This year, the Library Company’s featured speaker is Stephen Fried, an Award-winning investigative journalist, best-selling author and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Fried will be reading from his newly-published biography of Benjamin Rush, the most significant work of scholarship on this under-recognized Founding Father in many years. His book shows that Rush’s time may have finally come, as his pioneering work in medicine around addiction and mental disorders, as well as his early and enthusiastic support of prison reform and anti-slavery causes, and his support of institutions in Philadelphia, make him a resonant hero for our time.
Fried is also the author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West-One Meal at a Time (a New York Times bestseller featured in the PBS documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound ), Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs, The New Rabbi, and the essay collection, Husbandry. He is also the co-author, with Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, of A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction. A two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, Fried has written frequently for Vanity Fair, GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Rolling Stone, Glamour, and Philadelphia magazine.