Ticketed Events

Fall 2019 Ticketed Events

Tickets may be purchased by subscription or individually.


Support the Free Library by becoming a subscriber, and create a series of events that suits your interests. Each subscription package includes a tax-deductible contribution based on the price of the individual events selected. Your contribution helps the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation make possible many of the Library's incredible programs—like the Author Events Series—that enrich the cultural fabric of our region.

Beginning on Friday, September 6, at 10:00 a.m., subscribe online using the links below. Most popular events sell out! Tickets are subject to availability. Please note the Sixer and Twelver ticket packages include donations of $75.00 and $145.00. When ordering a two-seat ticket, note that tix.com counts the ticket as one item, although it represents two seats.

Sixer ($165)*

6 tickets – fall season

Twelver ($325)*

12 tickets – fall season

*Additional charges may apply depending on event selection

George S. Pepper Society: Take A Front-Row Seat

Members of the Pepper Society receive early access to Author Events tickets, reserved seating at ticketed lectures, exclusive access to world-renowned authors, and much more. Contact the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at membership@freelibrary.org or 215-567-7710 for more information about joining the Pepper Society with a contribution of $1,500 or more.

Individual Ticket Orders

Individual tickets go on sale Monday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m. Order online at freelibrary.org/authorevents or by phone at 1-800-595-4TIX (4849).

$15 General Admission
  • $60/$45 Coates - Orchestra—two seats + book/seat + book
  • $35 Coates - Mezzanine—seat + book
  • $30 Coates - Balcony—seat + book
  • $60/$45 Gladwell - Orchestra—two seats + book/seat + book
  • $35 Gladwell - Mezzanine—seat + book
  • $30 Gladwell - Balcony—seat + book
  • $55/$40 Brock - two seats + book/seat + book
  • $50/$35 Bryson - two seats + book/seat + book
  • $47/$32 O'Brien - two seats + book/seat + book
  • $47/$32 Patchett - two seats + book/seat + book
  • $46/$44 Harry - Orchestra—seat + book/Balcony—seat + book
  • $45/$30 Foer - two seats + book/seat + book
  • $44/$42 Smith - Orchestra—seat + book/Balcony—seat + book
  • $38 Atlas Obscura - optional book + ticket
  • $35 Rice - optional book + ticket
  • $34 Rippon - optional book + ticket
  • $34 Rushdie - optional book + ticket
$10 Student Admission
A limited number of rush tickets will be available to students at the door with a current student ID from a two- or four-year college or university. Not available at all events.
$6 Simulcast
Sold-out events only.

Major credit cards accepted. Handling fees: $2 per general admission ticket or $1.25 per student/simulcast ticket purchased online; $3.50 per ticket purchased by phone; $3 mailing fee per complete order. Pick up at Will Call on event night is free. All sales are final.

Seating begins 45 minutes prior to event start time. Late-arriving attendees will be seated at the discretion of management.

Free Events

No tickets or reservations are required for free Author Events unless otherwise noted. Seating is first-come, first-seated.