please inquire…

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