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


One Book, One Philadelphia

events continue through mid-March! 

Check out all the events here.


F E B R U A R Y   2018



One Book, One Philadelphia
 Book Discussion at Johnson House Historic Site


The 26th Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair

Philadelphia author Christine Kendall signs Riding Chance at the 26th Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair.


LAUNCH PARTY for The Book of Boy by local author Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

                                                    Dara Horn discusses and signs her just-released latest novel, Eternal Life.


Worth the trip: AN EVENING WITH GEORGE SAUNDERS discussing his Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo at Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, PA.


Cornel West visits the Parkway Central Library  to talk about Race Matters the 25th Anniversary Edition of his National Book Award-winning collection of essays on race and justice in America,

Swarthmore College alum and pianist Kris Faatz presents a musical and literary presentation of her new novel To Love A Stranger


The 3rd Annual Writers at Work Conference


Ben Yagoda: The Art of Fact with Dick Polman
A lunch talk at Kelly Writers House with journalist  BEN YAGODA (above, left), author of a dozen books including About Town: The New Yorker and the World It MadeMemoir: A History,The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism and How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Problems and How to Avoid Them.  Yagoda will discuss accuracy in journalism, in conversation with DICK POLMANnational political columnist at WHYY News and the full-time "Writer in Residence" at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania. RSVP required.

Dave Eggers  (above, left) and Mokhtar Alkhanshali visit the Central Free Library with to discuss The Monk of Mokha.

02/14/2018 & 02/15/2018

A Reading and Brunch Talk with PAUL AUSTER at Kelly Writers House, 2/14 & 2/15. Registration required.


Havertown PA Community Event with Jacqueline Woodson at Haverford Township Free Library. Free but RSVP recommended.


ANGELA FLOURNOY at Bryn Mawr College.


M A R C H  2018



Steven Pinker | Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress


Another Brooklyn with the Library Company of PhiladelphiaA discussion of Jacqueline Woodson's One Book, One Philadelphia novel accompanies an exploration of original materials from the Library Company's African American history collections. More info.

WALTER MOSLEY returns to Philadelphia with his latest novel, Down the River Unto the Sea. 


Jacqueline Woodson



One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson


THE ODYSSEY: A NEW TRANSLATION: A conversation with 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).


Death, Writing, Race, and Freedom: A Keynote Address by EDWIDGE DANTICAT at The University of Pennsylvania.


Peter Carey

Alan Hollinghurst


A P R I L  2018



Author talk with ANN HOOD at Open Books.


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


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


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.

04/23/2018 & 04/24/2018

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


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


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.” 

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