Philadelphia Book Fair

Here’s a list of events going on this week at the Philadelphia Book Fair. I’m going to try to make a few myself, with any luck. And here’s a link for other events later this week.

Harry Potter Film Festival: The Chamber of Secrets
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 3:30PM
Northeast Regional Library

This event will be held in the Meeting Room. For information, call 215-685-0512.

Northeast Regional Library | 2228 Cottman Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19149-1297

Drawing and Comics Workshop with Amy Ignatow | The Popularity Papers
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 4:00PM
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Local author Amy Ignatow is an illustrator and teacher with a storied past that includes stints as everything from farmer to air-brush body artist. Her bestselling debut novel, The Popularity Papers, follows fifth-grade best friends Julie and Lydia on their quest to become popular. At this special comics workshop, Ignatow will teach children the art of drawing comics, as well as discuss and sign her own work.

For additional event information, call 215-685-7424.

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library | 125 South 52nd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19139-3408

Poetry Writing & Dance Program with Barbara Tait
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 4:00PM
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

Come dance with us and express yourself writing poetry! Barbara Tait—a dancer, poet, and playwright—will present a poetry writing and dance program for children ages 7-11.

For additional event information, call 215-685-2150.

Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library | 68 West Chelten Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19144-2795

Music by MTM (Many Thoughts of Music) Band
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 5:45PM
Parkway Central Lobby

Featuring Eric Mabley on keyboard, Ron Starley on drums, and the Free Library’s own Alfred “Moe Joe” Moore on bass, Many Thoughts of Music is a gospel and jazz jam band that has performed throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. With a sophisticated and well-polished sound, these talented musicians get the crowd moving for a reliably good time. Find out more about them on their MySpace page.

Philadelphia Noir with Carlin Romano, Asali Solomon, Duane Swierczynski, and Jim Zervanos
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 6:00PM
Skyline Room

Deemed “corrupt and contented” by journalist Lincoln Steffens in 1903, the City of Brotherly Love’s underbelly is exposed in this anthology of brand-new crime stories by local authors. Part of Akashic Books’ award-winning series of original noir anthologies that started with Brooklyn Noir, Philadelphia Noir is “a collection enhanced by an unerring sense of place […] that will please the most discriminating lovers of the dark side,” according to a reviewer for Kirkus Reviews.

Critic-at-large for the Chronicle of Higher Education, editor Carlin Romano was a literary critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years. Asali Solomon is a West Philadelphia native who was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for her first book of short stories, Get Down. Duane Swierczynski is the former editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper, the author of several crime thrillers including Expiration Date and Severance Package, and a writer for Marvel Comics. Jim Zervanos is the author of the critically acclaimed novel LOVE Park.

Donald Bogle | Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7:30PM
Festival Main Stage

A professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, Donald Bogle is the foremost authority on African Americans in film. His books, which include Dorothy Dandridge; Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks; Primetime Blues; and Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams have won awards and wide critical acclaim. In Heat Wave, Bogle traces screen star Ethel Waters’ life from her childhood years of poverty in Chester, PA, to her success in Hollywood—where she became the second African American ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. Bogle recounts with detail her stint in black vaudeville, her turbulent personal life, and her hard-won success as a Broadway musical comedy and dramatic star.