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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 storytimes. In our first three years, we held an astonishing 600 events! 70% of which were free or suggested donation. We have numerous events that run monthly, such as our open mic and two book clubs. 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 events@anovelideaphilly.com. Our books are currently closed to event requests. We will reopen sometime this winter for Spring 2023 events.

Upcoming Special Events

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Tarot Readings with Marguerite (In-Person)

Tarot is a window into the soul. Feeling Blocked?
Seeking Guidance? Tarot can help you find the way.
Book a reading with Marguerite Recupero in-person or via video chat.
$30 for 30 minutes.

 

Sundays, February 19th & 26th 12-3pm at A Novel Idea on Passyunk

 

Marguerite is a Death Doula, Tarot Reader, and Writer. As an extension of her work with the Tarot, in 2021, she became a certified Death Doula through the Conscious Dying Institute. Her work with Death and Tarot is largely based in the Mundane as she seeks to destigmatize what is often seen as the mystical. She hosts a podcast, called Death Becomes Tarot, where she discusses each tarot card through this Mundane lens to help people deal with the Changes of Life. 2023 marks her ten-year anniversary of her Tarot Journey. For more information about her work, visit her website: wickedwitchywriter.com

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Witch's Salon: Glamour Magic for Self-Love (In-Person)

The media often focuses on romantic love during the month of February, but what about self-love? Join word witch Christina Rosso-Schneider for an hour-long discussion about how to use glamour magic for self-love.


Glamour magic is “using your aura or appearance to change the energies around you to achieve the outcome you desire.”  To put it more simply, it’s about shifting how others see you and/or how you see yourself in order to manifest your intentions. Glamour magic can boost your confidence and manifest your intentions by highlighting both your inner and outer beauty.

 

This offering will include
– an overview of what glamour magic is
– how to practice glamour magic
– a guided meditation and journaling about our relationship with the self + what we want to manifest
– group brainstorm activity for how to such glamour magic in our practices

Sunday, February 19th 4-5pm at A Novel Idea on Passyunk
*Masks optional!

 

Investment
$10-20 sliding scale/pay-what-you-can

 

This offering is a part of Witch’s Salon, our series of bi-monthly talks on witchcraft, ritual, and community. Each talk will run for about 60 minutes and include a lecture, time for questions, and an activity or ritual of some kind. Think of these as little introductions to a topic.

 

About the Instructor

Christina Rosso-Schneider (she/they) lives, writes, and conjures outside of Philadelphia with her two rescue pups and bearded husband. Together, they run an independent bookstore and event space called A Novel Idea on Passyunk. In 2016, Christina received an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English from Arcadia University. She is the author of CREOLE CONJURE (Maudlin House) and SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications). Their fiction and nonfiction work centers around gender, sexuality, fairy tales, and the occult, and has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. She is represented by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency. When Christina isn’t writing or working at the bookstore, they lead various writing and occult-based workshops.

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All But True: Ona Gritz and Kimberly Behre Kenna (Online)

Join us for the February All But True, Sisters and Seekers: Two Brand-New Middle Grade Novels with authors Ona Gritz and Kimberly Behre Kenna. All But True readings are curated by the Working Writers Group and sponsored by the bookstore A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

 

In Ona Gritz’s third book for young readers, August or Forever, ten-year-old Molly has always loved having a sister. Unfortunately, her older half-sister Alison lives on a whole other continent. Their video chats are great, and Molly is thrilled when Alison’s handwritten letters arrive in the mail like surprise gifts. Still, it’s not enough, not compared to what other siblings have. So when Molly finds out that Alison is finally coming to visit over the summer, she devises a plan she’s sure will get her sister to stay. But then Alison arrives with plans of her own, a fragile heart gets broken, and Molly stumbles upon a painful piece of her sister’s past. Molly has always loved having a sister, but this is the August when she’ll learn what it really means to be one.

 

Wednesday, February 22nd 6:30 pm ET via Zoom

*Suggested $5 Donation

 

“What a beautiful novel about sisterhood, about art, about hearts broken and hearts mended. August or Forever will forever chime inside my own heart.”

—Gayle Brandeis, author of My Life with the Lincolns

 

“Ten-year-old Molly is a narrator in whom young readers will surely see themselves, with her longings, foibles, and authentic voice.”

— Caren Lissner, author of Carrie Pilby

 

“As she learns to share her parents—and her bedroom—during an extended summer visit with Alison, Molly’s voice remains charming despite her flaws. Filled with a cast of well-drawn characters and settings, Gritz’s novel is an insightful read.”

—Laura Shovan, author of Takedown and, with Saadia Faruqi, A Place at the Table

 

In Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade, the debut novel from Kimberly Behre Kenna, 12-year-old Artemis Sparke gets fed up with humans. For relief, she heads to the nearby salt marsh to hang out with the birds, plants and mollusks who don’t make a big deal of her stutter. One day, she sees from the data in her science journal that the salt marsh is dying, and she discovers that the historic hotel where she lives with her mom may be part of the problem. But speaking up would mean confronting the cranky hotel owner who happens to be her mom’s boyfriend and boss. As Artemis conjures up help from deceased ecologists, she finds family secrets that could both save the marsh and destroy her life as she knows it.

 

“Warning: Artemis Sparke is pure energy! Equal parts ecologist, artist, scientist and historian, Art had me riding her tailwind on her mission to protect the delicate salt marsh of Long Island Sound. And, oh my, the stakes are high—environmentally and personally! Kenna’s well-crafted debut is a timely gift.”

—Leslie Connor, National Book Award finalist, author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle and Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?

 

“Handling mature issues (including divorce, parental alcoholism, and near-death experiences) with tact, Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade is a commanding novel with a powerful environmental message.”

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

 

Part of the proceeds from sales of Artemis Sparke will be donated to Save the Sound, an organization dedicated to protecting the Long Island Sound.

 

About the Authors

Ona Gritz is the author of two previous children’s books including Tangerines and Tea and My Grandparents and Me, a Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Alphabet Book of the Year and Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine Teacher’s Pick. Her essays and poems have been published widely. Recent honors include two Notable mentions in The Best American Essays, a winning entry in The Poetry Archive Now: Wordview 2020 project, and two 2021 Pushcart nominations. Her website is onagritz.com.

 

Kimberly Behre Kenna grew up on the Connecticut shoreline, where she spent much of her childhood outdoors exploring the waters and beaches of Long Island Sound. As a former teacher, she enjoyed writing plays with her students about historic ecologists and then resurrecting them on stage to solve present-day problems. Now, as a writer, she gets to daydream daily about stories that celebrate brave kids finding voice in nature. Visit her at kimberlybehrekenna.com.

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Community Drafts Open Mic (In-Person)

Join us for Community Drafts, A Novel Idea’s open mic. Open to artists of all genres. We hope you’ll join us.

 

Performances will begin at 6:30pm. We ask all performers to keep performances to 5-7 minutes or less.

 

Wednesday, March 1st 6:30pm at A Novel Idea

 

Signups will be taken care of at the beginning of the event. Suggested $5 donation. Free tickets are always available.

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TWEAKERWORLD: Jason Yamas in conversation with Rebecca Spiegel (In-Person)

Join us for an evening with authors Jason Yamas and Rebecca Spiegel, in celebration of Yamas’s memoir TWEAKERWORLD.

 

Friday, March 10th 7pm at A Novel Idea on Passyunk

*Suggested $5 Donation

 

Meet Jason: a college-educated documentary film producer, cat parent of two and one of San Francisco’s top drug dealers.

 

After Jason’s world falls apart in LA, he moves to Berkeley for a fresh start with his kid brother. Just one problem: his long-closeted Adderall addiction has exploded into an out-of-control crystal meth binge. Within weeks, Jason plunges into the sprawling Party n’ ’Play (PnP) subculture of the Bay Area’s gay community. It is a wildly decadent scene of drugs, group sex, and criminals, and yet it is also filled with surprising characters, people who are continually subverting Jason’s own assumptions of the stereotypical tweaker.

 

Soon Jason becomes a dealer on the pretense of researching this tweaker world for a project that will carry him, like a life raft, back to the shores of a normal life. But his friendly entrepreneurial spirit and trusting disposition disarm clients and rival dealers alike. The money begins to roll in as demand increases to frightening levels. Suddenly, Jason is in control of the entire crystal meth market for San Francisco’s gay community, even as he finds himself nodding off behind the wheel of his car or walking down the sidewalk. As friends and family work frantically to steer him towards recovery, Jason resists, chasing something else: a sleepless nirvana fueled by sex, drugs, and the Tweakerworld.

 

With painful honesty, Jason Yamas has crafted a landmark narrative that is not just a personal account of addiction, but a portrait of a vulnerable, largely undocumented community of people who, for many reasons, have been marginalized to the point of invisibility.

 

About the Authors

Jason Yamas is a queer writer producer, director, and actor. With the publication of Tweakerworld, he intends to shine a bright light on the worsening epidemic of crystal meth in the LGBTQ+ community. He holds a BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and is currently working on his first novel. You can find him on Instagram @jasonyamas. He lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Laura Usselman at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency.

 

Rebecca Spiegel is a writer and teacher who lives in South Philly. She holds an MFA from UNC-Wilmington and her memoir, Without Her, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions (2024).