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Tonight marks the official beginning of One Book season! Join us for an evening of reading, conversation, and performance at Parkway Central Library to kick off eight inspired weeks of programming across the city. Tonight's event is free and open to the public! Following a reading from featured selection Another Brooklyn , author… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 17, 2018   

We are just one week away from the Kickoff Event to the One Book, One Philadelphia 2018 season . On Wednesday night, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. you are invited to join us in Parkway Central Library for a free event featuring Another Brooklyn author Jacqueline Woodson, in conversation with WHYY’s Katie Colaneri. They will be… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 10, 2018   

Author Jacqueline Woodson has said that as much as Another Brooklyn is the story of August, who we see progress from childhood to adulthood, it is the story of a place—Bushwick, New York. And just as we get to know the characters and they come alive for us, so too do we readers come to know and feel this pocket in Brooklyn. In… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 3, 2018    1

When Another Brooklyn narrator August moves north with her father and brother, her mother does not go with them, but her absence in Bushwick isn't exactly real. The first sentence of August’s story is: "For a long time, my mother wasn’t dead yet." Her mother remains with her. August waits desperately,… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   December 27, 2017   

"I refused to cover my head in public. Refused to walk through the world as a messenger of Allah’s teachings, ate hot dogs and bacon when I was with my girls. My Muslim beliefs lived just left of my heart. I was leaving space for something more promising. Let her be who she’s trying to become, my father said. Yeah, I… continue reading

By Lo I.   December 20, 2017   

by One Book, One Philadelphia Chair, Marie Field Born and raised in the Bronx, then Queens, I landed in Brooklyn when I moved into my new husband’s efficiency apartment on Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights. That single room contained our everything. And if we wanted a spectacular view, we would go to the roof where we gazed… continue reading

By Administrator   December 13, 2017   

Like the enormous condo building that is being erected on your block right now, the word "gentrification" has loomed large recently. Its definition is tough to pin down and experts have even disagreed on what exactly it is. And yet, we have an idea of what gentrification looks like. We’ve seen it in areas like… continue reading

By Kalela W.   December 6, 2017    1

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