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:                                                    

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• 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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Happy September! Here is a beginning list of authors speaking in our area this new literary season. Check back for more, coming soon. — KFP

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09/05/2017

YOLANDA WISHER & THE AFROEATERS Maple Street Rag: An Improvisational Reading


Sharon McConnell-Sidorick in conversation with Nathaniel Popkin for her new book Silk Stockings and Socialism: Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal.



09/11/2017

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Edward Snowden (via a live closed-circuit link) in conversation with Jeremy Scahill | The Surveillance State Then and Now AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE


09/12/2017

Lunch with YA Novelist JENNIFER YU 


09/14/2017

A short talk, Q&A and bookselling/signing with JANET BENTON, author of the novel Lilli de Jong. Glenside Library, Glenside, PA. READ A QWERTY PHILLY REVIEW OF LILLI DE JONG. Read more about the book and author at https://janetbentonauthor.com  



 Nicole Krauss (author of one of local LIT editor Kathye Fetsko’s Petrie’s favorite novels, The History of Love) introduces her new novel, Forest Dark.  Nathan Englander talks about his new novel Dinner at the Center of the Earth. 


BEN LERER: Entrepreneurial Journalism




09/18/2017

POP-UP BOOK CLUB WITH LOCAL AUTHOR JANET BENTON at Open Book Bookstore in Elkin’s Park.  Benton will answer questions about her debut novel Lilli de Jong, set in 19th-century Philadelphia. More info at https://janetbentonauthor.com . $5 cover fee. Register and pay here.


CAREERS IN JOURNALISM & NEW MEDIA, moderated by Stephen Fried. 


09/19/2017

TOM PEROTTA


09/21/2017

     

Philadelphia novelist JANET BENTON and Philadelphia journalist and author LORI THARPS  discuss their works in the gallery space of the Germantown Historical Society. The society's library holds archives of old Germantown that Janet Benton consulted when writing her debut historic novel, Lilli de Jong. Lori Tharps is the author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America,  Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families, and other titles. There is a $5 cover charge for this event that benefits Historic Germantown. 


09/22/2017


ADAM GOPNIK talks to Meg Wolitzer about his new book, At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York.



09/23/2017

TAWNI WATERS signs her just-released new novel The Long Ride Home.



09/28/2017

Salman Rushdie and Claire Messud  AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE. 



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10/02/2017

Daniel R. Biddleand Murray Dubin read and discuss Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America with Erica Dunbar, author Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

10/07/2017

Super Cool Scientists Signing With Sara MacSorley


COLLINGSWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL


Broadcast journalist JUDY WOODRUFF speaks at West Chester University.



10/12/2017

A Reading by ORHAN PAMUKRSVP REQUIRED: wh@writing.upenn.edu or (215) 746-POEM



AMY TAN introduces her new book Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.




AUTHOR TALK: Telling Women’s Stories, with authors JANET GOLDEN and JANET BENTON. Janet Benton, author of the historical novel Lilli de Jong , and Janet Golden, Ph.D., a professor of history at Rutgers University and author of A Social History of Wet Nursing: From Breast to Bottle, will discuss the power of fiction and nonfiction to convey truths about the past and shed light on the present. Benton drew heavily on Dr. Golden’s book, in the writing of Lilli de Jong. Registration is required. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


10/13/2017

Talking about Writing Memoir with Author Andrea Jarrell, in conversation with Elizabeth Mosier. Open Books Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA, 7 PM. Tickets & Registration.


10/15/2017

Author JANET BENTON  will give a talk and a reading from her debut novel, Lilli de Jong, which will be followed by a Q&A session, book-selling/signing, and a wine and cheese reception. Abington Free Library. Event is free and open to the public. Register here. 



10/18/2017

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY FOR DARK NETWORK by JAMES McCRONE. Penn Book Center, 6:30 PM. Dark Network is the second in a planned trilogy of political suspense-thrillers by Philadelphia author James McCrone called The Imogen Trager series. "Although not based on events now gripping the world, the Imogen Trager series offers a sharp critique of US politics and its dependence on a Constitution that did not anticipate the ruthlessness of the modern criminal-business complex.” -- author’s website. Publishers Weekly called the first novel in this series, Faithless Elector, a “fast-moving topical thriller.” Read more at www.jamesmccrone.com


10/23/2017

ALICE McDERMOTT 



JANET BENTON, author of Lilli de Jong, will discuss and read from her novel, answer questions, and sign books. Event is free and open to the public. 


10/28/2017

JENNIFER WEINER



10/31/2017

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CARMEN MACHADO (r) AND JENNY ZHANG


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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. AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE.


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


11/04/2017

A CONVERSATION WITH Screenwriter ALEC SOKOLOW


11/05/2017

JEFFREY EUGENIDES


11/06/2017

A lunch talk with BEN YAGODA



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 WaterFive-Carat Soul.) introduces and reads from his first short story collection, 


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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