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  • Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec , an “ambitious . . . beautiful” ( New York Times ) American Book Award–winning poetry collection that ruminates on her sibling’s drug addiction. A former professional basketball player,… more

  • In conversation with Chris Jackson, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, One World; and  Khadijah Costley White, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University Winning on a platform of prison reform in a city… more

  • In conversation with Carrie Rickey, writer and former film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer Phillip Lopate’s “observant, elegiac, and far-reaching” ( New York Times ) essay collections include Bachelorhood , Against Joie de Vivre , and… more

  • Sonia Sanchez | Collected Poems

    • Recorded Apr 13, 2021

    In conversation with M. Nzadi Keita, Poet-in-Residence, Associate Professor; co-coordinator, African-American/Africana Studies at Ursinus College, and author of Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the life of Anna Murray Douglass Referred to by… more

  • Blake Bailey | Philip Roth: The Biography

    • Recorded Apr 12, 2021

    In conversation with Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Border , The Force ,  The Cartel, Power of the Dog , Savages,  and  Broken , his new collection of six short novels. Blake Bailey is acclaimed for his “meticulously… more

  • NOTE: SIGNED BOOKS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. ALL TICKETS BOUGHT AFTER 5:50 P.M (EST) ON EVENT DAY ARE FOR ENTRY WITH AN UNSIGNED BOOK INCLUDED. PURCHASE TICKETS In conversation with musician, novelist, and teacher Wesley Stace “One of rock’s MVPs since… more

  • In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel Introduced by Virginia Sanchez Quiara Alegría Hudes won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play  Water by the Spoonful , a story of “shimmering, sustaining warmth” ( New… more

  • Pine Tree Foundation Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist “A renaissance man…driven by a joyful desiredrive to discover” ( The Times of London ), Walter Isaacson is the author of definitive and… more

  • In conversation with Deb Perelman Reem Kassis is the author of  The Palestinian Table , a guide to Middle Eastern cooking woven together through recipes, regional history, and three generations of family traditions. Praised by fellow… more

  • In conversation with Bob Mankoff, cartoonist, cartoon and humor editor for  Esquire, and former cartoon editor, The New Yorker Across the political spectrum, throughout history, the U.S. public has demanded the suppression of ideas and images… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Gish Jen.

This month we're featuring Gish Jen who visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her latest novel The Resisters. The author spoke backstage with Laura Kovacs about the roll books play in her life. 20th & Vine features 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.

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