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  • Richard Blanco made history four times at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration: He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the youngest person, and the first openly gay person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. Exploring heritage and… more

  • In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Standing at “the summit of American historical writing” ( Washington Post ),… more

  • Barry Lopez | Horizon

    • Recorded Apr 2, 2019

    Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and Weasel ,… more

  • Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank , a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. In… more

  • Darius James | Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

    • Recorded Mar 12, 2019  Explicit Content

    In conversation with Gene Seymour, contributor to The Nation and former film critic and jazz columnist for Newsday . He has written for Bookforum , CNN.com, and The Washington Post . Author and spoken-word artist Darius James’s 1992 masterpiece,… more

  • Don Winslow | The Border

    • Recorded Feb 28, 2019

    The author of numerous international bestselling crime novels, Don Winslow is the recipient of dozens of awards and spots on myriad best-books-of-the-year lists. These books include The Winter of Frankie Machine , The Force , and Savages , for… more

  • Sigrid Nunez won the 2018 National Book Award for The Friend , “a penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory” (NPR) in which a woman is forced to adopt her deceased best friend’s Great Dane. The recipient of a Berlin Prize, the Rome… more

  • Amidst a climate of division, tumult, and fear, what will the United States look like tomorrow? In A People’s Future of the United States , 25 diverse writers synthesize hopeful, cynical, prescient visions of a country shaped by struggle and… more

  • Social worker, public speaker, community activist, and blogger Feminista Jones is the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water . She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia (… more

  • Penning “nonfiction literature of a high and lasting order” ( Chicago Tribune ), Jane Brox is the author of, among other books, Five Thousand Days Like This One , a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Brilliant: The Evolution of… more

  • Bridgett M. Davis is the author of Into the Go-Slow , the acclaimed story of a young woman traveling from Detroit to Nigeria as she mourns the death of her sister, and Shifting Through Neutral , a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She… more

  • In conversation with Beth Kephart , the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over , Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir , and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River . Delivering “an… more

  • In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education , former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical . Celebrated internationally for a prolific, “achingly beautiful” (… more

  • One Book, One Philadelphia 2019   kicks off with a reading and conversation between Jesmyn Ward, author of the  One Book  featured selection Sing, Unburied, Sing,  and WURD President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. Their talk will be followed by a… more

  • Kristen Roupenian holds a PhD in English from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Originally published in The New Yorker in 2017, her story “Cat Person” garnered national attention for its frank depiction of dating in the digital… more

  • Margaret George ’s fictional biographies of towering world figures—brimming “with lust, violence, cruelty and lively conversation” ( Detroit Free Press ) while adhering as closely as possible to the factual historical record—include Helen of Troy… more

  • Editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP’s flagship periodical, and a former editor and syndicated columnist at the The Washington Post , Jabari Asim is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College. His  many books include The N… more

  • Exploring the nature of family and loss through the derring-do of a Czechoslovakian war hero, Daniel Torday ’s novel  The Last Flight of Poxl West won the National Jewish Book Award, as did his debut novella The Sensualist . The Director of… more

  • Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered

    • Recorded Oct 19, 2018

    With a “special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind” ( New York Times Book Review ), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible , a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the Orange prizes. Her… more

  • Deborah Harkness | Time's Convert

    • Recorded Oct 1, 2018

    Working “her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror” (Chicago Tribune), Deborah Harkness is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the witches-meet-vampires All Souls book trilogy. Acclaim… more