Notable Philadelphia: 8/20–8/26

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Wednesday 8/21: Moonstone Poetry will host a chapbook release party for local authors Leonard Kress, Lisa Konigsberg, Brooke Palma, Sarah Trembath, and Rocky Wilson. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 8/22: The Dead Bards Poetry Series will present readings by Brooke Palma and Anthony Palma, followed by an open mic. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

Penn Book Center will present P.E. Moskowitz, author of The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent, in conversation with George Ciccariello-Maher. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Friday 8/23: Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will host a book talk and signing with Bassey Ikpi, author of I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Saturday 8/24: The Speakeasy Open Mic series will present an open mic night featuring performances by the University of Pennsylvania class of 2023. 9:30 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Monday 8/26: Head to Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar for a reading and discussion with John Oliver Mason, author of All of the Above, Mutterings, and Out of the Box. 6 p.m. at Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Reading James Baldwin on My Lunch Hour” by Brooke Palma (E-Verse Radio, February 2019). 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 →