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Dena's Favorite Books of 2021

It's that time of year again for my annual list of favorite books from the Philbrick Hall Fiction Department at Parkway Central Library ! Welcome to the tenth anniversary of this yearly list and the second year of pandemic reading!…

Scary Reads for Autumn Chills | Horror Fiction Recommendations

Greeting fiends! The brisk winds of autumn are finally here, bringing colder nights for spooky reading... So much great horror fiction has been hitting our stacks, here are some of my current favorites.  My Heart Is a Chainsaw by…

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…

IN-PERSON - Amor Towles | The Lincoln Highway

AUDITORIUM TICKETS SOLD OUT! IN-LIBRARY SIMULCAST TICKETS  AVAILABLE Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture The bestselling author of  A Gentleman in Moscow  and  Rules of Civility  and master of absorbing,…

VIRTUAL - Donna Leon | Give Unto Others

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 12, 2022 AT 10:00AM Donna Leon is the author of the internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery novels, the “endlessly enjoyable” long-established series of books that…

VIRTUAL - Ben Okri | Every Leaf a Hallelujah and Astonishing the Gods

REGISTER In conversation with Uwem Akpan One of Nigeria’s most celebrated authors, Ben Okri is the author of many post-colonial novels, poetry, short story collections, and essays. He rose to international fame in 1980 upon…

IN-PERSON - Ariel Delgado Dixon | Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

REGISTER In conversation with Sara Nović  In Ariel Delgado Dixon ’s debut novel  Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You , two sisters endure a childhood of deprivation in a decaying warehouse and in a wilderness…

VIRTUAL - Jabari Asim | Yonder

REGISTER The director of the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Emerson College, Jabari Asim is the author of the novel  Only the Strong , the story collection  A Taste of Honey , and several works of nonfiction,…

VIRTUAL - Tessa Hadley | Free Love

REGISTER In conversation with Geoffrey Dyer Tessa Hadley ’s many “strange, unsettling—eerily beautiful, discomfiting, stay-up-late-addictive, sometimes hair-raising” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) novels about the…

VIRTUAL - Barbara Chase-Riboud | The Great Mrs. Elias: A Novel Based on a True Story

REGISTER In conversation with Nell Irvin Painter Barbara Chase-Riboud’s watershed 1979 novel  Sally Hemings  told a fictionalized story based on the true account of the life of Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman with…

VIRTUAL - Lan Samantha Chang | The Family Chao with Elizabeth McCracken |The Souvenir Museum

REGISTER Co-promoted by  Blue Stoop A debut “work of gorgeous, enduring prose” ( The Washington Post ),  Lan Samantha Chang ’s  Hunger  explored the lives of immigrant families haunted by the…

IN-PERSON - Brendan Slocumb | The Violin Conspiracy

REGISTER In conversation with Stanford Thompson, founder and executive director of Play On Philly A public and private school music educator for more than 20 years, Brendan Slocumb has performed on violin with the Washington…

IN-PERSON - Jessamine Chan | The School for Good Mothers

REGISTER In conversation with Liz Moore Co-sponsored by Blue Stoop A former reviews editor at  Publishers Weekly ,  Jessamine Chan  has published short stories in  Tin House  and  Epoch . She has received…

VIRTUAL - Book Discussion Group

This month we will be talking about Behold the Dreamers , by Imbolo Mbue .  “[Mbue’s] book isn’t the first work of fiction to grapple with the global financial crisis of 2007–2008, but it’s surely…

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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…

Hanya Yanagihara | To Paradise

In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. director of author events “A wrenching portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR), Hanya Yanagihara’s bestselling novel  A Little Life  is a story of tragedy…

Nadifa Mohamed | The Fortune Men

In conversation with Rabih Alameddine, National Book Award nominated author of An Unnecessary Woman ,  The Angel of History ,  The Hakawati , and most recently,  The Wrong End of the Telescope . Somali-British author Nadifa Mohamed is…

Elif Shafak | The Island of Missing Trees with Siri Hustvedt | Mothers, Fathers, and Others

The most widely read woman female writer in Turkey and acclaimed worldwide for her work’s “vision, bravery and compassion” ( The New York Times Book Review ),  Elif Shafak  is the author of 12 bestselling novels, including  The Bastard…

Rumaan Alam | Leave the World Behind

In conversation with Carmen Maria Machado Rumaan Alam is the author of the  New York Times  instant bestseller  Leave the World Behind ,  “a genuine thriller, a brilliant distillation of our anxious age, and a work of high literary…

Kevin Birmingham | The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired a Masterpiece

In conversation with Michael Gorra,  the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College and the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of  As I Lay Dying,  and The Sound and the Fury , and most…

Rabih Alameddine | The Wrong End of the Telescope with Claire Vaye Watkins | I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness

Rabih Alameddine was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award for An Unnecessary Woman , a “paean to the transformative power of reading” ( LA Review of Books ). His many other works include the…

Uwem Akpan | New York, My Village with Kirstin Valdez Quade | Five Wounds

Uwem Akpan ’s  Say You’re One of Them , “a startling debut collection” ( The New York Times ) of short stories was a Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, the 2009 Oprah Book Club Selection, and was translated in to 12 languages. It was…

Glory Edim | On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library

In conversation with Christine Kendall, author of Riding Chance , nominated for a NAACP Image Award, and The True Definition of Neva Beane Glory Edim is the creator of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club, book, and online community that…

Joshua Ferris | A Calling for Charlie Barnes with Dana Spiotta | Wayward

Joshua Ferris’s “brash, extravagant, and chillingly beautiful” ( The New Yorker ) novels include  Then We Came to the End , winner of the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and a finalist for the National Book Award;  To Rise…

Asali Solomon | The Days of Afrekete

In conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn Asali Solomon is the author of Disgruntled , “a smart, philosophical, coming-of-age” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) novel about the double-binds of race in late 1980s Philadelphia. Her other work…

Anthony Doerr | Cloud Cuckoo Land

In conversation with John Freeman Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for  All the Light We Cannot See , “a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel” (Seattle Times) about a blind French girl and a German boy…

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers | The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois with Kevin Young | Stones

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of five poetry collections, including The Gospel of Barbecue , Red Clay Suite , and T he Age of Phillis , which was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry and won a 2021 NAACP Image…

Christine Pride and Jo Piazza | We Are Not Like Them

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Publishing industry veteran  Christine Pride  has held a variety of editorial positions at Doubleday, Simon & Schuster, and Crown, among other publishing…

Hilma Wolitzer | Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket

In conversation with Meg Wolitzer An “American literary treasure” ( The Boston Globe ), Hilma Wolitzer is the author of the novels  In the Flesh ,  The Doctor’s Daughter , and  Ending , which served as the inspiration for Bob Fosse’s…

Richard Powers | Bewilderment

In conversation with Andrew Ervin A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for  The…

Alice McDermott | What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction

In conversation with Danielle Evans Pulling the delicate threads of “fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief” ( The Washington Post ), Alice McDermott’s fictional narratives explore intersecting…

Colm Tóibín | The Magician

Colm Tóibín’s “audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent” ( The Guardian ) work includes an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels The Blackwater Lightship , The Master , and…

Sandra Cisneros | Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo

In conversation with Luis J. Rodríguez "Not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one" ( The New York Times Book Review ), Sandra Cisneros explores the themes of place, identity, and working-class culture in her novels,…

Carole Hopson | A Pair of Wings: A Novel Inspired by Pioneer Aviatrix Bessie Coleman

In conversation with Lorene Cary, author of the memoirs  Ladysitting   and  Black Ice , three novels, and a book for young readers. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and has written a one-act opera of  Ladysitting  and a play, …

James Lapine | Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George”

In conversation with Benj Pasek, Tony Award-winning songwriter and New York Times bestselling author of  Dear Evan Hansen A celebrated director, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist, James Lapine earned three Tony Awards for “Best…

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