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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.

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  • “Few people write about art as beautifully” ( Wall Street Journal ) as Jed Perl, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former 20-year art critic for The New Republic . A longtime contributing editor at Vogue , he has… more

  • Following a viral 2016 Buzzfeed article featuring the assorted musings of his four daughters—the oldest is 7 years old—comedy writer James Breakwell’s jokes have appeared in USA Today, US Magazine , and Huffington Post , among other places. In… more

  • In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY In a publishing career that stretches back more than four decades, Tina Brown has been editor-in-chief of the popular and acclaimed magazines Tatler , Vanity Fair , Talk , and The… more

  • Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book  The End of Nature . His myriad other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth , and Oil and Honey , a call to arms in the fight… more

  • Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

    • Recorded Nov 29, 2017

    Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned bios of Benjamin Franklin, Henry… more

  • Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word , one of cable television’s most watched news and political commentary programs. In addition to writing for a variety of periodicals, including The New York Times , The Washington Post , and… more

  • “By turns grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny” ( New York Times ), Roz Chast has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Chast has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, including several… more

  • Russell Shorto is the author of the bestselling The Island at the Center of World , “a masterpiece of storytelling and first-rate intellectual history” ( Wall Street Journal ) of the forgotten and mythologized Dutch colony of Manhattan. His other… more

  • John Banville | Mrs. Osmond

    • Recorded Nov 14, 2017

    John Banville won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea , a story of loss and the fickle power of memory celebrated for its “power and strangeness and piercing beauty” ( The Washington Post Book World ). His other fiction—including The Book of… more

  • Acclaimed for synthesizing historical insight with wit and exuberance, Gordon S. Wood won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for The Radicalism of the American Revolution , a rollicking and watershed study of the… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Amy Tan

This month we're featuring Amy Tan, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia while on tour for her memoir, Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir. Laura Kovacs spoke to her backstage about what her idea was of a perfect day and what is the value of being a reader. 20th & Vine is behind-the-scenes conversations from the Free Library of Philadelphia's award-winning Author Events series. Subscribe now for more videos with your favorite authors.

Top 10 Podcast Episodes October 2017

Top 10 Livestream Videos October 2017

  1. Van Jones
  2. Amy Tan
  3. Gabrielle Union's Real Life Book Club Tour
  4. Jennifer Egan
  5. Simon Schama
  6. John Hodgman
  7. E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein
  8. Camille Paglia
  9. Mysterious Travelers Featuring Chad Taylor
  10. Irvine Welsh