Notable Philadelphia: 10/22–10/28

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Tuesday 10/22: Penn Book Center will present Eleanor Gordon-Smith, author of Stop Being Reasonable: How We Really Change Our Minds, in conversation with Dan Gorenstein. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Wooden Shoe will host a discussion of Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy with Crazy Horse Family Elder Floyd Clown Sr. and author William Matson. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse will present Farah Naz Rishi, author of I Hope You Get This Message, in conversation with Eric Smith. 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse.

The Free Library will present a reading by Jeanette Winterson from her latest, Frankissstein. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Charmed Instruments series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Anne Lesley Selcer and Levi Bentley. 7:30 p.m. at 824 S 8th Street.

Dead Bards Poetry will present readings by Leonard Gontarek and John Wall Barger, followed by an open mic. Hosted by James Feichthaler. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

Wednesday 10/23: Stockton University’s Visiting Writers Series will present a poetry reading by former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Reception at 5:30 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m. at Stockton University. 

The Hopscotch Translation Series will present Lawrence Venuti, author of Contra Instrumentalism: A Translation Polemic and translator of J. V. Foix’s Daybook 1918: Early Fragments, in conversation with Emily Wilson. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Kelly Writers House will host a celebration of Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Cary. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Art with Spirits will host “Art Inspires Art,” a poetry reading featuring Krisann Janowitz, James Feichthaler, Rebecca Kokitus, and Anne-Adele Wight, as well as an open mic. 7 p.m. at Art with Spirits.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Marion Cohen, Chanda Rice, and Elliott Bat Tzedek, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 10/24: Temple University will host a reading by fiction writer Alexandra Kleeman. The event will be free and open to the public. 5 p.m. at Charles Library.

The Kelly Writers House will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Carole Bernstein and Patrick Donnelly. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading and discussion with Olga Livshin, author of A Life Replaced: Poems with Translations from Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

The Tire Fire series will present readings by Tyler Barton, Thea Brown, and Joanna C. Valente. The reading will double as a fundraiser for The Attic Youth Center, “the only organization in Philadelphia exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.” 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Story Hole, a new storytelling event, will launch Thursday at the Wooden Shoe. The free show will blend curated and open mic slots. The theme for the evening is “masks.” Hosted by Vara Cooper. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Saturday 10/26: Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will present a reading and discussion with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership. 5 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the book release party for Witches’ Dance by Erin Eileen Almond. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

RadioKismet will present readings by Jaime Fountaine, Nicole Steinberg, and Zach VandeZande. 8 p.m. at RadioKismet.

Sunday 10/27: The Free Library will present a reading by Maria Famà from her latest poetry collection The Good for the Good. 2:30 p.m. at South Philly Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. 

Monday 10/28: Penn Book Center will present Liana Finck, New Yorker cartoonist and author of Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The inaugural event in Holy Family University’s Distinguished Writers Series will be an evening with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera. The event is free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family University.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Something There Is That Doesn’t Love” by Olga Livshin (Writers Resist, May 2017). 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 →