Friday, March 26
8-10 a.m., Breakfast at White Dog Cafe:
"So, you want to Get Published?" ($$) (reservations:
call White Dog Cafe (215) 386-9224)
Learn about what publishers are looking for from Jennifer Worick and
Mary McGuire Ruggiero, Running Press Book Publishers, a publisher of non-fiction
trade books, including Daughters and Mothers, Georges Perrier-Le Bec-Fin
Recipes, Sisters, and the White Dog Cafe Cookbook.
10 a.m.-noon, Communities and Writers
(200 College Hall)
--Opening: Humanities Forum Director Wendy Steiner and SAS Dean Samuel
--Readings that address Philadelphia's diverse writing communities: political,
religious, ethnic, or non-conformist and "noir".
--Buzz Bissinger, Diana Cavallo, Christopher Looby, Diane McKinney-Whetstone,
Elisa New, Chaim Potok.
noon-2 p.m., Writing in Philly/Luncheon
(Palladium Restaurant) ($$) Reservations required. Tickets: $25. Call
--Philadelphia in song and in art
--Panel of writers discussing the role of Philadelphia in their work:
Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Murray Dubin, Steve Lopez, Signe Wilkinson.
2-4 p.m., Philadelphia in Film
(Logan Hall, Terrace Room)
--Film clips of Philadelphia
--Philadelphia's three cinematic identities: Historic Philadelphia,
Ethnic Neighborhoods, and the Main Line, presented by Jim English, John
Katz, Millicent Marcus.
--Philly Film directors: Jane Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio, Louis
Massiah, and M. Night Shyamalan.
4:15-5:30 p.m., Exhibition Opening and Book Signing (Rosenwald
Gallery, Van Pelt Library)
--Welcome: SAS Assoc.Dean Rebecca Bushnell
--Al Filreis on Kelly Writers House
--Reception and book signings by Philadelphia writers: Stephen Berg,
Carole Bernstein, Buzz Bissinger, Charles Blockson, David Bradley, Rebecca
Bushnell, Lorene Cary, Diana Cavallo, Peter Conn, Greg Djanikian, Murray
Dubin, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Paul Fussell, Farah Griffin, Paul Hendrickson,
Edward Hirsch, Daniel Hoffman, Kristin Hunter Lattany, Diane McKinney-Whetstone,
Bob Perelman, Charlotte Pierce-Baker, John Prendergast, John Richetti, Alan
Singer, Wendy Steiner, Susan Stewart, William F. Van Wert, Eleanor Wilner,
Michael Vitez, and Ben Yagoda.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Small Presses Dinner (Kelly Writers
--Short talks by area publishers: Beautiful Swimmer, Combo, CrossConnect,
pH, Philly Talks
8 p.m.-midnight, Interplay of Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry, 8-10
p.m. (Clef Club) ($$) Reservations required/seating limited. $10.
--Pianist Guthrie Ramsey and vocalist Audrey Smith-Bey
--Readings: Sonia Sanchez; Ntozake Shange
--Farah Griffin on Philly jazz and poetry
--Jazz performance by the Odean Pope Trio
Open Mike Poetry Jam hosted by Kelly Writers House 10-midnight,
8 p.m., The Chosen (by Chaim Potok; adapted for the stage by Chaim
Potok and Aaron Posner), Arden Theatre Company ($$) (Call (215) 922-1122
--Informal discussion w/Aaron Posner.
Saturday, March 27
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Philadelphia Readings and Exhibitions; exhibitions
of historical literary documents with continuous readings by Philadelphia
writers and scholars at sites throughout the city.
Free trolley transportation to each reading site will be provided compliments
of Philadelphia Trolley Works. Trolleys will stop every 15 minutes from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each reading site.
Library of the American Philosophical Society, 105 S.
Fifth Street (between Chestnut and Walnut-entrance on Library Street)
Non-fiction readings by:
--Paul Fussell (11 a.m.)
--Paul Hendrickson (11:30 a.m.)
--Joan Mellen (noon)
--Karen Rile (12:30 p.m.)
--Ben Yagoda (1 p.m.)
--Wendy Steiner (1:30 p.m.)
On Exhibit: Early Philadelphia Naturalists and Their Writings:
Works by John Bartram, William Bartram and Alexander Wilson.
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N. Seventh
Street (at Spring Garden)
--Short Video on Edgar Allen Poe (11 a.m.)
--Poe readings by:
- Daniel Hoffman (11:15 a.m.)
- Rebecca Bushnell (11:45 a.m.)
- John Prendergast (12:15 p.m.)
- Helen McKenna-Uff (1:15 p.m.)
--Historical tour of Poe's last and only surviving home in Philadelphia
On Exhibit: To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Poe's death,
first editions on loan from the Richmond Poe Museum.
Franklin Inn, 205 S. Camac Street (between Broad &
13th, near Locust)
Historical readings by:
-- Jerry McFadden (Introduction) (11 a.m)
--Christopher Looby (11:05 a.m.)
--Diana Cavallo (11:30 a.m.)
--John Richetti (noon)
--Eric Cheyfitz (12:30 p.m.)
--Michael Awkward (1 p.m.)
--Michael Vitez (1:30 p.m.)
On Display: Books by Philadelphia writers and illustrators who
have been members of the Franklin Inn.
Library Company of Philadelphia,
1314 Locust Street
Fiction readings by:
-Toby Olson (11:05 a.m.)
-Kristin Hunter Lattany (11:30 a.m.)
-Albert DiBartolomeo (noon)
--Alan Singer (12:30 p.m.)
--Diane McKinney-Whetstone (1 p.m.)
--William Van Wert (1:30 p.m.)
On Exhibit: The Literary Culture of Afro-Philadelphia: Books,
pamphlets, and manuscripts by Philadelphia African-American writers.
Street Meeting House, 1501 Cherry Street
Quaker readings by:
--Margaret Hope Bacon (11 a.m.)
--Nancy Bentley (11:30 a.m.)
--Richard Dunn (noon)
--Daniel Hoffman (12:30 p.m.)
--Peter Conn (1 p.m.)
--Janice L. Booker (1:30 p.m.)
Rosenbach Museum & Library,
2010 DeLancey Place
Poetry readings by:
--Susan Stewart (11:05 a.m.)
--Greg Djanikian (11:30 a.m.)
--Carole Bernstein (11:55 a.m.)
--Bob Perelman (12:15 p.m.)
--Rachel Blau Duplessis (12:40 p.m.)
--Herman Beavers (1:05 p.m.)
--Daniel Hoffman (1:30 p.m.)
On Exhibit: Benjamin Franklin's holograph manuscript of "Little
Bagatelle" (later known as "Story of a Whistle"); Franklin
imprints, including the only surviving copy of the first edition of Poor
Richard's Almanack for the year 1733; a contemporary manuscript poem on
the death of Franklin by Annis Boudinot Stockton; engraved portraits and
other images of Franklin.
Poor Richard's Walking Tours of Literary Philadelphia ($$): each
is a one-hour guided walking tour of literary Philadelphia; $5 donation.
11 a.m.-noon: Tour 1: Print Culture in Colonial Philadelphia
and the Early Republic; the intellectual history of the Quaker City
does not begin with novels and other literary endeavors, but rather the
broad sheets of Benjamin Franklin, the radical pamphlets of Thomas Paine,
and the political philosophy of Thomas Jefferson. Come spend an hour in
the 18th century city where coffeehouses really did breed revolution!
Begin: In front of the American Philosophical Society (105 S.
Fifth St.);End: At the American Philosophical Society.
Noon-1 p.m.: Tour 2: Literature and the Industrial
Metropolis; the 19th century saw an industrial revolution in print and
Philadelphia was at the center of it. This walk will head west from the
Independence Park district to explore the literary scene (including Edgar
Allan Poe, Amos Bronson Alcott, and James Fenimore Cooper) which followed
the advent of national circulation magazines.
Begin: In front of the American Philosophical Society; End:
At the Library Company of Philadelphia (Broad and Locust Streets).
1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Tour 3: The South Street Novels and
Post-Industrial Philadelphia; Philadelphia as a city of workers-and
their fates in the face of a withering manufacturing base-has been the subject
of many Philadelphia writers: from the academic, as seen in the sociological
studies of W.E.B. DuBois, to the muckraking, in Lincoln Steffens's Shame
of the Cities, to the literary, in the novels of David Bradley, Diane McKinney-Whetstone,
and Peter Dexter.Visit the settings and subjects of such socially-engaged
works as we discuss the plight of an aging industrial city.
Begin: In front of the Rosenbach Museum and Library; End: South
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Readings by emerging writers coordinated
by Kelly Writers House, at three Center City XandO locations:
- 235 S. 15th Street,
- 1128 Walnut Street, and
- 325 Chestnut Street.
2:30-4:30 p.m., Main Program, Free Library of Philadelphia
--Welcome: Mayor Ed Rendell
--Welcome: Elliot Shelkrot, Free Library
--Major Philadelphia writers read historical documents and their work:
John Edgar Wideman, David Bradley, Lorene Cary, C.K. Williams, Eleanor Wilner,
--Readings by winners of the Maurice English Foundation for Poetry Contest:
students in Philadelphlia high schools wrote about the city.
--Closing: Wendy Steiner, director, Penn Humanities Forum and the Richard
L. Fisher Professor and Chair of English