Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Upcoming At The Philadelphia Free Library!

Finally Confirmed: Margo Jefferson | Negroland
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341
A former longtime theater and book reviewer for Newsweek and the New York Times, Margo Jefferson won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for her astute cultural criticism. Her new memoir Negroland explores the author's upbringing and education amongst a black elite at odds with the contradictions of white America and itself. Ms. Jefferson will join Leonard Pitts, Jr. at this event.

Lee Child | Make Me   
In conversation with Linda Fairstein 
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE 
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341

Internationally celebrated author Lee Child is best known for his thriller series starring Jack Reacher, "one of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes" (Washington Post). Ten of these 20 books have become no. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Child's debut novel, Killing Floor, won Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Mystery, and he has also published short stories in a panoply of publications and produced a 17-part serial thriller. An eponymously titled Jack Reacher film starring Tom Cruise premiered in 2012, a sequel to which is now in development. In his newest adventure, Child's resourceful protagonist finds intrigue in the tiny town of Mother's Rest. In conversation with Linda Fairstein, bestselling novelist and former chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney's office in Manhattan.
Wil Haygood | Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM; buy tickets online>>

A Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist with an illustrious 30-year career, Wil Haygood is most famous for his 2008 Washington Post article, "A Butler Well Served By This Election," a story about the White House steward who bore witness to some of 20th century America's most notable events and figures. He later adapted the article into a book that has been translated into a dozen languages. The article was also adapted into the critically acclaimed film The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker. Haygood is also the author of popular biographies of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., and Sugar Ray Robinson. His new book offers a revealing portrait of the 40-year career of one of the most transformative legal figures in the United States.

Jojo Moyes | After You   
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM; FREE   
No tickets or reservations required. For more info: 215-567-4341

"Funny and moving but never predictable" (USA Today), British writer Jojo Moyes is the author of a dozen popular romance novels. She is perhaps best known for 2012's Me Before You, a nominee for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards and a New York Times bestseller. One of the few two-time winners of the Romantic Novelists' Association's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, her work has sold millions of copies and has been translated into 11 languages. In After You, Moyes returns to the characters of Me Before You in the homey story of a plucky young woman and the family of the man she loves.

Of Interest
Edgar Allan Poe Reading Group   
Saturdays, 2-4 PM: October 3, October 27, November 7, November 21, December 5   
Parkway Central Library, Rare Book Department, 3rd Floor

In partnership with the Free Library's Rare Book Department, the Rosenbach presents the Edgar Allan Poe Reading Group. Providing a supportive community for those newly introduced to Poe, and a deeper experience for Poe fans, this Reading Group will feature guided discussion, led by instructor Edward G. Pettit, of a variety of reading assignments from week-to-week. Participants will have the opportunity to view some of the Rare Book Department's impressive Poe holdings as part of each session. Tuition: $250. To register please call 215-732-1600, ext. 100 or e-mail  

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 

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