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Book cover, title imposed over photo of Smith, leaning forward with a smoldering, skeptical look.

Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes, by Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. speaks

Longtime Philly sports columnist Stephen A. Smith went from The Inquirer to the airwaves of ESPN, and his new memoir details a fascinating life. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 4 minute read
The cover: black & white photo of small boy in a police uniform holding a protest sign; title in yellow block at bottom right

Reforming Philadelphia, 1682-2022, by Richardson Dilworth

The three hundred years’ war

What makes city reform possible, and how did we achieve it in the past? A new book on the history of Philly’s political reforms explains, and argues, we’re on the cusp of another cycle of change. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Book cover. Title in white & yellow over a photo of the elderly Lakey smiling broadly while 2 police lead him away handcuffed

Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice, by George Lakey

The right side of history

Lifelong Philly-area activist George Lakey takes us from his working-class Pennsylvania childhood to his career as a leading practitioner, theoretician, and teacher of nonviolent social-change activism. David W. Webber reviews.
David W. Webber

David W. Webber

Reviews 4 minute read
Book cover. An abstract illustration in purple, yellow, blue, and orange, with author and title in white.

The Book of I.P., by Chris Courtney Martin

Poetry against the machine

In The Book of I.P., a poetry-and-essay chapbook collection, Philly native Chris Courtney Martin breaks from the strictures of Hollywood to craft a blazing manifesto of art on its own terms. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Book cover: title in white above a stark orange & blue illustration of a boy in a hat & girl with a tiny dog in a crosswalk

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, by Isaac Blum

An Orthodox teen in a wider world

Philly author Isaac Blum’s debut YA novel, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, follows an Orthodox Jewish teen in a new town for a fully up-to-the minute story of conviction and contradiction. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 4 minute read
The book cover. Title and author appear in white over an orange and pink illustration of a watchful doe and a spotted fawn.

A Girlhood: Letter to My Transgender Daughter by Carolyn Hays

The ferocity and joy of parenting

A Girlhood: Letter to My Transgender Daughter, a tender, inquisitive, humble, and heartbreaking new book about raising a trans kid, gets it right—in memoir and in parenting. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 5 minute read
'Saturnalia', a novel by Stephanie Feldman reads on the book cover. A woman has plants growing from her hair

Capturing the magic of the real world with Stephanie Feldman and Saturnalia

Casting spells with a witchy woman

Feldman's new speculative novel is a haunting, magical glimpse into the very near future. Michelle Nugent profiles.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

Profiles 3 minute read
A portrait of Mayson and Wisher, dressed in black with fabric earrings, embrace each other as they look towards the camera

ConsenSIS presents The Score: World Premiere

The art of poetry and sound for Black women and femme poets

Co-creators Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson formed ConsenSIS, and this weekend, are bringing together Black poets for an intimate afternoon of poetry and sound. Daralyse Lyons previews.

Daralyse Lyons

Previews 3 minute read
A portrait of Twitty. He wears a dark gray hoodie, his hand at his chin. A ring with a solid white stone on his ring finger.

Cooking up Koshersoul with chef Michael Twitty

Food for diasporas

Chef Michael Twitty, a James Beard Award-winning chef, food historian, and author of Koshersoul, serves up conversation at the Weitzman this week. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer previews.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Previews 2 minute read
Book cover. Title, in alternating black, yellow, & red text, over a vintage black & white photo of a political rally crowd.

If There Is No Struggle There Is No Progress: Black Politics in Twentieth-Century Philadelphia, edited by James Wolfinger

The rise of Philly’s Black political identity

A new book from editor James Wolfinger explores the rise of a Black political identity in Philadelphia, from the industrial influx of World War I to the Goode, Street, and Nutter administrations. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read