Notable Philadelphia: 11/12–11/18

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Tuesday 11/12: Blue Stoop will present Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls, in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Free Library will present readings by Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives, and Clifford Thompson, author of What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

First Person Arts will present a reading by Geffrey Davis, author of Night Angler. 6:30 p.m. at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library.

The Livin’ on Luck series will present poetry readings by Stu O’Connor and John Polier, music by Red Desert Motel, and an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

World Cafe Live will present an evening of poetry featuring Neil Hilborn, author of Our Numbered Days, alongside Willow Hawks and Kai Davis. 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live. 

Wednesday 11/13: The Kelly Writers House will present a performance by poet, educator, and activist Roya Marsh, featuring an introduction by Imani Davis. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Writers in Camden series will present readings by Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House and Her Body and Other Parties, and Jess Row, author of White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination and Your Face in Mine. 7 p.m. at Rutgers University-Camden.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Michael R. Brown and W.D. Ehrhart, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Larry Robin. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will host a reading and discussion with Aaron Glantz, author of Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream. Moderated by Solomon Jones. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

The Bryn Mawr College Reading Series will present a reading by acclaimed fiction writer Sam Lipsyte. 7:30 p.m. at Bryn Mawr College.

Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Simone White and Brandon Brown. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

The Free Library will present an evening with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Thursday 11/14: Temple University will host a fiction reading by Asali Solomon, author of Get Down and Disgruntled. 5 p.m. at Charles Library.

The Kelly Writers House will present a reading by poet, essayist, and author Erica Hunt, with an introduction by Al Filreis. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will present Sara Nović, author of America Is Immigrants, in conversation with Nathaniel Popkin. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a release event for Leah Falk’s new collection To Look After and Use. Featuring poetry readings by Carson “Jae” Lee, Stephanie Cawley, and Leah Falk. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Wooden Shoe Books & Records will host a discussion with Stuart Schrader, author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing, and Patrick Blanchfield. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

The Free Library will present a reading by Susan Orlean from her latest, The Library Book. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Friday 11/15: The Hopscotch Translation Series will present Soloup, political cartoonist and author of Aivali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922, in conversation with translator Tom Papademetriou. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with John Vercher, author of Three-Fifths. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Wooden Shoe Books & Records will host a release event for Aaron Belz’s new poetry collection Soft Launch, featuring readings by Aaron Belz and Amy Saul-Zerby. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Join Amelia Bane and Seema Reza for the Philadelphia stop of the Happy/Sad Tour, featuring Cynthia Arrieu-King, Anna Dausman, and A Family of Clowns! 8 p.m. at Creperie Beau Monde & L’Etage.

Saturday 11/16: The 2019 Philly Zine Fest will take place at 12 p.m. at The Rotunda.

First Person Arts will present a reading by Tina Chang from her latest poetry collection Hybrida. 2 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia – Independence Branch.

The Nick Virgilio Writers House will present a joint book launch event for Kathleen O’Toole’s This Far and the NVWH first annual poetry anthology. Hosted by Henry Brann and Kathleen O’Toole. 3 p.m. at Nick Virgilio Writers House.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a publishing panel featuring Britny Brooks-Perilli of Running Press, Amanda Thomas of Lanternfish Press, and Alexa Smith of Apiary Magazine. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore will host a reading by Nathaniel Popkin from his latest novel The Year of the Return. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. 

Sunday 11/17: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a book signing with Nick Gregorio, author of Good Grief and The Distance. 12 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Neighboring Systems will present a reading and conversation with Christy Davids, Nabil Kashyap, and Connie Yu. 1 p.m. at Vox Populi.

Blue Stoop will host the November edition of their monthly happy hour at 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Monday 11/18: Blue Stoop will present Tommy Pico, author of Feed, in conversation with Zach Blackwood, author of Sexy Unique Hollow Point. 7:30 p.m. at FringeArts.

Penn Book Center will present a discussion with Paul Hendrickson, author of Plagued by Fire: The Dreams & Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright and Witold Rybczynski, author of Charleston Fancy: Little Houses & Big Dreams in the Holy City. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “My Father Becomes Their Wedding Bouquet” by Kai Davis (The Offing, July 2018). 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 →