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Be Well Philly

This Philly Author Says Everything We Think We Know About Resilience Is Wrong

For the past three years, the word “resilience” has cropped up countless times in conversations, books, TV ads and on social media. It’s been used […]

Be Well Philly

This Philly Writer Was Super Burned Out, So She Took Two Years of “Radical Rest”

It’s no secret that much of the United States operates on full speed in practically every area of life. Americans work too much (leaving us […]

Be Well Philly

We Could All Benefit From a “Funtervention,” According to This Philly Author

In 2017, Philly writer Catherine Price was taking intentional, prolonged breaks from her phone as part of her research for her book, How to Break […]

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City Life

How Co-Writing a Book About an Interracial Friendship Helped Strengthen Our Own

In the new novel I co-wrote with Christine Pride, We Are Not Like Them, two lifelong friends — one white, one Black — see their […]

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City Life

Science Fiction Writer Alex Smith on Falling in Love With Comics, Creating Queer Characters, and Black Vans

West Philly resident and 2020 PEW Fellow Alex Smith is one of the finest science fiction writers in the world. In 2012, he founded Laser […]

City Life

Author R. Eric Thomas on How Living in Philly Was “Life-Giving, Vibrant and Weird”

The “R” stands for … Robert. I used to tell people it stood for Romeo, which was a deranged choice. When I shortened Robert to […]

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City Life

Novelist Jennifer Weiner on Mask Shaming, Virtual Book Tours, and the Toxic Side of Social Media

Philadelphians first saw Jennifer Weiner’s name when she was a young Inquirer staffer in the 1990s. More than two decades later, the Philly-based writer is […]

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Life & Style

James Beard-Nominated Author Reem Kassis on Her Favorite Philly Takeout and Her Next Cookbook

Lauded author Reem Kassis left her hometown of Jerusalem at 17 to attend Penn. After more degrees, a stint in London, and a James Beard-nominated […]

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City Life

YA Author Kacen Callender on Transgender Characters and Writing for Teens

The Rundown Age: 30 CV, abridged: Editoral staffer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014-’18); three-time Kirkus starred author; winner, Stonewall Book Award, for middle-grade […]

Things to Do

Excerpt: A Sneak Peek at Thom Nickels’ Literary Philadelphia

Since Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin put type to printing press, Philadelphia has been a haven and an inspiration for writers. Local essayist Agnes Repplier […]

Things to Do

Hunter S. Thompson’s Former Assistant Tells Wild Stories in New Book

The contrast is difficult to get my brain around. I’m talking with the well-mannered and apparently highly responsible Cheryl Della Pietra, who at 46, is […]

City Life

INTERVIEW: Michael Callahan On Searching for Grace Kelly

Tomorrow night, author (and, full disclosure, former Philadelphia magazine executive editor) Michael Callahan will visit Barnes and Noble to read from his recently published first […]

Things to Do

The Reading List: 5 Free Library Author Events Worth Seeing

Author: Tavis Smiley Book: Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year Description: “A revealing and dramatic chronicle […]

City Life

Local Writers Nominated for Lambda Literary Awards

After thumbing through a record-breaking 746 submissions, the Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the nominees for the 26th annual Lammys. The list, which rewards excellence […]

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Questlove Signs Deal to Write Another Memoir

Reverb reports that Philly Roots drummer Questlove has signed a deal to write a book about his life: