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Get ready to metabolize Citywide Specials and great new writing at a much faster rate: Philly's many reading series are back in swing.

100 years ago, an entrepreneurial family started Snockey's Oyster & Crab House in South Philly. Today, one of their descendants is a poet who hosts readings at the historic restaurant! Do not miss the poems this Saturday (or the chowder).  Frank O'Hara's Last Lover #11 :: Maxe Crandall, Anna Maria Hong and Jason Zuzga September 13, 7:30 p.m.

Or check out the tightly curated Jubilant Thicket reading series on Sunday, September 14. Emily Abendroth is a new Pew fellow; Charles O'Hay's humor is darker than espresso spilled on Philly asphalt. Head House Books, 5:00 p.m.

On Monday, September 15, start your day off by checking out the Poem of the Day at the Penn Book Center website.

Storytellers, two for you. On Wednesday, September 17, laugh along with Tell Me a Story, an evening of true, funny tales at Shot Tower Coffee hosted by comedian & Moth StorySlam winner Hillary Rea. 

And on Thursday, September 18, the excellent TireFire reading series showcases local fiction writers at Tattooed Mom's. Get inspired and tipsy in one of Mom's bumper cars, 7:00 p.m

If bumper cars are not your speed, enjoy deals at the wonderful West Philly book purveyors Bindlestiff Books! They'll be at the Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll with specially discounted children's and adult books. September 18, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

We love hearing about great new bookish events, so e-mail tips to info@apiarymagazine.com

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APIARY