Bookish Events in Philadelphia: October 24th – 31st

Posted by Lillian Dunn

This week, the 215 Festival is in full swing. We've highlighted a few events here, but make sure to visit their site to get the full event listing. And not on the calendar, but very important for fall: take a stroll and buy a book from your local bookseller! It's book-curling-tea-sipping weather and you need the correct provisions.

Tonight, Friday, October 24, hit up the Literary Mixtape: 215 Fest Edition: a late-night reading in which people DJ books instead of music, sharing their top hits. Starring Allen Crawford, Kristine Kennedy of Philly Beer Week, and Julia Factorial. 10 p.m., Society Hill Society at 400 S 2nd St.

Saturday, October 25 is a busy day! Speaking for my Self: twelve women poets in their seventies and eighties brings a unique lineup of elder poets to read at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore at 2:00 p.m. That sounds amazing, go see it. And at 8:00 p.m. Sounds In A Gallery – featuring Shyster aka Mrs. Betty's Son offers an open mic, wine, music, social time, and performances by veteran Philly spoken word artist Shyster. At A Poets Art Gallery, 4032 W Girard Ave.

Sunday, October 26 is your last chance to see 215 Fest events for 2014. At 11:00 a.m. visit local publishers The Head & The Hand Press @ Headhouse Farmer's Market. The Head and the Hand began a Community Supported Publishing Program (a farm-share for books), and will be selling shares alongside farmers at Headhouse. For more on The Head & The Hand Press's CSP:

Also on Sunday, shameless plug: visit our Sunday Afternooner: APIARY Staff Reading & Audience-Participation Junk/Treasure Auction. Hear APIARY's staff read together for the first time! And bring white elephant stuff from your house to auction off to your fellow audience members in honor of APIARY's 5th anniversary fundraiser.

And close out the 215 Fest with another late-nite Last Call w/ Tara Murtha/Elizabeth Scanlon/Joey Sweeney/Mark McCloughan. 10 p.m., Society Hill Society at 400 S 2nd St.

On Monday, October 27, Richard Blanco, selected to write the poem for Barack Obama's second presidential election, reads at The Free Library of Philadelphia from The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood . 7:30 p.m., 19th and Vine.

You tired yet? Don't flag! On Tuesday, 10/28, enjoy The Art of Translation with distinguished authors Daniel Epstein, Mark Rudman, David Slavitt, and Taije Silverman at the Kelly Writers House. Readings from works in translation and a discussion of the craft.

See you next week, bookborgs!