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The Librarian of Basra

Last month we wrote about this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers — the story of a soldier trying to come to terms with his service in Iraq. The Writer’s Studio is hosting a reading group for the novel tonight at 6:30 and we still have free copies available in the library! We will also continue to accept greeting cards for veterans until the end of this week.

The Librarian of Basra

The Free Library’s One Book program is coming to a close, and as it does we wanted to highlight another story from Iraq. In addition to Powers’s novel, the Free Library chose a book for children called The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. This book tells the true story of Alia Muhammad Baker, a librarian in Basra who saved her library’s collection from being destroyed by war. It is an incredible story, first reported by Shaila Dewan of the New York Times in 2003, Books Spirited to Safety Before Iraq Library Fire. Stop by the library to check out Winter’s vivid illustrations and Baker’s empowering work! A perfect book to round out One Book, One Philadelphia, as well as Women’s History Month.


One Book, One Philadelphia 2014

The Yellow Birds

Connelly Library has free copies of this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers! After reading we invite you to give back by creating a greeting card for a veteran. We will have supplies set aside for cards until March 19, 2014.

“The One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Committee chose the recent National Book Award finalist, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers for its 2014 selection. Winner of the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, The Yellow Birds has been compared to Tim O’Brien’s classic war novel, The Things They Carried, for its powerful depiction of the truth and tragedy of war. Poet/novelist Powers vividly tells the story of a young soldier struggling to find meaning in his harrowing experiences in Iraq, while suffering profound guilt over his friend and fellow soldier’s death, as well as alienation from community and family upon his return home. According to The New York Times, “Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.”

One Book, One Philadelphia GRAND FINALE Simulcast Event at Moore

Join us for a simulcast of the grand finale One Book, One Philadelphia event featuring author Edwidge Danticat and her collection of essays, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Danticat is a Haitian American writer and MacArthur Genius Grant winner and her book takes its name from Albert Camus’s last published lecture in which he stated, “To create today is to create dangerously.” The work illustrates the struggle of making art in exile—and what it’s like to exist in a country constantly in conflict, where even the act of reading means taking a stand against oppression.

The simulcast is presented in conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia and their One Book, One Philadelphia program and is free for all to attend! For more information see the Free Library’s calendar of events.

Film Screening and Discussion with author Sherman Alexie

Join acclaimed author Sherman Alexie and Gary Kramer of Temple University for a screening of The Business of Fancydancing, a film that explores the tension between Seymour and Aristotle, two men who grew up together on the Spokane Reservation. Seymour’s internal conflict between his Indian heritage and his life as an urban gay man and popular Native poet plays out in multiple cultures and relationships over his college and early adult years.

The screening and discussion takes place March 17th at 6pm in Stewart Auditorium, and is free for all to attend! This event is presented in conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia and their One Book, One Philadelphia program. For more information, see the Free Library’s Author Events page.

Persepolis film screening, Jan. 26th

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a restful and enjoyable winter break.

We want to share with you an exciting film screening coming up: Persepolis will be shown Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Stuart Auditorium, from 8-11 pm. This screening is for Moore and other art and design students, in preparation for the deadline of the One Book, One Philadelphia Graphic Art Contest (January 28th!)

If you’re on the fence about seeing this wonderful movie, here’s the trailer:

Win a copy of Persepolis!

This contest is now closed. Thanks for participating and enjoy the book!

Win a copy of The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi!

Persepolis, this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, is a graphic novel detailing the captivating experiences of author Marjane Satrapi. The book combines expressive black and white illustrations with politics, history, and a deeply personal story. Click the image above to learn more about this acclaimed novel and view additional illustrations.

Answer the following question to win your copy of The Complete Persepolis. Read it over the holidays to prepare for the One Book, One Philadelphia event hosted by Moore on January 26th.

Question: Alice Neel is a celebrated alumna of Moore. How many of her works are hanging in the library?

Reply in the comments or send an email to [library at] with your answer. The library has a dozen copies of Persepolis to give away, but don’t delay because they’ll go fast!

One Book, One Philadelphia Graphic Art Contest

Have you read Persepolis yet? This celebrated graphic novel is this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, and there is a juried competition based on the novel for students attending Philadelphia’s art colleges and universities. The series of graphic novels, now compiled into one book, detail the author’s life experiences from growing up during the war between Iran and Iraq to making a new life as an adult in France.

The contest’s challenge is to “share your story though a graphic medium” in the form of a memoir or a narrative. Just make sure it’s in black and white (as is Persepolis) and no larger than 11 x 14.

Entries are due January 28th, and the winning submissions will be displayed in the Galleries at Moore!

See for additional information regarding the required entry forms and waivers. The library has several copies of Persepolis available for your viewing pleasure!


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