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Pop Sonnets Summer Jams: “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett

If your summer has been nothing but blowing out flip flops, and stepping on pop tops, it looks like you could use a trip to Margaritaville. 

Posted by Erik Didriksen

Pop Sonnets Summer Jams: “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

"Summer, summer, summertiiiiiiiime. Time to sit back and unwind."

It's Pop Sonnets author Erik Didriksen back with another Shakespearean sonnet inspired by a classic summer jam. Hope you can make it to our barbeque starting at four. 

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Pop Sonnets Summer Jams: “Dancing In the Street”

To celebrate the heydays and heat waves of summer, Pop Sonnets author Erik Didriksen will debut a weekly Shakespearean sonnet inspired by a classic summer jam. Today, we're wondering if you're even ready for the brand new beat? Because "summer's here and the time is right…"

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Pop Sonnets Summer Jams: LFO’s Summer Girls

For the next few weeks, Pop Sonnets author Erik Didriksen will debut a weekly Shakespearean sonnet inspired by a classic summer jam. To kick the series off, we're taking it back to the '90s, when "New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits…"  


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Bookish Events in Philadelphia: October 18th – 24th

One of the pleasures of writing the Bookish Event report is the tour through this city's amazing literary venues. This week we wend through a radical community center, a private club for writers, and a place called The Shambles! Enjoy the earlier dusks, reddening leaves, and the return of the 215 Festival, among other seasonal joys.

On Saturday, October 18, from 2-10 p.m., you can help spread the bookish love to incarcerated folks in the Mid Atlantic region at the Fundraiser for Books Through Bars at Lavaspace. Get a t-shirt screen-printed, hear performances by local authors and musicians, and give to an important cause.  4134 Lancaster Ave,

Have you ever been to the Pen and Pencil Club, secret Rittenhouse lair of Philly journalists? No? Ok, then go to the Pen and Pencil Poetry Reading on Sunday, October 19, featuring Philly faves Anne-Adele Wight, Ryan Eckes and Sidney Hunt Coffin. The oldest bartender in the world will serve you a mean cheesesteak if you ask nicely. 8 p.m., 1522 Latimer St.

Posted by Lillian Dunn

City of Bookishly Love: Philly Literary Events, May 25th – 31st

Every week there are workshops, readings, parties and other exciting literary events taking place all over Philly. For those of you planning to spend the next week holed up in a dark room reading, here are some opportunities to get out of the house and experience Philly’s diverse and lively book culture:  

On Sunday the 25th, Angie Bowie will be reading from her book Pop.Sex at Tattooed Mom. Read more about the book and the event here. Release party to follow!

On Tuesday the 27th, Wooden Shoe is hosting You Can’t Kill A Poet, a reading bringing queer Philly poets together to share and celebrate their work.

Poets Michelle Castleberry and Hila Ratzabi will be reading together at Big Blue Marble on Thursday the 29th. Check out Big Blue Marble’s events page to read about all of the readings they’re hosting this coming week.

At the Kelly Writers’ House on Friday the 30th, Lynn Levin’s Creative Writing Class and Greg Djanikian’s Poetry Writing class will both be giving readings. Check the KWH calendar for both of these readings in the Arts Café.

Also on Friday the 30th, there will be a Hands-on tour of some mainstays of the works of Charles Dickens at the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Posted by Stephen Piccarella