Notable Philadelphia: 11/26–12/2


Tuesday 11/26: The Free Library will host a reading by Ronan Farrow from his latest, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Dead Bards Poetry Series will present readings by Krisann Janowitz, Rebecca Kokitus, and Octavia McBride-Ahebee, followed by an open mic. Hosted by James Feichthaler. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

Saturday 11/30: The African American Book Expo is coming to Philadelphia. The event will be family-friendly and free with online registration. 1 p.m. at The Victorian Banquet Hall.

Monday 12/2: The University of Pennsylvania Bookstore will host a reading and discussion with Dr. Jim Saunders, author of the new novel Animal Dances. 5 p.m. at University of Pennsylvania Bookstore.

Mural Arts will present a book launch party for Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. Featured speakers will be Paul Farber, Ken Lum, Laurie Allen, Jane Golden, Homay King, Karyn Olivier, Ursula Rucker, Kirk Savage, and Marisa Williamson. The event is free and open to the public. 5 p.m. at Institute of Contemporary Art.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will present a book talk by Michael Eric Dyson, author of Jay Z: Made in America. The discussion will be moderated by Marc Lamont Hill. 6 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. 

The Hopscotch Translation series will present Marcelline Delbecq, author of Camera, in conversation with Jena Osman. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Monday Poets series will present readings by University of the Arts professor Zach Savich and UArts creative writing alumni Amy Jannotti, Glorious Piner, and Hazel the Aura. 6:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “The Holy Ghost of Perpetual Adoration” by Amy Jannotti (Charge Magazine, Issue Two, July 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 →