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While reading There There — Tommy Orange ’s award-winning novel and the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection—I was repeatedly struck by how many references Orange was able to weave into a single, cohesive story. Wars, movements, treaties, bands, brands, places, people, concepts, books, actors, artists,… continue reading

By Clare F.   November 13, 2019   

So, have you started reading There There yet? Back on October 17, the Free Library was pleased to announce , in partnership with the Office of the Mayor , that Tommy Orange 's award-winning debut novel would be the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection for the program's 18th season. The selection committee… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 6, 2019    2

There’s a new book in town! This morning, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, the Free Library announced the title of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection. Are you ready? This year, Philadelphia will be reading… There There by Tommy Orange We are thrilled to share There There by Tommy Orange as… continue reading

By Hannah B.   October 17, 2019   

It seems like just yesterday that thousands of Philadelphians were reading and discussing Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing , the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. There is still time to read it, of course… but you better hurry. There’s a new book in town, and it will be announced next week! The 2020 One… continue reading

By Brittanie S.   October 7, 2019    2

We hate to admit it, but the end of another phenomenal  One Book, One Philadelphia  season is already upon us! We’ve spent the last eight weeks reading, discussing, watching, creating, playing, and enjoying, with dynamic programs all around the city centered around Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing and our… continue reading

By Kate C.   March 13, 2019   

What is a story? Perhaps the question isn’t what , but where . Every story I’ve read has taken me somewhere, twisting and turning the ground under me until I’m in a place I haven’t been before. A good story invites and encompasses the reader, until he or she knows the characters and imagines each scene,… continue reading

By Lo I.   February 27, 2019   

Throughout Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing , we see how the characters connect, or disconnect, from each other. The novel focuses in on relationships and what one needs for such connections to thrive in positive ways. Each of the story’s relationships hones in on what it means to genuinely care for someone—it also… continue reading

By Lo I.   February 13, 2019   



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