Upcoming Events

June 8, 9, 10, 2018, 11am: Memoir workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference, Wyndham Hotel – Philadelphia Historical District
400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA  19106

Click here for the Conference description and registration page.






February 5, 2013, 7pm: Black Ice lecture and discussion at Ransom Everglades School, Coconut Grove, FL

This event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Ransom Everglades for event details.



September 21, 2011, 5:30pm: Discussion of ‘If Sons, Then Heirs’ at the University of Pennsylvania – Penn Bookstore

This event is free and open to the public.

Location: 3601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7595


Past Events

Thursday, May 12, 2011: ‘If Sons, Then Heirs’ Release Event

Join Lorene and special invited guests for a reading of ‘If Sons, Then Heirs’. Along with discussing the book and expounding upon select passages, Cary will discuss the motivation behind writing her third novel and the underlying themes and messages that resonate across race and culture.

Location: Central Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia

For more information, click here.


Saturday, May 21, 2011: “Taste of the World”

Join Lorene at Philadelphia’s Holy Apostles and the Mediator Church, 51st and Spruce Streets, for their “Taste of the World”. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Adults: $20.


Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm-3:00pm: Book Signing at the African American Museum of Philadelphia’s 35th Anniversary Juneteenth Jam.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Cary will have books on hand for purchase.

701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Wednesday, June 30, 2011, 7pm-9pm: Kick-off for Literally Speaking Author House Parties

Kicking off the first of Literally Speaking’s Author House Parties, Lorene Cary will share her  thoughts  about her  work  and  about  the  importance  of  making  art  and  writing  available to  all. A  percentage  of  the  proceeds  from  this  event  will  be  donated  to  Art  Sanctuary,  which  Cary  founded  in  North  Philadelphia  to  use  the  power  of  black  art  to   transform  individuals,  unite  groups  of  people,  and  enrich  and  draw  inspiration from  the  inner  city.

Come meet and mingle with Cary, and hear her read from her most current work, ‘If Sons, Then Heirs’.

This event is open to the public and will be held in Elkins Park. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting Lynn Rosen with Literally Speaking. The location address will be provided upon purchase.


Saturday, July 9-Sunday, July 10, 2011: 3rd Annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival

Join Lorene Cary and a host of locally and nationally recognized authors from all genres, reading and discussing their work.

This year’s events will be presented at various venues including Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Avenue. To learn more, visit here.


Monday, July 11, 2011, 4:00pm: Discussion of FREE! at University of Pennsylvania – Penn Bookstore

Lorene Cary’s first young adult book, FREE!, is a collection of non-fiction stories of America’s Underground Railroad as compelling as the history they chronicle. Cary, author of the memoir Black Ice and the novels, Pride and The Price of A Child, breathes life into accounts of slave escapes documented by William Still, co-chair of the Vigilance Committee of the Pennsylvania Committee for the Abolition of Slavery. Still himself was the son of an escaped slave, and the heartbreaking story of his mother’s daring escape is among the stories included.

FREE! offers 21st century readers a chance to run with breathless courage, through darkness, freezing cold, desperate hunger and bone-weary fatigue, toward the ever-beckoning call of freedom. As these 12 true stories show us a side of slave life rarely seen, we meet real people who once risked all for the chance to be their own masters. One husband and wife planned an elaborate costumed ruse, one woman mailed herself in a box, while others made it to safety by remarkable feats of human endurance fueled by sheer will.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location: 3601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7595


Saturday, July 23, 2011: Harlem Book Fair

As part of the 2011 Harlem Book Fair, join Lorene Cary for the following:


Thurgood Marshall Academy
200 W 135th Street
New York, NY 10030

1:30pm – 2:45pm
Moderator: Marva Allen, Publisher, Open Lens
Panelists: Lorene Cary, If Sons, Then Heirs; Rosalyn Story, Wading Home; Leonard Pitts, Before I Forget

Culture has become “popular”; it’s all about me and it’s all about now. The art of writing has taken backseat to the art of storytelling and the work of writers whom we had come to love have fallen off many a bookstore shelf. And still, they write. Join our panel of literary fiction writers as they discuss why they write and how they survive an on-demand world. Join them, also, for readings of their work at the Readings at the Schomburg program following the discussion. This discussion is led by Marva Allen, owner of Hue-man Books and co-publisher of Open Lens, a newly founded publishing collaboration with Akashic Books.


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Schomburg Courtyard
515 Malcolm X Boulevard @ West 135th Street

4:00pm – 4:25pm: Lorene Cary reads from her current novel, If Sons, Then Heirs (Fiction).  Lorene Cary is the author of Black Ice, The Price of a Child, Pride, and a book for young readers, Free! Great Escapes on the Underground Railroad. She is the founder and director of Art Sanctuary, a nonprofit lecture and performance series in Philadelphia. Cary is also a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. She’s a past recipient of the Philadelphia Award, the city’s highest civic honor.


Saturday, August 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm: Book reading & signing in Martha’s Vineyard

For those who frequent the island in the summer months, join Cary for a reading and signing of ‘If Sons, Then Heirs’ at L’Elegance Boutique in Oak Bluffs.

Location: 73 Circuit Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557


Sunday, September 11, 2011: A Conversation on ‘If Sons, Then Heirs’

As part of the Robert Smalls traveling exhibit at Auburn Avenue Research in recognition of the 150 anniversary of the Civil War, Cary will present a public conversation about her books whose subjects include the Underground Railroad and lead up to the Civil War, as well as reparations afterwards –
and the legal attempts since – to make black-owned land hard to keep and easy to lose.

Books discussed: ‘If Sons, Then Heirs’, ‘The Price of a Child’, ‘Free! Great Escapes on the Underground Railroad’.

This event is part of the National Black Arts Festival.

Location: Auburn Avenue Research Library
01 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303-2503
(404) 730-4001


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