We love to work with and support all types of creatives.


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 two years, we held an astonishing 400 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 at We are currently booking virtual events for Fall 2021.

Upcoming Special Events

Witches' Circle (Online)

Join us for our virtual Witches’ Circle, an informal meetup to discuss any and all things magick, witchcraft, and wellness. Open to all.


Sunday, April 25th 5pm ET via Zoom


$5 entry


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


A Night of Poetry & Prose: Alessi, Huynh, & Mattison (Online)

Join us for an evening of poetry and prose in partnership with Mason Jar Press.


Thursday, May 6th 7pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation


Michael Alessi is the author of The Horribles (Greying Ghost) and Call a Body Home (Mason Jar Press). His work has recently appeared in NinthLetter, Passages North, The Pinch, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review and other journals. A native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he holds an MFA from Old Dominion University *and is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.


Lucian Mattison is a US-Argentinian poet and translator and author of two books of poetry, Reaper’s Milonga (YesYes Books, 2018) and Peregrine Nation (Dynamo Verlag, 2017), winner of the 2014 Dogfish Head PoetryPrize. He won the Puerto Del Sol Poetry Prize and has poetry, short fiction, and translations that appear in numerous journals including Catamaran, CutBank, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hobart, [PANK], The Offing, Sixth Finch, and have been featured on He is currently based out of the Bay Area and is an associate poetry editor for Barrelhouse.


Amanda Galvan Huynh (she/her) is a Mexican-American writer and educator from Texas. She is the author of Lotería (Sundress Publications, 2022), Songs of Brujería (Big Lucks, 2019) and Co-Editor of Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making: An Anthology of Essays on Transformative Poetics (The Operating System, 2019). Her writing has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and others. Currently, she is a doctoral student in English at theUniversity of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Community Drafts Open Mic (Online)

Join us for the VIRTUAL edition of Community Drafts, A Novel Idea’s monthly open mic. Open to artists of all genres. Performances will begin at 8pm. We ask all performers to keep performances to 5-7 minutes.


Friday, May 7th 8pm EST via Zoom


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


Suggested $5 donation. Free tickets are always available.


An Evening with Gina Nutt and Melanie Finn (Online)

Join us for an evening with Two Dollar Radio authors Gina Nutt and Melanie Finn.


Thursday, May 13th 7pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Gina Nutt is the author of the essay collection Night Rooms (Two Dollar Radio) and the poetry collection Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press). She earned her MFA from Syracuse University. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Joyland, Ninth Letter, and other publications.


Melanie Finn, author of Away From You (2004), The Gloaming (2016), The Underneath (2018), and The Hare (2021), was born and raised in Kenya and the US. The Gloaming was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, a finalist for the Vermont Book Award and The Guardian’s “Not the Booker” Prize. The writer and producer of the DisneyNature wildlife epic Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos, she is also the co-founder and director of the Tanzanian-based charity Natron Healthcare. She and her family live on a remote hill in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.


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Garden Days Story Time (Online)

Come celebrate the season in bloom safely together!


Join us for a special story time in honor of “Garden Days”, a verdant series of events as part of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Bloom Philly! celebration ahead of the Philadelphia Flower Show at nearby FDR Park in South Philadelphia.


We have a bunch of wonderful books all about spring, flowers, and Mother Nature.


Saturday, May 15th 11am ET


The story time is free to attend and will be via Facebook Live!

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