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Friday, July 18, 2:30pm.
Summer Shabbat Stortyime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Saturday, July 19, 7:00pm.
Novelist and Playwright David Kalish and The Opposite of Everything.

David Kalish is a novelist, playwright, and former journalist. A comedic twist on his health struggles, his debut book The Opposite of Everything was named top literary novel in the Somerset Fiction Awards and a finalist in the humor category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He has appeared on cable TV and has a newspaper blog, The Ruminator, which frequently tackles the subject of writing through pain. A short film of his, Regular Guy, was selected into film festivals here and abroad. He has written a Latin-themed comedic musical, The Gringo Who Stole Christmas, that will be performed this December at Proctors Theatre in upstate New York. He earned his MFA in fiction writing at Bennington College and was a journalist for twelve years in the New York City headquarters of The Associated Press.

Sunday, July 20, all day.
Kids' Literary Mid-Summer Mini-Fest.

Join us for a summer Sunday full of wonderful books and fun-filled events.

    Schedule so far:
  • 10:30am: Author Yanatha Desouvre and his daughter and co-author, four-and-a-half-year-old Reanna Desouvre, will share their book Big Sister, Little Sister in a workshop on how parents and kids can create books together.
  • 12:00pm: Mini-concert of Disney songs by Broadway Rox Philly.
  • 1:00pm: Author Jennifer Hansen celebrates her new picture book about ice cream, Just One More.
  • 2:00pm: Mini-concert of Disney songs by Broadway Rox Philly (reprise).
  • 3:00pm: Local author team D.B. Wales introduces a new middle-grade fantasy, Annwyn and the Owl King. Come make fairy wings and learn the drum song of the Owl King!

Thursday, July 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 (with some exceptions). July's book: Every Day by David Levithan.

Friday, July 25, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud and Alive. Featured reader: Bruce Niedt.

Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow.

Saturday, July 26, 7:00pm.
For the Love of This Blue Planet: an Evening of Eco-Poetry, featuring Hila Ratzabi, Anne-Adele Wight, MaryAnn Miller, and contributors to The Lake Rises: poems to and for our bodies of water: Elliott batTzedek, Lori Wilson, Sam Hall, and Lisa Wujnovich (co-editor).

Contemporary poets write on, in and through water to examine humans' responsibility to this endangered resource. These poets calm, quench, transport, cleanse as they protest derogation and mourn drowning. Editors Lisa Wujnovich and Brandi Katherine Herrera achieve a fluid weave of innovative and contemplative poets to usher in climate change. The poems in The Lake Rises: poems to and for our bodies of water reach coast-to-coast, asking readers to drink a diversity of voices that resonate with each other in astounding ways. Some splash. Some sink. Simple narratives and experimental structures become meditative sieves readers can flow through to renew awareness.

Hila Ratzabi is the author of the chapbook The Apparatus of Visible Things (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry is published or forthcoming in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, Drunken Boat, About Place, The Normal School, H_NGM_N, Cortland Review, and others. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Philadelphia where she founded the Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop.
Anne-Adele Wight is the author of Sidestep Catapult and Opera House Arterial, both from BlazeVOX Books. Her work has appeared in American Writing, Philadelphia Poets, Tabula Rasa, Shrike, Mad Poets Review, Fairies in America, and elsewhere. For many years she worked with the long-running series Poets and Prophets. Now she curates the monthly Jubilant Thicket performance series. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two cats.
MaryAnn L. Miller's book of poems, Locus Mentis, has been published by PS Books (2012.) Among other journals, her poems and serigraphs were published in Wordgathering and Kaleidoscope, and several other journals. She has been the Resident Book Artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College, since 2001. Her work is in the National Museum of Women in the Arts and corporate and private collections. Miller hosts a Poetry Series at the Hunterdon Art Museum and teaches a workshop there on the Poetry of Visual Art. She publishes hand bound artist books pairing artists and poets through her press: www.luciapress.com.

Tuesday, July 29, 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: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Wednesday, July 30, 7:15pm.
Life Stories Book Group.

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, and different group members will facilitate. July's book: Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick.

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Friday, August 1, 2:30pm.
Summer Shabbat Stortyime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Friday, August 1, 7:00pm.
Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of 'Til the Well Runs Dry.

Author Lauren Francis-Sharma reads from her highly-acclaimed first novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry, a multigenerational, multicultural saga that sweeps from the 1940s through the 1960s in Trinidad and the United States.
'Til the Well Runs Dry is a captivating, and at times heart-wrenching, story of love, betrayal and the fragility of family bonds. The story, told from three different points of view, is set in the lush and mystical island nation of Trinidad. It opens in a seaside village in the north of Trinidad where young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed sixteen-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman, the risks and rewards in Marcia's life amplify forever.

Lauren Francis-Sharma, a child of Trinidadian immigrants, was born in New York City and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature with a minor in African American studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children. 'Til the Well Runs Dry is her first novel.

Friday, August 1, 8:30pm.
Mya Kay, author of the YA novel A Song for Jordan.

Philly girl Mya Kay returns home for the opening of her new Young Adult novel "For the Love of Jordan." She'll be reading, signing, and playing songs created from the book by Philly artist Royal Blu.

A Song for Jordan is the story of fifteen year old Jordan Crystal Myers, a gifted musician and vocalist who is searching for her father. All she knows is that he was a musician who left her mother when she was born; Jordan longs to have a relationship with the man who gave her the gift of music. But her search gets put on hold when she lands a competitive music internship in Atlanta with SyncDeep Music Group, a label run by one of her favorite musicians.

Saturday, August 2, 7:00pm.
Indispensable Poetry: An evening with Doug Valentine, Laren McClung, Tim Siebels, and Bill Ehrhart, contributors to the new anthology With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century.

With Our Eyes Wide Open is an anthology composed of poets from America and around the world who write about the struggles of the world's outcasts, immigrants and working classes -- victimized and then forgotten as nations clash and wage relentless war. Although diverse in their ethnicity, experience, and writing styles, the contributing poets are united by a common interest in promoting peace, justice, and human welfare. They tell of Vietnam and Cambodia, Latin America, Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Chechnya, and Africa. They are concerned for the environment and the well-being of society as a whole, and in this respect they represent an emerging poetic consciousness which is helping to define and shape the imagination and language of the 21st Century.

William Daniel Ehrhart is an American poet, writer, scholar and Vietnam veteran. Ehrhart has been called "the dean of Vietnam war poetry." Donald Anderson, editor of War, Literature & the Arts, said Ehrhart's Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir is "the best single, unadorned, gut-felt telling of one American's route into and out of America's longest war." Ehrhart has been an active member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW).
Laren McClung received a BA and MA from Arcadia University and an MFA from New York University. Her work has appeared in reviews including The Massachusetts Review, Cerise Press, The American Reader, PN Review, and War, Literature and the Arts. She has led writing workshops for residents at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in Philadelphia and currently teaches at New York University.
Poet Tim Seibles was born and raised in Philadelphia. He earned a BA at Southern Methodist University and an MFA at Vermont College of Norwich University. Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His work has also been featured in the anthologies In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry (1994, edited by E. Ethelbert Miller and Terrance Cummings), Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009, edited by Camille Dungy), and Best American Poetry (2010, edited by Amy Gerstler).

In a 2010 statement he shared in From the Fishouse, Seibles states, "I think poetry, if it's going to be really engaging and engaged, has to be able to come at the issues of our lives from all kinds of angles and all kids of ways: loudly and quietly, angrily and soothingly, with comedy and with dead seriousness. [...] Our lives are worth every risk, every manner of approach."
"Doug Valentine belongs to that precious remnant of journalists and historians with the wisdom to see our time, the integrity and courage to write about it, and the literary grace to bring it all chillingly alive. He takes us into that dark inner reality of policy and politics that Americans so tragically deny and evade, and gives us back a reflection there is no denying, no escaping. If there is hope for America at this moment of so many reckonings, it is out of pages like these." -Roger Morris on Valentine's book The Strength of the Pack about the rise of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Wednesday, August 6 (first Wednesday), 7:00pm.
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 read books coming soon to film or TV. We meet the second Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm. August's book: Life of Pi by Yan Martel.

Friday, August 8, 10:30am.
Summer Shabbat Stortyime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Saturday, August 9, 7:00pm.
Kevin Scott Hall -- author, journalist, singer/songwriter, and teacher -- announces the release of his second book, A Quarter Inch from My Heart.

This memoir tells Hall's compelling story of taking in a refugee, Maurice, after Hurricane Katrina, until he "gets back on his feet". What transpires is a two-and-a-half year relationship, part roommate saga and part unusual love story. As Hall remains determined to help Maurice and be a stable force in his life, he re-examines the tragedies in his own past via flashback. Kevin will be joined by local blogger and columnist Mary Gulivindala.

Thursday, August 14, 7:00pm.
Reading with Cyma Shapiro, author of The Zen of Mid-life Mothering.

Friday, August 15, 2:30pm.
Summer Shabbat Stortyime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.

Friday, August 22, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud and Alive. Featured reader: Lynn Levin.

Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow.

Tuesday, August 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. August's book: Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi.

Wednesday, August 27, 7:15pm.
Life Stories Book Group.

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, and different group members will facilitate. August's book: The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard.

Thursday, August 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 (with some exceptions). August's book: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.

Friday, August 29, 2:30pm.
Summer Shabbat Stortyime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.


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New Time! Wednesdays, 10:00am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time

Come sing songs and read some of the best new and classic kids' books. Story hour is currently parent-led; staff will direct you to space, books, and where things go when you're done!

New! Fridays at 10:30am: June 13, July 11, and August 8.
Fridays at 2:30pm: June 20, July 18, and August 1, 15, and 29.
Summer Shabbat Stortyimes 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 215-320-0376215-320-0376.



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