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

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 7pm. We ask all performers to keep performances to 5-7 minutes.

 

Friday, August 6th 7pm EST 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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An Evening with Stacy D. Flood and Matthew Clark Davison (Online)

Join debut authors Stacy D. Flood (The Salt Fields, Lanternfish Press) and Matthew Clark Davison (Doubting Thomas, Bywater Books) in conversation on writing about painful parts of history, distance both literal and figurative in storytelling, and finding inspiration through artists in other disciplines.

 

Thursday, August 12th 7pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation

 

About the Authors

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 The Millay Colony of the Arts, and the recipient of a Getty Fellowship to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

 

Matthew Clark Davison’s debut novel, Doubting Thomas, will be published in Summer 2021 by Amble Press. He’s full-time faculty in Creative Writing at SFSU and creator and teacher of The Lab :: Writing Classes with MCD  a non-academic school started in 2007 in a friend’s living room. The textbook version of The Lab, co-authored by bestselling writer Alice LaPlante, will be published by Norton in 2022. His prose has been recently anthologized in Empty The Pews (Epiphany Publishing) and 580-Split; and published in or on Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Foglifter, Lumina Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Per Contra, Educe, and others; and has been recognized with a Creative Work Grant, Cultural Equities Grant, Clark Gross Award for a Novel-in-Progress, and a Stonewall Alumni Award. 

Reading Their Tales From Fiddler's Green (Online)

Join us for a virtual reading to celebrate Tales From Fiddler’s Green, Fiddler’s Green’s first collection of prose and verse, with an introduction by series editor Susan Redington Bobby and a foreword from Clint Marsh. Published in spring 2021 by Fiddler’s Green.

 

Saturday, August 14th 2pm ET via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation

 

Cassandra Solon Parry resides in London, England. At age seventeen her poetry received the commendation of former poet-laureates Andrew Motion and Jackie Kay in a London Metropolitan University competition. Since then her fiction has appeared in numerous places in print and online. Her gothic novelette,  The Paper Prince, can be found in the  Lost Love anthology published by Dragon Soul press. Cassandra also works as a songwriter and producer under the name Moth Rah. A song which she co-wrote and performed with the band Dream Giant is featured in the film  Supernova starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, released this year. Cassandra’s story  The Bone Handled Walking Stick is included in  Tales from Fiddlers Green. She is currently working on a collection of original fairy tales. More about Cassandra’s creative projects can be found at www.mothrahmusic.com and her instagram handle is @moth_rah.

 

Christina Rosso is a writer and bookstore owner living in South Philadelphia with her bearded husband and rescue pup. She is the author of SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications, 2020), a chapbook of feminist fairy tales. Her first full-length collection CREOLE CONJURE is forthcoming from Maudlin House. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. For more information, visit http://christina-rosso.com or find her on Twitter @Rosso_Christina.

 

Susan Redington Bobby is the series editor of Tales from Fiddler’s Green. She is a retired Associate Professor of English who specialized in teaching courses on fairy tales, magical realism, adolescent literature, the nature of reality, goddess archetypes, and creative writing. She is the author of Beyond His Dark Materials and the editor of Fairy Tales Reimagined and The Artemis Archetype in Popular Culture. She is the editor of a special issue of Humanities entitled “Confronting the Real in Fairy Tales”. She is a professional book editor, workshop leader, private tutor, consultant, indexer, and writer. She publishes fiction under the pen name Miranda Rey, and she is currently working on creating her own business as well as writing and revising a fairy tale trilogy that incorporates characters from mythology. She has written both an introductory essay and a short story for Tales from Fiddler’s Green.

 

Copies are available through A Novel Idea.

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An Evening with Gail Reitano & Kathy Curto (Online)

Join us for an evening with authors Gail Reitano and Kathy Curto, where they will read from and discuss their books.

 

Thursday, August 19th 7pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation

 

Gail Reitano grew up in the southern New Jersey Pine Barrens. She graduated from Rutgers University and lived in London for twelve years before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Her fiction, memoir and personal essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Catamaran Literary Reader, and Ovunque Siamo among others, and have been featured on public radio in the Bay Area. Italian Love Cake is her first novel.

 

Kathy Curto teaches at Montclair State University and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in the essay collection, Listen to Your Mother: What She SaidThen, What We’re Saying Now, and in The New York Times, Barrelhouse, La Voce di New York, Drift, Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo and Lumina. She has been the recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship,the Montclair State University Engaged Teaching Fellowship and also serves on the faculty of the JoePapaleo Writers’ Workshop in Cetara, Italy. Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their four children. This is her first book.

Unsettled Ground Book Club w/ Author Claire Fuller (Online)

Join us for the next General Fiction Book Club meetup where we’ll discuss Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller. We are so excited to announce that the author herself will join this virtual book club discussion!

 

Saturday, August 28th 1pm ET via Zoom

 

“What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant? What would you do to get it back?

 

Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Their rented cottage is simultaneously their armour against the world and their sanctuary. Inside its walls they make music, in its garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance.

 

But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. At risk of losing everything, Jeanie and her brother must fight to survive in an increasingly dangerous world as their mother’s secrets unfold, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.

 

This is a thrilling novel of resilience and hope, of love and survival, that explores with dazzling emotional power how the truths closest to us are often hardest to see.”

 

CW: death of a loved one, bullying

 

To participate, we ask that you either purchase the book from us or make a donation to the shop.

 

Register to receive the Zoom link the morning of the event.

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Poetry and Prose: A Reading and Conversation (Online)

Join us for an eclectic hour of poetry and prose. Adrienne Wallner, author of To the 4 a.m. Light, Gina Troisi, author of The Angle of Flickering Light, and Christine Tierny, author of chicken+lowercase=fleur will read and discuss poetry, prose, and process.

 

Thursday, September 9th 7pm ET via Zoom

Suggested $5 Donation

 

About the Authors

Gina Troisi is the author  the memoir, The Angle of Flickering Light (Vine Leaves Press, 2021). Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Fourth Genre, The Gettysburg Review, Fugue, Under the Sun, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, and elsewhere. Her stories and essays have been recognized as finalists in several national contests, including the 2020 Iron Horse.

 

Literary Review Trifecta Award in Fiction, the 2018 New Letters Publication Award in Fiction, American Literary Review’s Creative Nonfiction Contest, 2018, and others. She has taught classes and workshops in both traditional and nontraditional settings, including writing workshops for female adult survivors of sexual assault. She lives in coastal Maine.

 

Adrienne S. Wallner held a variety of positions including youth advocate, teacher, wilderness instructor, editor, National Park Ranger, marketing writer for a non-profit arts center, and contract grant writer. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and can be found in the Aurorean, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Straight Forward Poetry, Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living, Minerva Rising, New Verse News and elsewhere. Adrienne’s debut poetry collection To the 4 a.m. Light was recently released by Finishing Line Press. She lives and writes in the north woods of Wisconsin with her husband Derrick.

 

Christine Tierney has an MFA, a BA, a brand spanking new deodorant without aluminum and a new collection of poetry titled, chicken+lowercase=fleur. Her poetry and flash fiction has been nominated for awards, and published in fab places.

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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