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Throughout November: NaNoWriMo 2014 @ Big Blue Marble
This year we'll be celebrating National Novel Writing Month in style! Events Include

  • Sun. 11/02 @ 5pm -- NaNoWriMo Kick-off: Writing Prompt Potluck
  • Every weekday, 10am-3pm -- Writing Parlor: Come write in our Community Room with wifi, hot tea, and an escape from chores waiting for you at home!
  • Sun. 11/30 @ 5pm -- Finish Line Fiesta! (details to come)

Wednesday, November 19 (third Wednesday), 7:15pm.
Life Stories Book Group with Minter Krotzer.

The Life Stories Book Group is designed for writers but all are welcome. We will read and discuss mostly memoirs, both contemporary and classic, focusing on the writing and structure as well as content and narrative. We will meet the last Wednesdays of the month. November's book: Half a Life by Darin Strauss.

Thursday, November 20 (third Thursday), 7:00pm.
Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion with Jen Sheffield.
An open discussion group for adults who read YA and teens who like to talk about books. We meet the fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm. November's book: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.

Friday, November 21 (third Friday), 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Pete Krok.
Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow. For more information, please contact the Mad Poets Society.

Saturday, November 22, 2:00pm.
The Big Blue Marble Turns Nine!

Happy Birthday to the bookstore! Please stop by for cake at 2:00 and shopping specials all weekend! See home page for details.

Saturday, November 22, 7:00pm.
Mt. Airy artist Kay Wood introduces her first graphic novel, The Big Belch.

Will a major oil company's greed and foolishness spawn an environmental disaster so serious it could threaten the earth itself? And can this horror be foiled by two baby boomers, a parrot and a French bulldog?

Kay Wood has an extensive exhibition history of her artwork. Her paintings have been shown in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and her work is included in both public and private collections. Now in her sixties, Wood discovered graphic novels just a few years ago while working on a cartoon series with two other artists, and was inspired by the expressive power potential of the medium -- a medium she immediately realized was perfect for telling stories she had long wished to tell.

She began work on The Big Belch three years ago. Start-up funding for the project was raised on Kickstarter. She was also recently honored with a Leeway Foundation award to help complete The Big Belch and offer it to the public.

All Weekend, November 28-30
Locavore Literature Weekend at Big Blue Marble

Throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, we'll be joined by local Philly publishers! Come discover the great work being created right here in the city -- shop local AND buy local this holiday season!

  • Fri., 11/28, 10am-1pm -- New Door Books
    Founded in 2009, New Door Books is a great voice in fiction in Philly's exciting literary scene.
  • Sat., 11/29, 11am-2pm -- Quirk Press
    Meet members of the creative team behind many national bestsellers: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and William Shakespeare's Star Wars.
  • Sat., 11/29, 4-7pm -- Tiny Satchel Press
    Discover the wonderful Young Adult books from this local small press dedicated to true diversity in YA literature.
  • Sun., 11/30, 1-3pm -- Philadelphia Stories Books
    The new publishing arm of Philadelphia Stories journal will be on hand with their new books for the holiday, along with author Anne Kaier, who'll be introducing her new book about adopting a feral cat, Home with Henry.

Sunday, November 30, 5:00pm.
NaNoWriMo Finish Line Fiesta!

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Tuesday, December 2, 7:00pm.
Monthly Writers' Group for Caregivers with Kathy Roberson (poet, social worker, caregiver).

Each month, participants will share what they've written in response to a suggested prompt. The group gives members an opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own words, and support one another as both writers and caregivers. Newcomers are always welcome to come join the conversation, even if they haven't written anything! We meet the first Tuesday of the month.

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00pm.
Read the Movie! Book Club with Grace Gordon.

Interested in seeing film adaptations of books? Love to critique the changes made to plot lines? In the Read the Movie Book Club, we'll read books that have inspired films and television series. Discussion includes a screening of the movie version! We meet the first or second Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm. December's book: A Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin.

Tuesday, December 16 (third Tuesday), 7:00pm.
Women of the World Book Club with Maleka Fruean.

We are a book club that reads international and multicultural women writers, both fiction and non-fiction. We meet the last Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm. November/December's book: On Sal Mal Lane by Ru Freeman.

Thursday, December 18 (third Thursday), 7:00pm.
Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion with Jen Sheffield.
An open discussion group for adults who read YA and teens who like to talk about books. We meet the fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm. December's book: Legend by Marie Lu.


Classes at Big Blue Marble

Please see our Classes page for information on writing workshops and other classes.

Just For Kids

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New Reader! Wednesdays, 10:00am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time with Sarah Rose

Come sing songs and read some of the best new and classic kids' books!

New! Fridays at 10:30am: Check back for fall dates!
Shabbat Storytimes with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Babies, toddlers, and young children and their grown-ups (parents, grandparents, nannies, etc.) are invited to join us for a special storytime, focusing on the joy of Shabbat. We'll read stories, sing songs for Shabbat, and make an easy activity to take home. Juice & challah to enjoy! Led by jkidphilly Center City Director Gabby Kaplan-Mayer and GJC Education Director Rabbi Alanna Sklover.
Questions? Contact Gabby at 215-320-0376.



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    WOMEN OF THE WORLD BOOK CLUB
    Final Tuesday, 7:15pm.

    BIG BLUE YOUNG ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
    Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm.

    LIFE STORIES BOOK GROUP
    Final Wednesday, 7:15pm.

    READ THE MOVIE BOOK CLUB
    Second Wednesday, 7:00pm.

    Coming Soon! MYSTERY BOOK CLUB

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    Other Monthly Events

    New! WRITERS' GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS
    First Tuesday, 7:00pm.

    POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE
    Fourth Friday, 7:30pm.

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    New Time! BIG BLUE MARBLE STORY TIME
    Wednesdays, 10:00am.

    New! SHABBAT WARMUP STORY TIME
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