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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.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:30pm.
Instant Winner: Poets Carrie Fountain, Darla Himeles, and Elizabeth Catanese.

Carrie Fountain was born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico. She was a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, and received Swink Magazine's Award for Emerging Writers and the Marlboro Poetry Prize. In 2010, Natasha Trethewey selected Carrie Fountain's debut poetry collection Burn Lake as a winner of the National Poetry Series, praising it for its "grace and keen attention to the implications of history." Her poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Black Warrior Review, 32 Poems, American Poetry Review, Agni, and Tin House. She lives in Austin, Texas and teaches at St. Edward's University.
Darla Himeles holds an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University and an AB in English from Bryn Mawr College. She has worked as an ice cream scooper, barista, book store clerk, teacher, and poetry workshop leader, as well as in various higher education positions. Her poetry, which has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, can be read in recent or forthcoming issues of The Women's Review of Books, Weave Magazine, 5 AM, Spillway, Off the Coast, Adanna Literary Journal, and OVS, as well as in Tupelo Press's 2013 anthology Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke: Erotic Poems. She is also the primary English-language translator of French poet Chantal Dupuy-Dunier. Born in Dallas and raised in Los Angeles, Darla currently divides her time between coastal Maine and Philadelphia, where she is pursuing a PhD in English at Temple University.
Elizabeth Catanese is an artist and writer embracing creative hybridity. She likes to write about visual art and make paintings that include writing. Her work has appeared in Adanna Literary Journal, OVS, Anomalous Press, and Referential Magazine. Her mixed media and installation art has been exhibited in galleries at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Bryn Mawr College, Mercer County College, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and other venues. She lives in Philadelphia and is an English, creative writing, and humanities instructor at Community College of Philadelphia.

Wednesday, October 29, 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. October's book: A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas.


Saturday, November 1, 7:00pm.

Local publisher Thread Makes Blankets Press launches their newest anthology, Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.

Sunday, November 2, 5:00pm.
Writing Prompt Potluck.

Kick off NaNoWriMo with food, fun, and Prompts to get you started! Bring a dish to share, your favorite writing prompt, and your favorite writing tools.

Tuesday, November 4, 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, November 5, 6:00pm.
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. November's book: Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Thursday, November 6, 6:00pm.
The Blood Code: Unlock the secrets of your metabolism: A book talk and signing with Dr. Richard Maurer.

One-size-fits-all dietary and health advice fails to help most individuals reverse type 2 diabetes, hypothyroid symptoms, and heart disease. And eminence-based medical advice, when the validity of a treatment relies upon the fame of the authority, wrongly advises the daily decisions about your and your families' food, fitness, and nutrition. The Blood Code clears the air of confusion and allows you to sit in the driver's seat of your health and wellness and reliably find the dietary and fitness habits that steer you away from the metabolic diseases that compromise your health and future. Imagine that with a few adjustments to how you eat and live, you are happier, with more energy and less disease--that you are living the life you were meant to live.

Dr. Richard Maurer is a licensed naturopathic physician, author, and expert in metabolic recovery. Since 1994, in his Portland Maine practice, he helps people fully recover from weight problems, hypothyroid symptoms, prediabetic conditions, and type 2 diabetes. His personal tendency toward type 2 diabetes motivates him to provide truly effective personalized solutions for metabolic health.

Saturday, November 8, 2:00-4:00pm.
Calming the Voice of the Inner Critic so You Can Write Your Stories:
A Memoir Writing Workshop with Cheryl Rice.

Join Cheryl Rice, author of Where Have I Been All My Life? A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness, in a discussion of how she wrestled her inner critic into submission long enough to write her story, and find her voice and a publisher! Her compelling memoir recounts Cheryl's journey from grief and a profound feeling of unworthiness, to freedom and true love.

Saturday, November 8, 7:00pm.
Reading and Discussion with Cheryl Rice, author of Where Have I Been All My Life? A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness.

Join author Cheryl Rice as she leads a discussion about the role of reading and writing during times of grief. Cheryl will speak about her book (based on her experience after she lost her mother/best friend), other books that made a difference during her grief, and how the writing process helped her grow.

Sunday, November 9, 1:00pm. Kids' event!
Fairies and Sprites Celebration in Honor of the Big Blue Marble's first Book Sprite: Brooklyn Windsong-Wiseman!

  • 1:00pm - Join authors Dawn and Brian Wales as they introduce the fairies from their book Annywyn and the Owl King. Human children who attend can make their own fairy wings and learn fairy songs!
  • 2:00pm - Big Blue Marble welcomes Brooklyn Windsong-Wiseman with a very special tea party. Join us for tea, cakes, and a treasure hunt!

Sunday, November 9, 4:00pm.
Author/Translator Kathryn Hellerstein shares her newest work: A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987.

In A Question of Tradition, Kathryn Hellerstein explores the roles that female poets played in forming a modern Yiddish literary tradition. Women who wrote in Yiddish go largely unrecognized outside a rapidly diminishing Yiddish readership. Even in the heyday of Yiddish literature, they were regarded as marginal. But for over four centuries, women wrote and published Yiddish poems that addressed the crises of Jewish history -- from the plague to the Holocaust -- as well as the challenges and pleasures of daily life: prayer, art, friendship, nature, family, and love.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30pm.
Futures & Fairy Tales: A Kaleidoscope of Diverse Adventures.

For this fabulous night of sf/fantasy, we're combining two groups of authors into one big YA event! The Futures & Fairy Tales Tour comes to Philadelphia with Claire Legrand (Winterspell), Sarah Fine (Of Metal and Wishes), and Sarah Raasch (Snow Like Ashes), presenting books inspired respectively by The Nutcracker and The Phantom of the Opera, and another that's described as "Game of Thrones meets Graceling". Joining them will be local authors Shveta Thakrar and E.C. Myers, both contributors to the anthology Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and Julia Rios, one of Kaleidoscope's editors. "The diversity is so thick on the ground here that it's like walking through an Alison Bechdel comic strip -- or like walking through Mt. Airy." (See Jen's review of Kaleidoscope on our blog.)
Also, there will be snacks!
Click for author bios (with more to come).

Thursday, November 13, 7:00pm.
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series, featuring Victoria Brownworth and Lisa Nelson.

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 or email us at WomensWritingSeries(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Friday, November 14, 7:00pm.
Local novelist Michael-Patrick Harrington.

Saturday, November 15, 4:00pm.
YA novelist Annabel Monaghan introduces A Girl Named Digit, the first of a new series about a crime-solving teen math genius!

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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.

Sunday, November 9, 1:00pm.
Fairies and Sprites Celebration in Honor of the Big Blue Marble's first Book Sprite: Brooklyn Windsong-Wiseman!

  • 1:00pm - Join authors Dawn and Brian Wales as they introduce the fairies from their book Annywyn and the Owl King. Human children who attend can make their own fairy wings and learn fairy songs!
  • 2:00pm - Big Blue Marble welcomes Brooklyn Windsong-Wiseman with a very special tea party. Join us for tea, cakes, and a treasure hunt!

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