Welcome to the Local LIT                                                                             Calendar of Literary Events                  The Local LIT Calendar of Literary Events is a curated list of exciting literary events taking place in the Philadelphia area—and occasionally beyond, from September through May. To find these events, scroll through the calendar below, then click on the author or event name to be taken to a website with more information. Many events are free.                                                     

TO FIND EVEN MORE PHILADELPHIA LITERARY EVENTS, check out these links:                                                    

• Download Free App by Poets & Writers at Poets & Writers Local

• Check out the full list of Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events  

• Check out events on The National Book Signing Directory

• Check out "What’s New, What’s Next" on Broad Street Review 

• Check out QWERTY Philly


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One Book, One Philadelphia

events continue through mid-March! 

Check out all the events here.

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A P R I L  2018

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04/03/2018

Author talk with ANN HOOD at Open Books.


BROOKE BOREL: THE ART OF FACT-CHECKING


04/04/2018

THE ODYSSEY: A NEW TRANSLATION: A conversation with University of Pennsylvania Professor Emily Wilson about her new line-for-line iambic pentameter version of The Odyssey (which is also the first English translation by a woman).



04/05/2018

Zinzi Clemmons



WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE MARATHON READING at Kelly Writers House, 3 PM on.


04/07/2018

Award-winning novelist Junot Díaz | Islandborn


04/10/2018

Lorrie Moore in conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips about Moore’s new book See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary


04/11/2018


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks upon her Czech childhood experience with Nazi and Soviet regimes and her insights into and solutions for  the resurgence of Fascism in the world. EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT


04/12/2018

Author talk with New York Times bestselling author LISA SEE at Main Line Books. See will discuss her latest novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, the story of explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.



04/17/2018

AUTHOR TALK WITH JANET BENTON who will share the inspiration for and read from her debut novel, Lilli De Jong, discuss women's status in the nineteenth century, and answer questions. Books will be available to purchase onsite (Bala Cynwyd Library in Bala Cynwyd, PA).


04/19/2018
WRITING & TEACHING THE HOLOCAUST IN THE AGE OF TRUMP


04/20/2018

Meet the Authors Literacy Benefit at The Riverton (NJ) Porch Club (one of the country’s first organized women’s clubs) featuring Philadelphia author JANET BENTON and two other authors TBA.



04/21/2018

Jane Austen Day

The Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America presents "The Power of Persuasion" featuring Whit Stillman, Oscar nominated screenwriter and director and screenwriter of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan; Susannah Fullerton, author and president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia; Lynn Festa, associate professor, Rutgers University; and Juliette Wells, author and associate professor of Goucher College. Marion Cricket Club, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM. For more information and to register go to www.jasnaeastpa.org/jaday.html 


04/23/2018 & 04/24/2018

CHARLES M. BLOW at Kelly Writers House 4/23 & 4/24


04/24/2018

Leslie Jamison talks about and signs her latest book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, a combination memoir, literary criticism and cultural history.


04/24/2018

Ariel Levy


04/25/2018

Phil Klay, author of the 2014 National Book Award-winning  short story collection, Redeployment.  Writing in The New York Times, Dexter Filkins called the book “the best thing written so far about what America’s recent wars did to people’s souls.” 


04/28/2018



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M A Y  2018

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05/16/2018

CREATIVES AT THE CANNERY will host a prose reading showcasing novelist Asali Solomon (top, left), translator Elisabeth Jaquette (top, right), and playwright/performer James Ijames (above) at the Dock Street Cannery & Lounge at 705 South 50th Street. The reading is hosted by West Philly writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall. Doors will open at 5 PM and the readings start at 7 PM.







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