Notable Philadelphia: 10/16–10/22

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Tuesday 10/16: One Book, One Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia will announce the next book in the One Book, One Philadelphia program. Free copies of the book will be available to attendees while supplies last! 10:30 a.m. at Parkway Central Library.

The Historical Society of Philadelphia will present “The First Gay American Novel: A Forgotten Book by Sarah Orne Jewett” a talk by Dr. Don Hames Brown about A Marsh Island, the little-known 19th-century American novel by Jewett. 5:30 p.m. at The Library Company of Philadelphia.

Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with Joshua Rivkin, author of Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Green Line Café Poetry Series and Poets in Common will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Shevaun Brannigan, Daniel Jones, Ailin Luca, and Ditta Baron Hoeber. Hosted by Jen Anolik. 7 p.m. at Green Line on Locust.

Wednesday 10/17: The Kelly Writers House will host a poetry reading by Rae Armantrout. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Henk Rossouw, Julie Bouwsma, and Cynthia Dewi Oka. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The PressPlay Reading Series and Live Podcast returns to Fergie’s Pub with their October feature, Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party. Featuring an interview with founder Christopher KP Brown and lead host Jazmine Hawkins, readings by Breedlove poets Mizz Jasz, Ngozi Magena, and Sir Smith, and an open mic! Hosted by Warren Longmire. 6:30 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Tragic: The Gathering, an occasional reading series of and for trans writers, returns to Wooden Shoe Books and Records with readings by Noor Ibn Najam, Prairie M. Faul, and Charlie Stern. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Writers in Camden and Rutgers University-Camden LGBTQIA+ History Month will present a reading by Melissa Febos, author of the memoir Whip Smart and the essay collection Abandon Me. 7 p.m. at Rutgers University-Camden. 

The Hatchery Reading Series returns to The Monkey Club! This year, they are featuring a different local writing organization each month. This month’s feature is Drexel Writer’s Room, and the readers will be Lauren Lowe, Norman Cain, and Carol McCullough. 7 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

The Random Name Poetry Series will present readings by Anneliese Downey and Brendan Lorber. Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

Thursday 10/18: Penn Cook Center will host a reading and discussion with Anne Balay, author of Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Tire Fire series returns with readings by Steven Dunn, Oki Sogumi, Warren Longmire, and Quinton Lawrence! The reading will double as a fundraiser for Juntos, “a Latino immigrant community-led organization in Philadelphia fighting for our human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants.” Hosted by Jaime Fountaine and Mike Ingram. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 10/19: Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with Allison Coffelt, author of Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip through Haiti. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Thirty West Publishing will host an evening of poetry and fiction readings featuring Nicholas Perilli, Rebecca Kokitus, and Nick Gregorio. Open mic to follow. 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Saturday 10/20: Cooper Street Workshops will present “Writing Dangerous Poems”, a writing workshop led by Tim Lynch. 10 a.m. at Writers House at Rutgers-Camden.

The Philly Homebrew Reading Series returns with readings by Warren Longmire, James Hoch, Kathleen Volk Miller, and Zach Savich, as well as beer tastings! 5:30 p.m. at 1314 South 47th Street

Sunday 10/21: This month’s Blue Stoop Happy Hour will feature a panel discussion about MFA programs, featuring special guests Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Rose Skelton, Boston Gordon, Anju Treohan, Jessamine Chan, and more. 4 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Excuse My Dust returns with another hour of wit, writing, and weirdness featuring Lindsay Berrigan, Rebecca Kokitus, and Alanna Kennedy-Gorman. Hosted by Jaime Fountaine, who will also provide free box wine! 8 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre.

Head to Pretzel Park for a poetry reading during the first annual Witch Market! Featuring readings by Cooper Wilhelm, Kailey Tedesco, June Gehringer, Angelo Colavita, Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, and Rebecca Kokitus. 2 p.m. at Friends of Pretzel Park.

Monday 10/22: Blue Stoop and the Penn Book Center present a reading and discussion with May-Lan Tan and Bonnie Chau. Led by Anne Ishii, executive director of Asian Arts Initiative. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Kelly Writers House will present a reading by Douglas Kearney. 6:30 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Antique Windfall” by Zach Savich (Granta, 2014). Enjoy!

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Amy Saul-Zerby is a Philadelphia-based poet. She is Editor-in-Chief of Voicemail Poems, Communications Manager at Apiary Magazine, and a contributing writer at Fields Magazine. Her first collection Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds was published by Be About It Press in 2017. More from this author →