Notable Philadelphia: 1/15-1/21


Tuesday 1/15: Penn Book Center will present Rabeah Ghaffari, author of To Keep the Sun Alive, in conversation with Bill Figueroa. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party will host an open mic featuring Asia Bryant-Wilkerson and Talia Mingey! Hosted by Jovan McKoy. 7 p.m. at APoetArtGallery.

Blue Stoop will present Laura Adamczyk, author of the short story collection Hardly Children, in in conversation with Sam Allingham. 7 p.m. at Brickbat Books.

Wednesday 1/16: Penn Book Center will present Nick Bunker, author of Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity, in conversation with George Boudreau. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by local poets Ryan Eckes and Jason Mitchell, followed by an open mic! 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

For its 2019 kickoff, One Book One Philadelphia will host a reading and conversation with Jesmyn Ward, author of the One Book featured selection Sing, Unburied, Sing, and WURD President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. The talk will be followed by a performance of an original work from composer Elizabeth Younan. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Thursday 1/17: One Book One Philadelphia will host a reading and discussion with Jesmyn Ward about incarceration and its effect on families, as well as her writing process. Book signing to follow the event. 1 p.m. at Community College of Philadelphia.

Accidental Player will host a celebration of the release of Sean Collins’s new chapbook Planchette, featuring readings by Sean Collins, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Ray DeJesús, and Meg Pendoley. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom. 

Friday 1/18: Thirty West Presents #22 will feature readings by Christopher DiCicco, Alison Myers, and The Carlton, followed by an open mic! 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Blue Stoop and Asian Arts Initiative will present Gina Apostol, author of Insurrecto, in conversation with Elise Juska. 6:30 p.m. at Asian Arts Initiative.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “The Intermediate Class” by Sam Allingham (New Yorker, April 2018). Enjoy!


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Amy Saul-Zerby is the author of two poetry collections, Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds (Be About It Press, 2017) and Deep Camouflage (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Chicago Review of Books, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the editor of Voicemail Poems and Literary Philly. Find her on Twitter at @amyszzz. More from this author →