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May 16, 2013

Celebrated Author Alice Walker Comes To The Central Library To Discuss And Sign Her Latest Books, Wednesday, May 29

Celebrated Author Alice Walker Comes To The Central Library To Discuss And Sign Her Latest Books, Wednesday, May 29

On Wednesday, May 29, esteemed author Alice Walker, will be on hand at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Libraryto discuss her newest works, answer audience questions and sign books. Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Walker has been writing novels, short stories, children’s books and poetry for more than 40 […]

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April 16, 2013

Reminder: The Philadelphia Book Festival Is In Full Swing, Now Through April 20

Over the next few days, Philadelphia is celebrating all things literature. The Philadelphia Book Festival is back and lasts until Saturday, April 20. The festival encompasses events at 54 Free Library locations, woah. Stop by your local library to see what’s going on. There are a number of author events and other book-based happenings set to occur. The full lineup of events is available here. Don’t miss the festival wrap-up, check out Risk! a live show of real confessions presented by First Person Arts on Saturday, April 20.

January 24, 2013

Former Vice President Al Gore To Speak At The National Constitution Center, Monday, February 4

Former Vice President Al Gore To Speak At The National Constitution Center, Monday, February 4

Big news, Philadelphia… Former Vice President, Al Gore, will soon be gracing the City of Brotherly Love with his presence. Head out to the National Constitution Center on Monday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his latest book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. Guarantee your spot at this highly anticipated […]

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November 13, 2012

The National Museum Of American Jewish History And The Free Library Team Up To Bring Deb Perelman Of Smitten Kitchen To Philadelphia, Wednesday, December 5

The National Museum Of American Jewish History And The Free Library Team Up To Bring Deb Perelman Of Smitten Kitchen To Philadelphia, Wednesday, December 5

In our modern age of celebrity chefs, primetime food TV and the explosion of the word “foodie” and variations therein, successful food bloggers are basically royalty. Capitalizing on the popularity of one in particular, the National Museum of American Jewish History and Free Library are teaming up to bring Deb Perelman of the preeminent Smitten […]

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February 23, 2012

The Free Library Boasts Several Big-Ticket Author Events In The Pipeline

The Free Library Boasts Several Big-Ticket Author Events In The Pipeline

Lest you forget how contemporary and high-profile Philadelphia’s Free Library system is, striking down any reputation of mustiness or outdatedness, we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of the coolest names coming to town for the library’s Spring 2012 Author Event Series. Check out the lineup: • February 28: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Henry […]

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January 18, 2012

The National Constitution Center To Welcome Vanity Fair Editor Cullen Murphy For A Discussion On His Latest Book, January 24

The National Constitution Center To Welcome Vanity Fair Editor Cullen Murphy For A Discussion On His Latest Book, January 24

From the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquisition to the burning of books in modern day Florida, Cullen Murphy, award-winning author and editor-at-large of Vanity Fair, takes you on a historical journey with his latest book, God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World. If political page-turners are your cup of tea, […]

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January 5, 2012

Roundup: Our Top Picks For Weeknight Indoor Fun In Philadelphia, Just In Time For The Frosty Weather

Roundup: Our Top Picks For Weeknight Indoor Fun In Philadelphia, Just In Time For The Frosty Weather

Philadelphia’s midweek nightlife rocks just as hard as the weekends. Choose from classic movies, dance classes, concerts, cooking classes, museum happy hours, even drag nights, as alternatives to the bustling bar scene in Philadelphia (although we can help you out with some suggestions for high-quality sips as well). Check out our top picks, below, for […]

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December 29, 2011

Free Library Spring 2012 Author Event Tickets Go On Sale January 12

Free Library Spring 2012 Author Event Tickets Go On Sale January 12

The Free Library has announced its lineup for the Spring 2012 Author Event Series, and there are some serious names coming to town. A sampling of the series includes: Anne Rice (February 14), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (February 28), Jodi Picoult (March 5), Jonathan Safran Foer (March 8), Jeanette Winterson (March 20) and the venerable […]

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December 5, 2011

Dickens Descendant Gerald Charles Headed To Philadelphia December 9 To Help Celebrate His Great-Great-Grandfather’s 200th Birthday

Dickens Descendant Gerald Charles Headed To Philadelphia December 9 To Help Celebrate His Great-Great-Grandfather's 200th Birthday

Philadelphia’s Dickens delirium continues with a visit from Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dicken himself. Gerald is coming to the Free Library this Friday, December 9 to help celebrate his ancestor’s upcoming 200th birthday, and supplement the Free Library’s year-long celebration of the famed writer, complemented by other festivals and events throughout the […]

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November 29, 2011

The 4th Annual Narberth Dickens Festival Transforms The Town Into 1840s London On December 10: Victorian Top Hat Contest, Hot Toddies, Carriage Rides, Gypsy Fortune Tellers And Much More

The 4th Annual Narberth Dickens Festival Transforms The Town Into 1840s London On December 10: Victorian Top Hat Contest, Hot Toddies, Carriage Rides, Gypsy Fortune Tellers And Much More

This is a big moment for iconic English author Charles Dickens. Not only is it the time of year that families around the world revisit and rejoice in his yuletide classic “A Christmas Carol,” but we are also approaching his 200th birthday. And in honor of that milestone, the Free Library (home to one of […]

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