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

• Check out "What’s New, What’s Next" on Broad Street Review 

• Check out QWERTY Philly



M A Y  2018




Jesmyn Ward talks about and signs her highly acclaimed 2018 National Book Ward-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Simon Winchester


Mary Morris  and Nathaniel Popkin 


CREATIVES AT THE CANNERY will host a prose reading showcasing novelist Asali Solomon (top, left), translator Elisabeth Jaquette (top, right), and playwright/performer James Ijames (above) at the Dock Street Cannery & Lounge at 705 South 50th Street. The reading is hosted by West Philly writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall. Doors will open at 5 PM and the readings start at 7 PM.

2013 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Guardian First Book Award for The Yellow Birds author KEVIN POWERS & ELISE JUSKA, author of the novels One for Sorrow, Two for JoyThe Hazards of Sleeping AloneGetting Over Jack Wagner; andThe Blessings, speak about their work at The Free Library of Philadelphia.


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