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Tuesday, September 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, September 3 (first Wednesday), 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 second Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm. September's book (postponed from August): Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Saturday, September 6, 7:00pm.
An evening of Thrills, Chills, and Diabolical Lobster Aliens!

Join us for a night of sci-fi, satire, thrills and the surreal as we welcome James Morrow and Daryl Gregory, both from State College, PA. James Morrow's new book, The Madonna and the Starship, is set in New York in 1953 and follows young Kurt Jastrow, a TV writer who finds he has earned an award from fans on the Plant Qualimosa - diabolical space lobsters who plan to massacre two million fans of TV's most popular religious program. Daryl Gregory will be sharing his brand new book We Are All Completely Fine, which follows five people who have suffered horrors no one believes -- until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these seemingly-insane outcasts form a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within -- and which are lurking in plain sight.

James Morrow is author of Times Notable Book Blameless in Abaddon, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning Shambling Towards Hiroshima. His most recent novels include The Last Witchfinder, hailed by the Washington Post as "literary magic," and The Philosopher's Apprentice, which received a rave review from Entertainment Weekly. A master of satiric and the surreal, Morrow has enjoyed comparison with Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with a collection of Lionel trains and a rapidly growing library of DVDs of questionable taste.
Daryl Gregory is the award-winning author of novels including Pandemonium, The Devil's Alphabet, Afterparty, and Raising Stony Mayhall, which was named one of Library Journal's best books of the year. His comics work includes Planet of the Apes and Dracula: The Company of Monsters (with Kurt Busiek). Gregory lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, September 11, 7:00pm.
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series.

The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) is a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing. Hosted by Series founder Cassendre Xavier, there are two (2) featured readers and always includes a Mixed-Gender Open Mic! The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series is a service of the Black Women's Arts Festival, which operates as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Moonstone Inc., a community arts and education institution founded in 1983. If you like to see our Calls for Submissions or inquire about becoming a host and/or curator of the Series, please visit http://WomensWritingSeries.org or email us at WomensWritingSeries(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Friday, September 12, 7:00pm.
Radiation Days: The Rollicking, Lighthearted Story of a Man and His Cancer.

What's it worth to you to live another year? Writer, poet, foodie, and storyteller Lynn Hoffman considers that question in Radiation Days, a memoir of his experience fighting throat cancer.

Saturday, September 13, 12:00pm.
Book signing with Craig Shoemaker, author of Lovemaster'd.

Special book signing with Emmy-award-winning comedian-turned-author Craig Shoemaker. He'll be signing his first book, the memoir Lovemaster'd: A Digital Journey to Ultimate Love and Happiness.

Saturday, September 13, 7:00pm.
Reading with Mary Oak, author of Heart's Oratorio.

Former Mt. Airy resident Mary Oak returns to share her new book Heart's Oratorio: One Woman's Journey Through Love, Death and Modern Medicine.

Sunday, September 14, 11:00am-4:00pm.
Mt. Airy Village Fair!

Free-Range Home-Grown Locavore Literature! At the Big Blue Marble Tent we'll be hosting Mt. Airy authors all day. Stop by and meet your neighbors and discover their wonderful books!

    Current Author Schedule (check back for updates):
  • 11 - 11:30 am: Anndee Hochman & Anna Beresin (memoir, short stories, and nonfiction)
  • 11:30 - Noon: Janet Mason & Lori Tharps (memoir, poetry, fiction and nonfiction)
  • Noon - 12:30 pm: Leslie McDevitt & Alice Wootson (fiction, nonfiction)
  • 12:30 - 1:00 pm: Reese Marie & Kathy Roberson (poetry)
  • 1:00 - 1:30 pm: Andrew Myer, DBWales, Sharon Ulett (picture books, middle grade fantasy)
  • 2:00 - 2:30 pm: Chandra Hoffman (fiction)
  • 2:30 - 3:00 pm: Yolanda Wisher & Ann Goffee (poetry, memoir)

Wednesday, September 17 (third Wednesday), 7:15pm.
Life Stories Book Group.

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, and different group members will facilitate. September's book: Track Conditions by Michael Klein.

Thursday, September 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 (with some exceptions). September's book: Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith.

Thursday, September 18, 7:00pm.
Home-Grown Free-Range Poetry.

Big Blue Marble Favorite Blythe Davenport hosts a reading by Rosemont College MFA alumni Phylinda Moore, Donna Wolf-Palaciao, and Cortney Bambrick.

Friday, September 19, 7:00pm.
Cooking with Soul & Jazz.

Join Big Blue Marble as we host a night of food, soul, and jazz! Marilyn and Steve Carter of No Fret Cooking will be sharing their healthy-eating cookbook which comes with 2 CDs of music, one to cook by and one to dine by, composed and performed by jazz guitarist Steve Carter. Joining them will be Philly author Yanatha Desouvre, sharing his unique book and CD Savor the Moments, a collection of life stories from people all across the US, each one shared in a different bar over a different cocktail. The book also has recipes for the drinks AND a soundtrack CD.

Saturday, September 20, 2:00pm.
Local Author Salon featuring Akilah Bixler, L.T. Woody, and Lee Fishman.

Akilah Bixler earned her B.A in English Literature from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and her MBA from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. She was a Mt. Airy/Germantown resident and Weavers Way Co-op member. She worked for an environmental consulting firm before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Lost in the Dream is her first book and it is based on her personal journey. She now resides in New York, NY, with her husband of 19 years and their nine year old daughter and five year old son.
L.T. (Larry) Woody, author of the memoir IN BLACK IN WHITE, grew up in Baltimore's Harlem Park neighborhood. At age 13, he received an academic scholarship to attend St. Paul's Episcopal School in Concord, NH. IN BLACK IN WHITE is his coming-of-age story, an intimate glimpse into two very different worlds. Woody's journey from the tough streets of West Baltimore to the ivy-covered Halls of a New England boarding school serves as a survival guide for young people seeking something better.

L. T. Woody received a B. S. degree from Temple University. He lives in Germantown with his son Colin. He currently works with the Focus on Families Program, which is an initiative to get fathers more involved in the process of parenting their children.
Following a satisfying career as a senior manager at the Free Library's Parkway Central Library, Lee Fishman currently divides her time between writing fiction and counseling unemployed women at Dress for Success. The longtime Philadelphia resident has a BA from Temple University and an MS from Drexel's School of Information. Her latest novel, Mediums Guild, chronicles the adventures of a psychic single mom. Her first, Edge of a Dream, depicts the struggles of a young immigrant couple in Philadelphia.

Sunday, September 21, 2:00pm.
Reading with Rebecca Gibby, author of Forged in Philadelphia.

Author Rebecca Gibby introduces her new Middle-Grade novel Forged in Philadelphia. Set in the city in 1792, the story follows two young men as they press the boundaries of true independence: Adam, an apprentice blacksmith, and Christian, enslaved to Adam's family.

Monday, September 22, 7:00pm.
Author Kyle Coma-Thompson presents his new book of short stories, The Lucky Body.

Friday, September 26, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud and Alive. Featured reader: Suzanne Gili Post.

Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow.

Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28.
Write, Bind, Share: A Weekend Celebration of Zines.

Featuring top local Zine artists and an afternoon workshop for ages 14+ on how to create, print, and distribute your own zines.

Tuesday, September 30, 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. September's book: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay.

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Thursday, October 2, 7:00pm.
Reading with Eric Shonkwiler, author of the debut novel Above All Men.

Tuesday, October 7, 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.

Tuesday, October 7, 7:00pm.
The Work of Jewish poet Tuvia Reubner, translated by Rachel Back.

Wednesday, October 8, 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 second Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm. October's book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Friday, October 10, 7:00pm.
Book Launch Party for Mt. Airy author Mark Lyons' Brief Eulogies.

Saturday, October 11, 7:00pm.
Friends' Central School teacher Al Vernaccio presents his guide for teens and parents on navigating conversations on sex and sexuality, For Goodness Sex.

Thursday through Sunday, October 16-19.
Big Blue Marble Queer Literary Festival.

Check back soon for the full schedule.

Thursday, October 23, 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 (with some exceptions). October's book: Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede.

Friday, October 24, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud and Alive. Featured reader: Mike Morell.

Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow.

Tuesday, October 28, 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. October's book: Three Souls by Janie Chang.

Wednesday, October 29, 7:15pm.
Life Stories Book Group.

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, and different group members will facilitate. October's book: A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas.


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 Time! Wednesdays, 10:00am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time

Come sing songs and read some of the best new and classic kids' books. Story hour is currently parent-led; staff will direct you to space, books, and where things go when you're done!

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
    Alternate Fridays, 2:30pm.

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