Events

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What we do.

We host a variety of events at A Novel Idea, from author readings and signings to workshops to book clubs and story times. In our first year, we held an astonishing 233 events! 70% of which were free or suggested donation. We have numerous events that run monthly, such as our open mic, three book clubs, and tarot salon. Our goal is to offer regular events to the community that are interesting and innovative. To stay up to date on A Novel Idea events, check out our calendar. If you’re interested in hosting an event, please reach out to us. We are currently booking virtual events for Winter 2021.

Upcoming Special Events

Witch 101 (Online)

Interested in witchcraft but don’t know where to begin? This 5-week course is perfect for you! Join us for the fall section of this popular course, where you will have the chance to learn about five types of divination–tarot, crystals and gems, herbs, candles, and moon magick–from five local experts. Each week will focus on a specific type of magick.

 

We will meet via Zoom.

 

$150 for all five sessions, $35 for individual sessions

Students receive 10% purchases at ANI.

 

The schedule will be as follows:

Sunday, September 20th 6-8pm EST – Candles 101 with Christina Rosso-Schneider

Sunday, September 27th 6-8pm EST – Tarot 101 with Janessa Jackson

Sunday, October 4th 6-8pm EST – Crystals 101 with Danielle Stimpson

Sunday, October 11th 6-8pm EST – Moon Magic with Amber Astronauta

Sunday, October 18th 6-8pm EST – Herbal 101 with Kim Geisler

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Visioning + Manifesting: A Self-Guided Vision Boarding Workshop

Getting clear on how you want to feel and what experiences you want to create is a sure-fire path to more joy, satisfaction and success. The first step is showing up to craft that vision. This guided workshop will mix learning + crafting to help you envision and manifest your best year yet!

 

This Self-Guided Workshop Includes :

– 5 Video Lessons
– Create + Manifest Workbook
– Lifetime Access to the Course

 

$25

 

In partnership with Meg Collier, Light Summoner & Life Coach.

 

This will be available through September for purchase.

An Evening with Alison Stine, Sejal Shah, & Maria Romasco Moore (Online)

Join us for a virtual reading to celebrate Alison Stine’s debut novel Road Out of Winter.

 

Tuesday, September 22nd 7pm EST via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation

 

Maira Romasco Moore is the author of Some Kind of Animal, a novel, and Ghostographs, an interconnected collection of flash fiction inspired by vintage photographs. Here stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lightspeed, DIAGRAM, Hobart, Interfictions, Kaleidotrope, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the anthology Women Destroy Science Fiction. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and has an MFA from Southern Illinois University. She teaches writing at Columbus College of Art and Design.

 

Sejal Shah is the author of the debut essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance (University of Georgia Press, 2020). Her stories and essays have appeared  in Brevity, Conjunctions, Guernica, the Kenyon Review Online, Literary Hub, Longreads, and The Rumpus. The recipient of a 2018 NYFA fellowship in fiction, Sejal recently completed a story collection and is at work on a memoir about mental health. She teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University and lives in Rochester, New York.

 

Alison Stine is the author of Road Out of Winter, a debut novel published by MIRA Books (HarperCollins), as well as five other books of poetry and short fiction, including Ohio Violence. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, and The Kenyon Review. Recipient of an NEA Fellowship and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she is partially deaf and works as a freelance journalist for The New York Times and other publications.

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An Evening with Sherry Parnell, Author of Let the Willows Weep (Online)

Join us for an evening with Sherry Parnell, author of Let the Willows Weep.

 

Saturday, September 26th 6pm EST via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation

 

A full-time writer and professor, Sherry Parnell is the author of Let the Willows Weep and Daughter of the Mountain, and regularly writes for Her View from Home, a website focused on the transitional moments of womanhood.

 

An alumnus of Dickinson College and West Chester University, Ms. Parnell lives with her husband and sons in the Philadelphia suburbs. She is currently working on her third novel.

September Witches' Circle (Online)

Join us for our virtual Witches’ Circle, an informal meetup to discuss any and all things magick, witchcraft, and wellness. We meet via Zoom!

 

Monday, September 28th 5:30pm EST

 

Suggested $5 donation. A handful of free tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Boat Burned Virtual Launch & Reading

Join us for the virtual launch of Kelly Grace Thomas’s debut collection, Boat Burned (YesYes Books, 2020) with featured readers: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Airea D. Matthews, Raena Shirali and Kelly Grace Thomas.

 

Tuesday, September 29th 7pm EST via Zoom

 

Boat Burned, explores what happens when we burn our boats and shows us why we must. It examines the relationships women are forced to vessel: to family, to faith, to femininity. The collection interrogates the ways we are taught to be women, recounts what the body carries, asks what happens when we outgrow the love and loyalties we are raised to obey. Boat Burned delves into themes of hunger, divorce, violence, and our relationship to our own bodies, as it reminds us we are every boat we have lived and every boat we have set ablaze in order to build anew.

https://www.kellygracethomas.com/shop/boatburned

Discovering Characters Workshop (Online)

In this workshop on character, students will practice creating dynamic and memorable characters. Whether you’re interested in traditional narrative, playwriting, or writing for TV, Discovering Characters will beef up your writer’s tool box through a series of exercises and dedicated lessons. During the 3-hour workshop, you will bring a character to life from your own existing drafts or build someone entirely new.

 

Thursday, October 1st 6-9pm EST via Zoom

Led by Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters

$40-50 sliding scale

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October Community Drafts Open Mic (Online)

Join us for the October VIRTUAL edition of Community Drafts Open Mic via Zoom. Open to artists of all genres. Performances will begin at 8pm, with a short intermission halfway through. We ask all performers to keep it to 5 minutes or under.

 

Friday, October 2nd 8pm EST

 

Signups will be taken care of at the beginning of the event.

 

Suggested $5 donation. A handful of free tickets are available.

 

This event will be hosted via Zoom. Register now!

Bring Now the Angels Virtual Book Launch & Reading

Join us for the virtual launch of Bring Now the Angels by Dilruba Ahmed. This event will also feature readings by Satya Nelms, Rebecca Davis, and Ross White.

 

Saturday, October 3rd at 6:30pm EST via Zoom!

Suggested $5 Donation

 

Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Bring Now the Angels (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press), won the Bakeless Prize.  Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martins), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Reviews EditorsAward, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf WritersConference. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Warren Wilson Colleges MFA Program for Writers.

Website: www.dilrubaahmed.com/

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Tarot Salon: The Hopeful Cards

Tarot Salon: The Hopeful Cards
Sunday, October 4 from 4-5:30pm EST via Zoom
$20

 

Tarot Salon is a casual, discussion-based workshop where you can learn something new, share your own experiences, and practice reading tarot with your friends and neighbors!

 

This month we’re talking about the hopeful cards. Those cards that everyone gets excited to pull because they seem to just exude positivity! We’ll look at the symbolism in these cards for clues about how to find joy and optimism when life gets dark. And we’ll discuss whether the happy cards are always about happiness and what other meaningful messages they might have to offer. Bring a deck if you’d like to practice with the group.

October Virtual Community Writing Group

Join us for Virtual Community Writing Group, a meetup for writers to discuss writing and get feedback on their work. The meetup will consist of time for freewriting based on prompts, reflection on the writing process, and informal peer review. Feel free to bring short pieces to workshop (1-2 poems, flash fiction, or short sections from a longer short story, essays, and novels (up to 1,000 words).

 

Tuesday, October 6th 7-9pm EST via Zoom

$10-20 sliding scale

Run by Christina-Rosso Schneider

 

*Registration closes 2 hours prior to the event.

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A Season of Loathsome Miracles Virtual Book Launch

Join us for the virtual launch of A Season of Loathsome Miracles by local author Max D. Stanton.

 

Friday, October 16th 7pm EST via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation

 

Max D. Stanton is an librarian, Dungeons & Dragons nerd, and morbid oddball who lives in West Philadelphia with his wonderful girlfriend and their two savage, unruly hounds. Max used to be a corporate attorney, but he chose a new way of life after an unexpected encounter with the Devil. A Season of Loathsome Miracles is his first short story collection.

 

Email us at books@anovelideaphilly.com to order your copy of A Season of Loathsome Miracles!