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


One Book, One Philadelphia

events continue through mid-March! 

Check out all the events here.


M A R C H  2018



Steven Pinker | Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress


Journalist and anchorman Jorge Ramos in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak discuss Ramos’ new book  Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era.


Another Brooklyn with the Library Company of PhiladelphiaA discussion of Jacqueline Woodson's One Book, One Philadelphia novel accompanies an exploration of original materials from the Library Company's African American history collections. More info.

WALTER MOSLEY returns to Philadelphia with his latest novel, Down the River Unto the Sea. 


Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan


The Writer's Guild of Delco invites the Delco community to a FREE event: Getting Published: What Today's Writers Need to Know. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the current options available in the publishing industry. Seating is limited. For details contact writersguildofdelco@gmail.com


Jacqueline Woodson



One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson


Ides of March Prose Reading at the Cannery Lounge in West Philly showcasing local authors (l to r) RU FREEMANEMMA COPLEY EISENBERG and MARC ANTONY RICHARDSON. Curated and hosted by Philadelphia-based writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall. Books will be sold on site by Bindlestiff Books. The Cannery Lounge is located at 705 South 50th Street, Philadelphia. Doors open at 5 PM for drinks + snacks; the readings start at 7 PM. 

Colette Bryce, award-winning poet from Northern Ireland

Women's History Month: Penn Book Center celebrates LILLI DE JONG and Philadelphia women, with author Janet Benton (left) and historian Shan Holt 


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




presented by OPEN BOOK Bookstore, featuring

Above, , l to r: Kelly Simmons, Dan Torday, Jon McGoran

David Bernstein, author of Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction

Robb Cadigan, author of Phoenixville Rising

Nomi Eve, author of Henna House

Kate Forest, author of Interior Design and Other Emotions

Lise Funderburg, author of Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home

Gregory Frost, author of Shadowbridge

Jon McGoran, author of Spliced

Rahul Mehta, author of No Other World

Kelly Simmons, author of The Fifth of July

Dan Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West




Local author JANET BENTON  talks about her debut novel Lilli de Jong, which is set in 19th-century Philadelphia.


WRITING TO HEAL THE CULTURE PANEL & DISCUSSION organized by Helen Mallon and featuring (l to r) Yolanda Wisher, John Timpane (PHOTO by Jessica Griffin), Janet Benton and (not pictured) Rita FierroMt. Airy, PA.


(above: detail from Lilli De Jong cover) 

Authors Up Close: Lilli De Jong by Janet Benton 


Peter Carey

Alan Hollinghurst


A P R I L  2018



Author talk with ANN HOOD at Open Books.


THE ODYSSEY: A NEW TRANSLATION: A conversation with University of Pennsylvania 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).


Zinzi Clemmons


Award-winning novelist Junot Díaz | Islandborn


Lorrie Moore in conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips about Moore’s new book See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary


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. EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT


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.


AUTHOR TALK WITH JANET BENTON who will share the inspiration for and read from her debut novel, Lilli De Jong, discuss women's status in the nineteenth century, and answer questions. Books will be available to purchase onsite (Bala Cynwyd Library in Bala Cynwyd, PA).


Meet the Authors Literacy Benefit at The Riverton (NJ) Porch Club (one of the country’s first organized women’s clubs) featuring Philadelphia author JANET BENTON and two other authors TBA.


Jane Austen Day

The Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America presents "The Power of Persuasion" featuring Whit Stillman, Oscar nominated screenwriter and director and screenwriter of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan; Susannah Fullerton, author and president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia; Lynn Festa, associate professor, Rutgers University; and Juliette Wells, author and associate professor of Goucher College. Marion Cricket Club, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM. For more information and to register go to www.jasnaeastpa.org/jaday.html 

04/23/2018 & 04/24/2018

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


Leslie Jamison talks about and signs her latest book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, a combination memoir, literary criticism and cultural history.


Ariel Levy


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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