Notable Philadelphia: 11/5–11/11

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Tuesday 11/5: Penn Book Center will present a poetry reading from Faleeha Hassan. Afterward, Hassan will be in conversation with Rawad Wehbe. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center. 

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will present Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay, in conversation with Asali Solomon. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Free Library will host a reading by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Penn Book Center will present “Nostalgia: It Isn’t What It Used to Be,” a poetry reading by the members of the Suppose An Eyes Poetry Workshop. Featuring Virginia “Ginny” Badler, Ross Bender, Carole Bernstein, Navneet Bhullar, Sharon Black, Tom D’Egidio, Pat Green, Lucia Hermann, Valerie Loveland, Jonathon Todd, Janine Van Patten, and Diane Wilder. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Wednesday 11/6: First Person Arts will present a reading by Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition. 6:30 p.m. at Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library.

Celebrate the release of Sean Lynch’s new chapbook On Violence, out now from Radical Paper Press. Featuring readings by Lamont B. Steptoe, Joseph Rathgeber, and Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Hatchery will present a reading by the writers of the Writing Retreat in Tufo. Lineup TBA. 7 p.m. at The Monkey Club. 

Thursday 11/7: Penn Book Center will present Leanne Treese, author of The Language of Divorce, in conversation with Sarahlyn Bruck. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

First Person Arts will present a reading by Ladan Osman, author of Exiles of Eden. 6:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Library-Kingsessing.

The Moore Poetry Series will present an evening of poetry featuring Purvi Shah, author of Miracle Marks, and Moore student Alexandra Piper. 6 p.m. at The Connelly Library & The Margaret Minik Writers Studio at Moore.

Creative at the Cannery will present an evening of prose readings featuring George Fenton, Matt Goldberg, Trevor Lanuzza, Ariele Le Grand, and Tara Lemma, as well as an open mic. 7 p.m. at Dock Street Cannery + Lounge.

The Free Library will host a reading by Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Friday 11/8: Penn Book Center will present Michelle Hartman, author of Breaking Broken English: Black-Arab Literary Solidarities and the Politics of Language, in conversation with Huda Fakhreddine. 5:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Wooden Shoe will present a book talk and discussion of Embodied Difference: Divergent Bodies in Public Discourse featuring co-author Christina Jackson and contributors Emily August, Paul Wolff Mitchell, John Michael, Kat Richter, and Ute Bettray. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records. 

Saturday 11/9: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will present a speculative fiction panel featuring Jon McGoran, M. Tellez, and David Otter of The Philly Secret Admirer. Hosted by Weird Kids Wanted. 5:30 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore will host an evening of poetry featuring Eleanor Wilner and Susan Roney-O’Brien. 6 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

The Monkey Club will present a poetry reading by Buddy Wakefield, author of A Choir of Honest Killers. $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door. 7 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

The Charmed Instruments series will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Knar Gavin, Danielle LaFrance, and Chris McCreary. 7:30 p.m. at 824 S 8th St. 

Sunday 11/10: First Person Arts will present a poetry reading by Taylor Mali, author of Late Father & Other Poems. 2:30 p.m. at South Philadelphia Library.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will present Emma Sloley, author of Disaster’s Children, in conversation with Stephanie Feldman. 5 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Monday 11/11: Poems Night will return to HOT•BED gallery with features TBA and a lottery-style open mic. Hosted by Stephanie Czapla. 7 p.m. at HOT·BED.

Painted Bride Quarterly will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Dora Malech, Cameron MacKenzie, Thomas Devaney, and Leah Falk. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant. 

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “The Impossible Problem” by Leah Falk (The Adroit Journal, Issue Twelve). 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 →