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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.

Recent Episodes

  • Tom Perrotta | Mrs. Fletcher

    • Recorded Sep 19, 2017

    “A daring chronicler of our most profound anxieties and human desires” ( Washington Post ), Tom Perrotta is the author of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed novels of our time, including Election , which was adapted into an… more

  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern , Stephen Greenblatt is widely acclaimed as the father of New Historicism, which strives to understand works of literature within their historical… more

  • A “fiction pioneer, toying with fresh ways of rendering experience and emotion” ( NPR ), Nicole Krauss is the bestselling author of the acclaimed novels Man Walks into a Room, The History of Love , and Great House . Named one of Granta’s Best… more

  • With a career spanning four decades, 26 studio albums, and untold scores of concerts, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the world’s most loved singer-songwriters. A prolific actor in a variety of television and film roles, he can also boast of… more

  • In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of highly classified information that exposed astonishingly widespread mass U.S. surveillance overreach on a variety of… more

  • In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker , Lawrence Wright won the Pulitzer Prize for The… more

  • In conversation with Dena Heilik, Department Head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction department of the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles, the… more

  • Zinzi Clemmons | What We Lose

    • Recorded Jul 13, 2017

    A cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor for Literary Hub , Zinzi Clemmons has had work published in a variety of literary magazines, including Zoetrope: All Story, The Paris Review Daily , and Transition .… more

  • In conversation with Bill Marimow, editor at large, The Philadelphia Inquirer “One of the most intense, visceral” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for  The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the… more

  • Music historian Harvey Sachs’s many books include The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 , a biography of Arthur Rubenstein, and two collections of essays on musical subjects. He has written for dozens of newspapers, magazines, and literary… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Loudon Wainwright III and Eileen Myles

This month we're featuring Loudon Wainwright III and Eileen Myles, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia while on tour for their memoirs, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things and Afterglow (a dog memoir), respectively. Laura Kovacs spoke to them backstage about books, music, and creating a Cabinet of Culture. 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 August 2017

Top 10 Livestream Videos August 2017

  1. Camille Paglia
  2. Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
  3. Mark Bowden
  4. Cheech Marin
  5. Lee Child
  6. David Baron
  7. Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. Jill Lepore
  9. Misty Copeland
  10. Garry Kasparov