The Barnes Then and Now: Dialogues on Education, Installation, and Social Justice, edited by Martha Lucy
Putting the collection in context
A new book edited by the Barnes Foundation’s deputy director for research, interpretation, and education gathers perspectives on the famous (and famously polarizing) collection of Albert Barnes in its 21st-century home. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Frume Halpern’s Blessed Hands, translated by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
An American writer, in English for the first time
Blessed Hands: Stories, a collection of 20th-century writer Frume Halpern translated into English for the first time, is a treat for Yiddish literary scholars, but leaves a general reader still hungry. Helen Walsh reviews.
Homer’s The Iliad, translated by Emily Wilson
The Odyssey’s bloodier cousin
Philadelphia-based translator and UmPenn professor Emily Wilson follows her acclaimed English translation of The Odyssey with a similarly lucid and lean new Iliad. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Rinse, by Elaine Terranova
Making peace with enigma
Philly writer Elaine Terranova’s eighth book, Rinse, shows the author’s poetic sensibilities with lyrical language that captures emotional tones and thrumming silences. Anndee Hochman reviews.
This Terrible True Thing, by Jenny Laden
A visual look at the AIDS epidemic
Jenny Laden’s new young adult novel captures the AIDS epidemic, shock and isolation, and more through a 17-year-old’s voice and drawings in 1990s Philadelphia. Wendy Univer previews.
The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup: Book Week 2023
A curated selection of books in celebration of Disability Pride Month
Alaina Johns and Kyle V. Hiller curate a variety of books from a variety of writers living with disabilities for this year’s BSR book week.
Five reasons to attend the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
For the geek at heart
An Nichols previews the 2023 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention and how it works towards cultural awareness, youth literacy, and building safe spaces for geekdom.
Discover books by BSR writers
Is your favorite BSR writer an author, too? Find out here!
For the first time since BSR’s founding 18 years ago (wow, we know), we’re spotlighting books written by our contributors, who are some of the region’s top critics, essayists, and arts journalists. Dive in!
Nadia Boulanger: War Years in America and Her Last Decades, by James Whipple Miller
An artist and a woman, in her own words
Philadelphia-based author James Whipple Miller offers a valuable portrait of the legendary composer and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, told largely through letters to her longtime friend Ruth Robbins. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Let Your Heart Be Broken: Life and Music from a Classical Composer, by Tina Davidson
An esteemed Philadelphia composer tells her story
Composer Tina Davidson, who lived in Philadelphia for about 25 years, offers a memoir that isn’t the story of a solitary artist obsessed with a craft, but rather the worldly, spirited life that informs the art. Peter Burwasser reviews.