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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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


04/08/2017

Writers Resist Meeting @ Penn Book Center.



Local Authors Expo @ Marple Library. Moderated by writer and poet MARSHALL WARFIELD of Rosemont College/





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



Novelist Jennifer Haigh reads at Main Point Books. See also 4/20.



04/20/2017

Novelist Jennifer Haigh reads from Heat and Light, her new novel about a community divided by fracking.See also 4/19.


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 This event is FULL


04/25/2017

BRUNCH WITH LYDIA DAVIS (rsvp required)



04/26/2017

Critic, literary nonfiction writer and poet Maggie Nelson





Independence Bookstore Day



Celebrate Independence Bookstore Day at Main Point Books Featuring: 10 AM: Joe Wos, A-Maze-ing Animals1 AM: Erin Entrada Kelly, Hello Universe; 1 PM: Ron Rice My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop; 2 PM: Ned Bernard Philadelphia Trees 3 PM: Rahul Mehta No Other World.





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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


Artist/Author Lecture with Bryan Collier, Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), FREE. This event is part of Art Sanctuary’s 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.


05/05/2017-05/06/2017


05/09/2017

In the Sanctuary: Messages from the Elders with MARITA GOLDEN

Author, professor, founder of the African-American Writers Guild, and co-founder of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation MARITA GOLDEN  in conversation with Philadelphia Radio icon Patty Jackson on the impact of Alzheimer's disease in the African American community. This event is part of Art Sanctuary’s 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.


05/11/2017





05/13/2017

Ann Hazen signs The Reading Terminal Cookbook



CELEBRATION OF BLACK WRITING Annual Literary & Arts Conference African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch Street), FREE (donations welcome). This event is part of Art Sanctuary’s 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.


05/14/2017

In the Sanctuary: Race and Civility in Everyday Life with ELIJAH ANDERSON

William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology ELIJAH ANDERSON delivers a lecture on  an exploration of the racial divide and how we can build a more inclusive and diverse society. This event is part of Art Sanctuary’s 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.


05/18/2017


05/19/2017 in Philadelphia

Celebration of Black Arts LEGACY Awards evening featuring Colson WhiteheadBryan Collier (top, right) who will receive the Award for Excellence in Literature;  (bottom, left) who will receive the award for Excellence in Visual Literacy J. Donald DumpsonUkee Washington (center, right) who will receive the Gamble & Huff Award for Excellence in Songwriting; and  (center, lefy who will receive the Chuck Stone Award for Execllence in Journalism. BUY TICKETS This event is part of Art Sanctuary’s 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.


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.


In the Sanctuary: Workshops from Max Rodriguez & Akashic BooksAfrican-American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch Street), FREE. This event is part of Art Sanctuary’s 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.







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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