Winthrop Little, star of Wayne, Pennsylvania’s Jeffrey Martin’s children’s eBook series, “The Memoirs of Winthrop Little.”
The Memoirs of Winthrop Little is an interactive children’ book series app dreamt up by Wayne resident and architect Jeffrey Martin.
The story is written by an adorable teddy bear named Winthrop Little, and it just so happens to serve as a valuable learning tool for tots. It teaches young readers common life values (sharing, kindness, teamwork) while showing them a good time with a slew of interactive features, like moving photos, sidebars with additional facts about Winthrop’s life and personality and more.
“I love to read and I noticed over the past several years how the whole demeanor of books has changed,” Martin says. “I thought, ‘gee, if the future of books is going to be electronic, we’re really missing out on something.’”
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Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben will be back in the area Tuesday night for a show at The Ardmore Music Hall. He has produced four albums: Aiming for Honesty (2008); The Ones That Matter (2012); Thoughts I’ve Never Had Before, Part 1 (2012); and Part 2 (2012). Ruben’s four albums were produced independently of major record labels. “I’ve worked with some big companies in the past, never really found a perfect fit,” Ruben says. “I’ve been fortunate to do this full-time and make a living.”
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This April, there are several author events in Philadelphia. Here are the four we’re most excited for:
You probably read her books in high school — or saw your teen reading her books — and with titles such as The Bluest Eye and Home under her belt, Toni Morrison is an unstoppable literary force. This Pulitzer Prize winner comes to Swarthmore this month to read from her works and lead a discussion. Morrison, who also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and who serves as the Robert F. Goheen Chair in the Council of Humanities at Princeton University, is one author visit you don’t want to miss. Wednesday, April 7th, 7-9 p.m., Swarthmore College’s Lang Performing Arts Center, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore.
Philly’s own lawyer-come-bestselling-novelist (and co-author of the Inquirer’s “Chick Wit” column, which she writes with daughter Francesca Serritella) has another novel out: Keep Quiet. It’s the “emotionally gripping and complex” tale of a father’s decision to protect his son and all of the consequences that follow. Check out her reading and talk this month to learn more about her 22nd novel. Tuesday, April 8th, noon, free, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street.
Is there any higher honor in illustrations for periodicals than drawing cartoons for The New Yorker? Probably not. The New Yorker’s cartoon editor Bob Mankoff chooses fewer than 20 cartoons that make it into print each week. In this position, he holds all the power, and as a result, he’s is a prominent commentator on topics such as business, politics and life in America. He’s in town this month to promote his new illustrated memoir, which “traces his love of the craft from his childhood all the way to the hallowed halls of the revered weekly magazine,” according to the Free Library website. Tuesday, April 8th, 7:30 p.m., $15, Central Branch of the Free Library, 1901 Vine Street.
You’ve got to have a little something special to teach in Philly’s public schools, and Kathleen Wainwright’s got it. Not only is she a public school teacher, but Wainwright is also the author of the children’s book, Summer in the City. This Temple University and West Chester University alumna authors The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher, a blog where she shares personal teaching experiences and educational resources. As if that weren’t a lot already, she also teaches literacy courses to aspiring teachers at Temple University, and developmental reading courses to incoming freshman at Delaware County Community College. Whew! She’ll surely have a lot to talk about at the Cobbs Creek Library this month. Monday, April 14th, 4:30 p.m., free, Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway.
Looking for more events? We’re keeping a good list of must-dos now through June on our Philadelphia Event Listings page.
Warts and all. That’s what you see of the Daily News’ crack reporting duo, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, in their new book, Busted. These are the women who won a Pulitzer Prize for “Tainted Justice,” a 10-month series about a corrupt narcotics squad. Because of the work, they’ve been called dirty names and threatened by anonymous commentators online. But, with journalism in their blood, they have risked their lives pursuing leads and writing stories that shock and inform.
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This March, there are several author events in Philadelphia. Here are the five we’re most excited for:
Investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez spent a decade researching the story of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man murdered in Laramie, Wyo. 15 years ago. Shepard’s story was reported around the world and led to a hate crimes bill that President Obama signed in 2009. Jimenez found that Shepard’s story was also one of methamphetamine, and he discovered an apparent cover-up reaching all the way to the White House. Love the political intrigue of Netflix’s House of Cards? Read The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard and meet its author at the library. Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., free, Central Branch of the Free Library, 1901 Vine Street. —Rosella Eleanor Lafevre
Lisa DePaulo, a magazine writer whose work has appeared in GQ, New York and Vanity Fair, got her start at Philadelphia magazine. She wrote our September cover story about Julia Law, a young paralegal found dead in defense attorney Chuck Peruto’s house. Police suspected Peruto, Law’s boss and lover, in her death. DePaulo’s cover story was also published as an eBook. If you enjoyed The Dead Girl in the Bathtub, you’ll enjoy meeting the effervescent woman who wrote it. Monday, March 17, noon, free (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-746-7636), Kelly Writers House Arts Café, 3805 Locust Walk.
Benny Martinez, an active informant brought his story — and accusations of police corruption — to Daily News’s Wendy Ruderman, who brought Editor Barbara Laker in on the story. What they unearthed rocked the police force and led to a 10-month series in the Daily News. “Tainted Justice” led to an FBI probe and the review of hundreds of criminal cases in Philadelphia. Ruderman and Laker won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for the series. In their new book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, Ruderman and Laker recount the reporting process — the good, the bad and the scary. Ruderman and Laker are lively, fun characters who will make for a great evening at the library. Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., free, Central Branch of the Free Library, 1901 Vine Street.
Journalist Tom Junod has written for Esquire magazine since 1997, when he followed editor David Granger to the magazine from GQ. Junod has produced important works at Esquire, including, “The Falling Man,” “The Rapist Says He's Sorry,” and a 2001 piece on R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe, in which he satirically fabricated information. Thursday, March 19, 12:00 p.m., free (RSVP to email@example.com or 215-746-7636), Kelly Writers House Arts Café, 3805 Locust Walk.
Daniel Gottlieb, a Philadelphia-based psychotherapist who has authored several books including The Wisdom We're Born With: Restoring Our Faith in Ourselves, will share the evening with Ellen Bass, a poet and the author of Like a Beggar. They’ll each read from their books, and talk about their personal experiences. Gottlieb, a quadriplegic, should be particularly compelling as he shares his thoughts on breaking habits, calming the unquiet mind, reconnecting with our emotions, living in the moment and the importance of love. Monday, March 31, 6:30 p.m., free, Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street.
Beth Kephart, the Devon-based author of A Slant of Sun and Small Damages, is back with a new memoir, Nest. Flight. Sky.: On love and loss, one wing at a time. Kephart dropped everything to write Nest, a story about adjusting to her mother’s death that ties into her ever-deepening obsession with birds.
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Former ward leader Irene Benedetti talking about the LGBT community’s benefits of engaging with ward leaders.
Last week, the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, an all-volunteer political org that works to educate LGBT voters and elect gay-friendly candidates for public office, a “Candidate Night” meeting to endorse City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s bid for re-election, and host a PowerPoint presentation that painted a clearer picture of the state’s Democratic Party machine. Four Liberty City members who have or are currently serving as committee people also shared their experiences, explaining how working with ward leaders could help further our city’s LGBT rights.
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