Beth Kephart’s essay “Glenside” (Love: A Philadelphia Affair) about her memories in her former home conjures so many memories for me. It doesn’t matter that she’s a mother living in Glenside in these memories while I remember my childhood home in New Jersey. Somehow the details can be both unique and yet also universal. It’s funny how that is. Kephart writes:
- The hills we walked. The bakery we ate in. The fence along the schoolyard where we stood, leaning and listening for the changes in the seasons. The library and the Harley shop (we stopped to read the signs; we stopped to look). The basement in the church that was his school.
- The porch where we stood, saying goodbye.
It’s this idea, this importance, of place, Philadelphia specifically, that is the topic of our next Let’s Discuss It on November 5. We hope you will join us and Beth as she examines what Philadelphia has meant to her writing. She will also interweave her stories with her own photographs and other interpretations of Philadelphia through two Temple student films.
And the best part is that we want you to share with us your favorite Philadelphia place. No special writing abilities necessary; just tell us what place has meant something to you. You can drop off your memory at the Library front desk or submit it at udpl.org/love.
Love: A Philadelphia Affair
Featuring Author Beth Kephart
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ambler
Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Ambler Theater, 108 E Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA
More information & free tickets available at udpl.org/love