Notable Philadelphia: 12/3–12/9


Tuesday 12/3: The Free Library will present André Aciman, author of Find Me, in conversation with Gary Kramer. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 12/4: Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with Jonathan Blum, author of The Usual Uncertainties, with performances by Zach Savich and MeeRee Orlandini. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Jim Saunders, author of Animal Dances. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Moonstone Poetry will present a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon from his latest collection Frolic and Detour, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Celebrate the release of Mary H.K. Choi’s latest novel Permanent Record with a reading followed by a Q&A with Anne Ishii! 6 p.m. at Asian Arts Initiative.

Thursday 12/5: Kelly Writers House will host a conversation with Nina MacLaughlin, author of Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter and Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung. Hosted by Alli Katz. 12 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

For their final concert of the year, the “Song-Poems” series will present Toyz, the electronic solo project of neo-soul and dark psychedelia musician and visual artist Justin Courtney Roberts. 6 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Rosemont College MFA in Creative Writing will present readings by students from their Novel Workshop. Featuring Celeste Willis, Victoria Giansante, Katie Pettine, and Kyle Robertson. 6:30 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Narberth Bookshop will host a reading by Mark Lyons, author of Homing: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Narberth Bookshop.

The Haverford College Creative Writing Program will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Eileen Myles and Thomas Devaney. 7:15 p.m. at Haverford College Libraries.

The Rutgers-Camden MFA’s Emerging Writers Series will present a reading by Jersey native and nationally lauded short-fiction author Jade Jones, alongside writers from the Rutgers-Camden MFA Program. 7:30 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Friday 12/6: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the December edition of their monthly open mic series “Community Drafts.” Hosted by Christina Rosso-Schneider. Suggested donation of $5. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Pigeon Poetry Slam will welcome featured poet Cynthia Dewi Oka. Come watch, perform or judge! $15–20 advance tickets. Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. Doors at 8:30 p.m. at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. 

Saturday 12/7: Blue Stoop, the Paul Robeson House, and the Institute of Contemporary Art will present “ICA Gather: Here We Stand” an evening of readings and reflections in honor of West Philadelphia. Featuring Mike Africa, Jr., Zinzi Clemmons, Louis Messiah, and Asali Solomon. 7 p.m. at Institute of Contemporary Art.

The Accidental Player Series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Edmund Berrigan, zach blackwood, Katie Ebbitt, and Zack Pieper. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Sunday 12/8: Sci-Fi Sundays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a reading by Dr. Walter Greason. 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will present a discussion with Ruha Benjamin, author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. Moderated by Professor Dorothy E. Roberts. 5 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Monday 12/9: The December edition of the long-running Poems Night open mic series will present featured readers TBA, followed by a lottery-style open mic. Hosted by Stephanie Czapla. Doors at 6:30 p.m. at HOT·BED.

Toho Journal will host “Bring in the (20)20s: A Publishing Party,” featuring music, drinks, and readings. 6:30 p.m. at Triple Bottom Brewing Company.

Painted Bride Quarterly will present an evening of poetry featuring David Yezzi, Jeff Oaks, Summer J. Hart, and K.B. Thors. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Difference” by Asali Solomon (O: The Oprah Magazine). 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 →