July 13, 2015 |
Jen Bryant, 55, of Glenmoore has penned more than 30 books for young readers, ranging from nonfiction picture books to novels in verse. Her most recent work, The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus , illustrated with vibrant multimedia art by Melissa Sweet, was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and was named a Caldecott Honor Book this year. Given late last month at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco, the annual Sibert award is for the most distinguished U.S. children's informational book in English during the preceding year.
July 8, 2015 |
Caitlin Moran talks so fast, my digital recorder couldn't keep up. I wanted to catch every word - because, as the English columnist, TV critic/celebrity writer, satirist, novelist, public intellectual, now-wave feminist, and funnyperson vroomed on at comet speed, she was talking more sense per femtosecond than your average extraordinarily gifted person. Moran, who will speak Thursday at the Free Library, is cobbling together a cool, fresh way of thinking the future into being.
June 19, 2015 |
Your relationship with your hometown can be complicated. Add media representation and identity politics to the mix, and that rapport becomes even thornier. These are some of the issues explored in the essays that make up City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis , a collection released by literary magazine n+1 - some essays originally appeared on the mag's website - and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Anthology coeditor Stephen Squibb, n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici, and contributor Elias Rodriques, who currently lives in Philadelphia, will speak at the Free Library of Philadelphia on June 22. The authors chronicle how their hometowns, and the issues within, influenced them.
June 11, 2015 |
While an upper-class student in the late 1940s at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Margaret McFate met A. Richard Webster on a blind date arranged by his sister, a Shipley classmate. "They met at a train platform, the Bryn Mawr train station," where he had come from his mother's home in Merion, their daughter Beth Stouffer said. "He looked very young, but he was smoking a pipe and trying to appear much older than he was," she said. Webster had dropped out of Amherst College by the time they met and, "right after she had graduated" from Shipley in 1950, "they had gotten a marriage license" and hoped to elope.
June 9, 2015 |
* ODD MOM OUT. 10 tonight, Bravo. * BECOMING US. 9 tonight, ABC Family. PHILLY'S Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky aren't done with New York. TV writers who explored singles and friendship in "Sex and the City" and took viewers backstage on Broadway in "Smash," the longtime writing partners take a bite out of another Big Apple subculture in Bravo's new comedy "Odd Mom Out. " The show, premiering tonight in back-to-back episodes, stars Jill Kargman, an Upper East Sider who plays an only slightly more outrageous version of herself as a well-off but not super-rich mother of three trying to stay afloat in a sea of affluence.
May 25, 2015 |
David W. Bartelt, 70, of Ardmore, a teacher and writer who worked to achieve racial and economic parity in housing in America's cities and suburbs, died Friday, May 15, of cancer at Sunrise of Haverford. A Philadelphia native, Dr. Bartelt spent his scholarly career looking at an array of categories such as racial and economic inequality and exploring how they related to housing in different neighborhoods. Once he amassed data, he wrote and lectured on his findings. He conducted his research first as a professor in the sociology department at Glassboro State College and later in the geography and urban studies department at Temple University.
May 8, 2015 |
FOR COMICS writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, coming to Wizard World Comic Con Philly (through Sunday at the Convention Center) is like coming home. "I have a sentimental attachment to Philadelphia," said Fingeroth, who is best known for editing the Spider-Man group of titles for Marvel in the 1990s. "I grew up in New York. If my family wanted to go away for a weekend or a few days, we'd often go to Philadelphia. "I remember the Mummers Parade and just enjoying some old-time Jewish neighborhoods," he continued.
May 8, 2015 |
THE MAN who helped Spider-Man reach the "big time" is coming back to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard Philly 2015 - and he couldn't be happier. "I've been to Wizard Philly numerous times. I love Philly," said Dan Slott, one of the most popular and prolific writers working in comics today. "I am most looking forward to finally putting to rest . . . Pat's or Geno's? The eternal question! Though, I hear if I want the real Philly cheesesteak experience, I have to stray from the bright lights of Pat's and Geno's.
April 14, 2015 |
David R. Boldt, 73, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an Inquirer opinion editor and steward of the paper's Sunday magazine during an acclaimed 28-year career, died Sunday, April 12, of pancreatic cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif. Mr. Boldt's career at The Inquirer spanned the years 1972 to 2000. He was among the editorial talent recruited by executive editor Eugene L. Roberts Jr. in the 1970s that helped build The Inquirer into a winner of multiple Pulitzer Prizes. Perhaps his most public face was as editorial page editor from 1988 to 1998, when he was unafraid to take unpopular stands on sensitive topics.
April 13, 2015 |
She was "Our Gal in Paris. " That's how Rubye Graham was billed on the front page of The Inquirer for her reviews of top fashion designers during the 1960s and early '70s. Rubye Graham Hennessy, as she was later known, was tasked with making the newspaper's fashion coverage more exciting. She arrived in 1959, and by 1966 - well, this is how Philadelphia Magazine described her entrance to a Paris restaurant packed with the elite of haute couture: " Everyone will be at Maxim's.