June 13, 2016 |
A YOUNG mother gives up her newborn baby boy for adoption only months before her own high school graduation. The mother is 17. Nearly 50 years later, the mother, Victoria Huggins Peurifoy, tells the story in a letter to a son she saw only once. In a poem based off a family photograph, which includes a little girl, Carol Richardson McCullough writes of the sister she never met. The toddler died before McCullough was born. These are samples of the stories and poems collected in two new books, Anthology 2 and Portraits Through Time.
June 3, 2016
ED BARKOWITZ It's fun to imagine what Dr. James Naismith would think of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. It'd probably be something along the lines of a caveman trying to figure out an iPhone. As dazzling as the "Splash Brothers" are, this is LeBron James' moment. There are no excuses. The Cavaliers had plenty of rest breezing through the NBA's JV conference while Golden State was pushed to seven games in a wonderful West Finals. James will have help this year from Kevin Love and, more importantly, Kyrie Irving.
June 3, 2016 |
The Rosenbach Museum and Library is always on the alert for a good literary anniversary - or an anniversary that can be celebrated through literature. The former is coming up June 16 - Bloomsday, the Rosenbach's annual celebration of James Joyce's novel Ulysses , which takes place on that date in 1904. The Rosenbach event has grown over the last 20-plus years to include readings, concerts, and even a Bloomsday 101 trivia quiz at Fergie's Pub. This year marks the centenary of the Irish Easter Rising, and the Rosenbach will host a literary celebration to mark that occasion Thursday evening, when contemporary Irish writers will take the stage of the Montgomery Auditorium at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
May 30, 2016 |
It's hard to think of a contemporary writer as quintessentially Philadelphian as Diane McKinney-Whetstone. The Chestnut Hill resident, who grew up in West Philadelphia, creates characters firmly rooted in the city and its neighborhoods, its parks and streets, its slums and mansions. Anchored by the city, her stories explore the nitty-gritty of life for ordinary people who live on either side of racial and class divides. Her best-selling 1996 debut, Tumbling , was set in South Philadelphia during the 1940s and '50s.
May 22, 2016
Rittenhouse Writers Reflections on a Fiction Workshop By James Rahn Paul Dry Books. 254 pp. $20 Reviewed by Kathye Fetsko Petrie In 1988, James Rahn - a high school dropout turned Penn graduate turned porn writer turned unemployed Columbia MFA - with great trepidation, slim experience, and not much planning, launched a literary fiction workshop called the Rittenhouse Writers' Group. From the beginning, things go wrong. The door to the Rittenhouse Square building where the first class is to take place is locked.
May 9, 2016 |
Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities is an urbanist classic that fleshes out the great woman's theories with real-world examples. Because Jacobs lived in the Northeast, her reference points are often the cities from Washington to Boston - most definitely including Philadelphia. Now, as part of the Jane's Walk 2016 series, locals have the opportunity to tour the sights in our city that inspired her (or could have). Jane's Walk events are held across the world on the first weekend in May in honor of her birthday (May 4)
April 12, 2016
THREE longtime Daily News editors have won national awards for headline writing from the American Copy Editors Society. The Daily News awards, for headlines written in 2015 at newspapers below 100,000 circulation, went to: * First place, staff portfolio: Joe Berkery, Doug Darroch, Drew McQuade (Seed Money, Acting Our Rage, The New Furor, Shot of Heroine, Chaka Con, Frock Star, To D.I.Y. For, I'm Calling Momcast!, Where the Gun Don't Shine, Prints of Thieves) * First place, individual portfolio: Doug Darroch (We're Shattered, Seed Money, Punching Up the Plot, Where the Gun Don't Shine, To D.I.Y.
March 13, 2016 |
Literary Philadelphia A History of Poetry & Prose in the City of Brotherly Love By Thom Nickels Arcadia. 160 pp. $21.99 Reviewed by Kathye Fetsko Petrie Agnes Repplier (1855-1950) was known as the "American Jane Austen," her work praised by no less than Henry James, Walt Whitman, and Edith Wharton. Who knew? "She was world-famous," journalist/author Thom Nickels said recently at a reading of his new book, Literary Philadelphia , at Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square.
March 4, 2016 |
When Kevin M. Touhey would speak to football players at Shawnee High School in Medford, he wouldn't talk about winning. "He was trying to get them to trust each other," said Tim Gushue, head football coach there. "He was focusing on the intrinsic value of playing sports. " As the team approached the 2002 season, "we were struggling, a dysfunctional group," Gushue said, until a friend recommended Mr. Touhey. Since 2002, when Mr. Touhey began his weekly motivational sessions during each football season, Gushue said, "we've won six state championships.
February 7, 2016 |
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume 3, 1926-1929 Edited by Rena Sanderson, Sandra Spanier, and Robert W. Trogdon Cambridge University Press. 731 pp. $45. Perhaps no 20th-century writer has had a greater influence than Ernest Hemingway. His novels, short stories, and journalism are penetrating and iconic; his personal life, thinly veiled in his fiction, was the stuff of drama and romance. Hemingway was rich, famous, and beloved by millions of readers worldwide.