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Thursday, April 20, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Thursday, April 20, 7:00pm.      National Poetry Month Event
The Poetry in Numbers: Mathematics and Optometry.
Most poets have a day job - but not every poet is a professor of mathematics or 4th year student in Optometry! The poems in Marion Deutsche Cohen's latest book "Truth and Beauty" continue the conversations she held with her students in her literature and mathematics course ‘Truth and Beauty.’ They are magical and musical echoes to the students' responses to pieces of poetry and prose they read in this course. And in the process, they shed light on students’ experiences with mathematics and life, and on the importance of the nurturing relationship a good teacher develops with her students. Jonathan Jacesko is a 4th year student at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. In his spare time he began writing eye care-related poems in the styles of Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein. While these works started out as a way to get a laugh out of classmates, a first place finish in the school talent show led to many suggestions that the poems become a book. To make these poems come to life in pictures he worked with talented optometry students from across the country. They created black-and-white line drawings as well as eye-care related coloring pages and mazes. In every way the book is intended to be a fun and interactive celebration of eye care.

Friday, April 21, 7:00pm.      National Poetry Month Event
Writing for the Sake of the World: Women Poets.
Join us for an evening of poetry on behalf of our world – urban and wild communities, endangered species, the rights and lives of those whose voices are censored and muffled. The evening will include featured readings by Shevaun Brannigan, S'kai, and Lenora Magee and then a themed open mic. for poetry on behalf of our world.
Signup for the open mic. will be at the door.
Click to display/hide poet bios.

Sunday, April 23, 2:00pm.
Bringing Beauty into the World: The Life of Harry Somers.

Big Blue Marble marks Yom Hashoah with a story about surviving, art, beauty, and touching lives across generations. Artist Harry Somers escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, surviving while losing his entire world. He grew into an artist determined to bring beauty, not hate, into the world. That beauty reached into an elementary classroom in Cheltenham, where Lise Marlow's students explored the life of Harry Somers through poetry and art. From their work, Lise created the book Bringing Beauty into the World: The Life of Harry Somers. A documentary about Somers' life is being released this spring, and, to celebrate, Lise Marlow and some of her students will be visiting Big Blue Marble to talk about his life and their project.

Sunday, April 23, 4:00-6:00pm.
On Sundays, We Write!
The Real Self in the Fictional World: a workshop for writers of fiction and memoir.

Peter Cherches' new book Autobiography Without Words posits him as an actual character in an assortment of fictional worlds - the opposite of the traditional fictionalized memoir which imposes a slightly other-than-real character in the real world. In his workshop, Peter will help writers of both fiction and memoir explore new ways of considering the fictional self, and of how to place that character in unfamiliar situations/settings.
On Sundays We Write! is a new series of writing workshops at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. On every 1st and 3rd Sunday, from 4-6 pm, we'll be offering classes from some of Philly's best writing teachers.
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-real-self-in-the-fictional-world-with-peter-cherches-tickets-32470014688.

Called "one of the innovators of the short short story" by Publishers Weekly, Peter Cherches has just released the fiction/memoir hybrid Autobiography Without Words (Pelekinesis, 2017). He is the author of three previous prose collections, including Lift Your Right Arm, a series of flash fiction chained sequences. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and websites over the past forty years, including Harper's, North American Review, Fiction International, The Big Book of New American Humor and Billy Collins' Poetry 180. His first recording as a jazz vocalist, Mercerized! Songs of Johnny Mercer, was released in 2016. Cherches is a native of Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, April 23, 6:30pm.
Reading with Peter Cherches, author of Autobiography Without Words.

Peter Cherches' new book Autobiography Without Words posits him as an actual character in an assortment of fictional worlds -- the opposite of the traditional fictionalized memoir which imposes a slightly other-than-real character in the real world. See also his workshop at 4:00 (above).

Offsite Event! Sunday, April 23, 7:15pm, in the Co-op Board Room, 555 Carpenter Lane.
Tanya Rubinstein on Women Human Rights Defenders in Palestine.

Tanya Rubinstein, Co-Coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace, will speak about the role of Women Human Rights Defenders in the struggle for Palestinian liberation and justice. She will talk about the interviews that CWP conducted with Palestinian and Israeli women activists and human rights defenders, ranging from the First Intifada to the most recent war on Gaza. Through the women’s words and experiences, and based on CWP’s experience in the last few years of growing persecution of activists and organizations in Israel, Tanya will demonstrate the challenges that the feminist struggle against the Occupation faces. She will also offer some optimism in speaking about how the alarming changes seen recently globally, and in the US specifically, can bring different groups together and provide space for activism and a new hope for change.
Co-hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia and Tikkun Olam Chavurah.

Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) is a feminist organization active in the struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, for the liberation of the Palestinian people from oppression, for the creation of a society based on principles of justice and equality, and for securing life in dignity for all the inhabitants of Israel/Palestine.
Tanya Rubinstein was born in the former USSR and immigrated to Israel in her early childhood. She is a queer activist, involved in various radical forms of activism on Human and Animal Rights, feminism, LGBTQ, social justice and anti-occupation. She is now General Co-Coordinator of Coalition of Women for Peace.

Wednesday, April 26, 7:00pm.      National Poetry Month Event
Poetry Is Not a Luxury Book Club

A monthly book club led by Elliott batTzedek, MFA, where we'll use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we'll focus on a different book, along with individual poems from other poets addressing similar issues. We will meet fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm. April's book: When My Brother was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz.

Thursday, April 27, all day.       National Poetry Month Event
Poem in Your Pocket Day!
It's national Poem in Your Pocket Day! To celebrate, we invite you to come read us a poem from your pocket (or recite a poem from your head) and get 10% off an item. You also have the option of standing before our big open window on the second floor and declaiming your favorite poem to the store at large.

Thursday, April 27, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, April 28, 7:15pm.      National Poetry Month Event
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Victoria Peurifoy.
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-Sunday, April 29-30, all day.
Wissahickon Weekend!

Our second monthly theme weekend!

    Saturday, April 29
  • 10 am – Animals of the Wissahickon Story Time with Authors! (geared for ages 4+)
    Come meet Anna Forrester, author of Bat Count: A Citizen Scientist Story and Kate Garchinsky, illustrator of The Secret Life of the Red Fox. They'll share their books and lead a discussion on the lives of bats and foxes!
  • 11 am – Fox Trot Nature Walk (ages 5+)
    Bring your binoculars, pencils and nature journals, and we'll trot down to Carpenter's Woods to search for signs of wildlife activity, including potential fox dens, bat roosts, and birds' nests.
  • 2 pm – The Wissahickon in Photos with Melvin A.Chappell
    Join Big Blue Marble as we welcome photographer Melvin A. Chappell and his first book The Wissahickon Valley.
  • 7 pm – Bringing Nature to the City: How our parks shape our communities
    William Penn envisioned Philadelphia as a "greene country towne," and this history of Philly's parks reveal the story of how the city understands itself. Today, Philadelphia’s public parks cover more than ten thousand acres—roughly 11 percent of the city’s area.
    Join us for an evening of exploring the meaning of parks in U.S. cities. We'll be showing the documentary "10 Parks That Changed America." Afterward, Dr. Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will do a talk-back and lead a discussion about how our parks shape our understanding of community, wilderness, and citizenship.
    Sunday, April 30
  • 1 pm – Philadelphia Trees: A Field Guide to the City and the Surrounding Delaware Valley
    Co-author Catriona Briger will be on hand to introduce this new comprehensive field guide to Philadelphia's trees, including 50 of the best parks for tree viewing and a guide to historic trees in the area.

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Thursday, May 4, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, May 5, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Saturday, May 6, 2:00pm.
Discussion/Networking with Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle, author of Transformative Teachers: Teacher Leadership and Learning in a Connected World.

Big Blue Marble -- an official Fan of Teachers -- is happy to host Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle and her new book Transformative Teachers: Teacher Leadership and Learning in a Connected World. She'll be joined by local educators in a discussion and networking event about how teachers are organizing for social justice in these times. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a summer book club led by the author.

“Baker-Doyle captures stories of true transformative teachers, and outlines how they, and others, can take up thoughtful practices that will change lives for the better” –Bud Hunt, Teacher, Clearview Library District, CO
“In contrast to so many of the portraits and reports in the mainstream media, Kira Baker-Doyle provides an optimistic view of the teaching profession and the possibilities for its transformation through the leadership of teachers themselves.” –Dr. Katherine Schultz, Dean, School of Education University of Colorado-Boulder

Sunday, May 7, 4:00-6:00pm.
On Sundays, We Write!
Poetry is the Voice of the Revolution: a workshop for poets, organizers, and rebels with Elliott batTzedek.

Contempoary poets have shaped poetry into an explosive voice of resistance and speaking truth to power, and rallies, marches, and other public events can use poetry to challenge, amplify, and speak our hearts. But what makes a poem work in these public spaces? What elements within a poem work for reading, chanting, or call and response?
In this workshop, poet and liturgist Elliott batTzedek will share her expertise on which poems work in public spaces and WHY those poems work. She'll also teach a variety of ways that poems can be read in order to build energy and engage the audience/crowd.
On Sundays We Write! is a new series of writing workshops at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. On every 1st and 3rd Sunday, from 4-6 pm, we'll be offering classes from some of Philly's best writing teachers.
Registration is required: (link to come) .

Elliott batTzedek holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University; her translation of Dance of the Lunatic by the Israeli lesbian writer Shez won the Robert Bly Translation prize, judged by Martha Collins. She is also the recipient of a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Award and a residency at Vermont Studio Arts Center. For her day jobs, she creates events and magic at Big Blue Marble Bookstore, and runs a poetry consulting business at poetrybusinessmanager.com. She’s also a liturgist for several radical Jewish communities including Jewish Voice for Peace and Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah. Her work appears in: Sakura Review, American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Cahoodaloodaling, Naugatuck River Review, Poemeleon, Apiary, Sinister Wisdom, and Passageways: the 2012 Two Lines Translation Anthology. Her chapbook the enkindled coal of my tongue was published in January by Wicked Banshee Press. She blogs about poetry and translation at thisfrenzy.com.

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!

Thursdays, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
For either game, you'll need the 5th Edition Players Handbook, which we have in stock! We also carry dice sets.

Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game that's been around since the seventies. Each player designs a character according to their interests. Perhaps you're a wizard, a bard, a rogue or an assassin. And maybe you'd like to play an elf, a human, or a halfling. We'll lead you on a series of adventures through fantastical realms with all kinds of interesting creatures. Your character will fight ghouls, assist oppressed people and collect magical items. You can read more about Dungeons & Dragons here, or contact us for more information: outreach@bigbluemarblebooks.com.

Fridays at 10:30am: 10/14, 11/4, 12/9, 1/20, 2/3, 3/3 (in costumes for Purim!), 3/31 (pre-Passover!), 5/5
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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