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 storytimes. 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 and three 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. We are temporarily closed to event requests.

Upcoming Special Events

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Novella Panel (Online)

Explore the novella with four authors whose work spans the potential of the form. Moderated by Stacy D. Flood, a Seattle-area author and playwright who teaches the Art of the Novella course for Hugo House, this panel will explore innovative structures in novella writing, how form can shape material, and the advantages of the novella for authors and readers alike. This event is in partnership with Lanternfish Press.

 

Featuring:
Kayla Chenault, These Bones
Jayinee Basu, The City of Folding Faces
Jessica Lévai, The Night Library of Sternendach

 

Tuesday, September 21st 7pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation

 

Originally from Buffalo, and currently living in Seattle, Stacy D. Flood‘s work has been published nationally, and performed on stages nationwide as well as in the Puget Sound Area. He has been a DISQUIET scholar in Lisbon, an artist-in-residence at Millay Arts, and the recipient of a Getty Fellowship to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

 

Kayla Chenault is a practitioner of Black Girl Magic and holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University. When she is not writing, Kayla is found at the museums where she works or telling everybody about the history of popular music and social dance. She is a former line editor and contributing writer for Cecile’s Writers. Her previous work can be found in The Blue Pages Journal and Honey and Lime literary magazine.

 

Born in Kolkata and based in Oakland, Jayinee Basu is the author of a book of poems entitled Asuras (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2014). She has written about art, illness, and science for a variety of publications, and her work has been translated into Spanish and Bengali. She has aided research on neurodegenerative disorders, co-authored papers on traumatic brain injury, and is an advocate for structural competency in medical education.

 

Jessica Lévai has loved stories and storytellers for as long as she can remember. After a PhD in Egyptology and eight years as a professor of Anthropology, she dedicated herself to writing full time. She lives near Boston with her husband and two kids.

Monstrous Love with Jessica Lévai and Matthew Vesely (Online)

Love brings out the best—and the worst—in all of us. Join The Night Library of Sternendach author Jessica Lévai and Elegy for the Undead author Matthew Vesely for an evening of conversation on monsters, metaphors, and the love stories that change us.

 

Tuesday, September 28th 7pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation

 

About the Authors

 

Jessica Lévai has loved stories and storytellers for as long as she can remember. After a PhD in Egyptology and eight years as a professor of Anthropology, she dedicated herself to writing full time. She lives near Boston with her husband and two kids.

 

Matthew Vesely collects ironies. Usually, he’s scribbling in his journal while somber music plays in the dark. But, when you meet him, he’s more likely to be giddy talking about new books, reality TV, or dogs. Striving to portray real queer experiences through the lens of fiction, he lives, works, and writes in the Philadelphia area.

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An Evening with Andrew Katz and Melanie Moyer (Online)

How does science fiction and fantasy explore what makes us human with characters who simply aren’t? Join The Original Glitch author Melanie Moyer and The Vampire Gideon’s Suicide Hotline and Halfway House for Orphaned Girls author Andrew Katz in conversation about writing human-adjacent characters in very human situations.

 

Wednesday, October 6th 7pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation

 

About the Authors


Melanie Moyer is a Philly-based author and space lover. Her debut novel was published in 2018. Her short work has been published in Philadelphia StoriesGhost Parachute, and others. She enjoys staring at the night sky, making food, and petting the nearest cat. Go birds.

 

Andrew Katz, when not reading and writing fiction, enjoys puppers and doggos, black coffee, disc golf, and writing bios that read like poorly made dating profiles. He is also the proud owner of several paintings that he painted himself and now hides from the world because they’re bad. He lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.