Notable Philadelphia: 12/3–12/9

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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.

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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 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 →