Spring 2015 is bursting with literary events: readings, conferences, slams, panels, everything for people who like to read and write. Here is just a taste of what's up.
- Tirdad Derakhshani
Jan. 25, 2 p.m.: Charlie Hebdo Poetry Reading. Green Line Café, 4426 Locust St. Writers read their work in "solidarity and deep sympathy" for the staff of Charlie Hebdo and the people of Paris. Free. Information: 215-808-9607, or e-mail email@example.com
Jan. 26, 7 p.m.: The Orphan Trains: Documentary Screening and Discussion. Kicks off 2015's One Book, One Philadelphia series of local events centered on Christina Baker Kline's novel Orphan Train. National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Free. Information: 215-925-2800, www.libertymuseum.org.
Jan. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.: Poetry Potluck with East Falls 4th Wednesday Poets. Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave, East Falls. Each month, Peter Baroth and Courtney Bambrick welcome poets and writers to read, write, and eat cookies. Free. Information: 215-685-2093, www.freelibrary.org.
Feb. 4, 3:30-6:30 p.m.: Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement: Youth Poetry Workshops begin. 232 Vine St. Writing and performance workshops for youth 13-20, each Wednesday. Free. Registration required; online form available. Information: 267-908-4575, www.pypmphilly.org/event/wednesday- workshops-242015.
March 19, 7:30 p.m.: One Book, One Philadelphia Grand Finale, featuring Christina Baker Kline and Udi Bar-David. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Author Kline discusses Orphan Train, with music by cellist Bar-David, plus percussionist Rolando Morales Matos. Free. Information: 215-686-5322, www.freelibrary.org.
March 18, 7:30-9 p.m.: Creative Writing Program Reading Series: Allan Gurganus. Goodhart Music Room, Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and other novels. Free and open to the public. Information: 610-526–5210, www.brynmawr.edu/arts/cwprs.html.
April 2, 7:30 p.m.: T.C. Boyle, The Harder They Come. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. The prolific, much-praised author reads from his work. Free. Information: 215-567-4341, www.freelibrary.org.
April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: The Monday Poets series at the Free Library: Kasey Jueds and Teresa Leo. Room 108, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Two winning, and award-winning, Philly poets. Free. Information: 215-686-5322, www.freelibrary.org.
April 21, 7:30 p.m.: Freeman Dyson, Dreams of Earth and Sky. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. The eminent physicist and essayist reads from his work. Tickets: $15; $7 students. Information: 215-686-5322, www.freelibrary.org.