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The "All But True" series of fiction readings is now being curated and hosted by the Working Writers Group, the collection of slightly demented folk who form our editorial board.
Begun in 2011 at Musehouse in northwest Philly, "All But True" has presented many well-known Philadelphia-area authors, such as Robin Black, Ken Kalfus, Beth Kephart, Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Liz Moore, Daniel Torday, and Lisa Zeidner -- and a few writers from out of town as well.
Since Musehouse closed earlier this year, the series has moved to Mighty Writers West, the West Philly branch of a citywide organization dedicated to encouraging children and teens to write. "All But True" is also linking up with the "Second Fridays on Lancaster" series of cultural events, which includes jazz, film, and art openings along the Lancaster Avenue corridor.
WWG members will select the readers and host the events. Here are the first two in the new season:
Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.: novels about siblings in crisis: Featuring Stephanie Feldman, author of The Angel of Losses, and Tom Mendicino, author of The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter.
Friday, November 11, 7:00 p.m., a program of "speculative fiction": Featuring Lawrence M. Schoen, author of several novels, most recently Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard, and Fran Wilde, whose novel Cloudbound, second in her Bone Universe series, will be hot off the presses.
At each event the authors will read from their works, discuss them with the audience, and stay around to autograph copies afterward. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. The series is free and open to all.
The address of Mighty Writers West is 3861 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104. In other words, it's right there:
Vibrant Margins, a new subscription service for readers interested in novels from independent presses, has just announced its inaugural season, Spring 2017. Our own Mr. Boardwalk is the June selection, of which we're very proud, but the list has an even more interesting characteristic. Of the six monthly choices, for January through June, three are from Philadelphia publishers. And we're not stretching the geography either: all are located near the city center, less than three miles from one another.
So, this year, Philly has given us great independently published fiction. New York, the supposed literary center of the country if not the universe, has given us two presidential candidates.
The question, then: Which city had the better year? Which would you personally rather have, the fiction or the reality?
Just sayin'. No disrespect, NYC.