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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 - Book Discussion Group

This month we will be talking about Women Talking , by Miriam Toews .  “A feminist manifesto that delicately unwraps the horror, but also bubbles with the love and wry humor that has endeared Toews to her readers . . .…

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

REGISTER 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…

VIRTUAL - Asali Solomon | The Days of Afrekete

REGISTER 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…

VIRTUAL - Anthony Doerr | Cloud Cuckoo Land

TICKETS HERE AT 10:00 A.M. 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)…

VIRTUAL - Jonathan Franzen | Crossroads (A Key to All Mythologies, 1)

TICKETS In conversation with Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a writer for The New York Times Magazine and bestselling author of Fleischman is in Trouble Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Jonathan Franzen won the National Book Award for The…

Speculative Kitchens: a Fiction Workshop

Empty shelves at stores, emotional eating, shifts in food sourcing, and rediscovery of home kitchens...the pandemic created situations that have altered our relationship with food in some thought-provoking ways. Many of these…

VIRTUAL - Christine Pride and Jo Piazza | We Are Not Like Them

REGISTER 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,…

VIRTUAL - Ruth Ozeki | The Book of Form and Emptiness

TICKETS In conversation with Elizabeth McCraken Exploring the intersection of social issues, personal narrative, and existential global concerns, Ruth Ozeki’s “funny, tragic, hard-edged, and ethereal” ( Los Angeles…

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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…

Books & Authors *

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…

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…

Omar El Akkad | What Strange Paradise

Omar El Akkad is the author of  American War , a “poignant and horrifying” ( Washington Post ) dystopian novel that imagines a future civil war born from the U.S.’s current destructive policies and impulses. It was an international…

William di Canzio | Alec

In conversation with Wendy Moffat, Professor of English and Curley Chair of Global Education at Dickinson College and author of the prize-winning biography,  A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster A professor in the…

T.J. Newman | Falling

A former bookseller turned flight attendant, T. J. Newman flew for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 until this year. While her passengers were asleep on cross-country red-eye flights, she began to write a novel on whatever…

Joshua Cohen | The Netanyahus with Rivka Galchen | Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

Joshua Cohen ’s acclaimed novels include Moving Kings , Witz , and Book of Numbers , “a fascinating look at the dark heart of the Web” and “one of the best novels ever written about the Internet” ( Rolling Stone ). One of Granta ’s Best…

Elias Rodriques | All the Water I’ve Seen is Running

In conversation with Rachel Ossip Co-sponsored by n+1 and Blue Stoop Elias Rodriques currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and in the fall of 2021 will start as an assistant professor of African American literature at…

Alex Michaelides | The Maidens

In conversation with David Baldacci, global #1 bestselling author whose books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. Alex Michaelides is the author of the #1 New York…

Kiese Laymon | Long Division 

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 , among other media outlets. The…

Michael Punke | Ridgeline

In conversation with Christina Baker Kline, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train , A Piece of the World , and The Exiles Michael Punke is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Revenant , “a superb revenge…

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

In conversation with Nicole Galland, historical novelist and author of Master of the Revels and creator of Shakespeare for the Masses With a “gift for combining intricate, engrossing plots with full-bodied characterizations” (…

Kevin Kwan | Sex and Vanity

In conversation with Nydia Han, Consumer Investigative Reporter and co-anchor of 6ABC Action News Sunday mornings Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians , "a lively, generous story of shallow extravagance and human devotion” (…

David Yoon | Version Zero

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 poignant” ( Wall Street Journal) tale of…

Kaitlyn Greenidge | Libertie

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 is the author of…

Caleb Azumah Nelson | Open Water

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 Black British artists who find love as…

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…

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