Notable Philadelphia: 1/15-1/21

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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.

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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 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 →