Welcome to the Local LIT                                                                             Calendar of Literary Events                  The Local LIT Calendar of Literary Events is a curated list of exciting literary events taking place in the Philadelphia area—and occasionally beyond, from September through May. To find these events, scroll through the calendar below, then click on the author or event name to be taken to a website with more information. Many events are free.                                                     

TO FIND EVEN MORE PHILADELPHIA LITERARY EVENTS, check out these links:                                                    

• Download Free App by Poets & Writers at Poets & Writers Local

• Check out the full list of Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events  

• Check out events on The National Book Signing Directory

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11/01/2017

 ROBIN BLACK 

 LIZ MOORE. Photo by Olivia Valentine

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: ROBIN BLACK and LIZ MOORE

Local writers Robin Black (If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, Life Drawing, Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing And Life Collideand Liz Moore (The Unseen World, The Words of Every Song, Heft) discuss the responsibilities, perils, challenges, and importance of making art during politically turbulent times. Is there room for creativity that doesn’t directly address today’s headlines? Is it possible to be a political writer who never writes about politics? Is, as has been claimed, the personal political, so that examinations of such things as family life, of romance, play a crucial social role even in times of strife? Looking at the works of others, at the broader literary debate, and at their own internal processes, these two novelists will explore these issues and more — and will answer any questions you may have. General Admission $15. Seating is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended.


11/02/2017

A Conversation with DAVID DALEY


11/02/2017


  
TA-NEHISI COATS, author of the 2015 National Book Award winner Between the World and Me, talks about his newest work,  We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT


JOURNALISM IN CRISIS: YEVGENIA ALBATS & TRUDY RUBIN


11/03/2017

Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award,  talks about her new historical fiction novel, Manhattan Beach. Carmen Maria Machado, an artist in residence at the university of Pennsylvania whose work has been nominated forthe Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, will talk about her new book Her Body and Other Stories.


MSNBC’s CHRIS MATTHEW  EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT 



ANNUAL AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR NIGHT at Children’s Book World in HAVERFORD! Come meet local authors and illustrators and get books signed and personalized for holiday giving.



11/04/2017

A CONVERSATION WITH Screenwriter ALEC SOKOLOW


11/05/2017

JEFFREY EUGENIDES


11/06/2017

Author and journalism educator BEN YAGODA talks about accuracy in journalism at Kelly Writers House at noon.


The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Cookbook: Book Talk and Tasting



BOOK LAUNCH for SPLICED by JOHN McGoran, his new “near future" science fiction novel. YOU ARE INVITED. This event is free but registration is required.


Nikki Giovanni 



11/07/2017

ON ELIE WIESEL: ALAN ROSEN AND AL FILREIS IN CONVERSATION


11/08/2017

DAN RATHER


11/10/2017

ISABEL ALLENDE


11/11/2017

 JAMES McBRIDE (author of one of Local LIT editor’s Kathye Fetsko Petrie’s favorite memoirs,The Color of Water) introduces and reads from his first short story collection, Five-Carat Soul.


11/12/2017


VAN JONES talks about Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.


11/13/2017

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SPECULATIVE FICTION


11/15/2017

Novelist and essayist Claire Vaye Watkins


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 12/05/2017

Art critic Jed Perl talks about his new book Calder:The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940.

   


  

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                 COMING IN 2018: 

A reading and Brunch Talk with PAUL AUSTER at Kelly Writers House, 2/12 & 2/13.


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