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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January 2017


01/10/2017

French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy talks with Carlin Romano about The Genius of Judaism. EVENT SOLD OUT. Online livestream available.



01/11/2017



01/15/2017




Philadelphia #Writers Resist: United for Liberty

Time: 2:30-5 pm
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History (Independence Mall)
Contact: Nathaniel Popkin, nathaniel.popkin@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/424262767905244/

On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together in the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy for Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression, a major literary protest to defend and protect free expression at a time when it’s dangerously under threat.Follow prompts at this link to find more info on Philadelphia event and events in other cities.

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01/15/2017

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 


01/16/2017

Moonstone GOLD Presents: Poet Stephen Dunn



01/17/2017

Tickets and Subscriptions for Spring Author Events at the Free Libary of Philadelphia go on sale 10 AM  



Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Alicia Moran and Damon Young discuss "The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own."



01/18/2017

PENN ALUMNI AUTHOR EVENT : Emily EsfahaniSmith discusses and signs copies of her new book, THE POWER OF MEANING: Crafting a Life That Matters.


01/24/2017

Moonstone GOLD Presents: science fiction author, memoirist, essayist and literary critic SAMUEL R. DELANEY, Jr.



01/25/2017

One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event featuring Lorene Cary, Carlos Eire, Christina Baker Kline, Steve Lopez, and James McBride, and a performance by the Curtis Institute of Music.



Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die



Markus Nornes talks about Second Thoughts on "Abusive Subtitling"

01/26/2017

Joseph Turow on The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power


01/29/2017

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. 



01/31/2017

WHY FORMALIST POETRY SPEAKS TO US AND WHY WE LOVE TO PRACTICE IT with John Timpane, Miriam Kotzin, and Ernest Hilbert, moderated by Lynn Levin.



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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



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 




02/28/2017

PAUL LISICKY



 
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


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.


03/09/2017

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


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 


03/23/2017

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

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April 2017

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



04/19/2017

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



05/28/2017

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. 


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