Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Salon, New York, and Nylon. Her third novel The Middlesteins is "a sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life."
Tony Auth The Art of Tony Auth: To Stir, Inform and Inflame
Editorial cartoonist for ThePhiladelphia Inquirer until 2012, Tony Auth colored public opinion about our cultural landscape for more than 40 years, garnering a Pulitzer Prize and five Overseas Press Club Awards. His new retrospective, The Art of Tony Auth illustrates the full scope of his work.
Donald L. Barlett The Betrayal of the American Dream
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting team Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele have worked together for nearly 40 years, at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, and Vanity Fair. In The Betrayal of the American Dream, they show why Americans are correctly worried about the economic future.
Robin Black If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
Recipient of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia Literary Prize, Robin Black's short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This is focused on families at intersections of crisis and growth.
Veronica Chambers Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelson, with Veronica Chambers
The recipient of a BET Comedy Award, author Veronica Chambers is best known for her memoir Mama's Girl, "one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre" (The New Yorker). Yes, Chef follows Marcus Samuelsson's extraordinary journey from an orphan in Ethiopia to world-renowned chef.
David Dye On-Air Host World Café and Funky Friday
Longtime Philadelphia radio personality David Dye launched WXPN's enlightened World Café in 1991, exposing listeners to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from legendary and emerging artists. He was named "Triple A Air Personality of the Year" by Radio & Records in 2006.
Frank Fitzpatrick The Perfect Game: How Villanova's Shocking 1985 Upset of Mighty Georgetown Changed the Landscape of College Hoops Forever
A Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter since 1980, Frank Fitzpatrick recreates a legendary upset in The Perfect Game.
Reyna Grande The Distance Between Us
The recipient of an American Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, Reyna Grande recalls life before and after immigrating from Mexico to the United States in The Distance Between Us.
Tanya Hamilton Night Catches Us (movie)
Writer, director, and filmmaker Tanya Hamilton's 2010 dramatic feature Night Catches Us—which follows a former Black Panther's return to Philadelphia in 1976—received widespread praise, including a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
Karen Heller Metropolitan columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
A provocative voice at The Inquirer for nearly 20 years, Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Heller has garnered numerous awards for her coverage of topics that range from the Miss America competition to political conventions, Philip Roth, and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Bettina Hoerlin Steps Of Courage: My Parents' Journey From Nazi Germany To America
Born in America after her parents fled Nazi Germany, former University of Pennsylvania professor and Philadelphia Health Commissioner Bettina Hoerlin tells a powerful story of love and immigration from Hitler's Germany in her debut book Steps of Courage.
Jim Holt Why Does the World Exist?
Essayist and philosophy, mathematics, and science critic Jim Holt interviews a range of intellectuals to answer the question William James called "the darkest in all philosophy" in his bestselling book Why Does the World Exist?.
Solomon Jones The Dead Man’s Wife
Award-winning Philadelphia Daily News columnist Solomon Jones is the founder of Words on the Street Literacy Program. The Dead Man’s Wife is his eighth novel and the latest in the Coletti crime series.
Ken Kalfus Equilateral: A Novel
Ken Kalfus is the author of the novels The Commissariat of Enlightenment and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (National Book Award finalist) as well as the short story collections Thirst and Pu-239 andOther Russian Fantasies. His new novel Equilateral will be published this coming Spring.
Don Lee The Collective
Director of the Creative Writing MFA program at Temple University, American Book Award-winning writer Don Lee tells the story of three aspiring Asian artists who negotiate racism and the sacrifices of art, commerce, and idealism in The Collective.
Karen Quinones Miller An Angry-Ass Black Woman
Called “the Aretha Franklin of black publishing” by Kwan Foye, Karen Quinones Miller is the author of six Essence bestsellers. An Angry-Ass Black Woman is an autobiographical novel about growing up in impoverished Harlem.
Liz Moore Heft
Liz Moore is a writer, musician, and professor at Holy Family University. Her tenderly drawn second novel Heft is about overcoming shame and loneliness and finding love.
Author and Inquirer Columnist
The former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia magazine, Larry Platt is author of three books, including Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson. His forthcoming book charts Souderton native and former Phillie Jamie Moyer.
Carlin Romano America the Philosophical
Carlin Romano, critic-at-large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, spent 25 years as Literary Critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer. An encyclopedic tour de force, America the Philosophical celebrates American energy for truth and debate.
Marco Roth The Scientists: A Family Romance
A founding editor of n+1 magazine, Marco Roth faces the troubled intellectual and emotional inheritance of his 1980s Upper West Side childhood in his elegiac new memoir The Scientists: A Family Romance.
Inga Saffron Architecture critic, The Philadelpia Inquirer
Inga Saffron, the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 2000, is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a 2012 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. In her weekly "Changing Skylines" column, she advocates improving public spaces and amenities for Philadelphia residents.
Sonia Sanchez Morning Haiku
Called "a lion in literature's forest" by Maya Angelou, Philadelphia's very first poet laureate Sonia Sanchez is the author of several plays, children's books, and nearly 20 collections of poetry including the American Book Award winner Homegirls and Handgrenades.
Mark Schaeffer The Eve to Believe
Illustrator, designer, and children’s author Mark Schaeffer offers a brand new tale centered on a familiar jolly friend in The Eve to Believe.
Gino Segrè Ordinary Geniuses: Max Delbruck, George Gamow, and the Origins of Genomics and Big Bang Cosmology
Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, Gino Segre illuminates the history of science and the scientists whose discoveries propelled the field forward. His book Ordinary Geniuses describes two friends whose maverick approach to research profoundly influenced modern science.
Wesley Stace Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer
Under the name John Wesley Harding, novelist, singer, and songwriter Wesley Stace has released 15 albums in genres ranging from folk to pop music. Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer tracks the decline and scandalous death of a fictive early 20th century classical music composer.
James Steele The Betrayal of the American Dream
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting team James B. Steele and Donald L. Barlett have worked together for nearly 40 years, at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, and Vanity Fair. In The Betrayal of the American Dream, they show why Americans are correctly worried about the economic future.
Laura Vanderkam 168 Hours
Laura Vanderkam, author of All the Money in the World, shares creative ways to manage time and effectively prioritize to make room for the things that matter most.
Richard Westcott Tales from the Philadelphia Phillies Dugout
Considered the foremost authority on Phillies history, Richard Westcott has served as a writer and editor for various newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area in his nearly 50 years in the business. He is the author of 23 books, including Phillies Essential and Veterans Stadium: Field of Memories, and was a recent president of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
Signe Wilkinson One Nation, Under Surveillance
A three-time Overseas Press Club Award winner and the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, Signe Wilkinson rants about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of privacy” in her cartoon collection.