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