It’s Memorial weekend in the City of Brotherly Love. Do you have plans beyond a bar-b-cue with family and friends? For Lit Lovers, we’ve collected a few fun things to do and see this weekend and into June.

MAY

Friday May 26, 2017 Dear White People-Talkback & Discussion at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. Although this isn’t exactly a literary event, it’s being held at one of our favorite comics shops and it’s all about community building. Plus, it’s free! So, join the conversation. Buy a comic. Have Fun! The conversation gets going at 8:30pm. For more details, check here.

Library on Wheels

Come see the FLP book bike this weekend.

Saturday May 27, 2017 Beer, Books and Bikes: The Free Library of Philadelphia’s BookMobile will be visiting ‘Parks on Tap’ a traveling beer garden at the Boathouse at FDR park. You can get a book and a beer! How cool is that? And the weather forecast for Saturday looks rain free for the first part of the day, so this could be your one outdoor activity for the holiday weekend. The fun starts at 2pm. For more information check the FLP website. (P.S. The Free Library of Philadelphia will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.)

Monday May 29,  2017 Warrior Writers Bar-B-Que. This amazing organization that supports veterans through writing and the arts is hosting a Memorial Day Fundraiser in West Philly. The event is free and will feature food (but please bring sides to share), poetry readings and community building. You couldn’t ask for a better, more #Lit way to celebrate Memorial Day than this. For details and location, check the Warrior Writers website.

JUNE

#30DaysofGay at the Free Library of Philadelphia. In honor of Gay Pride Month, the Free Library has come up with thirty days of programming centered around LGBTQ themes. Events range from poetry readings to game nights to movies and are appeal to adults and teens and children. To read about the origins of this ambitious and exciting program, check out this interview with library organizers. To see the list of events, check the FLP website.

Friday June 3, 2017. The 2nd Annual Philly Lit Spelling Bee. Join Qwerty Philly and eight other local literary organizations compete for the title of Champion Speller. It could get ugly because, really, who in the age of spell-check knows how to spell anymore. But it’s all for a good cause. Sponsored by The Head & the Hand Press, and held at Johnny Brenda’s, all proceeds go to support the good work being done by Head & the Hand. Doors open at 7pm, The Bee gets buzzing at 8pm. For more information, click here.