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Saturday, August 22, 5:00pm.
Breaking Free.

Join us for a night with three local writers: Asha Molock, A.R. Bey, and Kendall Hayes.
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Sunday, August 23, 2:00pm.
Family Stories: Finding Them, Sharing Them, Celebrating Them.

Join local authors Elaine Jones and Patricia Randolph for an afternoon of fiction and picture books.

Tuesday, August 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 non-fiction. We meet the last Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm. August's book (postponed from July): Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Note: The group will be going on hiatus after this meeting.

Wednesday, August 26, 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. August's book: The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere by Debra Marquart.

Thursday, August 27, 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. August's book: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Friday, August 28, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: John Williams.
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.

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Wednesday, September 2, 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.

Wednesday, September 9, 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. September's book: Exile & Pride by Eli Clare.

Thursday, September 10, 6:00pm.
The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series presents Josephine Curry.

For author bios and upcoming schedule, please visit http://WomensWritingSeries.org.

Josephine Curry is a short story author and novelist. Her work has appeared in the zines Ovoid and Pariah. She lives in West Philadelphia with a cat, a fish and a preserved squid. She tweets at @josephinecreepy.
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 begins with a mixed-gender open mic, followed by reading and Q&A with featured readers. For submissions or more information, please visit http://WomensWritingSeries.org, 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: https://www.facebook.com/WomensWritingSeries.

Sunday, September 13, 1-5pm.       For Kids and Teens!
Story Corners Specialty Writing Workshop for Kids: Picture Book Writing Workshop.

This will focus on the writing part of picture books, not the drawing part. We will study different kinds of picture books, and students will have time to outline and perhaps write a whole first draft of a picture book! (Ages 9 and up)
Cost and registration information on our Classes page.

Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm.
Reading with British author Stella Whiteman from her debut techno-thriller, Control, Alter, Delete.

London, 2059: Ezra Hurst’s quiet drink after work soon spices up when a woman called Lena arrives in the bar. She could have sat anywhere, but slips onto the stool right by his side, tells risqué tales, helps herself to his fries. Her looks are intriguing; ten years in biometrics, but he’s never seen eyes so bright and green. Who is this woman? And why, after all the flirting, does she suddenly disappear? Not just from the bar but from all intelligence data too?

Stella Whiteman was born in London and raised in the pre-PC seventies by her Nigerian mother and English father. She studied philosophy at King’s College, University of London, then worked as a literacy teacher for several years. She now lives in Philadelphia where she has been a member of several writers’ groups, including some well-known workshops such as the Rittenhouse Writers, as well as less formal gatherings in West Philadelphia cafes. Stella's literary influences include Philip K Dick and William Gibson, on account of their portrayals of the near-future, and Monica Ali and Zadie Smith for their vignettes of London multiculturalism. Control, Alter, Delete combines both these interests and is Stella's first published novel.

Saturday, September 19, 2:00pm.       For Kids and their Grownups
Reading with La'Tonia Reed, author of Bradley and Brynn: It's Sew Easy.

Join author La'Tonia Reed to explore the easy and fun world of learning to sew! Her new book series follows the adventure of Brynn, an adorable spunky little girl, and Bradley, her stylish dog sidekick. In It's Sew Easy, Brynn learns the basic of sewing and sets off to dress herself and her companion in fashion!
Then join the author on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 pm, for Learn to Sew activities at the Big Blue Marble's booth at the Mt. Airy Village Fair!.

La’Tonia Reed is a mother of two. Technically, she gave birth to one and adopted the other from the ASPCA. She loves to write about her daily struggles with the girl (Brynn), the puppy (Bradley), the man (Christian). On occasion she also writes about her personal addictions to bargaining, cooking, and creating things. She considers herself the mom version of MacGyver minus the espionage/action pack crime fighting. As a MomGyver, she is famous for using everyday materials to turn nothing into something. Her heels are high, her glue gun is bejeweled, and she always is packing snacks.

Saturday, September 19, 7:00pm.
Reading with Nicole Caldwell, author of Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living.

Author and activist Nicole Caldwell is the CEO and co-founder of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus, organic farm and artists' colony which serves as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is chock-full of environmental theory, DIY projects from square-foot gardens to building your own aquaponics array, her personal story of transitioning from New York City to the country, the history of Better Farm, and some inspirational material for seizing creative opportunities while living more sustainably.
Nicole will also be on hand on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Mt. Airy Village Fair, with more information about Better Farm!.

Nicole Caldwell is a co-founder of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability education center, artists' colony, and organic farm nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands Region of Northern New York. Through educational workshops, artist residencies, sustainability programming, and an ongoing commitment to green living and community outreach, we strive to apply the "Better Theory" to all our endeavors while offering the curious an opportunity to expand, grow, and flourish. Nicole is president of the not-for-profit arts and music outreach initiative BetterArts, which works in tandem with Better Farm to explore the intersection between sustainability and art. She also works as a professional writer and editor; her work has been featured in Martha Stewart, Reader's Digest, Mother Earth News, and many others. Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living is her first book.

Sunday, September 20, 11:00am-4:00pm.
Ninth Annual Mt. Airy Village Fair!

As always, the festival features carnival games, slow and fast eating contests, music, pet fashions, a petting zoo, and lots more! See the Village Fair website for more information, and check back for a list of Big Blue Marble events!

Thursday, September 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. September's selection: A Tiffany Aching Extravaganza! Read any or all of Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books, from The Wee Free Men through the forthcoming Shepherd's Crown.

Friday, September 25, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Christina Cook.
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.
Travel caution: This is the weekend of the papal visit. If you're coming from outside the neighborhood, please check your route, as parts of the city's road and transport systems will likely be detoured or closed.

Wednesday, September 30, 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. September's book: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.

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Thursday, October 1, 7:00pm.
An evening with Israeli Author Yitzhak Gormezano Goren.

Novelist and playwright Yitzhak Gormezano Goren’s novel Alexandrian Summer was originally published in Hebrew in 1978 and has now been translated for the first time. Based in the cultural world of his parents, it tells the story of two Jewish families living their frenzied last days in the doomed cosmopolitan social whirl of Alexandria just before fleeing Egypt for Israel in 1951. Join us for an evening of rich Mizrahi (Arab-Jewish) culture!
Co-sponsored by Germantown Jewish Centre.

Yitzhak Gormezano Goren was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1941 and immigrated to Israel as a child. A playwright and a novelist, Gormezano Goren has an MFA in theater directing from Brooklyn College. He cofounded the Kedem Stage Theater in Tel Aviv in 1982 and directed it for 30 years. Gormezano Goren is a winner of the Ramat Gan Prize for Literature and received the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature in 2001.

Classes at Big Blue Marble

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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!

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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    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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