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.
Done Doing Time: A Portrait of Life After Prison, by Hinda Schuman
Every neighborhood, every human life
In her second book, Philadelphia photographer Hinda Schuman’s sensitive and unflinching lens documents the lives of two women struggling to rebuild their lives after incarceration. Anndee Hochman reviews.
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Working 9 to 5: A Women’s Movement, a Labor Union, and the Iconic Movie, by Ellen Cassedy
Women workers have come a long way—but the fight continues
This book by longtime Daily News columnist Ellen Cassedy explores the roots of a modern movement for women workers’ rights—a fight that continues today. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Philadelphia, Corrupt and Consenting: A City’s Struggle Against an Epithet, by Brett H. Mandel
Still crooked after all these years
In a new book that promises to infuriate and illuminate in equal measure, Brett H. Mandel traces the roots of Philly’s notorious corruption, from the days of William Penn to Bobby Henon’s 2023 sentencing. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
The Time Left Between Us, by Alicia DeFonzo
War stories, then and now
South Philly author Alicia DeFonzo explores gripping parallel histories in her first book: her grandfather’s WWII service and the unexpected legacies pulling on her own life. Harrison Tsui reviews.
Dwell Here and Prosper, by Chris Eagle
A Delco delight
The real-life diary of a stroke survivor and Philly sports lover who entered an assisted-living facility in Delaware County in the 1990s inspires debut novelist Chris Eagle’s Dwell Here and Prosper. Stephen Silver reviews.