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Will Smith Returns Home, Launches International Book Tour at Harriett’s Bookshop

Kimberly Paynter
Fans mobbed superstar Will Smith for autographs and photos outside Harriet’s Bookshop in Fishtown where he met with owner Jeannine Cook and answer questions via Instagram live on November 8, 2021.

Will Smith has just published his autobiography called Will, and chose to launch his international book tour in his hometown of Philadelphia. WHYY’s Peter Crimmins reports the very first stop was a small Black-owned bookstore in Fishtown called Harriett’s Bookshop.

(Original air-date: 11/10/21)

WHYY’s arts and culture reporter Peter Crimmins first became interested in radio in the fourth grade, when he smuggled a contraband crystal-diode radio into the Boy Scout summer camp. Subsequent radio projects were more successful.