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February 22, Sandy Joy Weston, author of Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
Sandy Joy Weston, M.Ed., has been a fixture in the Philadelphia-area fitness circles for thirty years--as an instructor, a trainer, a health club owner, and a media personality. Sandy's goal was to create a book and guide that allows you to redirect your thoughts in a positive, focused manner. This book is the culmination--lighthearted and fun, it presents easy ways to learn a few simple changes you can make in your life, and why these will help you enjoy life more.After many years of hands-on research and collaboration with top professors, Sandy has put together a 90-day guide book and journal, written for the everyday person to help get their head in the game and see results instantly. Train your head, and your body will follow.
February 25, Bruce Klauber, author of Reminiscing in Tempo, at Head House Books, 5:00 pm
By way of incisive interviews, tributes, remembrances and eye-opening anecdotes about his personal association with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Lou Rawls to Mel Torme and Norman Mailer, this book chronicles Bruce Klauber's incredible, five-plus decades as an author, acclaimed filmmaker, jazz journalist and columnist, talent scout, editor, public relations consultant, jazz drummer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist.
February 27, New Fiction Book Club discusses A Horse Walks Into A Bar, 7:00 pm
In a dive bar in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, takes the stage for his final show. Over the course of a single evening, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood. And in the dance between comic and audience, a deeper story begins to take shape as Dov confronts the decision that has shaped the course of his life--a story that will alter the lives of several of those in attendance. A poignant exploration of how people confront life's capricious battering, A Horse Walks into a Bar is a searing story of loss and survival.
A richly detailed history of the baronial splendor of the Philadelphia Main Line estate Ardrossan and of the Montgomery family who built it. Real-life American counterparts of the Granthams of Downton Abbey, the Montgomerys are best known as the family on which Philip Barry based his 1939 play, The Philadelphia Story, featuring Katharine Hepburn, who also starred in the later Hollywood film of the same name.
March 1, Linda Cliatt-Wayman, author of Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard, at the Leadership Philadelphia Annual Breakfast, 8:00 am
Author Linda Cliatt-Wayman, principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, grew up in the same North Philadelphia neighborhood where she now leads and fought every single day for the chance to become a part of the solution. Today, she is a turnaround principal and popular TED Talk speaker who helps children living in poverty achieve more than they ever thought possible. In Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard, she provides hope, optimism, and a call to action to help all students reach their true potential. Steadfast leadership and clear principles can overcome almost anything, and this book shows you how to focus your passion, apply your skills, and lead your students down the path to a better future. Tickets here. 
March 7, Elizabeth LaBan, author of Not Perfect, at the Philadelphia City Institute Library, 6:30 pm
From Elizabeth LaBan, the acclaimed author of The Restaurant Critic's Wife, comes a captivating and very funny novel about a wife and mother's fall from grace, and why keeping up appearances is not her biggest secret.
March 10, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of Lies That Bind, at Head House Books, 7:00 pm
Reeling from the truths uncovered while searching for her sister in Italy, Anastasia Phoenix is ready to call it quits with spies. The only way to stop being a pawn in their game is to remove herself from the board. But before she can leave her parents' crimes behind her, tragedy strikes. No one is safe, not while Department D still exists.
March 14, Jennifer Lin, author of Shanghai Faithful, at the Independence Branch of the Free Library, 6:00 pm
Within the next decade, China could be home to more Christians than any country in the world. Through the 150-year saga of a single family, this book vividly dramatizes the remarkable religious evolution of the world's most populous nation.  
March 15, Deepak Chopra, author of The Healing Self, at the Merriam Theater, 7:30 pm, tickets here
We'll be at the Merriam Theater on March 15 to sell a selection of Deepak Chopra's books after his presentation of his latest book, The Healing Self
March 15, Lauren Olin, author of Be Seated, at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Laurie Olin's interest in public outdoor seating in parks and civic spaces revolves around two poles: the first is a concern for aspects of the ordinary in our settings and actions, the apparatus and effects of the quotidian in our individual lives and experience; the other is the utility of public seating in the conduct and potential of our role as citizens and the establishment of place and community. The book consists of a series of essays that begin with the author's personal discovery of public seating. This is followed by an account of some of his experiments as a landscape architect, and the theory, craft, and role of seating in a number of prominent civic places his firm and others have designed in the past four decades.
March 22, Susan Halloway Scott, author of I, Eliza Hamilton, at The Powel House, 7:00 pm

In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's wife, Eliza--a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history.

March 25, Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Maura Cunningham, authors of China in the 21st Century, at Head House Books, 5:00 pm
In this fully revised and updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know(R), Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham provide cogent answers to urgent questions regarding the world's newest superpower and offer a framework for understanding China's meteoric rise from developing country to superpower. 
April 3, Martha Freeman, author of Zap!, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
Eleven-year-old Luis is left looking for answers after a city-wide blackout leads him to an electrifying mystery in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from Martha Freeman. Luis likes to know how things work, and the blackout gets him wondering: Where does the city's electricity come from? What would cause it to shut down? No one seems to have answers, and rumors are flying. Then a slip of the tongue gives Luis and his ex best friend Maura a clue. Brushed off by the busy police, the two sixth graders determine they are on their own. In this electrifying mystery, two can-do sleuths embark on a high-tech urban adventure to answer an age-old question: Who turned out the lights?
April 7, Sarah Jacoby, author of Forever Or A Day, and Greg Pizzoli, author of This Story Is For You, at Head House Books, 10:00 am
Sarah Jacoby and Greg Pizzoli, two local children's book authors, will be in the store on this Saturday morning for a special children's story time--maybe even some crafts and treats! Sarah and Greg will be reading from their respective books. Forever Or A Day, Sarah Jacoby's debut picture book as an author and illustrator is as elegant as a poem and as perfectly paced as a mystery--this beautiful picture books follows an unassuming narrator through a meditation on time through the course of a single day. This Story Is for You celebrates moments of kindness throughout, from the small to the grand in a heartwarming tale of human connection.
April 9, Lidia Bastianich, author of My American Dream, in partnership with WHYY
From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur--a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.
April 13, American Whiskey Convention at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6:30 pm
We will be back at the American Whiskey Convention this year to sell a selection of whiskey and bourbon-related books. To learn more about the convention and purchase tickets, visit their website here
May 15, Rebecca Soffer, author of Modern Loss, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner both lost parents as young adults and together they co-founded Modern Loss, responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they offer the insights of the Modern Loss community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and--above all--empathize. Soffer and Birkner, along with forty guest contributors including Lucy Kalanithi, singer Amanda Palmer, and CNN's Brian Stelter, reveal their own stories on a wide range of topics including triggers, sex, secrets, and inheritance. Accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and witty "how to" cartoons, Modern Loss invites us to talk intimately and humorously about grief, helping us confront the humanity (and mortality) we all share.
May 17, Seamus McGraw, author of A Thirsty Land, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
The most comprehensive--and comprehensible--book on contemporary water issues, A Thirsty Land delves deep into the challenges faced not just by Texas but by the nation as a whole, as we struggle to find a way to balance the changing forces of nature with our own ever-expanding needs. Part history, part science, part adventure story, and part travelogue, this book puts a human face on the struggle to master that most precious and capricious of resources, water. 
June 6, Bassem Youssef, author of Revolution for Dummies, in partnership with the Kimmel Center, 7:30 pm
Interweaving the dramatic and inspiring stories of the development of his popular television show and his rise as the most contentious funny-man in Egypt, Bassem Youssef's humorous, fast-paced takes on dictatorship, revolution, and the unforeseeable destiny of democracy in the Modern Middle East offers much needed hope and more than a few healing laughs. A documentary about his life, Tickling Giants, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and is now scheduled for major release. Tickets available through the Kimmel Center here


Parlez Vous Francais? Join us for a weekly French conversation!

7pm every Wednesday! 

$12 per person. Please call or email for further details!

Jubilant Thicket Poetry Readings the second Sunday of each month at 5:00pm--Currently on hiatus!

Children's Chess Club alternate Thursdays at 5:15pm (per confirmation via Chess Club email) 

Rhythm Babies Music Class every Tuesday at noon planned for children 4 months to 3 years old! $12 Drop-in fee OR $99 for a 10 class pass

Story Time for Little Ones every Friday at 11:15am 


February 12, Lindy West, author of Shrill, at the Women's Way Book Prize, 5:30 pm
With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy West boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps. Register here. 
February 15, Suzann Pileggi PawelskiJames O. Pawelski, authors of Happy Together, Independence Place
Happy Together, written by positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James O. Pawelski, is the first book on using the principles of positive psychology to create thriving romantic relationships. Combining extensive scientific research and real-life examples, this book will help you find and feed the good in yourself and your partner. You will learn to develop key habits for building and sustaining long-term love.
February 8, Pete Souza, author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait, at WHYY, 6:30 pm 
Former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza has compiled more than 300 iconic photographs in his latest bestseller, Obama: An Intimate Portrait. Souza himself will take us on a journey through these unforgettable moments, from President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room to the President spending time with his family in the White House. Regardless of which side of the aisle you sit on, this book is a historic yet intimate look at the presidency. Tickets here.
February 7, Susan Meissner, Bright as Heaven, at the Philadelphia City Institute Library, 6:30 pm
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.
Philadelphia possesses an exceptionally large number of places that have almost disappeared--from workshops and factories to sporting clubs and societies, synagogues, churches, theaters, and railroad lines. In Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, urban observers Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall uncover the contemporary essence of one of America's oldest cities. 
Take care of your taste buds, your wallet, and your health by prepping and cooking your way to healthy eating every day of the week with a cookbook designed with just one (or two) diners in mind
January 25, Kelly Simmons, author of The Fifth of July, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm

Having spent the past three decades' worth of summers on Nantucket, the Warners are as much a part of the island as the crust of salt on the ferry. But this year is different: Tripp is no longer the father he was, and it becomes clear that nothing--not the beams that hold the house together, and not the values the family clings to--can survive the ravages of time. When tradition turns to tragedy, the creaky old house swirls with suspicion. There are just so many reasons to want someone gone. With no easy answers as to how, why, or who, the Warners must face another frightening question: do they really want to know the truth?

January 16, Suzann Pileggi PawelskiJames O. Pawelski, authors of Happy Together, at Head House Books, 7:00 pm
Happy Together, written by positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James O. Pawelski, is the first book on using the principles of positive psychology to create thriving romantic relationships. Combining extensive scientific research and real-life examples, this book will help you find and feed the good in yourself and your partner. You will learn to develop key habits for building and sustaining long-term love.
December 7, Natalie and Tricia Pompilio, authors of Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History, and Little-Known Gems at Head House Books, 7:30
Grab your walking shoes and become an urban adventurer. Award-winning journalist Natalie Pompilio guides you through 30 unique walking tours in this comprehensive guidebook. Go beyond the obvious with self-guided tours that showcase famed fare (such as cheesesteaks, pretzels, and beer that make Philadelphia a foodies' paradise), as well as vintage boutiques, high-end shopping destinations, and one-of-a-kind local goods. Discover Philadelphia's many "Firsts: " the first zoo, first library system, and first hospital, plus dozens of historic sites you learned about in school. Explore a Museum District that's second to none, an all-encompassing park system, America's Most Historic Square Mile, and much more. 
November 30, An Evening of Readings with Christianna Hannum, local writer and filmmaker at Head House Books, 7:00 pm
Christianna Potter Hannum was born in Unionville, PA.  She studied Art History and Italian at the University of Pennsylvania.  Christy won a national Coro Fellowship in Leadership which brought her to New York City where she founded Swim Pictures.  She produced and directed films Keeping Sound and Goodnight Ladies.  Goodnight Ladies will be shown at the Equus Film Festival in NYC in November.  She lives in Kennett Square with her two children.
Christy has four compilations of short stories and poems and a memoir-in-progress.  Dark, dark, dark, Light; swishpan; Askling and everybody is always drinking.  The memoir is entitled happy, happier, Happiest.  Her stories, all memoir look at many things, boys, girls, theology, New York City, marriage, drinking and her adoption of two children from Latvia.
November 14, Philadelphia Stories, Multiple Readers, at Head House Books, 7:00 pm
Join us for a night with Philadelphia Stories! Hear fiction, essays, and poetry from five different writers and get a chance to meet the fiction editors. 
November 16, David Nelson Wren, author of Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
A richly detailed history of the baronial splendor of the Philadelphia Main Line estate Ardrossan and of the Montgomery family who built it. Real-life American counterparts of the Granthams of Downton Abbey, the Montgomerys are best known as the family on which Philip Barry based his 1939 play, The Philadelphia Story, featuring Katharine Hepburn, who also starred in the later Hollywood film of the same name.
November 17, Wendy Pearlman, author of We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices From Syria at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
Wendy Pearlman, a Middle East expert and award-winning professor, is the author of a stirring and topical new book WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED: Voices from Syria. The book is an astonishing collection of intimate testimonies from a cross-section of Syrian men and women whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight. Pearlman spent four years interviewing over 300 Syrians across the Middle East and Europe. The New York Times Book Review raved “These voices render themselves unforgettable… essential reading in the emerging body of literary reportage from Syria in English… Such stories couldn’t be more urgent.”
November 18, Doogie Horner, author of A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic, at The Good Good Comedy Theatre, 8:30 pm
Find more information about the show here
November 9, Dr. Rav Ivker, author of Cannabis for Chronic Pain, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
The first authoritative and comprehensive guide for treating chronic pain with medical marijuana—holistic family physician DR. RAV IVKER provides essential information and instruction on how to use marijuana to treat a variety of physical and emotional pain conditions.

October 25, Tom Keels, author of Sesqui, The Athanaeum of Philadelphia

Head House will be selling copies of Tom Keels' book after his talk.  
October 26, David Howard, author of Chasing Phil, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
Chasing Phil is a thrilling true crime caper, bursting with colorful characters and awash in '70s glamour, that spotlights the FBI's first white-collar undercover sting
October 30, Greg Ames, author of Funeral Platter, at Head House Books, 7:00 pm 
From the author of the award-winning novel Buffalo Lockjaw comes a powerful collection of darkly humorous short stories. A young girl uses a burnt log for her ventriloquist act; Franz Kafka and an unnamed narrator cruise a dive bar for women; a grieving couple stage and execute their own funeral; a son brings hot chowder to his caged parents. 

October 18, Head House Books Writer's Meet-Up October, 7pm

Join us for writing exercises and the opportunity to meet fellow writers. BYO laptop or notebook!
October 12, LB Gschwandtner, author of The Other New Girl, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm 
A fresh take on the prep school literary genre, The Other New Girl follows sassy sophomore Susannah Greenwood as she begins Quaker prep school. She soon finds herself in hot water when “the other new girl,” an outcast whom she has befriended, mysteriously disappears, forcing Susannah to make the impossible choice between loyalty and authority.
Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares: Chatbots that harass women. Signup forms that fail anyone who's not straight. Social media sites that send peppy messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars. Technically Wrong takes an unflinching look at the values, processes, and assumptions that lead to these and other problems, demystifying the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use.
September 30, Kevin Ferris, author of Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal, book launch at Smokin' Betty's, 2:30 pm
More information about the event can be found here
October 3, Eric Smith, author of Welcome Home, in conversation with Julie Eshbaugh at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
This YA anthology features short stories about adoption from a number of authors, including New York Times bestsellers like C.J. Redwine, William Ritter, and Mindy McGinnis.
October 4, Wendy Lesser, author of You Say to Brick, The Athanaeum of Philadelphia, 5:30 pm
Head House will be selling copies of Wendy Lesser's book after her talk at 5:30 pm. 
September 27, Jennifer Lin, author of Shanghai Faithful at Free Library of Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square Branch, 6:00 pm 
Head House will be selling book's for Jennifer Lin's event with the Free Library
September 19, Resistance Reading Book Club discusses My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege, 7:00 pm 
September 25, New Fiction Book Club discusses So Much Blue by Percival Everett, 7:15 pm
September 12, Alex Gilvarry, author of Eastman Was Here, in conversation with Liz Moore, author of The Unseen World and Heft at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
Eastman Was Here depicts one irredeemable man’s search for meaning in the age of the Vietnam War and the political and artistic culture of 1970s New York City. 
September 11, Head House Writer's Meet-Up, 7:00 pm
Join us for writing exercises and the opportunity to meet fellow writers. BYO laptop or notebook!
August 28, New Fiction Book Club discussion of The Throwback Special, 7:30 pm
August 17, Michael Deibert, author of Haiti Will Not Perish, at Head House Books, 7:00 pm 
In this moving and detailed history, Michael Deibert, who has spent two decades reporting on Haiti, chronicles the heroic struggles of Haitians to build their longed-for country in the face of overwhelming odds. Based on years of interviews with Haitian political leaders, international diplomats, peasant advocates, gang leaders, and hundreds of ordinary Haitians, Deibert’s book provides a vivid, complex, and challenging analysis of Haiti’s recent history.

August 3, Edward Carlson, author of All the Beautiful People We Once Knew, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm

A literary legal thriller that's also a timely indictment of the military-industrial complex and the other systems that underpin our modern world. 

July 25, New Fiction Book Club discussion of Today Will Be Different, 7:00 pm 

July 21, David MacNeal, author of, Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and People Obsessed with Them, at the Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 7:00 pm
Author David MacNeal will speak on his book Bugged. Just like bugs, this book is global in its scope, diversity, and intrigue. Hands-on with pet beetles in Japan, releasing lab-raised mosquitoes in Brazil, beekeeping on a Greek island, or using urine and antlers as means of ancient pest control, MacNeal’s quest appeals to the squeamish and brave alike. 
July 11, Head House Writer's Meet-Up, 7:00 pm
Join us on July 11 at 7:00 pm for the second Head House Writer's Meet-Up! We'll laugh, we'll cry, maybe we'll do some writing (we will). BYO notebook or laptop!
July 10, Brooke Gladstone, author of The Trouble With Reality, at WHYY auditorium, 10:00 am
Tickets and additional information can be found here
July 6, Broken River Revue at Johnny Brenda's, 8:00 pm 
In honor of Broken River, the eighth novel just published by author, podcaster and sometimes musician J. Robert Lennon’s, Johnny Brenda's is hosting a full evening of author readings, music and sometimes both at once! On the bill: J. Robert Lennon, author of Broken River; Andrew Ervin, author of Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World; Elizabeth Scanlon, author of Lonesome Gnosis; and Andrew Chalfen, author of Look Up Coloring Book. Tickets and additional information here
June 29, B.G. Firmani, author of Time's a Thief, at Head House Books, 7:30 pm 
B.G. Firmani will be at Head House Books to read from and sign copies of her debut novel, Time's a Thief. She will be joined in conversation by Philadelphia Stories' editorial director and Rosemont College MFA program director, Carla Spataro after her reading. Narrated twenty years on from the winter of the 2008 financial crisis and marked with the poignancy of time passing and of choices made and not made, Time’s a Thief is a love letter to New York, and a beautiful, sad, funny first novel.
June 20, Jennifer Kitses, Small Hours at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
June 22, Paul Vidich, author of The Good Assassin in conversation with Dennis Tafoya at Head House Books, 7:30 pm 
Paul Vidich, author The Good Assassin, will be in conversation with Dennis Tafoya about his new book and spy and crime fiction in general. The Good Assassin is a suspenseful tale of Cold War espionage set in 1950s Cuba, as foreign powers compete to influence the outcome of a revolution. 
June 15, Chris Ludovici, author of The Minors at Head House Books, 7:30 pm

June 9, Jennifer Romolini, author or Weird In a World That's Not at Head House Books, 7:30pm

Jennifer Romolini’s wise, witty, and straight-talking how-to, asserts that being outside-the-norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward. Join Jennifer at Head House books for a reading and book signing! 
May 25, Lynn Hoffman, author of The Butterfly Farmer at Head House Books, 7:30 pm
May 17, Jennifer Lin, author of Shanghai Faithful at St. Peter's Church, 12:30 pm
Head House will be selling book's for Jennifer Lin's event with St. Peter's Church Sages Group
May 17, Phil Langdon, author of Within Walking Distance at The Continental Midtown, 5-7:30
In Within Walking Distance, journalist and urban critic Philip Langdon looks at why and how Americans are shifting toward a more human-scale way of building and living. He shows how people are creating, improving, and caring for walkable communities.
May 22, Richard Schwartz, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty, William Penn House, 7:00 pm 
May 11, Anne Byrn, American Cake, 5pm at Williams Sonoma Philadelphia
Join us and author of American Cake, Anne Byrn, for a delicious night at Williams Sonoma in Philadelphia. With American Cake, Anne Byrn, creator of the New York Times bestselling series The Cake Mix Doctor, takes you on a journey through America's past to present with more than 125 authentic recipes for our best-loved and beautiful cakes and frostings.
May 11, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, author of Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery at Zarett Rehab at 6 pm
May 10, Athanaeum Literary Awards, The Pope of Physics, by Gino Segre and Bettina Hoerlin, and The Eye of the Sixties, by Judith Stein, 5:30 pm
Head House Books will be selling this year's winners of the Athanaeum Literary Awards at the ceremony on May 10th.
April 26, Patti LaBelle, Desserts LaBelle, WHYY
Head House Books will be selling copies of Patti LaBelle's Desserts LaBelle for her event with WHYY. 
Friday, April 21st at 7:30 PM
In-store book reading: Jo Piazza, How to Be Married
Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it. As journalist Jo Piazza began planning her own wedding she realized that American marriage traditions focus more on the perfect dress, the Instagram-worthy decorations, and the menu than on how to make a real, lasting, joy-filled commitment.
Come Learn the Secrets of Success and Celebrate THE BIG LIFE with author Ann Shoket On April 18
As the trailblazing editor-in-chief of Seventeen for the better part of a decade, Ann Shoket lead provocative conversations that helped young women navigate the tricky terrain of adolescence and become smart, confident, self-assured young women. Now that they are adding muscle to the framework of their lives, she's continuing the conversation with The Big Life. The book is packed with actionable guidance combined with personal advice from high-profile millennial women who have already achieved tremendous success, plus intimate conversations with a cast of compelling characters and Shoket's own stories on her quest for The Big Life.
April 21, 11:30 am, Meg Braff, author of The Decorated Home at The Philadelphia Antiques Show
Head House Books will be selling copies of Meg Braff's The Decorated Home after her discussion at The Philadelphia Antiques Show at the Navy Yard

April 14, 7pm, Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake at Head House Books

Annie Hartnett will be reading from her new book, Rabbit Cake, which is an Indies Introduce and Indie Next pick with starred reviews from PW and Kirkus: "A brilliant book . . . How a whip-smart young girl handles the loss of her mother and re-orientation of her family; charming and beautifully written"
April 9: In-store reading and signing, Joy the Baker, Over Easy, 4pm
Joy the Baker will be at Head House Books on April 9 at 4pm. Her newest book, Over Easy, includes 125 recipes to tackle any brunch craving—from juices and coffees, to breads, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and definitely bacon. Joy's previous books and her blog of the same name have received accolades around the world from The Times in London to Saveur. Don't miss this exciting event!
April 6, 7, 8, Todd Barry, Thank You For Coming To Hattiesburg at Punch Line Philly
Head House will be on-site at Punch Line Philly to sell copies of Todd Barry's Thank You For Coming to Hattiesburg at his shows on April 6-8. 
Friday, April 7th at 7:30 PM 
In-store book reading: David Ebenbach, The Guy We Invited to the Orgy and other stories.
Join Philadelphia born writer David Ebenbach for a reading of his new book, The Guy We Invited to the Orgy and other stories, winner of UMass Press’ Juniper Prize.
“David Ebenbach takes us on a tour of our own world, a place to which none of us have been invited, in which we fear and desire, enjoy our humble victories, and sometimes go secretly—or dramatically—insane....A brilliant, original, and illuminating book!” (author Stephen O’Connor); “In this striking collection, David Ebenbach inhabits a series of minds that most of us would classify as unknowable; he does so with empathy and wisdom, and often with humor as well” - Roy Kesey
March 23rd and 24th
Head House Books table at the Citizen's Bank Park American Whiskey and Spirits Tasting Event
Check out the Head House Books table with book signings by the following authors:
Lew Bryson (Tasting Whiskey)
March 11th: Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Proof of Lies, 6pm at Naval Square Rotunda
Diana will be hosting a Book Launch Party in Philadelphia for friends, family, colleagues and STREET TEAM members. This event is by invitation only. 

February 23rd:        Jason Rekulak, The Impossible Fortress:  February 23rd, at 7:30pm----at WEWork, 1010 N. Hancock Street, Philadelphia

Wednesday, Febrary 15th 

A Word For Love discussion with Author Emily Robbins and Philadelphia local Elisabeth Jaquette

Emily Robbins debut novel "A Word for Love" has been praised by Khaled Hosseini as "melodic...attests to the timeless and life-giving power of love." The story follows a young American, Bea, as she travels around the world studying "The Astonishing Text" an ancient manuscript of a heartbreaking love story. "In her search, Bea finds herself transformed by language, risk, war, and a startling new understanding of love."

Emily Robbins has lived and worked across the Middle East and North Africa. From 2007-2008, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria, where she studied religion and language with a women's mosque movement, and lived with the family of a leading intellectual. Robbins holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Chicago and Brownsville, Texas, and has just returned from a second Fulbright Fellowship in Jordan.

Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from the Arabic. Her translation of The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House, 2016) received a 2014 English PEN Translates Award, and her translation of The Apartment in Bab el-Louk by Donia Maher, Ganzeer, and Ahmed Nady is forthcoming with Darf Publishers in 2017. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, Words Without Borders, and Asymptote, among other publications. She was also a judge for the 2016 PEN America Translation Prize. Elisabeth holds a MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, and was a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo.

Friday, December 9th, at 9:30

Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds                                                                                                                                                                                   Event will be at WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA    

This event is sold out                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis s own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield both had important careers in the Israeli military and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.

This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind s view of its own mind.

Sunday, December 4th at 7pm at Settlement Music School- 416 Queen St. Philadelphia

In partnership with Settlement Music School, authors Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth will discuss Playing for Their Lives: "The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music. A presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception. RSVPS requested.




Friday, November 11th at 8pm at Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater

In partnership with First Person Arts:Dave Hill, author of Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Doors open at 8:00, show begins at 8:30




Thursday, November 10th at 7pm at The National Museum of American Jewish History

In partnership with First Person Arts, author Jennifer Teege will discuss her bestselling memoir My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me. At 38 years old, Teege (a black German woman) uncovered a chilling family secret; her grandfather was Amon Goeth, a sadistic Nazi concentration camp commandant famously portrayed in the movie Schindler’s List. Join the provocative conversation in a post-show talk led by Stephanie Renee of WURD examining how heritage and legacy impacts our lives today. Panelists Jacob WintersteinShawn Theodore, and Katrina Browne discuss true family stories related to the holocaust and slave trade. A book signing concludes the event.Visit the First Person Arts website to purchase tickets and for more information.

Doors open at 7:00, show begins at 7:30

Friday, October 14th at 7pm at Head House Books

Join Christopher DeWan for a discussion on his new collection of stories Hoopty Time Machines: Fairy Tales for Grown-ups. Christopher DeWan is an award-winning creator of screenplays, stageplays, short fiction, and new media. He has published more than forty stories in journals including Hobart, Juked, Necessary Fiction, Passages North, and wigleaf, and he has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. A recent review of Hoopty Time Machines states- "The literary equivalent of a perfect mix tape... There are doorstop novels out there that fail to achieve the emotional impact DeWan can generate with a single honest, well-crafted sentence." – Laura Garrison, Jersey Devil Press


Friday, September 30th at 7pm at Head House Books

Philly local Liz Moore discussed her new book The Unseen World. Liz Moore is the author of the acclaimed novels Heft and The Words of Every Song.  She is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's ArtsEdge residency award,  Philadelphia's Athenaeum Literary Award and the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature.  The Unseen World has been described in Publisher's Weekly as- "A striking examination of family, memory, and technology . . . remarkable and heartbreaking . . . Mysteries build, and Moore's gift for storytelling excels. This is a smart, emotionally powerful literary page-turner."


Monday, September 12th at 7pm at Head House Books

We were so thrilled to host local bestselling author Jennifer Weiner for the release of her first young adult fiction book The Littlest Bigfoot. There was a lively discussion and signing from the acclaimed author, who is already getting rave reviews for the book. School Library Journal recently wrote-  "A heartwarming tale about friendship and belonging that will resonate with those young readers who have ever struggled to fit in or find their place in the world." The Litttlest Bigfoot is available for order now. 



Wednesday, September 21, 5:30 PM at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

It has been said that “Carl Rollyson knows more about biographies than anyone else in the world.” His subjects have included Lillian Hellman, Norman Mailer, Sylvia Plath and Susan Sontag. In Confessions of a Serial Biographer, Rollyson talks about his methods and strategies, and describes the mechanics of the biographer’s trade. “I aim,” Rollyson assures us, “to be resolutely indiscreet.” Reception and book signing to follow.

To RSVP or buy tickets visit the Athenaeum website  or call 215-925-2688
Free for Athenaeum members and $10 for general public


Wednesday, September 21, 11:30- 6:30pm 
Reinventing our Communities: Transforming our Economies 
A Conference Presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia at the Hilton at Penn's Landing

The seventh biennial Reinvesting Our Communities conference will address strategies to transform communities that connect people to the global economy; create places of opportunity that are equitable and benefit all residents; and leverage the collective skills, knowledge, and assets of residents.  Author Kathryn Edin will discuss her book $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America with a panel of distinguished community leaders; to be followed by a booksigning and reception. For more information on the entire conference see  



Friday, July 29th at 7pm at Head House Books

Amy Rose Spiegel is an editor and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NME, BuzzFeed, Dazed & Confused, The FADER, and many other publications. Join us for a discussion for her debut nonfiction book ACTION: A Book About Sex In addition to being a “how-to” book about sex, Amy Rose also tackles topics like consent, slut shaming, and the need for access to factual sex education. ACTION is also a celebration of sex by means of celebrating yourself, in all your unique desires, proclivities, passions and preferences.  A recent review states, “I’ve never actually laughed out loud so frequently in any reading experience, nor received such a thorough education in sexing healthily. Even the most literal, practical, graphic advice in this book is imbued with love, and with Amy Rose Spiegel’s singular voice.” –Tavi Gevinson, Editor-In-Chief, Rookie



Saturday, July 30th at 11pm at Head House Books

When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out 9 years ago, Head House Books was still in it's infancy. We are happy to report that with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production we will have a midnight release party. All ages are welcome, dressing up is encouraged but not required! We only want to bask in the glow of this exciting book.



Tuesday, July 12th at 7pm at Head House Books

Renowned travel writer Thomas Swick lived in Queen Village, Philadelphia before becoming the travel editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel for almost two decades. He has been to more than sixty countries and his reflections on them have appeared from National Geographic Traveler to The New York Review of Books. He spends his third and latest book The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them discussing what he discovers are the seven specific joys of travel through personal essays. Swick pinpoints the reasons why travel can be an enlightening and life-changing experience. Swick's first two books were  Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland (1991, Ticknor & Fields) and A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler (2003, The Lyons Press). He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



Wednesday, April 20th at 12:30pm at St. Peter's Church

Jeanne Murray Walker will read from her collection of poetry Helping the Morning. Jeanne Murray Walker (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is a poet and playwright whose work has been widely published and performed. She is the author of seven books of poetry in addition to a memoir, The Geography of Memory. Walker's work has been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, eight Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, the Glenna Luschei-Prairie Schooner Prize, many Pushcart nominations, inclusion in Best American Poetry, and inclusion in the 100-year anniversary anthology of Poetry magazine.



Sunday, April 24th at 3pm at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

WHYY presents iconic radio host Terry Gross in conversation with Philly's own Questlove. The Fresh Air host will conduct a live interview with The Roots percussionist at Harrison Auditorium on creativity and much, much, more in true Terry Gross fashion. Sure to be included in the lively discussion is Questlove's new book Something to Food About. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson formed The Roots in Philadelphia in 1987 with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter. After their success in the music industry for decades, the hip hop/neo soul group now serves as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Questlove is also the author of Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation.


Wednesday April 27, 2016 6:00pm at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and author Cokie Roberts to discuss her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, as she explores the wives, sisters, and female friends of the men leading America into, and through, the Civil War. Book signing to follow the discussion. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the events page on the HSP website. 


Wednesday April 27, 2016 6:30pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Robert K. Wittman (author of NYT Bestseller Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's stolen Treasures) and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David Kinney will discuss their new book The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich. The Devil's Diary explores the private notebook of the mind behind Nazi ideology, one Albert Rosenberg. The insight that his writings provide create a version of the Third Reich's rise to power as it has never been explored. The journal itself disappeared around the time of the Nuremberg trial so, Kinney and Wittman--the discoverer of the notebook-- take the reader on the decades long search for the artifact itself. For additional information and to purchase tickets call 215-925-2688 or visit the Athenaeum website.


Friday, April 15th at 1pm at the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show

Renowned interior designer Elissa Cullman had a discussion of her book The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman and Kravis. With lush full color images and a step by step breakdown detailing each project, Ms. Cullman provided fans with design inspiration amidst all the beautiful art and objects at the Philadelphia Antiques Show. A recent review states- "From a Colorado mountain retreat to a Fifth Avenue pied-a-terre, Cullman and Pruzan break down the nuts and bolts of their favorite projects (including some never before published) to show that successful design is all about the details." —Traditional Home  


Tuesday, April 12th at 6pm at Repo Records 538 South St.

Eric Spitznagel held a release party and discussion of his book Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for his Vinyl and his Past. Come see why the current vinyl renaissance has album sales resurging into the millions and climbing each year. Dave Eggers wrote in a recent review- "Memories are far more indelible when married to the physical world, and Spitznagel proves the point in this vivid book. We love vinyl records because they combine the tactile, the visual, the seeable effects of age and care and carelessness. When he searches for the records he lost and sold, Spitznagel is trying to return to a tangible past, and he details that process with great sensitivity and impact."


Wednesday, March 30 at 5:30 pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Nathaniel Popkin held a screening and discussion of the latest episode of the documentary series "Philadelphia: the Great Experiment". This episode Disorder focuses on Philadelphia from the 1820's through the 1840's. Nathaniel Popkin is the co-founder and co-editor of Hidden City Daily, an indispensable resource for anyone interested in Philadelphia, past, present, and future, and senior writer of the film documentary “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.” He is the author of Song of the City: An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape and the novel Lion and Leopard. His literary criticism appears regularly in the Wall Street Journal and the Kenyon Review. Mr. Popkin led a panel discussion following the film with Sharon Ann Holt, History Department, Penn State Abington, Caryn Hunt, President, PA NOW, and Dan Biddle, author of Tasting Freedom.   For more information visit the Athenaeum website.   

Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm at Head House Books

Julie Gard read from her debut book of poetry Home Studies (New River Press). Home Studies is a series of flash nonfiction-like pieces that illuminate queer midwestern family life as the author has known it, including long-term lesbian partnership, adoptive parenting, and survival of an arson attempt. Home Studies is currently a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and Scout Magazine recently wrote that the poems possess "a stealth so intelligent that the reader is often caught unawares, as the careful perceptions quietly at work here settle in."

Julie Gard teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Superior. Her prose poems and stories have appeared in 50 or so literary magazines and anthologies, and has published chapbooks with Finishing Line Press and Tiger's Eye Press.

Wednesday, March 16, at 5:30 PM at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Thom Nickels discussed some of the important writers who have lived in and around Philadelphia over the past two centuries, as well as some of the city’s most eccentric and notable early booksellers.The talk explored why Philadelphia was known as “Sin City” in the 18th Century and shed new light on authors such as Bayard Taylor, Walt Whitman, George Lippard, Edgar Allan Poe, James Michener, and touch on the mostly ignored artistic legacy of Agnes Repplier, “the Jane Austen of America” who once shared a bit of whiskey with Whitman. 

Thom Nickels is a poet and the City Beat editor at ICON magazine, a weekly columnist for Spirit Newspapers, a blogger for the Huffington Post and the author of 11 books. He was the 2005 recipient of the Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism.  For additional information visit the Athenaeum website. 

Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30 pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Ben Yagoda talks about his new book, The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song and explains changes in American music after WWII. The talk will include musical selections.

Ben Yagoda is Professor of Journalism at the University of Delaware and the author of such highly-praised books as Will Rogers: A Biography, About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made, and Memoir: A History.  Reception and book signing to follow. For additional information  visit the Athenaeum website. 

Wednesday, February 3 from at 7:00PM at Pen and Pencil Club

Matt Katz discussed his book American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption at the Pen and Pencil Club. Katz was among the team awarded a Peabody Award for reporting what eventually became known at "Bridgegate," the Chris Christie scandal. Since reporting that collection of storieshe has continued to follow and research Christie--from his family's origins in America to the announcement of his presidential run.

Matt Katz's career in journalism began in 2000, starting with school boards and planning in New Jersey to the Christie campaign. He works for New Jersey Public Radio.

SundayDecember 6 from 2:00-4:00PM at the Athenaeum

Industrial Philadelphia, Past and Present is a juried art exhibition and sale presented by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

This exhibition celebrates the significant role the Philadelphia region has played, and continues to play, in our country's industrial life. All submitted works must depict some aspect of industry, past or present, in the six-county region (Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester,Delaware, and Camden). Tickets and additional information available here

WednesdayDecember 9 at 5:30PM at the Athenaeum

Marjorie G. Jones discussed her book, The Life & Times of Mary Vaux Walcott. Spanning two centuries, it tells the story of a remarkable Philadelphia Quaker (1860-1940), whose life as an avid explorer, glaciologist, photographer, BIA commissioner & above all, renowned illustrator of North American wildflowers, earned her the sobriquet Audubon of Botany.

 Marjorie G. Jones is the author of Frances Yates & the Hermetic Tradition, the first biography of the noted British historian. A graduate of Wheaton College, Norton MA, the Rutgers School of Law & the Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York City, she is a member of Writing Women’s Lives Seminar in NYC.

Friday, November 20 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at WHYY

Join Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia Bastianich, as she discusses her newest cookbook, Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook with WHYY’s Elisabeth Perez-Luna. Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine is a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking, coauthored with Lidia’s daughter, Tanya—covering everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

Before the program, attend a member-only reception with hors d'oeuvres inspired by Lidia's new cookbook provided by DiAntonio’s Catering.



WednesdayNovember 18 at 5:30PM at the Athenaeum

James McClelland and Lynn Miller discuss their book, City in a Park. Begun in the 19th century as a civic effort to provide a clean water supply to Philadelphia, Fairmount Park also furnished public grounds for boat races and hiking, among other activities. Millions travel to the city to view its 18th-century villas, attend boat races on the Schuylkill River, visit the Philadelphia Zoo, hear concerts in summer, stroll the city’s historic squares, and enjoy its enormous collection of public art. In City in a Park, the authors provide an affectionate and comprehensive history of this 200-year-old network of parks.

James McClelland is a freelance writer whose work focuses on the arts. He is Executive Director Emeritus of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the author of The Martinos: A Legacy of Art and Fountains of Philadelphia: A Guide. Athenaeum stockholder Lynn Miller is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Temple University. He is the author of Global Order: Values and Power in International Politics and Crossing the Line (a novel), and the co-author (with Annette H. Emgarth) of French Philadelphia: The French Cultural & Historical Presence in the Delaware Valley.

Saturday and SundayNovember 14-15 at 11AM-3PM both days at Head House Books

Part of the First Person Arts Festival Presented by PNC Arts Alive

Why is it so hard to write compelling, authentic scenes about some of our most primal experiences? Writers sometimes sidestep such themes as sex and death by falling back on euphemism, cliché, or formula. In this workshop we’ll focus on how to write in the face of taboo, and create bold, genuine narrative around such “risky” topics. Additional information and tickets available here. 

WednesdayNovember 11 at 8 PM at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Part of the First Person Arts Festival Presented by PNC Arts Alive

What began as a big dream of a small town filled with ghosts, angels, aliens and government conspiracies has become one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes today, and a newly released novel. Hear the true story of how an out-of-this-world idea inspired a new reality for creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, as they are interviewed by podcast star Cecil Baldwin about their debut novel which is based on the podcast of the same name. You don’t have to be a fan or listener to enjoy this show! Featuring musical guest Disparition. A book signing concludes the event. Additional information and tickets available here. 

Saturday November 7 at 3:30PM-5PM at Head House Books

Part of the First Person Arts Festival Presented by PNC Arts Alive

Do you dream of becoming a published author, but aren’t quite sure how to get there? Quirk Books Publisher and Editor Jason Rekulak presents tips and suggestions for getting your work published in today's competitive marketplace. From polishing your manuscript, to writing a query letter, to finding the right market for your book, Rekulak will draw on 20 years experience as an editor to help you advance your work from page to print. Additional information and tickets available here. 

Saturday and SundayNovember 7-8 at 11AM-3PM both days at Head House Books

Part of the First Person Arts Festival Presented by PNC Arts Alive

In this workshop, we'll tap into the stories that are waiting just for you. You'll get a solid foundation in the craft of writing personal essays and memoir as well as opportunities to access your inherent creativity and celebrate its power. By investigating the fundamental tenets of constructing an authentic self on the page, this workshop will help you to deepen your connection to your material, craft memorable and original prose, and discover your own voice. Additional information and tickets available here. 

WednesdayNovember 4 at 5:30 PM at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Mark Reinberger discusses his book, The Philadelphia Country House, an examination of the country houses urban gentry built on the outskirts of Philadelphia, the influence of British architecture, and the reponse to local economic and social needs. Reinberger, the first scholar awarded a Peterson Fellowship in 1988, is now professor of architecture at the University of Georgia. Elizabeth McLean, long know for her research on historical landscape and gardens, is a research associate in botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. 

Book signing and reception to follow. Additional information and tickets available here.

SaturdayOctober 31 at 5:30 PM at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Raghu Karnad discusses his nonfiction epic, Farthest Field. Farthest Field narrates the lost epic of India’s war, in which the largest volunteer army in history fought for the British Empire, even as its countrymen fought to be free of it. It carries us from Madras to Peshawar, Egypt to Burma—unfolding the saga of a young family amazed by their swiftly changing world and swept up in its violence.

Raghu Karnad is an award-winning writer and journalist who lives between Bangalore and New Delhi, India. His essay detailing the origins of this book was described by Simon Schama as “nothing short of brilliant.” Farthest Field is his first book. 

Book signing and reception to follow.  Additional information and tickets available here. 

WednesdayOctober 28, at 5:30 PM at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Stephen Hague discusses his book on the eighteenth-century Georgian mansion.  Between the late 17th century and 1780, compact classical houses developed as a distinct architectural type. From small country estates to provincial towns and their outskirts, ‘gentlemen’s houses’ proliferated in Britain and its American colonies.

Stephen Hague, the recipient of a Charles E. Peterson Fellowship in 2012, teaches modern European, British and British imperial history at Rowan University in New Jersey.Book siging and refreshments to follow. Admission $10 or free for Athenaeum members. Additional information and tickets available here. 

Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30pm at the Athenaeum

Nancy G. Heller will be lecturing about the John Signer Sargent painting, El Jaleo, a large-scale painting which he painted out of his fascination with Gypsy culture and dance. Heller is a professor of Modern & Contemporary Art History at the University of the Arts. Her most recent books are the 4th edition of Women Artists: An Illustrated History (Abbeville Press) and Why a Painting is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art (Princeton University Press). She has studied and performed Spanish dance since the 1980s and was the American correspondent for Flamenco International Magazine. Dr. Heller earned her MA and Ph.D. at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She will bring with her to this presentation a number of flamenco costumes and accessories, for attendees to examine.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, with book signing and reception to follow.  Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

Saturday, October 17 at 12:30pm-3:00pm at the Drexelbrook Catering and Special Event Center

At this WHYY-hosted event, author Patrick J. Kennedy discussed his lastest book, A Common Struggle, which will be released October 5. In the book, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles. Following the discussion, the book was available for signing. A Common Struggle was available for purchase at the event. 


Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

John L. Puckett and Mark Frazier Lloyd discussed Becoming Penn: The Pragmatic American University, 1950-2000. shares the interwoven history, university politics and urban policy which came into play during these years of change. Drawing upon both photographs and documents in the University Archives and from the City of Philadelphia, the authors enlighten the reader on this catalytic time in the University’s history which saw the presidencies of Martin Meyerson, Sheldon Hackney, and others. Book siging and reception following the event. Admission $10 or free for Athenaeum members. Program description and tickets available here. 



Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm at Head House Books

Michael Gould-Wartofsky discussed his new book about the 99% movement, The Occupiers. In The Occupiers, Michael Gould-Wartofsky offers a front-seat view of the action in the streets of New York City and beyond. Through the use of material gathered in the course of eighty interviews and two years of on-the-ground investigation, Gould-Wartofsky traces the occupation of Zuccotti Park—and some of its counterparts across the United States and around the world—from inception to eviction. He takes up the challenges the occupiers faced and explores the ways in which occupied squares became focal points for an emerging opposition to the politics of austerity, restricted democracy, and the power of corporate America. Signing following the event.



Saturday, Oct 3 at 1:00pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Vincent D. Feldman discussed his photography book City Abandandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia. Photographs from the book are currently on display at the Athenaeum, where the event will be held. Vincent D. Feldman, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, has been photographing architecture and the urban landscape for three decades.  In the early 1990s his photography came to concentrate on the conflicts and questions that often surround historic buildings in Philadelphia. Feldman's photography helps uncover the stories attached to buildings, thus revealing the nature of the societies in which these structures were built—and then neglected. Book signing and reception following the discussion. Admission $10 or free for Athenaeum members. Program description and tickets available here.

Saturday, September 19 at 1:30pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Vincent D. Feldman discussed his photography book City Abandandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia. Vincent D. Feldman, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, has been photographing architecture and the urban landscape for three decades.  In the early 1990s his photography came to concentrate on the conflicts and questions that often surround historic buildings in Philadelphia. Feldman's photography helps uncover the stories attached to buildings, thus revealing the nature of the societies in which these structures were built—and then neglected. Book signing and reception to follow the discussion. Admission $10 or free for Athenaeum members. Program description and tickets available here. 

Tuesday, September 8 at 11:30am at WHYY

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of Voices in the Family, hosted an event on September 8th from noon-2pm at WHYY. For nearly 30 years, Voices in the Family hosts thoughtful discussions dealing with the many aspects of personality, psychology, and inter-personal relationships. Dr. Gottlieb's books were available for sale and signing before and following the talk. 




Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30pm at Zipco Wine Cellars

A talk with Dr. David Casarett, author of Stoned: The Case For Medical Marijuana was hosted at the Zipco Wine Cellars warehouse. His book has been described as "[o]ften humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, and full of counterintuitive conclusions." In Stoned, Casarett  "offers a compassionate and much-needed medical practitioner’s perspective on the potential of this misunderstood plant."



Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30pm at FringeArts

Poet Saul Williams performed at this spoken word event at FringeArts. His latest book of poetry, US(a.), will be released the same day, with copies available for sale at the event. Saul Williams is an acclaimed poet, musician, and actor. The film Slam, which he co-wrote and starred in, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (1998), and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He has contributed to The New York Times, voiced Jean-Michel Basquiat in Downtown 81, and cut records with Rick Rubin and Trent Reznor. He has spoken at more than 200 universities where his poetry has been added to the curriculum of dozens of creative writing programs, and has taught poetry/performance workshops around the world. He recently starred in the Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me. His other books include S/HE, ,said the shotgun to the head., and The Dead Emcee Scrolls. 

Thursday, June 18th at 7pm at Head House Books

 Bob Fernandez discussed his new book The Chocolate Trust: Deception, Indenture and Secrets at the $12 Billion Milton Hershey School.  Bob Fernandez is a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, currently covering the telecommunications and media industries. He has won multiple journalism awards since his career began in 1987, including for his stories on the Hershey Trust. His first story on the Trust appeared in the Inquirer in 2001.

Tuesday, June 16th at 7pm at Head House Books

John Benditt discussed his novel "The Boatmaker." A recent review in Time Out New York states "The Boatmaker is already one of our favorite books of the year: a true odyssey about one man’s complicated journey away from his native island." The Boatmaker is John Benditt's first novel. He has a background in journalism and poetry and previously served as an editor at Scientific American and as Editor-in-Chief of Technology Review, published by MIT. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College he studied with Adrienne Rich and was awarded the John Russell Hayes Poetry Prize by Robert Creeley. He grew up in Seattle and lives in Brooklyn.

Thursday, June 15th at 6pm at Head House Books

The Barnard Club of Philadelphia presented: "From Barnard to a Life in Fiction:  Author Talk with Stephanie Feldman"
Stephanie Feldman—Barnard alumna (’05) and fiction author— discussed her journey from Barnard student to author of the acclaimed book The Angel of Losses (Ecco/HarperCollins 2014).  Stephanie read a brief excerpt from her book and took questions.  The perfect event for booklovers, aspiring authors, and publishing professionals!




Tuesday, June 9th at 7pm at Head House Books

We hosetd Lauren Saft, for a great discussion and launch party for her debut young adult novel Those Girls. Set in a high school in the Philadelphia suburbs; a recent School Library Journal review states-" Saft gives readers a look at the complicated relationships between high school girlfriends. The female characters she crafts are complex."


Friday, May 29th at 7:30pm at the Tattoed Mom- 530 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

"Party Like a President" author Brian Abrams hosted a book signing and discussion, moderated by Geekadelphia's Chris Urie about the 100-proof history of our nation’s leaders and lechers, from a pill-popping Richard Nixon to a tail-chasing Woodrow Wilson to a skinny-dipping JFK, and much more.


Tuesday, May 26th at 7pm at Head House Books

David S. Cohen discussed his book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism. David S. Cohen is a renowned scholar in constitutional law and gender, sex segregation, masculinity, and violence against abortion providers. He is an associate professor of law at Drexel University School of Law, serves on the board of directors of the Women's Law Project, and regularly contributes articles to, Feminist Law Professors and Faculty Lounge. 

Saturday, May 16th at 9am at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

We were thrilled to be the official bookseller at The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania event #GirlPop2015. This was an incredible day of non-stop fun that  features an exciting lineup of guest speakers, interactive breakout sessions, a hands-on Hall of Experiences, and plenty of opportunities to meet and connect with thousands of other girls. Featured authors included Jenna Bush Hager, Mo'ne Davis and Ame Dyckman. All girls in grades K-12 are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, May 12th at 6pm at Head House Books

Young Women's Initiative led a book discussion in preparation of Janet Mock's acceptance of the Women's Way Prize. Janet Mock will discuss the enriching stories about trans-women she shares in her memoir Redefining Realness. Kel Kroehle, director of The Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center and contributing writer at Everyday Feminism, will moderate this discussion around the importance of trans* experiences and identities in feminist thought and work. 

Monday, May 4th at 6:30pm at Head House Books

Local authors Liz Abrams-Morley and Anne Kaier read from their latest books.  Anne Kaier read from her new memoir: Home with Henry “Pet lovers will lap up this charming cat memoir!” John Grogan author of Marley and Me. Liz Abrams-Morley read from her latest collection of poetry Inventory. “Liz Abrams-Morley has done something wonderful here, transforming the mundane language of our lives into poems of richness and depth... in this collection about mothers, daughters, fathers, sisters and friends, all making their inventories, all trying to say something about their time here” Dorianne Laux author of The Book of Men

Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:30pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Mary Bergstein presented In Looking Back One Learns to See: Marcel Proust and Photography. The book features over 90 illustrations and brings to light Proust's visual imagination, his visual metaphors and his photographic resoursces and imaginings.


Wednesday, March 25th at 5:30pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Sue Eisenfeld discussed her book Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal. A recent Kirkus Reviews states “Eisenfeld writes about Shenandoah the way Annie Proulx writes about Wyoming or Edward Abbey about the deserts of the Southwest: pristine, unsentimental, eloquent prose.” Sue Eisenfeld is a freelance writer, communications consultant, and faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program.

Thursday, March 12th at 6pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Join architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important, but largely forgotten architects. A discussion of their book New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross will be followed by a reception. For tickets and event details click here.



Wednesday, March 11th at 5:30pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Peter Binzen led a dicussion of  Richardson Dilworth: The Last of the Bare Knuckled Autocrats with Jonathan Binzen. Peter Binzen was a reporter, editor, and columnist for more than 30 years at The Philadelphia Bulletin, and for more than 20 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of The Cop Who Would Be KingFor tickets and event details click here.

Wednesday, February 25th at 5:30 pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Cordelia Biddle discussed her biography Saint Katherine: The Life of Katherine Drexel.
“Powerful and profoundly moving, Saint Katharine is a book of rich and lively scholarship and of deeply felt devotion. You will not be able to put it down.”—Donald Spoto, author of Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi For tickets and event details click here.


Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm at Head House Books

We were pleased to host Concha Allborg as she discusses her new memoir Divorce After Death. Concha Alborg earned a PhD in Spanish Literature from Temple University and has been a professor at Saint Joseph's University for twenty years. In addition to numerous academic publications on contemporary women writers, she has published two collections of short stories: Una noche en casa (Madrid, 1995) and Beyond Jet-Lag (New Jersey, 2000) and a novel, American in Translation: A Novel in Three Novellas (Indiana, 2011).  

Thursday, November 13th at 8pm at Christ Church Neighborhood House

First Person Arts Festival presented Sane New World, a one-woman show performed by Ruby Wax based on her book Sane New World: A User's Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind. 





Thursday, November 13th at 7:30pm at Head House Books

Cordelia Biddle discussed her new book Saint Katherine: The Life of Katherine Drexel. A recent review of the bookstates- “Powerful and profoundly moving, Saint Katharine is a book of rich and lively scholarship and of deeply felt devotion. You will not be able to put it down.”- Donald Spoto, author of Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi  






Wednesday, November 5th 6:30 pm at Head House Books

Susan Morse will discuss her latest book The Dog Stays in the Picture: Life Lessons From A Rescued Greyhound. 






Tuesday, November 4th 6pm at Le Meridien Philadelphia- 1421 Arch Street

First Person Arts presents an evening with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. The evening begins with a dinner prepared by Marcus Samuelsson and Jennifer Carroll based on his most recent cookbook of home recipes Marcus Off Duty. A book signing will conclude the evening. 

VIP Reception from 6-7pm. Main event opens at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm. Tickets, pricing and additional information available at First Person Arts. 






Saturday, October 25th at 4pm at Head House Books 

We celebrated the 215 Festival with a reading from Ixnay Press poets Sandra Simmonds, Pattie McCarthy and Jenn McCreary.




Thursday, September 18th at 7:30pm at Head House Books

Join us for a discussion with Denny Somach on Get the Led Out about rock legends Led Zeppelin. The wrote in a recent review- "Get the Led Out is a beautiful coffee table book that any fan would love to devour."





Wednesday, September 10th at 6pm at Philadelphia Institute Library

Diane Hale discussed her new book "Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered." Author presentation followed by a reception. A recent Publishers Weekly review says of the book, “Entertaining…Combining history, whimsical biography, personal travelogue, and love letter to Italy, the book portrays Lisa Gherardini has a Renaissance Everywoman…an accessible, vivid examination of women’s lives in Florence in that period.”


Wednesday, September 10th at 12pm at Le Meridien, 1421 Arch Street

First Person Arts and Harmelin Media celebrated  their annual fundraiser and a luncheon and book signing with Lily Ledbetter, women's activist and author of "Grace and Grit." 

Additional information at First Person Arts 





Wednesday, August 6th at 5:30pm at Le Cheri, 251 S. 18th Street

Richard Vague on his new release of "The Next Economic Disaster." 

Ed Luce, Chief U.S. financial columnist for Financial Times writes: "Economists failed to predict the 2007 meltdown and they're on the course to miss the next one too. As a consumer lending practitioner who saw it coming, Richard Vague's voice should not be ignored. His emphasis on the dangers of rising private household debt is a key to both the last crisis and the next. This book is a must read."  

Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 PM at Head House Books  

The Removers

It was a wonderful evening hosting Andrew Meredith as he discussed his book The Removers.

Salvatore Scibona, author of The End, writes "The Removers" is for anyone whose adolescence has taken too long, whose hands need useful work, or who wants to put his family grudges away and get on with the rewards of adult life - such as the wicked laughs and the sweet, tender, singing prose of this wonderful book."


Wednesday, June 18th at 7:30pm at Head House Books

Louis Greenstein discussed his new book of growing up on the shore in "Mr. Boardwalk."

Louis Greenstein’s writing has crossed multiple genres, from scripts for the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon series Rugrats to stage plays performed by theaters around the country.  Several of his plays are available in print and his work has been honored with a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His musical show,One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro, co-written with performer Kate Ferber, travels to multiple venues in New York City and elsewhere.  Mr. Boardwalk is his first novel.  




Thursday, June 19th at 7:30 pm at Head House Books

A discussion of When I first Held You edited by Brian Gresko and The Scientists: A Family Romance by Marco Roth led by Pen Parentis Literary Salon of Philadelphia.

Brian Gresko is the editor of When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs,Challenges and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood (Berkeley Books, 2014). His work has appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Glimmer Train Stories and online at Salon,, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other sites. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Stephanie Feldman grew up in Philadelphia and studied writing at the University of Pennsylvania and Barnard College. She lives in the greater Philadelphia area with her husband and daugher. The Angel of Losses (Ecco, July 2014) is her first novel.

Marco Roth is the author of The Scientist: A Family Romance (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,2012) and a founding co-editor of the magazinen+1. He lives in Philadelphia with his daughter.  



Thursday, June 12th at 7 pm at Head House Books

We loved hosting Kevin Morris' discussion of his new collection of stories "White Man's Problems."

Life undermines the pursuit of success and status in these rich, bewildering stories. True to the title, the heroes of Morris’ first volume of fiction try to figure out the conundrums of love, career and family at every stage of the white male life cycle... His wonderfully evocative prose finds a world in tiny details of gesture and setting, in the casually arrogant stirring of coffee or the drab décor of a hotel room “conceived in mediocrity.” The result is a clear-eyed, finely wrought and mordantly funny take on a modern predicament by a new writer with loads of talent. 
- Kirkus starred review




Monday, May 19 at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th St

In partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Adrian Raine discusses his book The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime   



Thursday, May 8 at 6:00PM at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th St

In partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

George H. Marcus discusses his book The Houses of Louis Kahn 



Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 PM at The College of Physicians, 19 S 22nd St   

We're excited to be participating in the Murder at the Mutter event!  

Participants will gather at 2:30 for a forensic investigation, followed by a reception where Lisa Rosner will sign copies of The Anatomy Murders 




Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00PM at Head House Books

WHYY's Dan Gottlieb discusses his new book The Wisdom We're Born With 



Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th St

In partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia in co-sponsorship with the Philadelphia Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Nancy S. Steinhardt discussed the classical tradition in Chinese architecture and the Beaux Arts


Thursday, March 13 at 7:00pm at Head House Books

Keri White discussed her book The Mommy Code: A New Mom's Guide to Surviving Parenthood 

See Keri on Good Day Philadelphia 

Read Richard's review on his blog


Sunday, February 23 at 10:00am at Little Shul, 2015 South 4th St

In partnership with the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History

Alisa Solomon discussed her book Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof  


Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm at Head House Books

Warren Hoffman discussed his book The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical 


Thursday, March 6 at 5:30pm at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th St

In partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Diane Jacobs discussed her book Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters 



February 21, 2014

In partnership with the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program

J.C. Todd led Go Figure! A Poetry Workshop For Writers of All Genres 




February 20, 2014

Joe Cross discussed his book The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet: Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Feel Amazing 



February 19, 2014

In partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Bob Brier discussed his book Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs


November 21, 2013

In partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Rosemary Flannery discussed her book Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour Through the History of Paris


November 14, 2013

In partnership with First Person Arts

Ana Castillo and Angela Davis conversed with Sonia Sanchez



November 10, 2013

In partnership with First Person Arts

Beth Kephart discussed her book Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir with Dani Shapiro who discussed her book Still Writing: The Pleasure and Perils of a Creative Life


November 6, 2013

In partnership with First Person Arts

Toni Morrison and Rita Dove conversed with Sonia Sanchez



September 12, 2013

Jo Piazza discussed her book Love Rehab: A Novel In Twelve Steps 





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