Bookish Events in Philadelphia: September 6th – 12th

Posted by Lillian Dunn

Ah, early September. When the cicadas buzz like jukebox dancers at last call, the lattes all turn pumpkin, and the world gets back to business. In addition to enjoying great Philly readings, it's time to get register for workshops and literary good deeds for the year. Your bookish events for September 6-12. 

This Saturday, September 6, sci-fi and horror heads should get to Big Blue Marble Books in Mount Airy for "An Evening of Thrills, Chills, and Diabolical Lobster Aliens" with notable sci-fi authors James Morrow and Daryl Gregory. Reading is at 7:00 p.m., but Big Blue is petite so get there early (and buy some of their beautiful books).  

On Sunday, September 7, turn stanzas into bonanzas with POETRY247 Presents: Moving On Up (From Hobby to Source of Income) – A Workshop For Poets. Discuss how poets can began to generate income from their poetry by booking paying gigs and selling books and other products. 3:00 p.m., Old Pine Community Center.

But first, you got to have a book to sell! On Monday, September 8, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz (author of the new Dr. Mutter's Marvel's about our very own morbid hometown hero) tells us how to Turn Your Big Idea Into A Book at the Kelly Writer's House, 6:00 p.m. 

On Tuesday, September 9, Mighty Writers West and Mighty Writers South hold their volunteer orientations. Want to mentor a young writer? Help with homework — and writing comic books? Swing by from 6-8 p.m.

With fall comes baseball! Get in the spirit on Wednesday, September 10, with Poetry @ Fergie's Pub with poet Kevin Varrone, whose most recent project is  box score: an autobiography, a free, interactive baseball and poetry app for iPhone and iPad. 7 p.m.

On Thursday, September 11, Kelly Writer's House continues a great early streak with African Voices: TJ Dema and Gabeba Baderoon. Meet the woman who started spoken word in Botswana and a writer who explores the Muslim experience in South Africa. 6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe. 

Are you an aspiring writer as well as avid reader? This could be your fall. On Friday, September 12, register for one of the many high-caliber fiction, poetry, memoir or publishing workshops at Musehouse, a new center for the literary arts. 

This weekly event roundup is brought to you by Quirk Books and APIARY Magazine. Check in every Friday to find literary events happening in your area throughout the week.