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Sunday, February 7, 5:00pm.  One Book, One Philadelphia event
Film Screening: Cold Mountain .

Join your neighbors at Big Blue Marble Bookstore for a film screening of the One Book, One Philadelphia selection Cold Mountain, along with light refreshments and insightful discussions. More details on this year's OBOP program at www.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop16.

Wednesday, February 10, 6:00pm.
Queer Literary Alliance Book Group.

QLA is a monthly book club open to everyone, focusing on queer books. Queer books exist in every genre and we hope to celebrate that, intentionally focusing on books by non-white people, non-cis folk, people with disabilities, and other identities sometimes marginalized by the greater queer community. We will meet 2nd Wednesdays of the month at 6:00pm. February's book: A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein.

Friday, February 12, 7:00pm.
Sadeqa Johnson, author of Second House from the Corner.

Second House from the Corner centers on the story of Felicia Lyons, a thirty-six year old stay-at-home mom of three, drowning in the drudgeries of play dates, lost pacifiers and potty training, when an unexpected phone call brings her hidden past into her tenuous present. Her deception lands her at rock bottom, and forces her return to the Philadelphia inner city of her childhood to wrestle with an ex-lover and family demons.

Sadeqa Johnson is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in A Carry-on Bag, was hailed by Ebony.com as “this summer’s hottest read.” It was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book award for African-American fiction. She is a motivation speaker, inspirational blogger, wife and mother. Second House from the Corner is her second novel.

Saturday, February 13, 3:00pm.
Urban Literature's Finest from Philly with Mya K. Douglas, Judith T Harley, Sharai Robbin, A'sunnshine, and Yona Pearson.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore presents Black History Month with Urban Literature's Finest authors from Philly as they present their works and tell us their favorite African American icons and why they feel their work can be enjoyed by anyone.
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Sunday, February 14, 3:00-5:00pm.
Do Something You Love on Valentine's Day - Color!

Join local artist Ellen Marcus as she celebrates the release of her first coloring book for adults: Fabulous Beasties and Eccentric Creatures. Settle in with tea and your favorite crayons, pencils, or markers, for a relaxing and social Sunday afternoon!

Thursday, February 18, 7:00pm.
Connections/Challenges: a reading by Rebecca Subar.

Join Rebecca Subar, student and teacher of conflict theory, for a short story and long discussion on Palestinian lives, Black lives, fear, and joy. Rebecca wanted to gather comrades for some reflection before her next in a long series of trips to the holy land, as a Jew and an activist, visiting beloved family members whose lives embody the values she works to change.

Saturday, February 20, 3:00pm.
Kenneth Ford, author of Building the H Bomb: A Personal History.

In this engaging scientific memoir, Kenneth Ford recounts the time when, in his mid-twenties, he was a member of the team that designed and built the first hydrogen bomb. He worked with — and relaxed with — scientific giants of that time such as Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, Stan Ulam, John von Neumann, and John Wheeler, and here offers illuminating insights into the personalities, the strengths, and the quirks of these men.

Ken Ford has been a physics professor, a high-school physics teacher, a college president, and the head of a nonprofit organization. Also, for fifty years, a pilot of light planes and gliders. Early in life—ages 24 to 26—he was part of the team that designed the first hydrogen bomb. He has written ten books, from The World of Elementary Particles (1963) to Building the H Bomb: A Personal History (2015). Two of his books have won science writing awards. He and his wife Joanne have lived in West Mt. Airy for 31 years. They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.

Sunday, February 21, 1:00-3:00pm.
The Ghana Cookbook - an afternoon of food and learning.

Explore the cuisine of Ghana with Fran Osseo-Asare MSW, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on sub-Saharan African cuisine and Ghanaian cuisine in particular. She is author of several books on African cooking and culture including A Good Soup Attracts Chairs (Pelican Publishing, 1993, 2001), and Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa (Greenwood Press, 2005). Fran will be serving samples from The Ghana Cookbook.

Sunday, February 21, 5:00pm.  One Book, One Philadelphia event
Film Screening: 12 Years a Slave.

Join your neighbors at Big Blue Marble Bookstore for a film screening of the One Book, One Philadelphia companion book 12 Years a Slave, along with light refreshments and insightful discussions. More details on this year's OBOP program at www.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop16.

Sunday, February 21, 6:00pm.
Get Your Work In Print Support Group for Poets.

Do you mean to send out your work, but find the process overwhelming? Come work with other poets to learn to make a submissions plan and stick to it! Led by Elliott batTzedek, MFA, of Poetry Business Manager, this group is for poets who are ready to get their work into journals and magazines.
First of 8 sessions. More details, including cost and registration info, on our Classes page.

Wednesday, February 24, 7:15pm.
New! Memoir Book Group.

A cooperatively led memoir book group. We will meet the last Wednesday of the month, from 7:15pm-8:30pm. February's selection: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.
This new book group replaces the Life Stories Book Group, in the same time slot.

Friday, February 26, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: David Escobar-Martin.
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, February 27, 11:00am.  One Book, One Philadelphia event, Kids' event
Sharing Family Legacies, featuring Jacqueline Woodson's Show Way.

One Book, One Philadelphia's children's selection this year is Jacqueline Woodson's beautiful picture book Show Way, which tells the stories of eight generations of women in her family, from an enslaved girl sold away from her parents through the artists and activists she and her descendants became: women who used their strengths to hold their families together, women who raised their children to expect more and take action.
In "Sharing Family Legacies," we'll be sharing this beautiful book, and inviting parents and other caregivers to share family stories of resilience, resistance, community, and change. Photos, political buttons, protest flyers and other memorabilia are welcome!
More details on this year's OBOP program at www.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop16.

Sunday, February 28, 6:00pm.
Ivo Dominguez, Jr , author of Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans.

In Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work, Ivo Dominguez, Jr., explores astrology as a sacred science, a highly descriptive symbolic language, and a technology that can be applied to ritual, herbalism, the use of crystals, and much more.

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Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm.
Publishing for Poets with Elliott batTzedek.

Print journals, online journals, famous journals, upstart journals, submission services, contests, open reading periods -- how's a poet supposed to navigate all of this and still have time to write? In this 2 hour workshop, Elliott will introduce you to the world of poetry publications.
More details, including cost and registration info, on our Classes page.

Saturday, March 5, 10:30am.       Kids' event
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Very Big Wiggle Road Trip.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be bringing his road trip to the Mt. Airy Village in his specially decorated VW Beetle. Join him for a special read aloud and photos with fans!

Saturday, March 5, 6:00pm.
Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door, and Sara Majka, author of Cities I've Never Lived In.

In The Narrow Door, Philadelphian Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a female novelist and the other with his ex-husband, poet Mark Doty.
Fearlessly riding the line between imagination and experience, fact and fiction, the linked stories in Sara Majka’s debut collection offer intimate glimpses of a young New England woman whose life must begin afresh after a divorce.

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in January 2016. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Fence, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Rumpus, Unstuck, and many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia, PA, and teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, in the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
When she was young, Sara Majka's family moved along the New England coast, living in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cuttyhunk, Maine, and even for a time in a lighthouse. She received graduate degrees in writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Bennington College and was awarded a fiction fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She now lives in Queens with her young son. Cities I've Never Lived In is her first book.

Sunday, March 6, 5:00pm.  One Book, One Philadelphia event
Film Screening: The Civil War, Episode 1, "The Cause, 1861".

Join your neighbors at Big Blue Marble Bookstore for a film screening of the inspiration for the One Book, One Philadelphia companion book The Civil War, along with light refreshments and insightful discussions. More details on this year's OBOP program at www.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop16.

Thursday, March 10, 7:00pm.
Rachel Cantor, author of Good on Paper.

Big Blue Marble favorite Rachel Cantor returns with her second novel, Good on Paper, a deft, funny, and big-hearted novel about second chances, family, friendship, and possibility.

Friday, March 11, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Purim-themed - costumes welcome!
Kids' event: More details below.

Friday, March 11, 7:00pm.
Melissa Burch, author of My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker.

My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker is an adventurous spiritual memoir about a woman in her twenties who seeks self-discovery and connection to something greater in the midst of danger in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion in 1982, when she was only 21, and in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Melissa Burch has worked as a writer, filmmaker, producer, and former war journalist for the BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and a story about her in Afghanistan was featured in The New York Times. She was just in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahedeen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000-foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. These experiences and many more are featured in her forthcoming adventurous spiritual memoir, My Journey Through War and Peace.
Burch was the executive producer of Women in Limbo Presents, a national public television series about women’s lives, and she served as president of the New York Film/Video Council. Her book The Four Methods of Journal Writing: Finding Yourself Through Memoir was a #1 Amazon bestseller and is still in the top 10 in its category. She is also a homeopath. She co-founded the Catalyst School of Homeopathy, and produced and hosted one of the first successful radio shows on Voice America on homeopathy. When she’s not cooking dinner for friends and family, she enjoys writing and speaking about her books, travels and spiritual practice.

Thursday, March 24, 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. March's selection: Like No Other by Una LaMarche.

Friday, March 25, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Lillian Dunn.
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.

Wednesday, March 30, 7:15pm.
New! Memoir Book Group.

A cooperatively led memoir book group. We will meet the last Wednesday of the month, from 7:15pm-8:30pm. March's selection: Bettyville by George Hodgman.
This new book group replaces the Life Stories Book Group, in the same time slot.


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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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!

Fridays at 10:30am: 1/8, 2/5, 3/11 (Purim-themed - costumes welcome!), 4/15 (Passover-themed), 5/13, 6/3
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.

Saturday, February 27, 11:00am.  One Book, One Philadelphia event, Kids' event
Sharing Family Legacies, featuring Jacqueline Woodson's Show Way.

One Book, One Philadelphia's children's selection this year is Jacqueline Woodson's beautiful picture book Show Way, which tells the stories of eight generations of women in her family, from an enslaved girl sold away from her parents through the artists and activists she and her descendants became: women who used their strengths to hold their families together, women who raised their children to expect more and take action.
In "Sharing Family Legacies," we'll be sharing this beautiful book, and inviting parents and other caregivers to share family stories of resilience, resistance, community, and change. Photos, political buttons, protest flyers and other memorabilia are welcome!
More details on this year's OBOP program at www.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop16.

Saturday, March 5, 10:30am.       Kids' event
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Very Big Wiggle Road Trip.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be bringing his road trip to the Mt. Airy Village in his specially decorated VW Beetle. Join him for a special read aloud and photos with fans!


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    Second Wednesday, 6:00pm.

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    Final Wednesday, 7:15pm.

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