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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


A Novel Idea Presents: Mason Jar Press Virtual Reading

Join us for an evening with Mason Jar Press. Featuring readings by Elizabeth Deanna Morris Lakes, Malka Older, and Justin Sanders.


Thursday, October 22nd 6pm EST
Via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Elizabeth Deanna Morris Lakes was born in Harrisburg, PA and has a BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA from George Mason University. Her book, Ashley Sugarnotch & the Wolf, is out from Mason Jar Press. She has appeared in Always Crashing, The Rumpus, Cartridge Lit, Crab Fat Magazine, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She is the blog editor of The Rupture. She is one of two buds on The Smug Buds podcast.


Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and sociologist. Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is the creator of the serial Ninth Step Station, currently running on Serial Box, and her short story collection And Other Disasters came out in November 2019. She is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and her opinions can be found in The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and NBC THINK, among other places.


Justin Sanders is a ghost from Baltimore and the author of for all the other ghosts. His words have appeared most recently in American Short Fiction and on the city’s walls.

She is a Beast: Socially Distanced Reading & Book Signing

Join us on Saturday, October 24th at noon for a socially distanced reading of SHE IS A BEAST and book signing with Christina Rosso-Schneider. The event will take place at Le Virtù’s outdoor patio. All guests must purchase* tickets in advance and wear masks for the entirety of the event.


The event will be limited to 25 guests.

*Suggested Donation/Pay-What-You-Can.

Copies of SHE IS A BEAST will be available to purchase at the event. $18.00 Plus Tax.


SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications) is an illustrated collection of feminist fairy tales about women reclaiming their stories and finding agency by embracing their beastly natures. In their wildness they find freedom. The book is handmade outside of Baltimore, MD.


Christina Rosso-Schneider lives and writes in South Philadelphia with her rescue pup, Atticus Finch, and bearded husband, Alex, where they run an independent bookstore and event space called A Novel Idea on Passyunk. She received an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Arcadia University in 2016. Her debut chapbook, SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications), was released in May 2020. CREOLE CONJURE, her first full-length collection, is forthcoming from Maudlin House. Her fiction and nonfiction work centers around gender, sexuality, and fairy tales, and has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.

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Samhain Yoga & Meditation (Online)

Join us for an evening of reflection and release as we celebrate Samhain, also known as the Witches’ New Year. A Novel Idea on Passyunk is partnering with Sea Glass Healing Arts to present a virtual event combining mindfulness, vinyasa flow yoga class, and guided mediation.


We will meet via Zoom. The link will be shared the day of the event. Suggested $10 Donation. Led by Christina Rosso-Schneider, co-owner of A Novel Idea, and Meghan Collier and Michael Delsine, founders of Sea Glass Healing Arts.



Christina will talk briefly about the history of Samhain before leading the group in a short mindfulness exercise focused on what we’ve harvested this season and what we want to release moving forward. Meghan will do a Full Moon vinyasa flow that invokes deeper connection to ourselves so that we may better connect to our ancestors while the veil is thin. Michael will close the evening with a reading of The Raven.



A yoga mat, blocks or towels if you have them, a candle (optional)



A Novel Idea on Passyunk is a community-minded bookstore and event space in South Philadelphia, owned by Alexander Schneider and Christina Rosso-Schneider. We opened in December 2018 with the goal of creating and fostering a space of diversity and inclusivity, while helping people fall in love with books for the first or millionth time. We host hundreds of events each year, many of which partner with small businesses and local educators and artists.


Sea Glass Healing Arts was birthed out of a need for an all-inclusive space that focuses on body positive, accessible yoga for all bodies, abilities, and experience levels. Meghan & Michael were both looking for a place like this and couldn’t find one. So they decided to create their own…


​We envision a space that serves all people, where we can provide resources in a body-positive way, empowering our clients through the services of yoga, Reiki, meditation, support groups, and therapy. As proud members of the LGBTQIA+ family, we are creating a community that accepts everyone from all walks of life. It’s important to us to integrate elements of magick and connection to mind, body, soul, and spirit, especially to those folx who live in a place of disconnection with their bodies. If you feel unseen, unheard, or unsafe, you will find a home at Sea Glass Healing Arts.

October 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!

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


Please make sure your name on Zoom matches the name you register with. We will only let in those on the list.

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Potions, Poltergeists, & Prose: A Halloween Reading (Online)

Join us for a virtual evening of haunting poetry and prose. Featuring Madeline Anthes, Maura Lee Bee, K.B. Carle, Shannon Frost Greenstein, Ash Miranda, Christina Rosso, Kailey Tedesco, and Lauren D. Woods. Costumes suggested!


Friday, October 30th 7pm EST via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation

Proceeds will go to the readers

Changing East Passyunk: Re-examining the Logo (Online)

The murder of George Floyd has prompted widespread conversations about racial injustice throughout the country, and Philadelphia is no exception. Philadelphians have taken to the streets to protest the oppression that has dominated our history. One object of focus has been the Christopher Columbus statue in Marconi Plaza. Though now boxed up, it continues to idolize colonization and cultural erasure in South Philadelphia.


Less than a mile away, along the commercial corridor of East Passyunk, a stereotypical image of a Native American in a Western Plains headdress appears on telephone poles, street signs, and manhole covers. This example of cultural appropriation is not a single occurrence. Join us for a discussion examining issues of erasure and gentrification, and their roots in settler colonialism, in this neighborhood.


Touching on the themes of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia selection There There by Tommy Orange, this event will feature a change-based conversation with Steve Burton, a member of the Ramapough and the New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs; Pastor John Norwood, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Judge and former Tribal Councilman and author of We Are Still Here; and Adam Leiter, Executive Director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District.


Thursday, November 5th 7:30pm EST via Zoom


To receive the Zoom link, register below!


Community Drafts Open Mic (Online)

Join us for the November 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, November 6th 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!

Resurrecting Your Ghosts: How to Make Haunting Flash (Online)

This workshop with flash author Madeline Anthes will highlight the idea of resonance, one of the key components to flash fiction and nonfiction. Through readings and exercises, this workshop will use memories and emotions as a springboard for creating haunting flash.


Sunday, November 8th 12-2pm via Zoom

$15-25 sliding scale

50% of proceeds going to the Okra Project


Madeline Anthes is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. Recently, she won the Barren Magazine Flash Fiction Award, had an Editor’s Choice pick in CRAFT Magazine‘s flash fiction contest, and was a finalist for the SmokeLong Quarterly flash fiction award. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and her flash has been longlisted for Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions. She is the Assistant Editor of Lost Balloon and her first collection, Now We Haunt This Home Together, was published in May, 2020.


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An Evening with James McCrone, Author of Emergency Powers (Online)

Join us for an evening with James McCrone, Author of Emergency Powers.


Thursday, November 12th 7pm EST via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation



James McCrone is the author of the Imogen Trager series—Faithless Elector, Dark Network, and the new Emergency Powers —“taut” and “gripping” political thrillers with a ripped-from-the-headlines urgency, so “chillingly real, you pray it’s not” – featuring FBI Agent Imogen Trager, a strong character who’s “as tough as she is smart.”


He’s a member of the The Mystery Writers of America, International Association of Crime Writers, International Thriller Writers, Independent Book Publishers Assoc., Philadelphia Dramatists Center and the Sisters in Crime network. James has an MFA from the University of Washington. A Pacific Northwest native, he lives in South Philadelphia with his wife and three children.


You can learn more at


Advance praise for Emergency Powers:
“McCrone’s research and political insight are an intriguing backdrop…Great for fans of David Baldacci and Brad Meltzer.” –Publishers Weekly


FBI Agent Imogen Trager is “a memorable protagonist—as tough as she is smart.” Emergency Powers “has a highly cinematic quality to it, with plenty of action along the way.” —Kirkus Review


“His ability to portray a heroine who makes both good and bad decisions…is well-done, providing action-packed and unexpected moments throughout.” — Midwest Book Review


“McCrone has written a high-stakes political thriller that feels so chillingly true, you pray it’s not.”
— TOM STRAW, Seven-time NYT bestselling author, (writing as Richard Castle)

Story Time with Dr. Susan Nicholas (Online)

Join us for a virtual storytime with Dr. Susan Nicholas, where she’ll read her book The Death of Cupcake: A Child’s Experience with Loss.


Saturday, November 14th 11am via Zoom


Susan Nicholas, MD is the Founder and CEO of the Human Consciousness Consortium Publishing and She is a three-time author of conscious books for adults and children, a Reiki energy healer, international speaker, podcast host and conscious life coach.


Dr. Nicholas is a physician and surgeon who after a conscious awakening, transitioned her life into soul healing work. Today, she is a telepathic medical intuitive, energy healer and an international and TEDx speaker on The Frequency of Money®. As the founder of the Human Consciousness Consortium Publishing, Dr. Nicholas is the author of The Duality of Being: Perspectives from Multidimensional Travel, Two Parts of Me: I Am More Than My Body, and The Death of Cupcake: A Child’s Experience with Loss. Susan can also be found hosting her Be Conscious® Podcast. Her diverse work has a common thread which is to awaken humanity to consciousness. Dr. Nicholas is a featured guest on nationally syndicated radio and podcasts internationally.


Susan is a thought leader on human consciousness and is often found contemplating the interplay of essence and form. She is a French language and culture enthusiast, and in her free time can be found organic baking, swimming, and exploring magnificence in nature.

She and her son are currently based in Atlanta, GA.

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Tarot Salon: New Moon Ritual (Online)

Tarot Salon: New Moon Ritual


Sunday, November 15th 4-5:30pm EST via Zoom



This month Tarot Salon falls on the New Moon in Scorpio, so we’ll be working with The Moon and Death cards. We’ll create our own New Moon spread and set intentions together for the upcoming lunar cycle using the tarot as a guide.

Re-Imagining Myths Workshop (Online)

In this virtual class, we will look at several re-imagined myths by contemporary writers and discuss how the authors have changed the centuries-old tales of gods and monsters. We will do several generative writing exercises, looking at how changing various aspects of a myth can shape it into something new. The class will culminate in working toward creating our own re-imagined myths. This workshop is open to both poet and fiction writers. All writing levels are welcome. Led by Christina Rosso-Schneider.


Tuesday, November 17th 7-9:30pm EST via Zoom



Christina Rosso-Schneider lives and writes in South Philadelphia with her rescue pup, Atticus Finch, and bearded husband, Alex, where they run an independent bookstore and event space called A Novel Idea on Passyunk. She received an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Arcadia University in 2016. Her debut chapbook, SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications), was released in May 2020. CREOLE CONJURE, her first full-length collection, is forthcoming from Maudlin House. Her fiction and nonfiction work centers around gender, sexuality, and fairy tales, and has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Learn more at