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A Continued Discussion on the Topics of Surrealism and Gender

Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. The following is a continuation of a previous blog post on the topics of Surrealism and Gender.…

Celebrating Jacqueline Woodson

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, graduating from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of dozens of award-winning books for young adults, middle…

Surrealism and Gender

Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. During the extended fever dream which we all refer to as COVID quarantine, I picked up a love of…

Create Something New During National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month and a great opportunity to create something new this year for everyone on your D.I.Y gift-giving list. Both the Art and Literature and Science and Wellness departments at Parkway Central Library have…

¡Celebremos la Fiesta del Libro en Español!

The love for the Spanish language and culture can transcend frontiers! The stories, poems and illustrations of the books can reflect personal narratives that touch our collective unconsciousness. A team of talented community…

Uncovering the Real James Bond in the Rare Book Department

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, the intrepid agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service—James Bond, designated Agent 007—has epitomized masculine cool. Everyone knows how he likes his vodka martinis. Everyone knows…

Celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day with Music, Film, and Literature!

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak! Happy Independence Day! This past Saturday, August 14, was Pakistan’s Independence Day. Formed in 1947, Pakistan celebrated 74 years of its independence and freedom from British colonialism and the formation…

Summer Reading with Dena!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, to head to the beach (or a heavily air conditioned reading nook) and dive into some fun reading! Here are some new and newish books that are perfect for giving yourself a mental vacation:…

Central Senior Services Joins Moore College of Art to Fight Social Isolation During Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied the impact of loneliness and social isolation on American seniors and the results are deeply disturbing. Extensive studies of the subject reveal that social isolation of…

10 Great Reads from the Holmesburg Library Book Club

Since 2019, the Holmesburg Library's Book Club has met biweekly to discuss great modern literature, nineteenth-century classics, and historical nonfiction, to name just a few genres. Not even the pandemic could stop the book club…

Creative Writing: Discovering Your Inner Voice

I always wanted to explore creative writing! It’s fascinating to understand what tools and mechanisms writers use to craft a story or a poem. Creating with words is an amazing and fun experience! The pandemic gave me the…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Poetry and Movement Building

by Suzanna Urminska and Sam Perduta Our words carry power—whether as balm or as burnish, our words have the power to come together to form poetry that recalls and reconnects a range of human experiences both personal and…

Newest Episode of "Book Feast" Invites Women to the Table

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, the newest episode of Book Feast uses the luncheon in Virginia Woolf ’s proto-feminist essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) to discuss women’s legacy in literature. The…

Let Culinary Explorations of Literature Nourish You with Book Feast!

Have you ever thought about why we use the same vocabulary to describe consuming food and consuming knowledge? How we’re hungry for the truth, devour a good book, and digest information?  Intellectual nourishment has been so…

Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea. I’ve always been more of a talker…

Healing Verse Philly: a Project from the Poet Laureate

Through the challenges of 2020, one of the abiding sources of relief for many of us has been poetry. More people than ever are looking to the written word for strength, wisdom, and comfort. Even before the pandemic struck, Trapeta B.…

Monday Poets Turns 25! View Ephemera from Over the Years

The Literature Department at Parkway Central Library is celebrating the 25th year of our flagship program, Monday Poets ! Over the years, the department has hosted poets from all over the country, and has always made it their mission to…

In Appreciation of Octavia Butler

That’s all anybody can do right now. Live. Hold out. Survive. I don’t know whether good times are coming back again. But I know that won’t matter if we don’t survive these times. ― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of…

If You Liked Jane Eyre...

...then why not check out these digital titles from the Free Library, specially curated for fans of this beloved English novel? On this day in 1816, Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, England. The third of six children, she and…

Spotlight on Special Collections: When Dickens Met Poe

This blog post is in honor of  Charles Dickens' birthday. The prolific Victorian author of "epic stories" like  Oliver Twist and David Copperfield , was born on Portsea Island off England's south-central…

Monday Poets: Troy Jollimore & Nava EtShalom

Season 28 of Monday Poets, one of the longest continually running programs at the Free Library.

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,…

IN-PERSON - Hannah Tinti, Mira Jacob, Jai Chakrabarti, and Marie-Helene Bertino | Small Odysseys: Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories

REGISTER Hannah Tinti  is the author of the bestselling novels  The Good Thief  and  The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley  and the short story collection  Animal Crackers . A creative writing professor…

Monday Poets: Elaine Terranova & Chris Kondrich

Season 28 of Monday Poets, one of the longest continually running programs at the Free Library. Elaine Terranova  is author of the memoir The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter. Elaine grew up in a working-class neighborhood,…

VIRTUAL - Lee Kravetz | The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

REGISTER In conversation with Joanna Rakoff Lee Kravetz ’s acclaimed nonfiction books include  Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success  and  Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising…

Monday Poets: Marianne Dages & Erica Mena

Season 28 of Monday Poets, one of the longest continually running programs at the Free Library. Marianne Dages is a Philadelphia based artist investigating the crossroads between image, language, and thought. Her work is held in public…

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…

Lions of Brazil: Mônica Carnesi, Golden Lion Tamarins, and Storytelling

Join author and illustrator Mônica Carnesi and staff from the Free Library of Philadelphia, as they discuss her new book, There's a Lion in the Forest! Carnesi will share illustrations, discuss the inspirations for the story,…

Black History Month Virtual Storytime

Join Ms. Susan for storytime featuring new books in celebration of Black History Month. A new storytime will be accessible on Wynnefield Library's Facebook page on Thursday mornings throughout February.

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,…

Black History Month Virtual Storytime

Join Ms. Susan for storytime featuring new books in celebration of Black History Month. A new storytime will be accessible on Wynnefield Library's Facebook page on Thursday mornings throughout February.

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…

Black History Month Virtual Storytime

Join Ms. Susan for storytime featuring new books in celebration of Black History Month. A new storytime will be accessible on Wynnefield Library's Facebook page on Thursday mornings throughout February.

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…

Black History Month Virtual Storytime

Join Ms. Susan for storytime featuring new books in celebration of Black History Month. A new storytime will be accessible on Wynnefield Library's Facebook page on Thursday mornings throughout February.

VIRTUAL - Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts | Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration

REGISTER In conversation with Bernice McFadden The author and co-author of 15 books that explore topics such as faith, race, social justice, and motherhood,  Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts  is a professor of English and…

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…

Chocolate Cake Storytime

Join Ms. Sa-de via Facebook Live for a sweet and delicious Storytime on annual Chocolate Cake Day.             

Poetry in Translation

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Poetry - Novels in Verse

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Poetry - Great Contemporary Poetry

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Literature Criticism Online

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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…

Nikole Hannah-Jones | The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition, and Dr. Anthea Butler, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and Chair of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania Introduced by…

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…

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, …

Rita Dove | Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems

In conversation Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia Poet Laureate Former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Thomas and Beulah , a semi-fictional collection of verse that examined the lives of her…

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