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Our beautiful bookstore - winter 2019

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, book clubs, and pay-what-you-can 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 events for Fall 2020.

Upcoming Special Events

Astro Academy Promo

Astro Academy (Online) SOLD OUT

Astro Academy: A 6-week workshop for beginners
With Amber Astronauta in partnership with A Novel Idea
Tuesdays June 2 – July 7

Cost: $175


Want to learn astrology but don’t know where to start? Want to learn how to read your birth chart and how to do readings for others? This class is for you! In this series, you’ll learn about the building blocks of astrology, how to access and interpret them in your own chart, and how to work with ongoing planetary transits in your day to day life. You’ll learn how astrology combines art and science as a tool for self-reflection, acceptance, and evolution. This class includes a workbook with everything you’ll need to get started, including reference material, worksheets, and recommendations for ongoing study.


This workshop will be held via Zoom. Limited to six students. Sold out!

Community Drafts Open Mic (Online)

Join us for the June VIRTUAL edition of Community Drafts Open Mic via Zoom. Open to artists of all genres. Performances will begin at 8pm EST, with a short intermission halfway through. We ask all performers to keep it to 5 minutes or under.


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


Friday, June 5th 8PM EST
This event will be hosted via Zoom.


Suggested $5 donation. Must register to participate.

Salon Promo

Tarot Salon: The Little Things (Online)

This month we’re discussing the little things – all those tiny little symbols + animals + shapes + colors that appear in the art of various tarot decks. Sometimes it’s not the human figure or other main symbol in the card that is the thing you relate to the most. Sometimes it’s the little things that stand out, make us think, and help us see things from a new perspective.



Tarot Salon is a casual, discussion-based workshop where you can learn something new, share your own experiences, and practice reading tarot with your friends and neighbors! Have a deck handy.
Sunday, June 7th 4-5:30PM via Zoom

Configuring the Jigsaw Collage: Writing Fractured Flash

Imagine a collage or a jigsaw puzzle. How their creators gather their fragments to construct a larger image. Many writers of Flash are doing the same with their narratives, fracturing their characters, time, and scenes. They take these vignettes—these pieces—and place them on the page, creating spectacular narratives where one moment is experienced by five different people. Where one moment takes seconds, months, or decades to explain.


In this workshop, participants will explore the techniques Flash writers utilize when compiling the pieces of their Fractured Flashes. Prompts will also be provided based on the day’s reading assignments to assist participants in writing their own fractured narratives. Led by K.B. Carle. This workshop will take place Friday, June 19th-Sunday, June 21st online via Canvas.


Cost: $110.00


K.B. Carle lives and writes outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the Associate Editor at Fractured Lit. and Editor at FlashBack Fiction. Her stories have appeared in CRAFT Literary, CHEAP POPJellyfish ReviewMilk Candy Review, and have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. She can be found online at or on Twitter @kbcarle.