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Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

United States

215-686-5322

Type: Library

Web site: http://www.freelibrary.org/

Events: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/calb…

Twitter account: @FreeLibrary

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description: between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway

Wifi Access: http://www.freelibrary.org/libserv/wirelessconnect.htm

Monday - Wednesday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Added by: froggie.  Contacted: Not contacted.  Venue ID: 3303

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Garrison Keillor will be at the Library on Sunday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Website: www.freelibrary.org, click on Author Events.
September 2008 by librarybkworm
I'm a little confused, the website has Garrison Keillor listed as coming on October 5th.
September 2008 by biblioholic29

Upcoming events

Sep
20
Jill Lepore | These Truths: A History of the United States (Thursday, September 20 at 7:30pm)
An historian whose “discipline is worthy of a first-class detective” (New York Review of Books), Jill Lepore is the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, the story of Benjamin Franklin’s beloved but often-overlooked sister Jane; New York Burning, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a revelatory feminist origin story of one of the most popular superheroes of all time. Her new book is an ambitious biography of the United States, as told through the intersection of politics, technology, journalism, and sketches of greater- and lesser-known leaders, mischief makers, and visionaries. (queenfrostine23)… (more)
Oct
1
Deborah Harkness at the Free Library (Monday, October 1 at 7:30pm)
Working “her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror” (Chicago Tribune), Deborah Harkness is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the witches-meet-vampires All Souls book trilogy. Acclaim for this work’s historical and technical accuracy is unsurprising, given that she holds a doctorate in the history of magic and science in Europe, has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious libraries, and taught medical history at Northwestern University. From present-day Europe to the American colonies during the Revolutionary War, Time’s Convert takes a bite into new material as it spins off from the All Souls universe.

Signing guidelines:

- Ms. Harkness will personalize books with your first name and her signature. No messages or dates.
- If you would like a picture, please have your camera ready to hand to a volunteer when you reach the front of the line. (queenfrostine23)
… (more)
Oct
16
Joseph Ellis | American Dialogue: The Founders and Us (Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30pm)
A “sure-handed and entertaining guide through the thickets of argument, personality and ideology out of which the American nation emerged” (The Economist), historian Joseph Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers, a thoughtful exploration of the gifted but flawed men who conjured America; and the National Book Award for American Sphinx, a portrait of Thomas Jefferson. His body of work also includes His Excellency: George Washington, First Family: Abigail and John Adams, and Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence. His new book examines the profoundly relevant views of the Founding Fathers as they pertain to the current American landscape of turmoil and division. (queenfrostine23)… (more)
Oct
19
Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered (Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm)
With a “special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind” (New York Times Book Review), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible, a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the Orange prizes. Her other novels include The Bean Trees, The Lacuna, and Flight Behavior. She is founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, winner of the National Humanities Medal, and recipient of the James Beard Award. Unsheltered tells the story of a woman who, amid familial strife and sea change, researches the history of her rural New Jersey home and discovers a kindred spirit in its harried 19th century occupant. (queenfrostine23)… (more)
Nov
6
B.A. Shapiro | The Collector’s Apprentice (Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm)
“Vibrant and suspenseful” (The Washington Post), B. A. Shapiro’s New York Times bestselling novels include The Safe Room, The Muralist, and The Art Forger, an exacting tale of stolen paintings, Faustian bargains, and the heart’s foolish choices. She also wrote the nonfiction book The Big Squeeze and four screenplays. In The Collector’s Apprentice, loosely inspired by the lives of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia, Shapiro hopscotches between 1920s Paris and Philadelphia with the story of a wronged young woman seeking love, revenge, and the recovery of her father’s art collection amid expatriates, charlatans, and post-Impressionists. (queenfrostine23)… (more)
Nov
13
H.W. Brands | Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants (Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm)
“Master storyteller” (Christian Science Monitor) H. W. Brands was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin (The First American) and Franklin Roosevelt (Traitor to His Class). Exploring such diverse subjects as Aaron Burr, Ronald Reagan, the California gold rush, Andrew Jackson, the Vietnam War, and Bill Gates, his more than two dozen books “weave together keen political history with anecdote and marvelous sense of place” (The Boston Globe). Brands returns with the story of the early 19th--century political giants who took up the daunting challenge of completing the constitutional work begun by the Founding Fathers. (queenfrostine23)… (more)
Nov
27
Andrew Delbanco | The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War (Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30pm)
“America’s best social critic” (Time), Andrew Delbanco is the author of numerous books that explore American history, character, and ideals, including The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope, The Puritan Ordeal, and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter. His essays on history and culture are frequently featured in The New York Review of Books. President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal in 2012. The War Before the War tells the antebellum story of how two Americas—one enslaved and the other free—created an inexorable path toward the Civil War. (queenfrostine23)… (more)

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