Hey, Philly! The summer is heating up and so are the city’s literary offerings. Summer is the perfect time to #GetLit and not just with your beach reads. Philly has so much to offer word lovers, here’s some ideas to get you going.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017: Richard Russo is at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch talking about not one, but two of his latest titles, Trajectory and Everybody’s fool. Trajectory is a short-story collection, Everybody’s Fool is a novel. The talk starts at 7:30 and it is free and open to the public. BTW it’s another stellar week of author readings at FLP. Sherman Alexie is coming to talk about his new memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me on June 22, 2017.


Thursday, June 22, 2017: Samuel R. Delany Tribute presented by VONA Faculty Members. To honor the great Samuel Delany, the in-residence faculty members of the VONA workshop series will be offering a free public reading. Writers who will be presenting their work include, Junot Diaz, Patricia Smith, Faith Adiele and Marjorie Li!. We know, this is going to be totally #Lit! The best part is, it’s free! The event takes place on the University of Pennsylvania campus from 7 – 9p.m. For more information visit the VONA website.


Sunday, June 25, 2017: Apiary Presents their first Sanctuary Series Workshop with award-winning Philly poet, Warren Longmire. According to the invitation, the workshop series is: ” a set of site-specific, nomadic workshops where we’ll explore, discuss and generate work around our 9th print issue theme of Sanctuary.”  The hope is after participating in the workshop, folks will then have work to submit to Apiary. This tour/workshop begins outside the Divine Lorraine hotel at 3pm and participants will then be led through the area with Longmire who will provide writing prompts along the way. Participation is limited to 15. Cost: $10.


What do you have planned for this week? Share in the comments if you want others to know how you plan to get #Lit!