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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…

Elin Hildebrand | The Perfect Couple

“The queen of the summer beach read” ( New York Post ), Elin Hildebrand has captured the flavor, scenery, and people of Nantucket in more than 20 New York Times bestselling novels, including The Beach Club, The Matchmaker ,…

Author Event: Brad Windhauser

The Literature Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents a night with local author Brad Windhauser who will discuss his latest novel The Intersection: When a white driver critically injures a black bicyclist, the…

Bill Clinton & James Patterson | The President is Missing

Tickets on sale April 20th at 10:00 a.m. Please join President Bill Clinton and the world’s bestselling author James Patterson as they discuss their forthcoming novel, The President is Missing , offering candid insights into their…

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…

Kevin Powers | A Shout in the Ruins with Elise Juska | If We Had Known

Kevin Powers won the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award  and the Guardian First Book Award for The Yellow Birds , “the first great Iraq War novel” ( Rolling Stone ), a work drawn from his experiences as a U.S. Army machine-gunner…

Mary Morris | Gateway to the Moon with Nathaniel Popkin | Everything is Borrowed

“A marvelous storyteller” ( Chicago Tribune ), Mary Morris explores some of her favorite themes—away versus home, childhood memories, and the Midwest—in such works of fiction as A Mother’s Love, House…

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…

Scenes from The Importance of Being Earnest, performed by Hedgerow Theatre Company

Hedgerow Theatre is gearing up to do the clever comedy The Importance of Being Earnest by the irreverent Oscar Wilde. As a sneak peek, we are bringing a scene with a few of our core company actors to the Rosenbach museum. Our…

The Annual Maurice English Poetry Reading: Paul Muldoon

The Maurice English Poetry Reading, established by Helen Drutt English and Deirdre Elena English to honor the memory of the late poet Maurice English, presents each year a distinguished poet for readings in Philadelphia and New York.…

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