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Slightly Offsite Event Wednesday, July 1, 7:00pm, in the Weavers Way Co-op Board Room (2 doors down from the bookstore).
Jews in Conflicts: Simone Zelitch and Jonathan Papernick.

Join us to celebrate 2 new novels telling the stories of Jews in social/historical conflicts--Simone's Zelitch's Waveland, set in Freedom Summer (1964), and Jon Papernicks' Book of Stone, which follows a young Jew as he descends into fundamentalism.
Cosponsored by TIkkun Olam Chavurah and Congregation Mishkan Shalom.

Waveland author Simone Zelitch is the author of three previous novels including Louisa, which was the recipient of the Goldberg Prize in Emerging Jewish Fiction. Her work has also appeared in The Lost Tribe Anthology and has been featured in the NPR broadcast and the published anthology Hanukah Lights. Recent honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Fiction, and residences at the Edward Albee Barn and Yaddo. She teaches at Community College of Philadelphia. A new novel, Judenstaat, is forthcoming from Tor books in Summer 2016.
Jonathan Papernick is the author of the story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel, There Is No Other, and The Book of Stone. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including Nerve, Post Road, Green Mountains Review, Night Train, Blunderbuss, Folio, and Confrontation. His work had been anthologized in Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Scribblers on the Roof, The Moment, Sudden Flash Youth, and Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. Dara Horn calls Papernick “an utterly original writer,” and the New York Times writes, “There is a muscular certainty to the best of Papernick’s stories.” Papernick has taught fiction writing at Pratt Institute, Brandeis University, Bar Ilan University, Emerson College, Grub Street Writers and Emerson College. A Toronto native, Papernick lives with his wife and two sons outside of Boston where he is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at a Boston-area college.

Wednesday, July 8, 6:00pm.
Queer Literary Alliance Book Group.

A new book club for the store! 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. July's book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Thursday, July 9, 7:00pm.
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series presents Natalie C. Felix.

Natalie C. Felix describes herself as "a timeless being, and creative child of God, poetess, wife, mom, star child extraordinaire". Through her various projects, she builds community in Philadelphia through the arts, and has performed her spoken word poetry in many venues including The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series previously. Natalie, a California transplant whose writing has cosmic sensibilities, says, "So much Beauty in the Uni-Verse. Prayin 4 Hue-manity to get It Together." You can find her album Come Back as a Song at, follow her on Twitter at @nataliecfelix, and visit her on Facebook at
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) is a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing. It was founded, and is curated and hosted, by Leeway Transformation Award-Winning community cultural artist and organizer Cassendre Xavier. (Previous curators include Sherella Gibbs and Louise Bierig). The Series is free and includes mixed-gender open mic and Q&A with featured readers. For submissions or more information, please visit, or send a 200 word writer's bio, plus pic and public contact URLs (website, Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.), to: cxwriting(at)gmail(dot)com, or as a message via our Fan page:

Monday, July 13, 6:00pm.
Reading with ReShonda Tate Billingsley, author of Mama's Boy.

Bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley will captivate this summer with a drama-filled novel that will keep people engaged from start to finish with reading—and well after that with conversation. When her son is accused of a violent crime, church first lady Gloria Jones finds herself battling his prosecutor—as well as her own inner demons—to save him.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the national bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She recently won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Say Amen Again. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Motherhood Diaries. Visit her website at

Monday, July 13, 9:00pm-past midnight!
Go Set a Watchman Midnight Release Celebration and Read-a-Thon.

Join staffers Grace Gordon and Sarah Rose for a Harper Lee Celebration. Doors open at 9:00pm, with a 9:30 screening of To Kill a Mockingbird. The books will go on sale promptly at 12:01 am, and then the read-a-thon begins! We'll have comfy reading spaces, coffee, tea, and snacks for the die-hard book-nerds who can't wait until morning to dive in.
You can pre-order your copy by emailing orders(at)bigbluemarblebooks(dot)com.

Mt. Airy Village Event! Thursday, July 16, 5:30pm, across the street at the Salvage Company.
Books and Brew: Local Author Thursdays at Philadelphia Salvage Company.

Join us for a special Mt. Airy Village event - PJ Devlin and Daniel Patrick Delaney will be reading during PSC's Thursday Evenings in Summer grill n' brew. Join your neighbors for our first Books and Brew!

Daniel Patrick Delaney was born in Philadelphia in 1961. He is the youngest of eight children, four boys and four girls. His memoir, Mary's Last: Tales of an Irish-American Orphan, begins after his mother died when he was 19 months old, and tracks his journey passing from relative to relative and confronting his father's violent alcoholism.
PJ Devlin grew up in Flourtown near the Wissahickon Creek and spent much of her childhood wet and muddy. She wrote her first book of short stories at six-years-old and has been writing ever since -- except for a thirty-year break to earn a PhD in economics, serve as financial manager for the Fairfax County, VA Fire and Rescue Department, and raise four children with her husband, John. Her longstanding interest in youth soccer and summer swim competition continues with a new Devlin generation of kickers and swimmers.

PJ Devlin's first novel, Wissahickon Souls, fills a gap in American memory that marginalizes 19th-century African-American lives. Set in Philadelphia and Haiti during the years 1806 to 1836Wissahickon Souls shows how a culture of racial prejudice contaminates the relationship of even well-meaning people. All the while, the Wissahickon Creek wends its way indiscriminately through the lives of blacks and whites.

Saturday, July 18.
Workshop and Readings with poets Kasey Jueds and Cara Drysdale!

• 4:00-6:00pm.
Across the Doorsill of Shame: finding the source of poems in the forbidden landscapes of feelings.

This poetry workshop led by Kasey Jueds and Cara Drysdale will help you explore how strong poems can be built from the most difficult emotional terrain. Pre-registration is required (please email outreach(at)bigbluemarblebooks(dot)com). There is a $5 fee for the workshop; everyone who pre-registers will receive a $5 coupon toward the purchase of a book by Carla or Kasey the day of the event.

• 6:30pm.
The Poetry of Memory: a reading with Kasey Jueds and Carla Drysdale.

Join local poet Kasey Jueds and Canadian poet Carla Drysdale for an evening of poetry that explores memory, intimacy, and the difficult terrain of forbidden knowledge.

Carla Drysdale was born in London, Ontario, and was educated at Ryerson university in Toronto as well as Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her poems have appeared in Canadian and US journals, including the Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, the Fiddlehead, Global City Review, Confrontation, and LIT. She lives in France and is the winner of the 2014 Earle Birney prize.
Kasey Jueds says: "I’m a poet living in Philadelphia, PA, the city my mother’s family is from. I used to think (and still sometimes do) that the statues on Kelly Drive, the road that winds along the Schuylkill River, were my friends. The other half of me (my father’s family) comes from rural Wisconsin. To complicate things further, I was born in Florida and spent my teenage years in London.

"I’ve been writing (journals, stories, poems, what have you) since I was little. My poems have appeared in publications including American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and 5AM. I’ve been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. Keeper, my first book, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press and was published by Pitt in fall, 2013."

Friday, July 24, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Friday, July 24, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Marsha Kroll.
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.

Sunday, July 26, 2:00pm.
A Celebration of First Books with authors Maya Anderson and Amelia Robin Chaplin-Loebell.

Join us to celebrate first books by local author/illustrators Maya Anderson (14) and Amelia Robin Chaplin-Loebell (11). Here in Mt. Airy we start our great artists young!

Author Maya Anderson is fourteen years old. She is a School District of Philadelphia student and will be attending Hill-Freedman World Academy in the fall for 9th grade. She has been drawing and writing original stories since 4th grade and decided that she wanted to publish this new series. She is obsessed with creating new characters (realistic anime) and is very excited about sharing them with the public. “I like to draw what I am imagining because it helps me to see what the story is showing me.”

Maya is also turning her creativity into support for teachers and kids in Philadelphia schools. Teachers can visit her Facebook page to specify what supplies they need, and depending on the funds available from selling the book, Maya will provide a gift card so they can buy the supplies. “I’m also publishing this book to support art after the budget cuts. It cut my art teacher at Lingelbach and others,” she said. “I really love art. If it wasn’t for art, I wouldn’t have made Claws.”
Amelia Robin Chaplin-Loebell has been writing and illustrating stories and comics since she was old enough to wrap her tiny fist around a pencil. Written as part of the Young Writers Program during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2014, The Astounding Retrieval of Clementine is her first novel, which she wrote at age 11. She lives in Philadelphia with her sister, her parents, and a plethora of feline companions.

Tuesday, July 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. July's book: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Wednesday, July 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. July's book: Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i by Garrett Hongo.

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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: 6/12, 7/24, 8/14
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.

Sundays from 1-5pm: 4/12, 5/17 (cancelled), 6/14, 9/13, 10/18, 11/1
Story Corners Specialty Writing Workshops for Kids!

These workshops, led by author and teacher Cordelia Jensen, will combine games, craft points, and writing exercises to make for a fun and creative afternoon. Ages 9 and up.
More details on our Classes page.

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