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Events

Friday, April 4, 7:00pm.
Book Launch Party with Abigail Perkiss, author of Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia.
Join Big Blue Marble Books as we welcome Mt. Airy resident Abigail Perkiss in celebration of her new book on the history of integration in post-WWII Philadelphia. The book examines the history of race, ethnicity, and urban identity in post-WWII American cities, and focuses on Mt. Airy.

Abigail Perkiss holds a joint JD/PhD in history from Temple University and is an assistant professor of history at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.

Saturday, April 5, 7:00pm. National Poetry Month event
Young, Gifted & Brown - a night of earth-rattling poetry.

Shane Book is the author of Ceiling of Sticks and the forthcoming Congotronic, recipient of awards and prizes including a Stegner Fellowship and Academy of American Poets Prize, and director of two films based on his poems.
Edward Garcia is a Philly resident and staple of the New York slam scene.
Raina Leon, Cave Canem fellow, is the author of Canticle of Idols and Boogeyman Dawn and editor of the quarterly journal The Acentos Review.
Patrick Rosal is the author of Boneshepahrds, My American Kundiman, and "Uprock, Headspin, Scramble and Dive". His awards include National Book Critics Circle, Academy of American Poets, Asian American Studies Book Award and Global Filipino Literary Award. He is an editor of the poetry sports quarterly journal Some Call It Ballin', and teaches at both the Rutgers-Camden and Drew University MFA programs.
F. Omar Telan is a poet, playwright, director and actor who has performed at the New York and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, published poetry in numerous journals, and won a New York Innovative Theatre Award.
Rich Villar, originally from Paterson, NJ, directs Acentos, an organization fostering community around Latino/a literature. His first poetry collection, Compredending Forever, is forthcoming from Willow Books.
Yolanda Wisher, born in Germantown, is a Cave Canem fellow and Leeway Art and Change Award recepient. She co-edited the anthology "Peace is a Haiku Song" with Sonia Sanchez, founded the Germantown Poetry Festival, and is a board member of Gtown Radio. She now leads the art education department of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program, and her first book is forthcoming in 2014.

Sunday, April 6, 1:00pm. National Poetry Month event
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.

Wednesday, April 9, 7:00pm.
Read the Movie Book Club with Grace Gordon

Introducing a new book club at Big Blue Marble Bookstore! Are you interested in seeing film adaptations of books? Do you love to critique the cinematic changes made to plot lines in these adaptations? In the Read the Movie book club, members will read books due out to become moviesand television shows, then meet to discuss the books and their flicks. Led by actress and Big Blue Marble bookseller Grace Gordon.

For our first meeting  we'll discuss George R. R. Martin's critically acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire and celebrate the premiere of the fourth season of its television show "Game of Thrones". (Please note that due to the highnumber of readers who are keeping pace with the show, it is requested that there be *NO SPOILERS* past the current episode of the show, equivalent to midway through the third book, A Storm of Swords.)

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.

Local author Hilary Beard (Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide, 2012) examines 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. National Poetry Month event ***Postponed***
Performance with Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Sheffield.

Refreshments afterward.
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. National Poetry Month event
Book Launch! with Charlotte Boulay, author of Foxes on the Trampoline.

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, gkaplan-mayer@jewishlearningventure.org

Wednesday, April 16, 10:00am.
Author Rachel Eugster visits Big Blue Marble's new Story Time hour to share her new book The Pocket Mommy.

Rachel Eugster wears two professional hats: one as a writer and editor, and the other as an actor, singer, and music director. Rachel's first picture book, The Pocket Mommy, was inspired by the day when she dropped her son off at kindergarten and he announced that he wished she was tiny enough to keep in his pocket all day. Rachel is also the author of many nonfiction books for children, as well as articles on such fascinating topics as horse communication, the Robotarium, ringtones for leopards, reawakening volcanoes, and exploding toads.

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: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler.

Saturday, April 19, 2:00pm. National Poetry Month event
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.

Friday, April 25, 7:15pm. National Poetry Month event
Poetry Aloud and Alive. Featured reader: Warren Longmire.

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

Saturday, April 26, 7:00pm. National Poetry Month event
National Poetry Month Reading with Susan Abulhawa, author of My Voice Sought the Wind.

Local poet and novelist Susan Abulhawa is coming to Big Blue Marble to share her newest book. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was a best seller and has been translated into many languages. She is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an international NGO that strives to help Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation. Although Susan's family had lived in Jerusalem for centuries, they became refugees in 1967 when Israeli forces captured and occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. Susan grew up in Kuwait, Jordan, and the US. She and her daughter live in Yardley, PA.

Sunday, April 27, 3:00pm. National Poetry Month event
Reading with Joe Lamport, author of The Life and Times of Richard Musto.

Join Joe Lamport and his book The Life and Times of Richard Musto, a celebration in photographs and poetry of an invisible life: Richard Musto is a 90 year old man who lives on the streets of New York in a cardboard shack of his own making. Joe met Richard on a street corner, and over the next two years through many conversations came to learn his life story, which, while it contains a fair share of darkness, is also a story about creative resilience, transformation, and fortitude. View some of the photographs and read the first chapter at www.lifeofmusto.com.

Sunday, April 27, 4:00pm.
reading with Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, author of Neocolonialism in West Africa.

Neocolonialism in West Africa is a collection of essays and articles on the current political developments in West Africa, with specific emphasis in Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry.

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah is a journalist and political activist bornin Sierra Leone. He is currently the Chairman of the African Socialist Movement of Sierra Leone; a political movement committed to national liberation, self-determination and control of Africa's resources. He is a journalist and political activist bornin Sierra Leone, and is currently the Chairman of the African Socialist Movement of Sierra Leone; a political movement committed to national liberation, self-determination and control of Africa's resources.

Wednesday, April 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. April's Book: Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt.


Classes at Big Blue Marble

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Just For Kids

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Wednesday, April 16, 10:00am.
Author Rachel Eugster visits Big Blue Marble's new Story Time hour to share her new book The Pocket Mommy.

Rachel Eugster wears two professional hats: one as a writer and editor, and the other as an actor, singer, and music director. Rachel's first picture book, The Pocket Mommy, was inspired by the day when she dropped her son off at kindergarten and he announced that he wished she was tiny enough to keep in his pocket all day. Rachel is also the author of many nonfiction books for children, as well as articles on such fascinating topics as horse communication, the Robotarium, ringtones for leopards, reawakening volcanoes, and exploding toads.

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

Come sing songs and listen to some of the best new and classic kids' books! The read-alouds, singing, and fun are led by a gaggle of Mt. Airy parents, and all are welcome to join.

New! Alternate Fridays, 2:30pm.
Shabbat Warmup Story Time!

Starts April 11; more details to come.



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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.

    New! READ THE MOVIE BOOK CLUB
    Second Wednesday, 7:00pm.

    Coming Soon! MYSTERY BOOK CLUB

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    Other Monthly Events

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

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    Just for Kids

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

    New! SHABBAT WARMUP STORY TIME
    Alternate Fridays, 2:30pm.

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