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  • Jonathan Safran Foer | Here I Am

    • Recorded Sep 13, 2016

    Renowned for placing “his reader's hand on the heart of human experience” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Jonathan Safran Foer is the bestselling author of the frenetically irreverent, emotionally urgent novels  Everything Is Illuminated and … more

  • Natashia Deon | Grace

    • Recorded Jul 20, 2016

    Natashia Deón's debut novel Grace depicts the violent, terrifying world of the antebellum South, where the emancipation of slaves can bring anything but freedom. She is "not merely another new author to watch. She has delivered something whole,… more

  • A Conversation with Jerry Pinkney

    • Recorded Jul 19, 2016

    Join us for a celebration of Jerry Pinkney Day! One of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated more than 100 books over the course of his five-decade career. The recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for… more

  • Donald Ray Pollock | The Heavenly Table

    • Recorded Jul 18, 2016

    Evoking a gritty world that’s at once weirdly familiar and utterly a “world unto its own, a world vividly and powerfully brought to life by a literary stylist who packs a punch” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Donald Ray Pollock’s 2008 debut story… more

  • Ben Winters | Underground Airlines

    • Recorded Jul 14, 2016

    Ben Winters is the author of the “bare-boned, raw and honest” ( Cleveland Plain Dealer ) Last Policeman trilogy, a pre-apocalyptic noir series for which he won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Philip K. Dick Award for… more

  • Justin Cronin | The City of Mirrors

    Recorded Jun 16, 2016

    Justin Cronin is acclaimed for the first two “addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying” ( Men’s Journal ) installments of in his vampiric post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Passage and The Twelve . A former creative writing teacher at La Salle… more

  • Alain de Botton | The Course of Love

    Recorded Jun 15, 2016

    “With originality, verve, and wit” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Alain de Botton’s internationally bestselling nonfiction books examine love, work, friendship, travel, and the other fundamentals of everyday life. These works include On Love , How… more

  • Terry McMillan | I Almost Forgot About You

    Recorded Jun 13, 2016  Explicit Content

    “Rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor, and moral heft” ( Los Angeles Times ), Terry McMillan’s bestselling novels include  Waiting to Exhale —a watershed work in contemporary fiction about black women—and  How Stella Got Her Groove Back , “a… more

  • Colm Tóibín, bestselling author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster joins the Rosenbach and the Free Library of Philadelphia to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016. Tóibín will be joined by poet  Eavan Boland , and journalist  Sadhbh… more

  • Jennifer Haigh received the 2003 PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding debut fiction for her novel Mrs. Kimble . Her other books include the novels The Conditio n, Faith , and the New York Times bestseller Baker Towers , as well as News from Heaven… more

  • Louise Erdrich | LaRose

    Recorded May 11, 2016

    A “brilliant chronicler of the American Indian experience” ( Reader’s Digest ), Louise Erdrich revisits the beloved and familiar Ojibwe reservation of her North Dakota childhood—illuminating the mythical and magical in the detail of the… more

  • The “enthralling” ( The Globe and Mail ) Chris Cleave 's debut novel,  Incendiary —in which a grieving mother pens a raw, pleading letter to Osama bin Laden in the wake of a London terrorist attack—received a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was… more

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Sympathizer

    Recorded Apr 19, 2016

    “A frenzied, abrasive, attention-grabbing” ( Wall Street Journal ) debut novel, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer is the story of a South Vietnamese army captain who emigrates to Los Angeles in 1975 at the end of the war. Through his secret… more

  • As a three-decade veteran of The New Yorker ’s copy department, Mary Norris has had the task of maintaining the venerable periodical’s legendary high standards. In her bestselling Confessions of a Comma Queen , a “winningly tender, funny… more

  • Diane McKinney-Whetstone | Lazaretto

    Recorded Apr 11, 2016

    A writer of “wrenching and sweet truths that feel familiar to any reader” ( Philadelphia Magazine ), Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of five acclaimed novels, including Tumbling , Tempest Rising , and Trading Dreams at Midnight , a… more

  • With “an outsize life to match her outsize talent” ( New York Times ), Edna O’Brien is the author of a score of novels, short story collections, biographies, and poetry collections. Due to frank female voices and daring sexual scenes, her first… more

  • Hanya Yanagihara | A Little Life

    Recorded Mar 31, 2016

    A National Book Award finalist and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life is a tragic and transcendent psalm to brotherly love and an unsettling meditation on sexual abuse, suffering, and the difficulties of… more

  • The internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery novels of “brilliant writer” ( New York Times Book Review ) Donna Leon contain “crime writing of the highest order: powerful, relevant and all too full of human failings” ( The… more

  • Naturalist Helen Macdonald won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for the bestselling H Is for Hawk , a “beautiful and nearly feral” ( New York Times ) chronicle of the devastating but transformative year she spent training a goshawk… more

  • “Thrilling and enigmatic” ( New York Times Book Review ), Howard Jacobso n is the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel  The Finkler Question , an unflinching story of friendship and loss. An acerbically funny critic, columnist for The… more