Digging Out and Getting Out, the Literary Edition: March 3 – March 9

March 3, 2014 Uncategorized 0

StoryCrush

Today, the first Monday in March, brought with it yet more snow. I can only be thankful that it was less than predicted. It must mean that there is hope for a life after winter in the mid-Atlantic. Let’s hope that this month proves the old adage, you know the one about the lion and the lamb?

First up is a reminder that I will be leading a discussion of Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers at Main Point Books on Thursday, March 6 @ 1:00 pm. All opinions are welcome. FYI, the March selection for the Maint Point book group is A Long Way From Verona by Jane Gardam which will be discussed March 27 @ 7pm and April 2 @ 1pm.

Onto this week’s event round-up:

Monday, March 3

Story Crush Tour | Robyn Schneider, Katie Cotugno, Melissa C. Kantor, Courtney C. Stevens, and Lauren Oliver
Barnes & Noble
The Court @ Oxford Valley
210 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-269-0442
Cost: Free
7:00pm

This is a pretty impressive group of YA authors to catch at one time. I love that publishers have started to put together these collective tours for complementary authors in the YA universe. It’s a great way to leverage the online fandom that is so active in this corner of the publishing world.

Multiple Authors | Death Knell V
Location: Chester County Book Company, 967 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA
Cost: Free
7:00 pm

Per Goodreads:

A collection of mystery stories –psychological suspense, historical mystery, paranormal, humorous, horror. Longtime favorite novelists, like Charles Todd and Robin Hathaway, as well as those just beginning to make their mark–J.D. Shaw, Augustus Cileone, and Kathleen Heady, among others–but also, many fresh new voices, in print for the first time. The settings take you to three continents.

When I first posted a link to this past Saturday’s iteration of this event, I didn’t realize I know one of the authors — Gus Cileone. He’s smart, thoughtful and extraordinarily nice. I haven’t yet had the chance to read any of his work, but if his contributions to discussions at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute are any indication, it’s going worth checking out!

Monday Poets | Lamont Dixon and Thomas Devaney
Location: Free Library, Central Library
Cost: Free
6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 4

Dr. Lawrence Cohen | The Opposite of Worry
Location: Main Point Books
Cost: Free
1:00 pm

Rebecca Goldstein | Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away
Location: Free Library, Central Library
Cost: Free
7:30 pm

Sharon Kay Penman | A King’s Ransom
Location: Chester County Book Company, 967 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA
Cost: Free
7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 5

Martin Amis | Reading and Signing
Haverford College, Founder’s Great Hall
7:30 pm

Haverford isn’t as active in bringing literary guests to campus as is its consortium partner Bryn Mawr. Still, when H’ford gets literary, they do it in a big way. Love Amis or hate him, this should be an interesting show.

I’m looking forward to climbing the steps in the center of campus for the first time since the early 1980s. I’m hoping the resurgence of dark and deeply buried memories won’t distract me too much front the event at hand.

Thursday, March 6

Helen Oyeyemi | Boy, Snow, Bird with Okey Ndibe | Foreign Gods, Inc.
Location: Free Library, Central Library
Cost: Free
7:30 pm

A chance to hear Helen Oyeyemi talk about her entrancing and mythic new book? I’m getting there early. Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods, Inc. is no slouch of a book either. This should be wonderful and it’s free. No excuses for missing this one (for me that is, you may have a perfectly valid excuse, but I hope lots of people turn out).

Diane Jacobs | Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters
Location: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South 6th St
Cost: Free
5:30 pm

Saturday, March 8

Robin Ellis | Healthy Eating for Life
Location: Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Free
2:00 pm

For any of you who lived through the 1970s and spent Sunday evenings watching Masterpiece Theatre, you already know Robin Ellis. You may not remember his name, but you remember Captain Ross Poldark.

I loved Poldark with a passion in my teens and re-watched the first series several years ago on my computer while in Maine and was relieved to find it is still fabulous. I even re-read the first book in the Poldark sequence and have books two and three somewhere around her in the teetering TBR piles. Meantime, it looks like the BBC is planning a 2015 series reboot with Irish actor Aidan Turner in the lead. I hope it is a great as the first version — I may have to reconnect our cable TV for this.

Who knew Ellis was a cookbook author and blogger?

Lisa Loeb | Ambassador Dogs
Location: Wellington Square Bookshop, 549 Wellington Square
Eagleview Town Centre, Exton, PA
Cost: Free
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Sunday, March 9

Matty Dalrymple | The Sense of Death
Location: Wellington Square Bookshop, 549 Wellington Square
Eagleview Town Centre, Exton, PA
Cost: Free
Time: 1:30 pm

Lisa Loeb | Ambassador Dogs
Location: Main Point Books, 1041 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00 pm

Dogs Welcome!!

Have fun and enjoy your snow day if you have one!

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