Past Events

Poetry Is Not a Luxury: "Hagar Before/After the Occupation"

23 May 19:00 - 21:00 23 May 19:00 - 21:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
In Poetry Is Not a Luxury we use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we focus on a different book and discuss poetry as poets do. We...   More info

Miriam Seidel, The Speed of Clouds

24 May 19:00 - 21:00 24 May 19:00 - 21:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Fandom Celebration Thursday! Costumes welcome as we help launch Miriam Seidel's loving ode to fanfic, The Speed of Clouds. The Speed of Clouds is a deep dive into fandom at the...   More info

Drum-Taps: a Memorial Day Community Read

28 May 18:00 - 20:00 28 May 18:00 - 20:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
May 31st is the 199th Anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth, and we're marking that at Big Blue Marble with two separate events. On Memorial Day, May 28th, we'll be doing a...   More info

Patchwork Storytelling Guild

02 Jun 13:00 - 15:00 02 Jun 13:00 - 15:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Join members of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild for a monthly Story Swap come to share a story, to learn story telling, or just to listen and enjoy! The members of Patchwork: A...   More info

Leaves of Grass Community Read at Awbury Arboretum

03 Jun 14:00 - 18:00 03 Jun 14:00 - 18:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass For our 2nd annual Whitman Community Read, we'll be moving to the beautiful grounds of Germantown's Awbury Arboretum...   More info

Woke & Well-Read: Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

19 Jun 19:00 - 20 Jun 21:00 19 Jun 19:00 - 20 Jun 21:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Jamila Latham's Woke & Well-Read meets the third week every month after attendance at the first meeting overfilled the space, the club is now meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday...   More info

Poetry Is Not a Luxury: "Night Sky with Exit Wounds"

27 Jun 19:00 - 21:00 27 Jun 19:00 - 21:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
The June selection for Poetry Is Not a Luxury is Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds a haunting and fearless debut, which walks a tightrope of historic and personal violences...   More info

Woke & Well-Read: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

17 Jul 19:00 - 18 Jul 21:00 17 Jul 19:00 - 18 Jul 21:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Jamila Latham's Woke & Well-Read meets the third week every month after attendance at the first meeting overfilled the space, the club is now meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday...   More info

Poetry Is Not a Luxury: "Driving Without a License"

25 Jul 19:00 - 21:00 25 Jul 19:00 - 21:00 - Philadelphia Philadelphia
Big Blue Marble Bookstore Big Blue Marble Bookstore
The July selection for Poetry Is Not a Luxury is Janine Joseph's Driving Without a License. In this debut collection, an undocumented Filipina-American discovers present-day...   More info


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