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We're wrapping up the 2022 One Book season with a very special event on June 15, and we hope you can join us for it! For several weeks we've been discussing the One Book selection, My Broken Language , Quiara Alegría Hudes's memoir of growing up in 1980s and '90s Philadelphia. One of the main themes… continue reading

By Brittanie S.    June 7, 2022   

It is the 20th year of the One Book, One Philadelphia project, and as special as that is on its own, it is made all the more exciting due to the fact that this year’s title,  My Broken Language  by Quiara Alegría Hudes, is a love letter to the city of Philadelphia.  The book breathes with Philly… continue reading

By Nell M.    May 16, 2022   

It's the eve of the 20th season of  One Book, One Philadelphia , and the opening event is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., featuring a conversation with Quiara Alegría Hudes—the author of the One Book 2022 featured title,  My Broken Language —and Lilliam Rivera,… continue reading

By Nell M.    April 26, 2022   

"We are books. We are these vessels of information, stories, inspiration, love." — Mieka Moody, librarian and One Book selection committee member Reflecting on 20 years of the One Book, One Philadelphia program, we are truly so excited for what will come in the next decades, including what we'll be reading and all… continue reading

By Brittanie S.    April 5, 2022   

"Our goal is to always promote literacy, encourage civic dialog, and amplify community storytelling." – Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia. This year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes , commemorates 20 years of the city-wide program. Free Library Director,… continue reading

By Mary Marques    March 3, 2022   

On the eve of One Book, One Philadelphia’s 20th anniversary year in 2022, now is a good time to look back at the past two decades of a citywide tradition that has only blossomed with age. When this program began in 2002, I was only six years old and lived halfway across the country. Since I’ve moved to… continue reading

By Nell M.    December 15, 2021   

Eight weeks of programs diving into The Tradition , Jericho Brown’s collection of poetry and the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 title , have gone by in the blink of an eye. We read, we wrote, we danced, we made music and art, and we discussed. We joined workshops, panels, and lectures led by Philly's incredibly talented and… continue reading

By Brittanie S.    June 7, 2021   

This year’s One Book, One Philadelphia youth titles are Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X and Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins—both written in verse. While novels in verse are nothing new, with some of the first novels in existence being verse poems—such as The Tale of Genji , The Odyssey , and The Iliad… continue reading

By Nell M.    April 27, 2021   

2021 One Book, One Philadelphia