Here’s a sampling of what’s going down in Philly this week in the world of words. The Free Library is on fire this week. You may just want to camp out so you don’t miss any of their great offerings. Take your pick and get your #LitFix.

P.S. If you know of an event going down this week that you want to tell us about, post it in the comments below. Thanks!

On Saturday June 3, Indie publisher,  The Head & the Hand Press hosts their 2nd Annual Philly Lit Spelling Bee fundraiser at Johnny Brendas. Sure the Scripps National Spelling Bee just happened, but there’s more spelling competition to be had, right here in Philadelphia, when the city’s most intrepid literary organizations go head-to-head for the title of Philadelphia spelling champs. And yes, Qwerty Philly is competing. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 7pm. The Bee starts at 8pm.


On Monday June 5, Philly native and well-known wordsmith, Janet Benton will be in conversation with Sam Katz to discuss her riveting new novel, Lilli De Jong. The book is set in 19th century Philadelphia and follows the journey of an unwed Quaker mother trying to make a life for herself and her infant daughter. The event is free and begins at 7:30pm at the Parkway Central Library.


On Thursday June 8, Breakout author Yaa Gyasi will be at the Free Library to discuss her award-winning debut novel, Homegoing.  The novel is an epic saga that follows the lives and descendants of two West African sisters. Gyasi will be in conversation with Jamaican author Kei Miller. The event is free and begins at 7:30 at the Parkway Central Library.


On Friday June 9, The Fuze Poetry Slam featuring Youssef Kromah kicks off the summer’s poetry events. Expect an “amazing night of poetry” with open mic, slam poetry, and work from special guest Youssef Kromah who will be sharing work from his new book, Woke. Sign ups for the mic start at 8pm. Admission is $10. The event takes place at Studio 34 Yoga in West Philly.