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Tuesday, May 26, 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. May's book: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.

Wednesday, May 27, 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. May's book: Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison.

Thursday, May 28, 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. May's book: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.

Saturday, May 30, 6:00pm.
National Black Authors Tour: Celebrating 30 Years of Promoting Culture, Humanities and the Arts.

"Rich or Almost Famous: How Writers Can Successfully Break into the Entertainment Business, Performing Arts Field, Broadcast Media and the Publishing Industry". Led by Maurice Henderson, a bestselling author and award-winning, critically acclaimed and nationally produced playwright. Henderson is Executive Director of the National Black Authors Tour, Editor-in-Chief of New Arts Productions Publications and Founder/Producer of Adelphia Company Records.
6:00 - Workshop/Panel Discussion
7:00 - Readings and Book Signings

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Tuesday, June 2, 7:30pm.
Poetry Fun and Games Book Release Party.

Join fantastic local poets as we read from our soon-to-be named chapbook, published by Turtle Ink Press. Proceeds will go to a social justice cause. We celebrated spring by kicking our inner censor's ass and kickstarting our imaginations. Each week we played a poetry game fueled by an amazing poem or other source of inspiration, and now we are rich with poems. Come share our joy, plus cupcakes.

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00pm.
Publishing for Poets.

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.

Offsite Event! Saturday, June 6, 7:00pm, at Mt. Airy Read & Eat.
Skyscraping Launch Party with Big Blue Marble Writer-in-Residence Cordelia Jensen.

Cordelia Jensen is a YA writer. She graduated in 2012 with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cordelia graduated from Kenyon College where she majored in English, with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Cordelia was Poet Laureate of Perry County in 2006 & 2007. She has also had nonfiction work appear in Literary Mama. Cordelia has worked with young people for most of her career; with a Masters of Education in Counseling, she has worked as a counselor and teacher and spent ten summers as a camp counselor in Central PA. She teaches writing workshops for children at the Big Blue Marble and loves being surrounded by books and people who love stories and language. Cordelia lives in West Mt. Airy with her husband, Jon, and twin nine-year-olds, Tate and Lily.

Wednesday, June 10, 6:00pm.
Queer Lit. Alliance Book Discussion.

A new book club for the store! More details to come. June's book: Excluded by Julia Serano.

Thursday, June 11, 7:00pm.
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series presents Krista 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! To request to feature, please visit http://WomensWritingSeries.org, email a 200 word writer's bio plus pic and public contact info (website/blog) to: cxwriting(at)gmail(dot)com, or message our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WomensWritingSeries. Snail mail: CX/Women's Writing Series, 4530 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705.

Sunday, June 14, 1:00-5:00pm.       For Kids and Teens!
Story Corners Specialty Writing Workshop for Kids: Verse Novel Workshop.

This workshop will focus on stories that combine poetry and story to create a narrative with mixed genre appeal. Many recent award-winning books have been written in this style; Cordelia's own book, which debuts June 2, is also written in this style! (Ages 9 and up)
Cost and registration information on our Classes page.

Saturday, June 20, 2:00pm.
Magical Creatures Party for ALL readers with Sarah Aghajanian, author of Spell Shaper.

Spell Shaper is a new chapter book whose language and layout are designed to be as readable as possible for children and adults with dyslexia or other reading challenges. The book tells the story of the elf boy Finn, who struggles with school until his hard work reveals powers he never knew he had. Author Sarah Aghajanian, M.S.Ed., has been a classroom and reading teacher for over ten years. She has been teaching at The Miquon School for 7 years. Dealing with the struggles of children with reading challenges, and knowing how few materials are available for them, propelled her to create this new kind of chapter book. Spell Shaper is illustrated by two local artists, Sarah Slaybaugh and Zivia Avelin.

Here is the book description: What is hard for you? For an elf boy named Finn, it is magic. Finn hates everything about school, except lunch and free time. He has been trying his best to cast a spell for years, but has not been able to get even one to work. His little sister, however, is the perfect student. Yet what Finn does not know is that his problems with magic will bring him hidden gifts. And with a lot of hard work, he will discover that he has powers that no one ever thought possible.

Sarah Aghajanian, M.S.Ed., has been a classroom and reading teacher for over ten years. She attended Swarthmore College and received her Master's Degree from Bank Street in New York City. She spent 7 years teaching at The Miquon School and is dedicated to creating a joyful classroom community where differences of all kinds are supported and celebrated. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and new baby.

Wednesday, June 24, 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. June's book: Clear Springs: A Family History by Bobbie Ann Mason.

Thursday, June 25, 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. June's book: Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

Friday, June 26, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: JC Todd.
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.

Tuesday, June 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. June's book: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.


Classes at Big Blue Marble

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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: 4/17, 5/8 (date change)
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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    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.

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    Other Monthly Events

    WRITERS' GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS - on hiatus
    First Tuesday, 7:00pm.

    POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE
    Fourth Friday, 7:30pm.

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    BIG BLUE MARBLE STORY TIME
    Wednesdays, 10:00am.

    SHABBAT STORY TIME
    Monthly on Fridays, 10:30am.

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