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October 17, 2013

The 215 Festival Returns This Weekend, October 17-20, Spotlighting Philadelphia’s Literary Arts Scene In Four Neighborhoods

After a triumphant revitalization in 2012, The 215 Festival of literary arts in Philadelphia returns this weekend, October 17-20. Hosting writerly events in four neighborhoods of Philadelphia — Callowhill, Fishtown, East Passyunk and Rittenhouse — the festival places the study of letters in the spotlight for four days, highlighting both the local Philly literary scene […]

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June 14, 2013

Celebrate James Joyce’s Iconic Work, Ulysses This Weekend At The Rosenbach Museum And Library’s Annual Bloomsday Festival

This Sunday, June 16, commemorate James Joyce’s historic novel Ulysses at the annual Bloomsday festival at the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Join recent college graduates, Rosenbach employees, professors, actors and other members of the general public as they each read sections from Ulysses to equal out a reading of the book in all its entirety. […]

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April 2, 2013

Coming Soon: The Philadelphia Book Festival Puts Literature In The Spotlight With Author Events At 54 Library Locations, April 14-20

Heads up, bookworms. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s annual Book Festival begins April 14, just in time for National Library Week April 14-20. With events happening at each of the library’s 54 locations throughout the city this year, taking part in this bookish festival will be elementary. Previously held only at the Parkway Central Library, […]

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January 24, 2013

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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January 4, 2013

The Free Library Celebrates The 200th Publication Anniversary Of Pride And Prejudice With A Day-Long Celebration On January 28

January 28, 2013 marks the 200th publication anniversary of Jane Austen’s iconic novel Pride and Prejudice. In honor of the special occasion, the Free Library is hosting “Pride and Prejudice at 200,” a day-long celebration of the novel at the Parkway Central Library, neighborhood libraries around the city and online at See below for […]

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December 10, 2012

Conclusion Of The Free Library’s Year Of Dickens: The Final Month Leaves Plenty Of Time For Last-Minute Celebratory Events

In celebration of the 200th birthday of one of literature’s most iconic authors, Charles Dickens, the Free Library of Philadelphia has been hosting special Dickensian events all year. The Year of the Dickens still has one whole month of celebrating left. And many of the continuing events coincide perfectly with the winter holidays to make […]

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November 29, 2012

The Free Library’s Borrowers’ Ball Is Back This Saturday, December 1

The Free Library’s Borrowers’ Ball and Raven Society Black Tie Holiday Fête will take place this Saturday, December 1. At the smashingest literary party of the year, the Borrowers’ Ball, guests will enjoy a full open bar, dinner by Brulee Catering and dancing beginning at 7 p.m. Plus, the knowledge that they’re contributing to one […]

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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

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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October 30, 2012

The 215 Literary Arts Festival Returns After A Two-Year Absence, Landing In Callowhill November 1-4

There’s a new event on the fall festival circuit this year, the revitalized 215 Festival, hitting Callowhill November 1-4. Founded in Philadelphia in 2001 and returning after a two-year absence, the 215 Festival is a celebration of the written, spoken and visualized word. Sponsored by and Philly Homegrown, this year’s 215 Festival is curated […]

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October 26, 2012

The Free Library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” 2013 Selection Announced; The Program To Return January 17

The Free Library of Philadelphia has just announced The Buddha In The Attic by Julie Otsuka as the featured selection for next year’s “One Book, One Philadelphia”. “One Book, One Philadelphia,” a project developed by the Mayor’s Office and the Free Library with the help of hundreds of community sponsors, is now in its 11th […]

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