The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.

Recent Episodes

  • In conversation with Fat Joe , rapper, producer, platinum recording artist, and host of the Fat Joe Show Named the first chairman of the Jordan Brand Advisory Board in January 2019, Larry Miller led Michael Jordan’s $200-million basketball shoe… more

  • In conversation with Michael Days A sports columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 2013, Mike Sielski is the author of Fading Echoes , the true story of two Pennsylvania high school football rivals who later found brotherhood while in the… more

  • In conversation with Tracey Matisak , award-winning journalist and broadcaster Renowned for his “signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling ( The New York Times Book Review ),” Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for … more

  • Nadifa Mohamed | The Fortune Men

    • Recorded Dec 15, 2021

    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 the writer… more

  • Watch the event here . In conversation with Dorothy Roberts Sandra Shaber Memorial Lecture Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,”  Kathryn Kolbert  made history in 1992 when she argued the… more

  • Edward Sorel | Profusely Illustrated

    • Recorded Dec 9, 2021

    Watch the video on our youtube channel. In conversation with Signe Wilkinson “One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( The New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for  The New… more

  • 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 of… more

  • Rumaan Alam | Leave the World Behind

    • Recorded Dec 2, 2021

    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 merit” ( The… more

  • 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 recently  The… more

  • 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 novels The… more

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