A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love


Writer. Educator. Wanderer.

Photo credit: Dave Tavani

Lori Litchman is a lifelong Pennsylvanian. She grew up near coal country in the Pocono Mountains before making Philadelphia her home. She writes about Philadelphia, nature and the environment, law, and social and urban issues. When she’s not writing, she is usually teaching English to non-native speakers.

Lori received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her personal essays have been published in Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and the online literary magazine, The Fiddleback.PhiladelphiaStory2

She has worked as a daily newspaper reporter for The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. While there, she won first place in a statewide writing competition for her article hashing out the details of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. She has also published a variety of science and environmental pieces. Her work has appeared in national and local print and online publications.

Lori’s first book, A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love was released in March, 2016. Click HERE to order a copy. She is also working on the latest edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia. 


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Words about words
  • TV Interview on NBC 10

    NBC 10 InterviewI had the opportunity to sit down with NBC 10’s Vai Sikahema to talk about A Philadelphia Story! I was a bit terrified, but after the first few seconds, I think I got over my jitters.

    Vai was super nice and helped relieve some of my anxiety.
    I’m grateful to my friend, producer Tina Stoklosa Tomaszewski, for inviting me onto her show. Click on the photo to check it out!



  • Book Signing Events!

    I have several book signing events coming up!! Please stop by to say hello!
    May 7 – Barnes & Noble Wilkes-Barre, Arena Hub, 2-4 p.m.
    May 14 – Barnes & Noble Center Valley (at the Promendade shops), 1-3 p.m.
    May 22 – The Den, Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    May 28 – Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, 1-3 p.m.
  • First Review!

    I got my first book review. It’s a small blurb, but it made my day! The Philadelphia Sunday Sun included it in their “Reading on the Go” section. Here’s the link to the original and text below.

    “If you are traveling closer to home this book is a perfect companion. It concentrates on the renowned men and women who established the city and created the Philadelphia that exists today. Ms. Litchman has taken great care to emphasize the city’s diversity and tell stories that are both historically interesting and compel-ling. It is available on Amazon.”



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