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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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 


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LOOSE CANON SALON & WRITING CRAFT WORKSHOP @ FERGIE’S PUB

Loose Canon Salon—an arts salon devoted to synergy and diversity, progressive and political artistic involvement of all kinds: spoken word, poetry, fiction, drama, music, performance art, comedy—invites all to share their work or simply watch and listen. This month's theme: "Ripped From The Headlines." Seeking diversity & synergies. Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Phila, PA, 3 PM to 5 PM. A free writing craft workshop precedes the salon from 1PM to 3 PM, also at Fergie’s

Cosponsored by Moonstone Art Center & The Mad Poets Society. Hosted by Jeffrey Ethan Lee & David Moolten. For more info email  dmoolten at dot gmail com  jeffreyethan at att dot net

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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




03/23/2017

Susan Perabo 



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Poets For Peace at The Random Tea Room featuring readings by LindoYes, Stephanie B., Marshall,James Kavanaugh, Marquis Wright-Lee, and Amber Renee. The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, 713 N 4th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 PM to 9 PM. More info and RSVP   https://www.facebook.com/events/1692757341019474/


One Book, One Philadelphia Grand Finale featuring First Person Arts

 

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Michael Dirda


CHRIS HAYES — event is SOLD OUT but you can watch LIVESTREAM at 6 PM and in a few days check the Free Library of Philadelphia website for a podcast.



03/24/2017

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


LORENE CARY reading with KAITLIN MOORE at Bucks County Community College.


03/25/2017

Third Annual Free Library of Comic-Con


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

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



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.


Poet Joy Harjo



03/30/2017 

Marathon reading of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


MICAH WHITE, author of  Why Protests Fail



ALISON HICKS talks about her new collection of poetry, You Who Took the Boat Out. Interviewed by Elizabeth Mosier. 5:30 PM, Main Point Books, 116 North Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA (484) 580-6978  


Anne-Marie Slaughter


03/31/2017

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

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April 2017



04/01/2017




04/03/2017

Colum McCann talks about his book Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice



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




BOOK PARTY with NY Times best-selling author Amy Stewart, 7 to 9 PM at Wellington Square Books, 549 Wellington Square, Exton PA. Registration required, tickets $5. 




Double-header at the Free Library of Philadelphia: Barrelhouse editor, Temple University professor, Book Fight! co-host and Philadelphia-area native Tom McAllister talks about his new novel The Young Widower's Handbook; Award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist and Rutgers-Camden professor of creative writing Lauren Grodstein talks about her new novel Our Short History. 


04/05/2017

A Reading by AMY HEMPEL at Swarthmore College



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 SOLD OUT



04/12/2017

The 27th annual Davis R. Parker Memorial History Lecture features writer and political activist DANIEL ELLSBERG. He is a lecturer, writer, and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions, and the urgent need for political whistleblowing. He is most well known for releasing the McNamara study on U.S. relations in Vietnam, later known as the Pentagon Papers, to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and 19 newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Ball Auditorium, The Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA. This event is free and open to the public, and will include a lecture, Q&A session, and book signing. 


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


04/14/2017  

ALL BUT TRUE author reading series hosted by Working Writers Group presents Dianne McKinney-Whetstone & Jim Remsen at who will talk about their latest historical novels at Mighty Writers West, 3861 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, PA  Tel. 267.244.4005



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- 05/21/2017

PHILADELPHIA STORIES 3rd Annual WRITERS AT WORK Conference. Rosemont College’s Center City location. Watch this website for details.



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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