Book Club: Thom Nickels, Philadelphia Architecture

Thursday, October 25, 1:00pm Paley Library Lecture Hall Thom Nickels Philadelphia Architecture On Thursday, October 25, Temple University Libraries welcomes Thom Nickels to the Temple Book Club. Nickels will discuss his book Philadelphia Architecture (Arcadia, 2005), which celebrates the richness and diversity of our city’s built environment. Nickels has a long history of architectural journalism, and in 2005 won the American Institute of Architects’ Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism. He is the The Bulletin’s architecture critic, and writes a weekly column on the subject for Philadelphia Metro. His knowledge of architecture goes back even further; he was raised in a family of architects and remembers leafing through his father’s trade magazines at a young age. Nickels knew he would one day write on this topic; a meeting with famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius solidified this notion. An accomplished writer, Nickels is also a poet, journalist and author of 7 books beyond Philadelphia Architecture: The Cliffs of Aries (Aegina Press, 1988), Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This (Banned Books, 1989), The Boy on the Bicycle (Starbooks Press, 2003), Images of America: Manayunk (Arcadia Publishing, 2001), Images of America: Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia (Arcadia Publishing, 2001) Tropic of Libra (Starbooks Press, 2002) and Out in History (Starbooks Press, 2005). He is a Contributing Editor for Philadelphia’s Weekly Press and writes a social commentary column for STAR Publications. Nickels writes extensively on travel and the arts, and co-founded the Arts Defense League. He is also a regular contributor to the Gay and Lesbian Review and Lambda Book Report. His column, “Different Strokes,” was the first weekly out gay newspaper column in the nation. Please join the Temple Book Club in welcoming Thom Nickels to the Paley Library Lecture Hall at 1:00pm on Thursday, October 25. For more information please contact Nicole Restaino, Library Communications Manager at 215-204-2828 or

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