Click on the image BELOW to hear my WHYY interview about teaching GOING OVER in the schools.
I was a child writer-dreamer who never strayed far from that path. Today I’m the award-winning author of 21 books—dreaming my way toward more by night, while running a boutique marketing communications firm by day. I'm privileged to teach creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania, where I received the 2015 Beltran Family Award for Innovative Teaching & Mentoring. I love writing about the intersection of place and memory for the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. I am honored to review literature for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Always and most importantly, I am privileged to be a mom. My work has been or is being translated into sixteen languages. All content Copyright 2007-2015 Beth Kephart Books.
This Is the Story of You
A Junior Library Guild selection. Coming April 2016, from Chronicle Books. Click on the image to learn more.
LOVE: A Philadelphia Affair
"... another excellent nonfiction book for the general reader." Library Journal. LOVE is the Upper Dublin/Wissahickon Valley Libraries Let's DIscuss It Pick. More more on the book and events, click on the image.
One Thing Stolen
Parents' Choice Gold Medal Selection. Shelf Awareness Starred Review. Booklist Starred Review: "An enigmatic, atmospheric, and beautifully written tale." "Kephart at her poetic and powerful best. ONE THING STOLEN is a masterwork—a nest of beauty and loss, a flood of passion so sweet one can taste it. This is no ordinary book. It fits into no box. It is its own box—its own language." — A.S. King. Amazon Editor's April Pick. Top 14 Teen April Novel, by Bustle. Find out more about this Florence novel, due out from Chronicle Books in April 2015, by clicking on the image.
GOING OVER is a 2014 Booklist Editors' Choice, the Gold Medal Winner/Historical Fiction/Parents' Choice Awards, an ABA Best Books for Children & Teens, 2015 TAYSHAS Reading List, YALSA BFYA selection, a Junior Library Guild selection,voted as a 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Novel for Youth, a School Library Journal Pick of the Day, an Amazon Big Spring Book, an iBooks Spring's Biggest Book, and has received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness.. Click on the image for more information.
FLOW: Now available as a paperback!
"There is no more profound or moving exploration of Philadelphia’s history."—Nathaniel Popkin Originally released in 2007, Flow is now available as an affordable paperback. More on this book—the autobiography of a Philadelphia river—can be found by clicking on the image.
Nest. Flight. Sky.
NOW AVAILABLE through Audibles."... strives to give all those who grieve the hope that there is peace, a peace that we can live with and thrive with, as long as we remember to breathe and be alive." — Savvy Verse and Wit. Click the link to get your copy for just $2.99
HANDLING THE TRUTH: on the making of memoir
Winner, Books for a Better Life/Motivational Award. Named Top Writing Book by Poets and Writers. Featured in O Magazine. Starred Reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, a Top Ten September Book at BookPage. For more on this book please tap the image.
Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent
Named a Kirkus 2013 Best Middle Grade Book of the Year. Winner of the Parrott Library Honor Award. STARRED Kirkus: "An outstanding and ultimately life-affirming tale." For more, tap the image..
2013 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book/Pennsylvania Library Association. Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year List. New York Times Book Review feature, BookPage feature, LA Times Summer Reading Guide Selection, Starred Review, Publishers Weekly. Starred Review, Kirkus. Starred Review, Shelf Awareness. "Stunning."— Ruta Sepetys Click the image for more information and reviews.
Absolutely honored to be included in Philadelphia's Literary Legacy at Philadelphia International Airport. For details, click on the Philly image above.
December 3, 2015, 7 PM LOVE signing Chester County Books West Chester, PA (open to public) December 5, 2015, noon LOVE signing Barnes and Noble Devon, PA (open to public)
December 10, 2015, 12 - 2PM Barnes & Noble signing Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA
December 12, 2015, 2 PM In-store signing LOVE, etc. Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane Philadelphia, PA January 15, 2016 Talking LOVE w/Leadership Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
March 1, 2016, 6:00 PM Beltran Family Teaching Award Event Featuring A.S. King, Margo Rabb, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Penn students, and moi Kelly Writers House University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA (open to public) April 16, 2016 Little Flower Teen Writing Festival Keynote Speaker Little Flower Catholic High School for Teens Philadelphia, PA
May 22, 2016 Open Book Memoir Retreat, with Daniel TordayWhitpain Farm Blue Bell, PA Details here.
The weather isn't right for the day before the day before Christmas, but yesterday, at my father's house, we rescued some Santas from my mother's glorious collection. I took the smaller ones, especially wanting to bring back home the Santas I had given her.
I place them here today, beneath the mantel, in tribute to her, and to all families at Christmas.