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 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 We are temporarily closed to event requests.

Upcoming Special Events


Christina Rosso In-Conversation with Kimberly White (Online)

Join us for an evening with authors Kimberly White and Christina Rosso, who will be read from and discuss their latest books.


Saturday, January 22nd 7pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Kimberly White‘s poetry has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Cream City Review, Skidrow Penthouse, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of four chapbooks: Penelope, A Reachable Tibet, The Daily Diaries of Death, and Letters to a Dead Man; as well as two other novels: Bandy’s Restola, and Hotel Tarantula. She also dabbles in collage art and photography, and spends most of her time in Northern California with her pens and papers and massive collection of Tarot decks.


Christina Rosso (she/her) is a writer and bookstore owner living outside of Philadelphia with her bearded husband and rescue pup.In 2016, she received her MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Arcadia University. She is the author of CREOLE CONJURE (Maudlin House, 2021) and SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications, 2020). Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. For more information, visit or find her on Twitter @Rosso_Christina.


Community Drafts Open Mic (Online)

Community Drafts is back and on a new night! Join us for the February edition of Community Drafts, A Novel Idea’s monthly open mic. Open to artists of all genres. Performances will begin at 7pm. We ask all performers to keep performances to 5-7 minutes.


Wednesday, February 2nd 7pm ET via Zoom


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


Suggested $5 donation. Free tickets are always available.

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Mindie Barnett In-Conversation with Jenice Armstrong (Online)

Join us for an evening with author Mindie Barnett, who will be in conversation with editor Jenice Armstrong. They will discuss Mindie’s book latest book You Don’t Need to Be a Bitch to Be a Boss and issues of women competing.


Thursday, February 3rd 7:30pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation


After ten years working as a television news reporter and anchor within the Philadelphia, and New York regions – among other cities – Mindie Barnett decided to use her knowledge and experience in the media to help propel businesses and position companies as thought-leaders. Barnett founded MB and Associates in 2003 and swiftly garnered a great deal of clients in a short amount of time. Because of her vast knowledge of the news business and strong ties with key members of the media – both on the local and national levels – MB and Associates was able to achieve rapid results and obtain countless press opportunities for clients. Due to these attributes, Mindie Barnett is now one of the nation’s most sought-after and respected publicists.

Mindie has worked as an anchor/reporter at various television outlets including NBC 10, Cablevision’s News 12 New Jersey, TSM 24-Hour News, NBC in Louisiana and NBC in Illinois. Mindie Barnett’s public relations credits include landing clients’ opportunities on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Inside EditionLive with Kelly, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Anderson Cooper, In Touch Magazine, US Weekly, InStyle MagazineUSA Today and MSNBC, among numerous regional inclusions. Barnett was named “Business Owner of the Year,” by the South Jersey chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Her firm has won “Best PR Firm” by South Jersey Biz Magazine, two years in a row.

Mindie spearheads her public relations and social media firm and is also the author of the self-help memoir “Intermission,” a keynote speaker, host of “The Race for the Ring” podcast and on-air contributor. She lives in Voorhees, New Jersey and in New York City with her two children and lovable pups Max and Parker.



Jenice Armstrong is a newspaper columnist with more than 25 years of experience writing for such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, the Washington Post, The Associated Press (Washington bureau), and the Rochester Times-Union. An award-winning writer, she also has had extensive experience making local TV and radio appearances as well.

Armstrong arrived in Philadelphia in 1991 and covered banking before moving on to tackle the city’s burgeoning hospitality and gaming industries. Her biggest story at the time came after she discovered that city officials knew that the city’s much ballyhooed $500-plus million convention center was too small and the building hadn’t even opened yet. She later was tapped to head the paper’s business department and eventually gravitated to the city section where she worked as an assistant city editor before becoming a columnist.

As of Jan. 3, her column can be found on and on the opinion pages. Her commentary covers everything from City Hall to crime to national topics. Before COVID, she was happiest when she wasn’t in the newsroom but out in Philly’s diverse neighborhoods connecting with people and reporting on stories that otherwise wouldn’t get told. She’s known for her blunt honesty and bravery in speaking out against social injustice.

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An Evening w/ Jillian Cantor, Author of Beautiful Little Fools (Online)

Join us for an evening with Jillian Cantor, who will be in conversation with Brenda Janowitz.


Monday, February 7th 6pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is the author of award-winning and bestselling novels for teens and adults, including The Hours Count, Margot, The Lost Letter, In Another Time, and Half Life. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.


Brenda Janowitz is the author of six novels, including THE GRACE KELLY DRESS. Her seventh novel, THE LIZ TAYLOR RING, will be published by Harper Collins/ Graydon House on February 1, 2022. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, The Sunday Times (UK), Salon, Redbook, USA Today, Bustle, The Forward, the New York Post, Publisher’s Weekly, Hello Giggles, Writer’s Digest Magazine,, and xojane. She is the former Books Correspondent for PopSugar.


All But True: Louis Greenstein & Sam Gridley (Online)

The February 2022 edition of All But True features two comical books of fiction about people of deep faith—whether that faith is spiritual or political or both. All But True readings are sponsored by the bookstore A Novel Idea on Passyunk. During the pandemic, events are online and require preregistration. Find the link at the store’s Events page:, or call (267) 764-1202.


Thursday, February 10th 6:30pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Louis Greenstein’s novel The Song of Life is a comedy about suffering and forgiveness. When 24-year-old Margaret Holly gets hit on the head with the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, she is propelled on a seven-year spiritual odyssey. Meanwhile, far away and long ago, the legendary warrior Arjuna prepares for the chariot ride with Krishna chronicled in the Gita. At the end of the novel, Margaret’s and Arjuna’s worlds collide in an unexpected twist.


“Sparkling with insight . . . a wholly original, deeply felt novel”—Robin Black, author of Life Drawing


“a humorous, profound, effortlessly narrated page-turner”—Michael Cocchiarale, author of None of the Above


In The Bourgeois Anarchist, a novella by Sam Gridley, Susie Alioto is a 66-year-old radical whose beliefs have never wavered, though her life is now middle-class. When a rally turns violent, Susie is drawn into a mysterious intrigue involving angry activists and devious capitalists, gentrification, arson, even mobsters. To complicate matters, she stumbles into a romance with a man of dubious reliability. Meanwhile, her son, an apolitical math geek, adds an offbeat and comic perspective on her cherished principles and inconsistent actions.


“an engrossing tale of an aging pacifist’s struggle to live her ideals”—Alan Drew, author of Shadow Man and Gardens of Water


“Susie is an irresistible force. . . . She carries the baggage of years of living and experience with almost reckless, youthful abandon.”—Ellen Prentiss Campbell, writing in Tiferet

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An Evening with Gerald Easter & Mara Vorhees (Online)

In September 1771, the Dutch merchant ship Vrouw Maria was bound for St Petersburg, Russia, filled with paintings for the art collection of the Empress Catherine the Great, when a violent squall sent the ship and her cargo to the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Two and a half centuries later, the Vrouw Maria has been found and her cargo is intact. But standing in the way of a salvage is 41 meters of icy water and an international controversy over ownership and archeological practices. Authors Gerald Easter and Mara Vorhees present their book, THE TSARINA’S LOST TREASURE Catherine the Great, A Golden Age Masterpiece and A Legendary Shipwreck, guaranteed to include lively discussions of art, history, shipwrecks, archeology, and adventure.


Tuesday, February 15th 6:30pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation


Gerald Easter and Mara Vorhees are a husband-wife team with a combined 40 years of experience traveling, researching and writing, mostly about Russia. Gerald Easter is a professor at Boston College who has been teaches and writes about Russian politics and history. Mara Vorhees is a travel writer who has contributed to more than 40 Lonely Planet guidebook editions to destinations around the world, including Russia and Finland.