Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Library Announces Spring Author Event Series

Tickets for Spring Author Events at the Free Library of Philadelphia go on sale Tuesday, January 5 at 10:00 AM!

Subscription Orders 
The library is pleased to continue to offer Flexible Subscription Packages. Purchasing a subscription package is a great way to show your support for this award-winning program. 
Subscribe online and use the code Sixer or Twelver as your presale code when placing your package order. Subscribers are encouraged to place their orders before individual tickets go on sale on January 5, as most popular events sell out. Tickets are subject to availability. Please note the Sixer and Twelver ticket packages include donations of $75.00 and $145.00. 

Single Ticket Orders  
Order single tickets online at or by phone at 1-800-595-4TIX (4849).

Free Events
No tickets or reservations are required for free Author Events. Visit us online for details about all of these events and more.
See you at the Library!
Ticketed Author Event Series Highlights 

Joel Grey | Master of Ceremonies   
Thursday, February 25, 2016 
The Oscar and Tony Award-winner tells the story of an extraordinary performative life and the man behind the makeup.

Cory Booker | United
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The energetic young senator explains the necessity of reorienting civil discourse around empathy and solidarity.

Shirin Ebadi | Until We are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran  
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning lawyer's story of her continued defense of women and children against a brutal regime.   

Buzz Aldrin | No Dream Is Too High
Thursday, April 7, 2016  
The Apollo 11 astronaut illustrates the finely honed principles and lessons taught by his extraordinary life.

Arianna Huffington | The Sleep Revolution
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The founder of The Huffington Post and one of Forbes' Most Powerful Women calls for a renewed relationship with sleep.

Free Author Event Series Highlights

Mark Bowden | The Three Battles of Wanat: And Other True Stories 
In conversation with Buzz Bissinger 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
A collection of award-winning journalism from the bestselling author of Black Hawk Down

Karen Finley | Shock Treatment: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition  
Thursday, February 11, 2016
The firebrand artist presents a new edition of her seminal work about homophobia, misogyny, and rebellion.

Hanya Yanagihara | A Little Life
Thursday, March 31, 2016
In conversation with Andy Kahan
A National Book Award finalist and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, A Little Life is a tragic and transcendent psalm to brotherly love.

James McBride | Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The National Book Award-winning author of The Good Lord Bird uncovers the influences that shaped James Brown.

Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Sympathizer 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
"A frenzied, abrasive, attention-grabbing" (Wall Street Journal) story of a South Vietnamese army captain who immigrates to Los Angeles at the end of the war

Free Library Author Events
Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Director, Author Events
Laura Kovacs, Associate Director
Jason Freeman, Program Associate

phone: 215-567-4341 
Join the library online for event news, updates, and more!

General Information
Author Events are held in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, unless noted. Events generally consist of a talk by the author and a Q & A period with the audience followed by a book signing. Books are sold on-site. Seating begins 45 minutes prior to event start times. No tickets or reservations are required for Free Author Events. 

Live American Sign Language translation of Author Events is provided upon request. Please call the Author Events Office at least two weeks in advance to request this service.

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