Tagged Literature

The Year of James Baldwin: Kick-Off Event and Programming

Join the Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. for Inaugurating the Year of James Baldwin: God’s Revolutionary Voice . The event will take place in the Skyline Room on the Fourth…

Virtual Monday Poets - Now in its 28th season!

Monday Poets is one of the longest continuously running programs at the Free Library, currently in its 28th season. Join us for a very special virtual event on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Airea D.…

Explore Creative Careers with Field Teen Center!

Throughout the month of July, Field Teen Center recorded interviews with a voice actor, four game designers, and a comic book writer. If you’re interested in creative jobs or if you just want to learn more about how your favorite…

Bloomsday is back!

The Rosenbach's annual Bloomsday festival is BACK on Delancey Place after a two-year hiatus. Join the celebration on Thursday, June 16 anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. What  is  Bloomsday? Bloomsday is the day…

Dracula at 125

Written by Edward P. On May 26, 1897, visitors to bookshops in London found a new book, for just six shillings, published by Constable and Co., bound in a lurid yellow cloth cover with blood red letters announcing its strange…

Rosemary for Shakespeare

Written by Isabel S. April 23 marks the day that we traditionally celebrate William Shakespeare’s birth and deathday, though neither of those occasions are confirmed to have actually been on the 23rd. Shakespeare was baptized on…

The lyrical speaker: Finding your own voice through poetry!

“La poesía es un espacio de libertad/ Poetry is a space of freedom”. Carlos José Pérez Sámano, Mexican poet and writer Poetry explores the language and its limitations. It’s a way to get…

Newspapers: A Guide Into the Past

Many of us may get our news from online sources these days—social media feeds provide a constant source of information about everything from policy proposals, the weather, celebrity news, and more, as the events unfold in…

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…

Treasures from the Literature Vault

Do you love old books? Then join us for Treasures from the Vault– a casual, hands-on book club program spotlighting items from the Literature vault! The vault, home to our closed reference collections, is a treasure trove of…

MK Asante | Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony

REGISTER MK Asante is a writer, filmmaker, and hip-hop artist, and recipient of the Langston Hughes Award. His books include  It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop , the poetry collection  Like Water Running Off My Back , and…

Colm Tóibín | Long Island: A Novel

TICKETS “His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” (Los Angeles Times) ,  Colm Tóibín  is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories,…

Renée Watson | skin & bones: A Novel

REGISTER Renée Watson is the no. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of 15 young adult books, including  Piecing Me Together , which earned a Coretta Scott King Award and a Newbery Honor; …

Erik Larson | The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

TICKETS “America’s most compelling popular historian” (The Christian Science Monitor) ,  Erik Larson  is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed books, including  The Splendid and the Vile ,…

Karen Valby | The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History

REGISTER Featuring: Lydia Abarça, Sheila Rohan, Marcia Sells, and Karlya Shelton In conversation with Shelly Power, The Dr. Carolyn Newsom Executive Director, Philadelphia Ballet Karen Valby ’s  The…

Treasures from the Literature Vault

Do you love old books? Then join us for Treasures from the Vault– a casual, hands-on book club program spotlighting items from the Literature vault! The vault, home to our closed reference collections, is a treasure trove of…

Una Voz por la Paz, la Concordia y la Armonía: X Festival Internacional de Poesía en Filadelfia (En persona en el restaurante Alma del Mar)

Una Voz por la Paz, la Concordia y la Armonía, el X Festival Internacional de Poesía en Filadelfia , celebrado en el marco del XVIII Festival Internacional de Poesía (FIP) Palabra en el Mundo , congregará…

Amy Tan | The Backyard Bird Chronicles

TICKETS A “master of illusion, and one of the best storytellers around” (NPR),  Amy Tan  is the author of the beloved novels  The Joy Luck Club , a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book…

One Book, One Philadelphia: True Biz Discussion

Join the Charles Santore Library for a discussion of the One Book, One Philadelphia selection.  True Biz  is a fast-moving novel following students of the fictional River Valley School for the Deaf,…

Encontrar Nuestra Voz: Taller de Poesía (Salón virtual) | Finding Our Voice: Poetry Workshop (Virtual room)

Nos complace presentar, Encontrar Nuestra Voz: Taller de Poesía , un evento que se llevará a cabo por cuarta vez en el marco del XVIII Festival Internacional de Poesía (FIP) Palabra en el Mundo , celebrando este…

Lydia Millet | We Loved it All: A Memory of Life

REGISTER Praised for her “darkly funny and painfully sharp” ( Los Angeles Times ) fiction, Lydia Millet is the author of the novel  A Children’s Bible , shortlisted for the National Book Award and a…

Stacey Abrams | Rogue Justice: A Thriller

TICKETS In conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Tracey Matisak Stacey Abrams  is the Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics at Howard University. After serving eleven years in the…

Julia Alvarez | The Cemetery of Untold Stories: A Novel

TICKETS Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture Awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2013, poet, essayist, and fiction writer Julia Alvarez is renowned for her lyrical, poignant, politically insightful books. These many…

Treasures from the Literature Vault

Do you love old books? Then join us for Treasures from the Vault– a casual, hands-on book club program spotlighting items from the Literature vault! The vault, home to our closed reference collections, is a treasure trove of…

M. Nzadi Keita | Migration Letters: Poems

REGISTER In conversation with Herman Beavers M. Nzadi Keita  is the author of the poetry collection  Brief Evidence of Heaven , a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Prize that explored the life of Anna Murray Douglass,…

Hala Alyan | The Moon That Turns You Back: Poems with Rahul Mehta | Feeding the Ghosts: Poems

REGISTER Hala Alyan’s novel  Salt Houses , a “heart-wrenching, lyrical and timely” ( Dallas Morning News ) study of three generations in a Palestinian family, won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Arab…

Jenny Jackson | Pineapple Street: A Novel

REGISTER In conversation with Lexy Bloom “A delicious new Gilded Age family drama—almost a satire—set in the leafy enclaves of Brooklyn Heights” ( Vogue ), Jenny Jackson’s  Pineapple Street…

Monday Poets Continues!

For March we introduce to you two powerhouses in the Philadelphia Poetry scene.  We will present inside the Art & Literature Department on the 2nd floor at @6pm.  The event is free and no need to register.  There will…

Nam Le | 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

REGISTER In conversation with Airea Dee Matthews Referred to by Nick Cave as “exquisitely crafted fire bombs of incandescent rage,”  Nam Le ’s  36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem  is a debut…

Poetry in Translation

Take pleasure in reading poets from other languages and cultures.

Poetry - Novels in Verse

Poetry with special appeal for tweens and teens.

Poetry - Great Contemporary Poetry

Selections from the Literature Department.

PressReader including the Economist Magazine

Access more than 6,300+ newspapers from the US and around the world in 60 languages from 120 countries in image view including the Guardian, Daily Mail, Der Tagesspiegel, Libération, China Daily, and La Razon. List to the articles in…

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LitFinder

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…

Literature Criticism Online

This extensive compilation of literary commentary represents a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres. Covers Children’s, Classical, Contemporary, Drama, Poetry, Shakespearean,…

Gale OneFile | High School Edition (formerly InfoTrac Student Edition) *

High school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political…

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis)

Cross-search all of Gale’s literature databases from a single digital space to find biographies, primary sources, contextual reference, and criticism. Includes Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author, LitFinder,…

Gale in Context | Middle School (formerly Research in Context) *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

Gale in Context | Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits) *

Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids…

America's Historical Imprints

Explore the nation’s past in unprecedented ways. Includes books, pamphlets, broadsides and other scarce printed material, centuries of American history, literature, culture, and daily life, and extensive indexing and full bibliographic…

Academic OneFile

More than 20,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily Full text of The…

Marcus Anthony Hunter | Radical Reparations: Healing the Soul of a Nation

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6abc Action News morning edition. Co-promoted by the American Constitution Society The Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences Division, Professor of Sociology & African American…

Maura Cheeks | Acts of Forgiveness: A Novel

In conversation with Zoe Sivak Maura Cheeks  is the author of  Acts of Forgiveness , a debut novel that imagines a contemporary moment in which our government has approved reparations for Black Americans—but only if they can prove they…

Phillip B. Williams | Ours: A Novel

In conversation with Airea D. Matthews Phillip B. Williams  is the author of two acclaimed poetry collections,  Thief in the Interior , which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a Lambda Literary Award; and  Mutiny , which was a…

Calvin Trillin | The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press

In conversation with Bill Marimow “Perhaps the finest reporter in America” ( The Miami Herald ),  Calvin Trillin  has written more than 400 nonfiction and comic articles for  The New Yorker  since 1963. His book include  U.S. Journal …

Grace Lin | Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite American Chinese Foods

In conversation with Ellen Yin A  New York Times  bestselling children’s author and illustrator,  Grace Lin  earned the Newbery Honor for  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon , the Theodor Geisel Honor for  Ling and Ting , and the…

Paul Lynch | Prophet Song: A Novel

In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace  Paul Lynch  won the 2023 Booker Prize for  Prophet Song , a “brilliant, haunting” and “crucial book for our current times ( The Guardian ) that tells the dystopian but plausible…

Kiley Reid | Come and Get It

In conversation with Niela Orr A “hilarious, uncomfortable and compulsively readable story about race and class” ( TIME ),  Kiley Reid ’s novel  Such a Fun Age  tells the story of a young Black babysitter and her well-intentioned but…

Susan Muaddi Darraj | Behind You Is the Sea: A Novel

Susan Muaddi Darraj  won the 2016 American Book Award, the 2016 Arab American Book Award, and was a finalist for the Palestine Book Award for  A Curious Land , a collection of linked stories that follows the denizens of a Palestinian…

Sigrid Nunez | The Vulnerables: A Novel with Henry Hoke | Open Throat: A Novel

Sigrid Nunez won the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend , a “beautiful” novel “crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love” ( The Wall Street Journal ) in which a woman is forced to adopt her deceased best…

Alice McDermott | Absolution

In conversation with Nomi Eve “Filled with so much universal experience, such haunting imagery, such urgent matters of life and death” ( The New York Times ), Alice McDermott’ s bestselling novels include Someone ; Charming Billy ,…

Cristina García | Vanishing Maps: A Novel

In conversation with Rebeca L. Hey-Colón, Professor of Latinx Studies, Temple University Cristina García  is the author of eight “languid and sensual, curt and surprising” ( The New York Times Book Review ) novels, including  The Lady…

Melissa Broder | Death Valley: A Novel with Hilary Leichter | Terrace Story: A Novel

Melissa Broder is the author of Milk Fed , the “sensuous and delightfully delirious tale” ( O, The Oprah Magazine ) of a calorie-obsessed lapsed Jewish woman who falls under the spell of a zaftig Orthodox frozen yogurt store employee.…

Tim O'Brien | America Fantastica: A Novel

In conversation with Andy Kahan Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture “As good as any piece of literature can get” ( Chicago Sun Times ), Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics…

Ayana Mathis | The Unsettled: A Novel

In conversation with Asali Solomon Ayana Mathis is the author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie , “a remarkable page-turner of a novel” ( Chicago Tribune ) that follows the harrowing fortunes of a 15-year-old from Georgia to Philadelphia…

Safiya Sinclair | How to Say Babylon: A Memoir

In conversation with Airea D Matthews Hailed by Tara Westover as “Dazzling. Potent Vital. A light shining on the path of self-deliverance,”  Safiya Sinclair ’s memoir  How to Say Babylon  recounts her struggle to break free from her…

Emily Wilson | The Iliad

In conversation with Sheila Murnaghan, chair of the classics department at the University of Pennsylvania “A cultural landmark” ( The Guardian ), Emily Wilson ’s 2017 translation of The Odyssey was hailed for its fresh and unpretentious…

Jennifer Weiner | The Breakaway

Jennifer Weiner  is the no. 1  New York Times  bestselling author of more than a dozen “funny, fanciful, extremely poignant” ( The Boston Globe ) novels, including  That Summer ,  Mrs. Everything ,  Who Do You Love ,  All Fall Down , …

James McBride | The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

James McBride  is the author of the National Book Award-winning  The Good Lord Bird , “a brilliant romp of a novel” ( The New York Times Book Review ) in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s doomed…

One Book One Philadelphia Finale: Author Conversation with Charles Yu

Join us at the Community College of Philadelphia for a celebration to conclude the One Book, One Philadelphia 2023 season. This event will feature an in-person conversation between Charles Yu and Dr. Michelle Myers, associate professor…

Geraldine Brooks | Horse

Geraldine Brooks won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her novel  March , an “honorable, elegant, and true” ( The Wall Street Journal ) retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s  Little Women  from the point of view of the titular family’s absent…