STEAK OF THE UNION: Photographer Dominic Episcopo signing copies of his book Meat America is but one of about a billion book-related events coming up this month.
Our cup runneth so over with lit-related events this week that we couldn’t come close to fitting them all into the Agenda section — but we tried. Check over there for more on the Jane Austen Festival (Fri., Oct. 11) and documentaries on Maurice Sendak and Where the Wild Things Are (Sun., Oct. 13), plus advice from the ghost of Ernest Hemingway. Now, here’s what we couldn’t fit:
Vox Populi is hosting Paper Weight (Thu., Oct. 10, 6 p.m., voxpopuligallery.org), at talk on artist books followed by a pop-up shop of the same. 2013 National Magazine Award finalist Jay Kirk will be at the Kelly Writers House to read “Bartok’s Monster” (Tue., Oct. 15, 6 p.m.), an excerpt just published in Harper’s from his upcoming book detailing his gonzo quest for the Hungarian composer. Down the block at the Rotunda, the Philly Zine Fest (Sat., Oct. 12, phillyzinefest.com) has dozens of tables lined up.
If you’re in the Gayborhood for Outfest this Sunday, stop by Giovanni’s Room (345 S. 12th St., giovannisroom.com). The LGBTQ bookstore, a neighborhood staple for 40 years, will close if nobody buys it by mid-January.
As part of DesignPhiladelphia (through Oct. 18, designphiladelphia.org), Charles Dagit Jr. will read from his new biography, Louis I. Kahn: Architect, at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (Tue., Oct. 12, 2 p.m.). (Because we’re philistines, the title reminds us less of famed Philadelphia Modernist Kahn than the “Ted Mosby, Architect” episode of How I Met Your Mother.) And Dominic Episcopo will be at Ristorante Panorama signing Meat America (Thu., Oct 10, 6 p.m.), a collection of his photographs of meat molded into the shapes of states and American imagery.
It’s technically next weekend, but we have to mention the upcoming 215 Festival (Oct. 17-20, 215festival.org) — don’t miss the kickoff, the smut-tastic Nicholson Baker’s reading at the Free Library (Thu., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.) and his appearance later that evening on T.J. Kong’s lit-focused local talk show Writers Night in America at Underground Arts. There’s a typewriter orchestra performance at Passyunk’s Singing Fountain with Neal Pollack (Sat., Oct. 19, 1 p.m.) and the always-silly librarian-DJed Bibliodiscotheque in Fishtown (Fri., Oct. 18, 9:30 p.m.). Last, Hidden City’s Nathaniel Popkin will be reading from his new book Lion and Leopard, coming out next month, at the 215 with former CP-er Katherine Hill at Circle of Hope (Fri., Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m.) and later this month at PAFA — a key setting in the book (Wed., Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.).
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