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. 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.  Events are updated often so please check back.                                                                 

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February 2017


02/01/2017

Michael Eric Dyson talks about and reads from his new book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.



02/02/2017

The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, read from  Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.


02/03/2017

First Friday: Local Author Event Night @ Main Point books featuring ROB ARMSTRONG reading from his stay-at-home father novel Daddy 3.0:A Comedy of Errors


02/07/2017

Local author Tom McAllister introduces his debut novel, The Young Widower's Handbook.


02/09/2017

Philosopher Daniel C. Dennett reads from and signs From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (In conversation with Adam Gopnik).


02/14/2017

Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow and bestselling author of The Tenth of September George Saunders reads from and signs his long-awaited first novelLincoln in the Bardo.


02/19/2017

The Writers’ Coffeehouse @MAIN POINT BOOKS Noon to 2 PM

An open discussion for writers of every stripe hosted by the Philadelphia Liars Club.

No matter what you’re writing and no matter your level of development, the Writers’ Coffeehouse welcomes everyone who wants an opportunity to talk with other writers about the craft of writing and the business of publishing, to ask questions and provide answers.Whether you’re a poet, a journalist, a short-story writer, or a student penning the next “Hunger Games,” come talk, network, and go home pumped to write.The Coffeehouse is hosted by members of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a non-profit organization of local, published, award-winning, and best-selling authors dedicated to the idea of paying it forward. The Coffeehouse is most often hosted by Liars Club authors Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, and Gregory Frost.Come hang out for two hours, ask questions and add your knowledge to the mix. Main Point Books, 116 N. Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA 



Merry Jones reads from her latest novel, Child’s Play.


02/21/2017

Amanda Steinberg 


02/22/2017

Novelist Dana Spiotta


Lunch with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Steve Twomey





02/23/2017

University of Delaware professor and author Erica Armstrong Dunbar talks about and signs her new book Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.




Philadelphia Poets Laureate reading
with Otter Jung-Allen and Yolanda Wisher



02/26/2017

The Writers’ Coffeehouse @BARNES & NOBLE WILLOW GROVE (102 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090). Noon to 3 PM

A FREE 3-hour networking and discussion about writing and publishing at the Writers Coffeehouse.All are welcome. It’s a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee. No previous publishing experience necessary…the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. The Coffeehouse is hosted by members of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a non-profit organization of local, published, award-winning, and best-selling authors dedicated to the idea of paying it forward. 



Patricia McConnell talks about The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog 


02/27/2017

Philadelphia authors Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino in conversation with John Timpane about their novel Pretty Little World, which "tells the story of three families who tear down the walls between each other’s Philadelphia row homes and are forced to reimagine their relationships."


02/28/2017

PAUL LISICKY reads at Kelly Writers House. Introduction by Beth Kephart.


 
Christina Baker Kline,
 author of The Orphan Train, introduces A Piece of the World, her new novel imagining the life of the Christina who appears in the Andrew Wyeth painting "Christina’s World."





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March 2017


03/01/2017

Singer-Songwriter Judy Collins



03/02/2017

Food writer
 Melissa Clark


NANCY VIAU reads and signs her latest picture book, Just One Thing, along with her other titles.



03/04/2017 

Award-winning fiction writer Yiyun Li talks about and signs her new book, Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life.


03/07/2017

James Rahn with Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Tom Teti reading from Rahn’s book Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop. Read a Philadelphia Inquirer review of this book by Local LIT editor Kathye Fetsko Petrie.


03/09/2017

Mohsin Hamid reads from his book Exit WestPankaj Mishra reads from Age of Anger: A History of the Present


03/11/2017

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY for Ultimatum by K. M. Walton at Barnes & Noble, Exton, PA, 7 to 9 PM.


Jami Attenberg & Jennifer Weiner reading @ Tattooed Mom, 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA


03/16/2017

Lit Chat Salon: Big Spring Books featuring Janet Benton


03/19/2017

The Writers’ Coffeehouse @MAIN POINT BOOKS Noon to 2 PM

An open discussion for writers of every stripe hosted by the Philadelphia Liars Club.

No matter what you’re writing and no matter your level of development, the Writers’ Coffeehouse welcomes everyone who wants an opportunity to talk with other writers about the craft of writing and the business of publishing, to ask questions and provide answers.Whether you’re a poet, a journalist, a short-story writer, or a student penning the next “Hunger Games,” come talk, network, and go home pumped to write.The Coffeehouse is hosted by members of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a non-profit organization of local, published, award-winning, and best-selling authors dedicated to the idea of paying it forward. The Coffeehouse is most often hosted by Liars Club authors Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, and Gregory Frost.Come hang out for two hours, ask questions and add your knowledge to the mix. Main Point Books, 116 N. Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA 



03/20/2017

Reading with Nathaniel Mackey. RSVP required whfellow@writing.upenn.edu


03/21/2017

Lunch with Nathaniel Mackey. RSVP required whfellow@writing.upenn.edu


03/22/2017

Lunch with award-wining journalist Jennifer LinRSVP required whfellow@writing.upenn.edu


03/23/2017

Susan Perabo 


03/24/2017

Roxane Gay talks about and signs her story collection, Difficult Women



03/26/2017

The Writers’ Coffeehouse @BARNES & NOBLE WILLOW GROVE (102 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090). Noon to 3 PM

A FREE 3-hour networking and discussion about writing and publishing at the Writers Coffeehouse.All are welcome. It’s a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee. No previous publishing experience necessary…the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. The Coffeehouse is hosted by members of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a non-profit organization of local, published, award-winning, and best-selling authors dedicated to the idea of paying it forward. 


03/29/2017

Poet Joy Harjo


03/30/2017

The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks feature Golden Shoveleditors Ravi Shankar, Patricia Smith, and Peter Kahn; and poets Camara Brown (C’17), Greg Djanikian, Sasha Rogelberg, Eleanor Wilner, and members of the Excelano Project.



03/30/2017 

Marathon reading of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy



03/31/2017

David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli introduce their new picture book, Fish Girl.

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April 2017


04/04/2017

FINDING AN AGENT: A LUNCHTIME PANEL DISCUSSION hosted by BETH KEPHART featuring JANET BENTON, STEPHANIE FELDMAN, JOSH GETZLER and CARMEN MARIA MACHADO. rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu or 215-746-POEM


04/06/2017

BOOK LAUNCH for The Lost Book of Wonders by Chad Brecher. 


04/07/2017

Alec Baldwin reads from and signs Nevertheless: A Memoir


04/13/2017

REBECCA SOLNIT talks about Art, Disaster, Utopia at the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Humanities Forum



Misty Copeland introduces her first health and fitness book, Ballerina Body


04/16/2017

21st  Annual Poetry Ink at Moonstone Arts Center. For more info email Larry at moonstoneartscenter.org


04/19/2017

Ben Marcus


04/20/2017

Novelist Jennifer Haigh reads from Heat and Light, her new novel about a community divided by fracking.


04/23/2017

The Writers’ Coffeehouse @BARNES & NOBLE WILLOW GROVE (102 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090). Noon to 3 PM

A FREE 3-hour networking and discussion about writing and publishing at the Writers Coffeehouse.All are welcome. It’s a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee. No previous publishing experience necessary…the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. The Coffeehouse is hosted by members of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a non-profit organization of local, published, award-winning, and best-selling authors dedicated to the idea of paying it forward. 


04/24/2017

READING WITH LYDIA DAVIS (rsvp required)


04/25/2017

BRUNCH WITH LYDIA DAVIS (rsvp required)


04/26/2017

Critic, literary nonfiction writer and poet Maggie Nelson

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May 2017


05/04/2017

Acclaimed actress Gabourey Sidibe reads from and signs her memoiThis Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare



05/13/2017

Ann Hazen signs The Reading Terminal Cookbook


05/20/2017

WORTH THE TRIP: Gaithersburg Book Festival: More than 100 best-selling and award-winning authors will participate in talks, panel discussions and book signings throughout the day in Gaithersburg, MD, about a 2.5 hour/day trip train ride or drive down I-95.  Authors include Alex GeorgeSidney Blumenthal, Peter Cozzens, Kay Redfield Jamison and Laura Lippman.


05/28/2017

The Writers’ Coffeehouse @BARNES & NOBLE WILLOW GROVE (102 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090). Noon to 3 PM

A FREE 3-hour networking and discussion about writing and publishing at the Writers Coffeehouse.All are welcome. It’s a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee. No previous publishing experience necessary…the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. The Coffeehouse is hosted by members of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a non-profit organization of local, published, award-winning, and best-selling authors dedicated to the idea of paying it forward. 


Summer 2017 HIGHLIGHTS


06/05/2017

JANET BENTON introduces her debut historical novel Lilli de Jong 



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