Notable Philadelphia: 5/21–5/27

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Tuesday 5/21: The Chasing Windmills series will return with readings by Amanda Buck, Andrew Katz, Malachi Lily, and Alexa Smith. 6 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant.

The Wooden Shoe will host the book launch for Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play, and Gather by Shawna Potter. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Head House Books will present Shalini Shankar, author of Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z’s New Path to Success, in conversation with journalist Malcolm Harris. 7 p.m. at Head House Books.

The Free Library will present a reading by Adam Gopnik, author of A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 5/22: The Hopscotch Translation Series will present Olga Slavnikova, author of The Man Who Couldn’t Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being, in conversation with her translator Marian Schwartz. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Moonstone Poetry will host “May is for Mothers” a reading featuring Catherine Bancroft, Shevaun Brannigan, Vernyce Dannells, Janet Fishman, Courtney Gambrell, Ona Gritz, Lisa Grunberger, Donna Wolf-Palacio, and Sekai’afua Zankel. Hosted by Alina Macneal and Jennifer Hooks. 7 p.m. at 100 S. Broad Street.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading by Brenda Wineapple, author of The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

Uncle Bobbie’s will welcome Tiffany D. Jackson, author of the YA novel Let Me Hear a Rhyme, in conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore will present Stephanie Burt, author of Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems, in conversation with Mai Schwartz. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Thursday 5/23: The Creative at the Cannery series will return with prose readings by Steve Vasquez Dolph, Paul Lisicky, Erlina Dahliana Ortiz, and Rone Shavers, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Dock Street Cannery + Lounge.

The Wooden Shoe will present Natasha Lennard, author of Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life, in conversation with Vicky Osterweil. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

The Writers in the Round series will present a poetry reading by Anthony Palma, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Temenos Community Retreat.

The Free Library will host a reading by John Waters, author of Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Rosenbach will host a reading and discussion with Louis Bayard, author of Courting Mr. Lincoln. 6 p.m. at The Rosenbach.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading and discussion with Natalie Pompilio, author of Walking Philadelphia: 30 Walking Tours Exploring Art, Architecture, History, and Little-Known Gems. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

Friday 5/24: The Wooden Shoe will host a reading and discussion with Andrew Ross, author of Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a book signing with Andrew Katz, author of The Vampire Gideon’s Suicide Hotline and Halfway House for Orphaned Girls. 1 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. 

Saturday 5/25: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the release party for Effy Winter’s new poetry collection Flowers of the Flesh, featuring readings by Effy Winter, Juliette van der Molen and Angelo Colavita. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Sunday 5/26: Modern Lit, a group study for poets, will host a poetry workshop for black poets facilitated by Airea D. Matthews, author of Simulacra. $10 admission. 3 p.m. at Art Sanctuary.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host their first “Witches’ Circle,” a free monthly meetup for local witches or those interested in witchcraft to come together and share their experiences. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Monday 5/27: Franny Lou’s Porch will host the May edition of their monthly open mic series. 6 p.m. at Franny Lou’s Porch.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Shevaun Brannigan (Bedfellows, Issue 8). 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 →