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 


J A N U A R Y  2018


One Book, One Philadelphia starts this month! Check out all the events here.

Local author Holly Spofford discusses her mystery novel A Letter for Hoot.

Harry Milman signs his latest sci-fi novel, Soyuz: The Final Flight.


Local author 
Ned Bachus discusses Open Admissions, his book about transformative teaching and learning practices and his four years teaching at Community College of Philadelphia.


Meet the Publisher at Open Books: Quirk Books with Jason Rekulak & Nicole de Jackmo

Kelly Corrigan discusses and signs her latest book Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say. 

YA AUTHOR FEST 2018, Burlington County Library, NJ


Arcadia University MFA Reading at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.


Local novelist Chris Ludovici (The Minors) and poet Francis Daulerio (If and When We Wake) read from their work. 


Michael Wolff talks about Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump Whitehouse, in conversation with Dick Polman.


I Am Not Your Negro - Film Screening and Discussion at the Free Library of Philadelphia

01/17/2018                                                   One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event featuring author Jacqueline Woodson (above, left) and a performance by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher and her band,The Afroeaters.


WHYY Public Taping of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (above, left) interviewing One Book, One Philadelphia author Jacqueline Woodson

Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and asha bandele talk about their book When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.


Meet the Publisher at Open Books: Temple University Press


Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talks about The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, her book on childhood stress and trauma.

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Talnaes and local author Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish) share their new books: Trump's ABC (in children’s board book form but for adults) and And Then the World Blew Up, respectively.


Bryan Caplan discusses The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money.

Homa Sabet Tavanger visits Narberth Bookshop to discuss Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be at Home in the World.


Q&A and book signing with former Inky editor/columnist (and veteran) Kevin Ferris, co-author of Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal.



Newbery and Caldecott Award-winning author Matt de la Peña and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long present their new picture book, Love.

Organizer expert Laurie Palau talks tips from her book Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized. 


Philadelphia Stories Winter 2018 Issue Launch



Internationally bestselling author Elif Shafak discusses her latest novel, Three Daughters of Eve Siri Hustvedt talks about her latest work of nonfiction, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind.


F E B R U A R Y   2018



The 26th Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair

Philadelphia author Christine Kendall signs Riding Chance at the 26th Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair.


LAUNCH PARTY for The Book of Boy by local author Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

                                                                                 Dara Horn discusses and signs her just-released latest novel, Eternal Life.


Worth the trip: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE SAUNDERS discussing his Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo at Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, PA.


Cornel West visits the Parkway Central Library  to talk about Race Matters the 25th Anniversary Edition of his National Book Award-winning collection of essays on race and justice in America,

Swarthmore College alum and pianist Kris Faatz presents a musical and literary presentation of her new novel To Love A Stranger


The 3rd Annual Writers at Work Conference


Ben Yagoda: The Art of Fact with Dick Polman
A lunch talk at Kelly Writers House with journalist  BEN YAGODA (above, left), author of a dozen books including About Town: The New Yorker and the World It MadeMemoir: A History,The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism and How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Problems and How to Avoid Them.  Yagoda will discuss accuracy in journalism, in conversation with DICK POLMANnational political columnist at WHYY News and the full-time "Writer in Residence" at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania. RSVP required.

Dave Eggers  (above, left) and Mokhtar Alkhanshali visit the Central Free Library with to discuss The Monk of Mokha.

02/14/2018 & 02/15/2018

A Reading and Brunch Talk with PAUL AUSTER at Kelly Writers House, 2/14 & 2/15. Registration required.


ANGELA FLOURNOY at Bryn Mawr College.


M A R C H  2018



Jacqueline Woodson



THE ODYSSEY: A NEW TRANSLATION: A conversation with Professor Emily Wilson about her new line-for-line iambic pentameter version of The Odyssey (which is also the first English translation by a woman).


Death, Writing, Race, and Freedom: A Keynote Address by EDWIDGE DANTICAT at The University of Pennsylvania.


A P R I L  2018



Author talk with ANN HOOD at Open Books.


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks upon her Czech childhood experience with Nazi and Soviet regimes and her insights into and solutions for  the resurgence of Fascism in the world.


Author talk with New York Times bestselling author LISA SEE at Main Line Books. See will discuss her latest novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, the story of explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

04/23/2018 & 04/24/2018

CHARLES M. BLOW at Kelly Writers House 4/23 & 4/24


Phil Klay, author of the 2014 National Book Award-winning  short story collection, Redeployment.  Writing in The New York Times, Dexter Filkins called the book “the best thing written so far about what America’s recent wars did to people’s souls.” 

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