One Book, One Philadelphia 2014

Join HTFL in welcoming One Book, One Philadelphia to Haverford Township for the 10th year! Learn about programs below.


The One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Committee chose the recent National Book Award finalist, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers for its 2014 selection. Winner of the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, The Yellow Birds has been compared to Tim O’Brien’s classic war novel, The Things They Carried, for its powerful depiction of the truth and tragedy of war. Poet/novelist Powers vividly tells the story of a young soldier struggling to find meaning in his harrowing experiences in Iraq, while suffering profound guilt over his friend and fellow soldier’s death, as well as alienation from community and family upon his return home. According to The New York Times, "Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen."


Meet the Author: Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and in 2004 and 2005 he served with the U.S. Army in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq. After his honorable discharge, he studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University and received an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, where he studied poetry and also completed The Yellow Birds, his first novel. In addition, his poems have appeared in The Sun, Poetry, New Orleans Review, and New York Quarterly. He is currently at work on a collection of poetry, as well as his second novel.

Photo by Marjorie Cotera Hires.


Veterans Panel
Sunday, February 9th @ 2pm
Haverford Township Free Library

Join us as we hear from a panel of area veteran service members as they relate their experiences in wartime and upon their return home.

Kevin Powers Discusses The Yellow Birds
Tuesday, March 18th @ 9:15am
Haverford High School, 200 Mill Road, Havertown

All are welcome.  Registration is required.  Click here to sign up.

Book Signing and Reception with Kevin Powers
Tuesday, March 18th @ 11am
Haverford Township Free Library

The author of the 2014 One Book featured selection will sign books and talk with readers during a light reception.

Meet the Author Luncheon
Tuesday, March 18th @ 12:30pm
Haverford Township Free Library

Luncheon hosted by the Library.  Tickets go on sale February 18 at the Front Desk, and cost $15.