It’s not quite time for beach reads, but May in Philly is going to be all the way #Lit. From a literary festival just for kids, to the third annual Head & the Hand Spelling bee, there’s something for every word lover this month in Philadelphia!

May 1, 2018: Curtis Sittenfeld in Conversation with Jennifer Weiner at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch. Come hear novelist, Sittenfeld discuss her new short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It with Philly’s own, Jennifer Weiner. The conversation starts at 7:30pm and it’s free!

Come Cheer for Team Qwerty at this Grown-folks spelling bee!

May 4, 2018: The Third Annual Philly Lit Adult Spelling Bee. Sponsored by local indie publisher, The Head & the Hand, this grown-folks’ spelling bee pits the city’s literary organizations against one another in a contest of words. The event is a fundraiser for the Head & the Hand, but it’s also just a whole lot of fun and a great way to #GetLit on a Friday night. The Bee will be held this year at The Monkey Club from 7 – 9:30pm. We’re not biased or anything, but you should definitely cheer for Team Qwerty!

May 9, 2018: National Book Award Winner, Jesmyn Ward in Conversation with Kalela Williams. Ward will be on hand for an early afternoon discussion about her latest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. The event is free and it starts at noon, so maybe you can sneak out of work for a super #Lit lunch date. The talk starts at 12:00pm at the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library.

May 16, 2018: Creatives at the Cannery: This new reading series takes place at the Dock Street Cannery & Lounge (705 South 50th Street). The reading is curated by West Philly writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall and will showcase novelist Asali Solomon, translator Elisabeth Jaquette, and playwright/performer James Ijames. Doors open at 5pm and the reading begins at 7pm.

May 19, 2018: The 13th Annual Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore. It’s hard to believe this is the 13th year that this little indie bookstore has put on this amazing festival featuring local and national authors, interactive activities, a parade, and this year, a special visit (with photo ops) from Elephant & Piggie from the popular Mo Willems series. The festival runs all day from 10am – 5pm. For more information, visit the Big Blue Marble Website.

Finally, check out Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, the new cafe and bookstore founded by Philly native, Marc Lamont Hill. They are now hosting a regular children’s story time on Tuesday mornings and a Friday night film series. For the latest on upcoming events being held at the Germantown based hot spot, check the website and/or Facebook page.