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Quick! Gather your sweaters about you and tuck a pencil behind your ear. It's the bookish events roundup!

Tonight, Friday, October 3. If you're not heading over to the Pigeon Presents Philly Poetry Slam for a high-energy duel of words, then go to the historic backroom of Snockey's, a centenarian oyster restaurant, for the release of Philly poet Ryan Eckes' funny, wry, and elegant new book *VALU-PLUS*. Dinner and drinks at 7:00 p.m., poetry reading at 8:30, after-party to follow. 2nd and Washington.

On Saturday, October 4, the Musehouse writing center in Germantown welcomes Kristina Moriconi, 2014 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, to read from her recent poems created in response to art. Free! 7 p.m.,  7924 Germantown Avenue.

If that's not rad enough for you, then maybe you need to attend the Zine Brunch at 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, October 5, with a BBQ and Brunch "at the same damn time." New zine releases by Black Quantum Futurism and Mother Moor Goddess. If you make zines, bring one to add to the Black Quantum Futurism Library! 3213 Turner Street.

On Tuesday, October 7,  at 7:00pm. the Monthly Writers' Group for Caregivers with Kathy Roberson (poet, social worker, caregiver) meets at Big Blue Marble Books in Mount Airy. If you The group gives members an opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own words, and support one another as both writers and caregivers. If you or someone you know could use an outlet like this, then come on by to Big Blue Marble.

Fiction writers, rejoice: on Thursday, October 9, the TireFire reading series is back to ply you with beer and stories in bumper cars. Never stuffy, always a great variety of readers, this is a great entry point to the lit scene. Paula Bomer, Christy Crutchfield, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D. Mike Ingram, and Lillian Dunn at Tattooed Mom. Doors open at 7 p.m. and readings start at 8 p.m.

And mark your calendars for Friday, October 10. The Red Sofa Reading Series run by poet Hila Ratzabi at IndyHall is back for its one year anniversary. Bringing poetry to the geek crew on N3rd Street, this diverse lineup includes Patrick Rosal, Yolanda Wisher, and Chloe Martinez and is followed by a dance party with DJ Krishna! Plus wine, plus book signing, plus cupcakes by Whipped Bakeshop. Be there: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., IndyHall.