November 6, 2014 |
Seymour Shubin, 93, of Paoli, a best-selling mystery writer, died Sunday, Nov. 2, at his home of complications from an earlier fall. Mr. Shubin's books were reviewed in The Inquirer, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Daily News, and other publications. He was an influential part of the Philadelphia literary scene in the 1970s and 1980s, winning many major awards for fiction writing. Mr. Shubin was born in Philadelphia to Isadore and Ida Shubin, Russian immigrants active in the Jewish community.
November 4, 2014 |
Tom Hanks, man of letters Seems James Franco and Snooki aren't the only celebs who know how to write stories and poems and books and such. Tom Hanks , 58, the only human on the planet it is impossible to dislike (even we can't help but adore the perennial movie good guy), has signed with Alfred A. Knopf to publish a collection of his short stories. Hanks, who recently published a yarn in the New Yorker, says each story is inspired by a piece from his extensive collection of typewriters.
October 29, 2014 |
JIM MOFFATT once wrote that he used to tell his journalism students at Rutgers-Camden, "Just remember that while you guys are doing sex and drugs on Friday nights, I'm chasing commas at the Inquirer. " It never failed to get a laugh, although he wrote that once, after delivering the quip, an older student remarked, "Mr. Moffatt, you ought to get a life. " "Gee, I said to myself, I thought I had a life," he wrote. The piece was a sort of farewell note to the newspaper business, printed in the Inquirer on Nov. 11, 1996, shortly before his retirement after 32 years as a copy editor.
October 28, 2014 |
Betty White Bohlen, 94, a writer and longtime resident of the Quadrangle in Haverford, died Thursday, Oct. 16, of respiratory failure at home. Mrs. Bohlen spent most of her adult life on the Main Line. She graduated from Abington High School in 1938. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and creative writing in 1943 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she pledged the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. An author, Mrs. Bohlen wrote two novels and many articles and stories for such publications as the Chestnut Hill Local and the Quadrangle Times.
September 20, 2014 |
Does God exist? What was Nixon really like? And perhaps most important: Will the Eagles make it to the Super Bowl? You can ask Sam Harris, Henry Kissinger, and Ray Didinger those questions, or anything else on your mind. Authors Harris ( Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion ); Kissinger ( World Order ), and Didinger ( The New Eagles Encyclopedia ) may not give you the definitive answers, but they will give you highly informed opinions. They are just three on the impressive roster of more than 50 writers coming to Philadelphia over the next few months for the Free Library's annual author series.
September 3, 2014 |
FIRST A PARADE, now this. The Taney Little Leaguers, who won the hearts of Philly-area fans while finishing as U.S. runners-ups in the World Series, have been named "Team of the Year," by the Philadelphia Sports Writer Association. Previous winners, include the Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees. "Taney's accomplishments transcend sports," PSWA president Ron Corbin said in a statement. "They were chosen for representing Philadelphia and the region, and because the organization's approach is a textbook example of what sports - and especially youth sports - are all about.
September 1, 2014 |
Anthony Bruno, 61, a well-regarded writer of crime novels and books about real-life criminals as well as a devoted teacher of the Japanese martial art aikido, died Thursday, Aug. 28, at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage several days earlier. Mr. Bruno, who lived in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia with his wife, Judith Sachs, was the author of Iceman: The True Story of a Cold Blooded Killer . The book is an authoritative account of the life of contract killer Richard Kuklinski, who claimed to have murdered as many as 200 people during his long criminal career affiliated with various North Jersey and New York crime families.
August 8, 2014 |
With their lovely photography, pretty frocks, and polite manners, British costume dramas such as Downton Abbey make life in the pre-penicillin era look so awfully inviting we'd all love to visit. But would we? "In 1900 New York, there was 60,000 gallons of horse urine on the streets on any given day," said Michael Begler, "and 2.5 million pounds of manure. " Begler and his longtime collaborator Jack Amiel are the creators and writers of an entirely different sort of period drama, Cinemax's The Knick , a medical drama about the doctors, nurses, and patients of New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in the first years of the 20th century.
June 6, 2014 |
'I don't care how great of a writer you are," said best-selling Horsham writer Merry Farmer. "It's always good to brush up on your craft. " Farmer, 40, who has published 10 novels, including The Faithful Heart and Tales From Cold Springs , recharges her creative batteries every year at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, a three-day event featuring workshops, roundtable discussions, and bull sessions for writers of all levels, newbie to...
May 20, 2014
AFTER Tim Whitaker got canned from his job as editor of Philadelphia Weekly in 2009, he took inventory of his journalistic options and came up with pretty much zilch. But instead of resigning himself to penning the occasional freelance article, the way many unemployed newspaper people do, Whitaker decided to share his passion for writing by starting a nonprofit called Mighty Writers. He set it up inside donated space at 15th and Christian streets and invited local kids to free after-school programs, writing workshops and SAT prep courses.