You might be wondering - what's Jewish - or hot - about the public library?
Well, it just so happens that the Free Library's Central branch has an unusually impressive slate of winter programs featuring Jewish authors, so we thought you might like to hear about them. Best of all, most of them are FREE unless otherwise noted.
All of the following programs will be held at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. No tickets required for free events, but if you have questions you can call 215-567-4341. Here are descriptions of the events from the library:
Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy | Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:30PM
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame is a collection of essays about influential Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters, team owners, and trainers, including Howard Cosell, Art Shamsky, Kerri Strug, and Sandy Koufax. Contributors include New Yorker editor David Remnick; novelists Jonathan Safran Foer, Shalom Auslander, and Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson; sports writer Buzz Bissinger; economist Larry Summers; and columnist David Brooks. Franklin Foer is The New Republic's editor-at-large and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of the bestselling book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. Marc Tracy is a staff writer at Tablet magazine, and his blog The Scroll won a 2011 National Magazine Award. Panel discussion to feature contributors David Plotz and Mark Leibovich.
Monday Poets | Lisa Grumberger & Doris Ferleger
When: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 6:30PM
Lisa Grunberger is author of Born Knowing. Her poems have appeared in The Baffler, The Drunken Boat, Bridges,Parole des Jours and Dialogi . She has also adapted her illustrated humor book, Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie’s Adventures in Love, Loss and the Lotus Position, into a one-woman show. She teaches at Temple University and is an editor at thePhiladelphia Jewish Voice.
Doris Ferleger, Ph.D. is an award-winning poet and memoir essayist whose work has been published in Poet Lore,South Carolina Review, New Letters and L.A. Review. Her poetry books include Big Silences in a Year of Rain, When You Become Snow and As the Moon Has Breath, which will be published in 2013 (Main Street Rag). She is a mindfulness-based therapist in Wyncote, PA.
Deb Perelman | The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:30PM
It’s hard to find a food blog with more accolades than Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen blog, which counts the New York Times, Martha Stewart, NPR, and Rachael Ray among its many admirers. Perelman’s philosophy is that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. In her new cookbook, she collects quality recipes that any cook can create at home without using complicated methods or expensive, difficult-to-find ingredients. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is packed with more than 100 new recipes, accompanied by the detailed instructions, engaging writing, and high-quality photography that have earned her blog so many avid followers.
In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald, food editor, the Philadelphia Inquirer
Daniel Mendelsohn | Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:30PM
Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students. Click here  to buy tickets.
Daniel Mendelsohn’s books include the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, winner of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Prix Médicis Etranger, and an acclaimed translation of the poetry of C. P. Cavafy, called “a tremendous gift to the literary world” by Newsday. His articles, reviews, and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Review of Books, where he writes about books, theater, film, and opera. From 2000 until 2002, Mendelsohn was the weekly book critic for New York magazine, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Criticism. Waiting for the Barbarians is a collection of essays on subjects stretching from Mad Men to Greek myth and Spider-Man.