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:                                                    

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• Check out the full list of Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events  

• Check out events on The National Book Signing Directory

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10/02/2017

Daniel R. Biddleand Murray Dubin read and discuss Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America with Erica Dunbar, author Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

10/07/2017

Super Cool Scientists Signing With Sara MacSorley


COLLINGSWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL


Broadcast journalist JUDY WOODRUFF speaks at West Chester University.



10/12/2017

A Reading by ORHAN PAMUKRSVP REQUIRED: wh@writing.upenn.edu or (215) 746-POEM



AMY TAN introduces her new book Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.




AUTHOR TALK: Telling Women’s Stories, with authors JANET GOLDEN and JANET BENTON. Janet Benton, author of the historical novel Lilli de Jong , and Janet Golden, Ph.D., a professor of history at Rutgers University and author of A Social History of Wet Nursing: From Breast to Bottle, will discuss the power of fiction and nonfiction to convey truths about the past and shed light on the present. Benton drew heavily on Dr. Golden’s book, in the writing of Lilli de Jong. Registration is required. Books will be available for purchase and signing.



     

“A Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler” 

Karen Joy Fowler is the award-winning, best-selling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Sister Noon, Sarah Canary and other works. She is this year’s keynote speaker at the Push to Publish conference on October 14th. 

However, on Thursday night, October 12, in an event open to the public, she will talk about her work, with interviewer and novelist Gregory Frost. The interview will be followed by short readings by Ms. Fowler and current members of the Rosemont MFA faculty. 6:30-7:30 PM, Main Building, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA


Talking about Writing Memoir with Author Andrea Jarrell, in conversation with Elizabeth Mosier. Open Books Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA, 7 PM. Tickets & Registration.



10/14/2017

Beloved local Newbery Medal-winning author JERRY SPINELLI  will be at Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Road, Ekins Park, PA, 11AM to 12:30 PM.






10/15/2017

Author JANET BENTON  will give a talk and a reading from her debut novel, Lilli de Jong, which will be followed by a Q&A session, book-selling/signing, and a wine and cheese reception. Abington Free Library. Event is free and open to the public. Register here. 



10/18/2017

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY FOR DARK NETWORK by JAMES McCRONE. Penn Book Center, 6:30 PM. Dark Network is the second in a planned trilogy of political suspense-thrillers by Philadelphia author James McCrone called The Imogen Trager series. "Although not based on events now gripping the world, the Imogen Trager series offers a sharp critique of US politics and its dependence on a Constitution that did not anticipate the ruthlessness of the modern criminal-business complex.” -- author’s website. Publishers Weekly called the first novel in this series, Faithless Elector, a “fast-moving topical thriller.” Read more at www.jamesmccrone.com


10/23/2017

ALICE McDERMOTT 



JANET BENTON, author of Lilli de Jong, will discuss and read from her novel, answer questions, and sign books. Event is free and open to the public. 


10/28/2017

JENNIFER WEINER



10/31/2017

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CARMEN MACHADO (r) AND JENNY ZHANG


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11/01/2017

 ROBIN BLACK 

 LIZ MOORE. Photo by Olivia Valentine

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: ROBIN BLACK and LIZ MOORE

Local writers Robin Black (If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, Life Drawing, Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing And Life Collideand Liz Moore (The Unseen World, The Words of Every Song, Heft) discuss the responsibilities, perils, challenges, and importance of making art during politically turbulent times. Is there room for creativity that doesn’t directly address today’s headlines? Is it possible to be a political writer who never writes about politics? Is, as has been claimed, the personal political, so that examinations of such things as family life, of romance, play a crucial social role even in times of strife? Looking at the works of others, at the broader literary debate, and at their own internal processes, these two novelists will explore these issues and more — and will answer any questions you may have. General Admission $15. Seating is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended.


11/02/2017

A Conversation with DAVID DALEY


11/02/2017


  
TA-NEHISI COATS, author of the 2015 National Book Award winner Between the World and Me, talks about his newest work,  We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS AVAILABLE.


11/03/2017

Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award,  talks about her new historical fiction novel, Manhattan Beach. Carmen Maria Machado, an artist in residence at the university of Pennsylvania whose work has been nominated forthe Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, will talk about her new book Her Body and Other Stories.


MSNBC’s CHRIS MATTHEW


11/04/2017

A CONVERSATION WITH Screenwriter ALEC SOKOLOW


11/05/2017

JEFFREY EUGENIDES


11/06/2017

A lunch talk with BEN YAGODA



BOOK LAUNCH for SPLICED by JOHN McGoran, his new “near future" science fiction novel. YOU ARE INVITED. This event is free but registration is required.


Nikki Giovanni 



11/07/2017

ON ELIE WIESEL: ALAN ROSEN AND AL FILREIS IN CONVERSATION



11/08/2017

DAN RATHER


11/10/2017

ISABEL ALLENDE


11/11/2017

 JAMES McBRIDE (author of one of Local LIT editor’s Kathye Fetsko Petrie’s favorite memoirs,The Color of WaterFive-Carat Soul.) introduces and reads from his first short story collection, 


11/12/2017


VAN JONES talks about Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.


11/13/2017

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SPECULATIVE FICTION


11/15/2017

Novelist and essayist Claire Vaye Watkins


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