"This beautifully written book works on many levels and is rich in its characterization, emotion, language, and hint of mystery." SLJ Starred Review. “A masterful exploration of nature's power to shake human foundations, literal and figurative.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review. "Kephart (One Stolen Thing) establishes relatable characters and a poetic style that artfully blend the island days before and after the storm.” — Publishers Weekly. A Junior Library Guild selection. Coming April 2016, from Chronicle Books. Click on the image to learn more.
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.
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.
an interview/a reading from LOVE
Double click on the image to see the full frame. Beginning in late January, LOVE will be featured in Terminal D of the Philadelphia International Airport, a gorgeous display created by the Exhibitions Program. If you happen to be passing by, please do let me know.
One Thing Stolen
2016 TAYSHAS Reading List, 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.
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)
March 3, 2016 Kelly Writers House event (details to come)
March 9, 2016 Baldwin U.S. Arts Day The Baldwin School Bryn Mawr, PA (private event)
March 16, 2016 Union League event (details to come)
March 18, 2016 4:40-5:30 NYCTAF Panel, with Carolyn Mackler, Luanne Rice, and Francisco Stork, moderated by David Levithan 42nd Street NYPL South Court New York, New York March 20, 2016 NYCTAF Mega Signing Books of Wonder New York, New York
April 8, 2016 Thoughts on copyediting/editors Rosemont College (private)
May 12, 2016 Leadership Philadelphia Core Class Philadelphia, PA (private event) Talk/Workshop 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.