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Big Blue Marble Story Time! (For kids ages 18m-4y) ***Currently on hiatus***
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Saturday, March 8, 2:00pm.
Reading with Robin Ellis, author of Healthy Eating for Life and Delicious Dishes for Diabetics.
British actor, cook, and writer Robin Ellis is best known from the Masterpiece Theater PBS series POLDARK, on which he played Captain Ross Poldark.
Thursday, March 13, 7:00pm.
Indispensable Poetry with Martha Silano, Philip Fried, and Kasey Jueds.
Martha Silano is the author of four books of poetry, including Reckless Lovely (2014), and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception (2010) both from Saturnalia Books. She also co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice (Two Sylvias Press 2013). Martha edits Crab Creek Review and teaches at Bellevue College.
Philip Fried is a New York-based poet and little-magazine editor. He has published five previous books of poetry. His newest book, Interrogating Water, uses such varied forms and formats as the ballad, sonnet, villanelle, psalm, press release, checklist, obituary, and poll to summon the unmoored voices that proliferate in our wired world.
Kasey Jueds' first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the Universityof Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Crab Orchard Review, Women's Review of Books, and 5AM; and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Thursday, March 20, 7:00pm. (Third Thursday)
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). March's book: Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Saturday, March, 22, 3:00pm.
My Life as a Trashy Woman and the Art of Finding Artists with Sally Willowbee, author of FOUND ARTISTS: On Country Roads, Side Streets and Back Alleys of South Jersey.
Sally Willowbee is an artist who works with recycled materials and a self-taught furniture/cabinet/carpenter maker. She writes and designs books, many about artists who work with recycled materials and grassroots art environments. Her own story weaves through her art and writing, connecting different parts of her life: her political beliefs, her spirituality, her concern about our environment, her feminism, her interest in culture and class, her creativity, and her humor.
Tuesday, March 25, 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 nonfiction. We meet the last Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm. March's book: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
Friday, March 28, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud and Alive. Featured reader: Steve Burke.
Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow.
Saturday, March 29, 2:00pm.
Reading with Ann Goffe, author of For the Love of Daniel.
Daniel died at 23 from a drug overdose. For the Love of Daniel is an account of his life -- a roller coaster ride of sadness and joy, heartache and solace, laughter, tears, tumult and rest. It is also a careful account of Daniel's after life, and the chain of extraordinary events that moved the hearts and consciousness of those who grieved him. Most of all the book is a love story, Daniel's testament to the unalterable immense power of love, which offers even ultimate human tragedies a softer landing, the possibility of a happy ending.
Sunday, March 30, 2:00pm.
Local Authors Salon with Jeanette Stephens-El/Raining Deer, Elsie Mae Jones, Art Stein, and Blythe Davenport.
Jeanette Stephens-El (a/k/a Raining Deer Harjo) is Community Ambassador to Komen for the Cure Philadelphia. A breast cancer survivor, Jeanette is the author of BCV: Rites of Passage for Breast Cancer Victors, 10 Tips to Avoid Breast Cancer (Unless it's in the Genes) and T-Time: A Rites of Passage Manual for the Adolescent Female, all written under her spiritual/pen name Raining Deer.
Elsie Mae Jones is poet/writer, songwriter and storyteller. Her most recent book is Psongs for My Mother (Middle River Press, 2013), which is dedicated to her late mother Louise Essix. In Psongs, Elsie captures the essence of love, life, and matters of the heart that we can all relate to.
Blythe Davenport's first book of poems, Second Oldest: A Poetic History of Philadelphia came out in 2013. Blythe teaches at Drexel University.
A. Mark Man's memoir Unbelievable! came out in 2013. His subtitle says it all: I should write a book! The true story of a real life sad sack! The Ups and Downs, the Triumphs and Tragedies of a real person's life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Plus 500 original poems & jokes!
Sunday, April 6, 1:00pm.
National Poetry Month Reading with Barbara Crooker, author of Gold.
Pennsylvania poet Barbara Crooker is the author of four books of poetry: Radiance, winner of the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance (Word Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature; More (C&R Press, 2010); and Gold (Cascade Books, 2013). Garrison Keillor has read twenty-one of her poems on The Writer's Almanac.
Saturday, April 12, 1:00pm.
Reading with Hilary Beard, author (with Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson) of Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life.
With the assistance of Hilary Beard (Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide, 2012), independent filmmakers Brewster and Stephenson examine concrete ways black parents can enhance their sons' potential for success in a world prejudiced against black males. A practical and impassioned parenting guide.
Saturday, April 12, 3:30pm.
Performance with Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Sheffield.
Admission: Sliding scale $5-$10.
Bookstore staffer Jennifer Sheffield has sung with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, SpiralSong vocal ensemble (as music director), and the Anna Crusis Women's Choir, and she performed in the Folk Factory People's Choice Concerts in 1994 and 2004. Her musical influences include Holly Near, Judy Small, emma's revolution, and, more recently, Sandra Boynton!
Saturday, April 12, 7:00pm.
Book Launch! with Charlotte Boulay, author of Foxes on Trampolines.
Charlotte Boulay grew up in the Boston area and attended St. Lawrence University. She earned her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she taught composition and creative writing for five years. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The Boston Review, and Crazyhorse, among other journals. Foxes on the Trampoline is her first book and will be published by Ecco Press in April, 2014. She lives with her husband in Chestnut Hill.
Sunday, April 13, 3:30pm.
Get ready for Passover with jkidphilly storytime!
Join jkidphilly friends for a special reading of some wonderful Passover stories just for children. We'll make a Passover craft for you to take home, too! More info: www.jkidphilly.org; Gabby Kaplan-Mayer, email@example.com
Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm. (Third Thursday)
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). April's book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Saturday, April 19, 2:00pm.
Local Author Salon. Featured authors include Reese Marie, author of Karma: A Book of Short Poems, and Djuna Wojton, author of Karmic Choices: How Making the Right Choices Can Create Enduring Joy.
Final Wednesdays, 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. This group will have a new facilitator in 2014. Check back for information on upcoming selections.
Please see our Classes page for information on writing workshops and other classes.
Big Blue Marble Story Time! (For kids ages 18m-4y) ***Currently on hiatus*** Come sing songs and listen to some of the best new and classic kids’ books!
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