Notable Philadelphia: 10/29–11/4


Tuesday 10/29: The University of Pennsylvania Bookstore will host a discussion with Lise Funderburg, author of Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents. 6 p.m. at University of Pennsylvania Bookstore.

Head to Fisher-Bennett Hall for a performance by Elisabeth von Samsonow followed by a discussion of her book Anti-Electra: The Radical Totem of the Girl with artist Andrea Hornick. 6 p.m. at 3340 Walnut Street.

Wednesday 10/30: The Words from Home Poetry Series will present a reading by Nathalie Handal, author of Life in a Country Album. 6 p.m. at Slought.

The All But True series will present “Impossible Songs: New Speculative Fiction”, a reading by A.C. Wise and Sarah Pinsker, authors of Catfish Lullaby and A Song for a New Day. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Writers in Camden series at Rutgers University-Camden will present a reading by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera. 7 p.m. at Rutgers University-Camden.

Head to A Novel Idea on Passyunk for “Potions, Poltergeists, & Poetry: A Halloween Reading” featuring Angelo Colavita, Chris McCreary, Mikey Franz, and Christina Rosso. Costumes are encouraged, and tarot readings will be available for purchase! 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. 

Thursday 10/31: The Wooden Shoe will present Grace Blakeley, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, in conversation with Sarah Jaffe. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Friday 11/1: Penn Book Center will present John Wenz, author of The Lost Planets: Peter van de Kamp and the Vanishing Exoplanets around Barnard’s Star, in conversation with Ingrid Ockert. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The November edition of the Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam will feature Norwegian-American writer, youth worker, and organizer Michael Lee. Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.

Monday 11/4: Penn Book Center will present Brian Rosenwald, author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States, in conversation with Dannagal Goldthwaite Young. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Kelly Writers House will host Latina Poetry Night, a bilingual reading and conversation about the experience of living in translation, the role of Latinx poetry in the United States, and immigrant experiences coming from Argentina, Cuba, and Spain, featuring readings by Marta López Luaces, Lizabel Mónica, Azahara Palomeque, and Mercedes Roffé. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “A Husband by Midnight” by Christina Rosso (Queen Mob’s Tea House, May 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 →