15+ Indie Bookstores in Philadelphia We ❤️

Summer novels, banned books, literary classics, moving memoirs: Whatever you’re into reading, you’ll find it at one of Philadelphia’s independent bookstores

By Amber Burns

Generation Change Philly: The Literary Activist

Few Philadelphians have had so seismic an impact in so short a time as Jeannine Cook, social justice activist and owner of Harriett’s Bookshop. And she’s just getting started

By Lauren McCutcheon

Guest Commentary: Ya Fav Trashman’s (New) Big Idea

The anti-litter evangelist plans to donate a big portion of sales of his new children’s book to schools — in a very Ya Fav way

By Terrill Haigler

The Citizen Recommends: Tattoo Monologues

A new book from a Philly health care worker features 29 local women with tattoos that tell their stories of trauma, healing and resilience.

By Emily Neil

The Citizen Recommends: We Are Not Like Them

Jo Piazza and Christine Pride’s new Philly-based novel is about a cross-racial friendship tested by the police shooting of a young Black teen. But really, it’s a way to start the hard conversations we need to have

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

What We Can Learn from the Fight for Marriage Equality

At last week’s Citizen Speaks event, in partnership with Fitler Club and NBCUniversal, Sasha Issenberg discussed his new book, The Engagement, which recounts the fight for same-sex marriage in the United States.

By Jeffrey Fishman

Mystery Shopper: Requesting a New Book at the Free Library

If there's a book you want that's not part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection, will they add it to the catalogue? In the latest installment of our Mystery Shopper series, one of The Citizen’s (many) resident bookworms finds out.

Excerpt: The Engagement by Sasha Issenberg

The author of a new history of same-sex marriage joins The Citizen for an event next Tuesday. Here, an excerpt from the the highly acclaimed book.