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City Life

This New Tour Lets You Get Up Close and Personal With the Free Library’s Rare Book Collection

At some point in your life, you’ve probably read at least a few Charles Dickens novels — even if only under duress in middle school. […]

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City Life

A Philly Publisher on Why Books Will Never Die

Nic Esposito, the author and founder of The Head & The Hand, an independent book publisher (that also hosts workshops, clubs and events), shares why […]

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Life & Style

6 New Bookstores to Check Out Around Philly

A theory: Amazon didn’t pick Philly because our independent bookstore scene intimidated the hell out of them. Here are six (newish) shops worth scouting. Uncle […]

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Things to Do

10 Philly Literary Happenings That Every Book Lover Should Know About

1. Apiary Magazine’s launch parties They only happen once a year (well, almost), but keep an eye out: When this beloved local literary magazine drops […]

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City Life

Meet the Philly Writer Who’s a National Book Award Finalist

West Philly’s Carmen Maria Machado doesn’t like New York. But she’s there today. The 31-year-old literary mastermind’s latest collection — Her Body and Other Parties — […]

Things to Do

Pulitzer/Oprah-Approved Writer Colson Whitehead Speaks for Free at UPenn

After years as toiling away as a “beloved but kinda underappreciated” Genius-granted author, Colson Whitehead reached superstar status last year with the best-selling The Underground […]

Things to Do

12 Things to Do This Week in Lit, Comedy, Art, Theater, Movies and Murder

Style of Attack Report @ Vox Populi | Wednesday, May 10 Philly sci-fi collective Metropolarity celebrates the release of Style of Attack Report, an anthology […]

Things to Do

Don’t Panic: 11 Things to Do in Theater, Literature, Pillow Combat and More

Suzanne Ciani @ International House Philadelphia | Wednesday, March 29 Okay, this is a music thing but I missed it yesterday and it deserves some […]

Things to Do

Interview: West Philly Writer/Musician Alex Smith

West Philly’s Alex Smith is a man of many talents. I first encountered him at City Paper where I edited and assigned his pieces on arts […]

City Life

What if You Got Harper Lee to Come to Philly — But Couldn’t Tell Anyone About It?

Harper Lee was known as a recluse. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird — Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, classroom staple, the best courtroom drama of […]

City Life

Busted Is a Philadelphia Classic

Over the weekend, I finally got around to reading Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, the March book […]

City Life

Lesbian Love in the ‘Burbs

Joanne Fleisher was leading the life of a typical suburban wife and mother in Philly – until she fell in love with another woman. She […]

City Life

LGBT History Month Icons Named

Equality Forum announced the list of LGBT icons for LGBT History Month in October, including Truman Capote, Kate Clinton, Chris Colfer, RuPaul, Don Lemon, Marlene Dietrich and many others.

City Life

Gore Vidal Dies

Gore Vidal dies. He was among the first American authors to introduce an openly gay character in the novel The City and the Pillar in 1948.

City Life

Summer Reading Roundup

Reviews of LGBT books this summer by authors including Andy Cohen, Samuel Delaney and more.