Writers Workshop – From Words on a Page to a Book on the Shelf

The Bucks County Book Festival announces their annual Writers Workshop on September 24th, from 9am-12pm. This year’s event is led by two published authors who are also literary agents. The topics are perfecting your pitch and query skills, and, understanding the pros and cons of the many publishing options available today. It includes an hour-long,

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The Visible Woman

Why do we still not see black Americans as having a connection to the environment? illustration by Abayomi Louard-Moore Interview by Heather Shayne Blakeslee Carolyn Finney’s book “Black Faces, White Spaces” is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand all of the ways in which African-Americans have been prevented from owning, accessing and

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Madame Fromage delves into the world of craft cocktails

Photo by Jason Varney, courtesy of Running Press Spirited Away by Emily Kovach Tenaya Darlington is known for her work in cheese: She is the author of Di Bruno Brothers’ “House of Cheese” and writes the blog Madame Fromage, an online curd chronicle. Darlington, a Fishtown resident, has just released a drinks book, “The New

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New library-on-wheels makes its rounds

Photo by Marika Mirren Books on Bikes Children’s librarian Link Ross won’t shush you at her next event—she’ll be asking for your library card amid the hustle and bustle of a public park, riding her mobile library. “It sort of looks like an old-fashioned ice cream vehicle,” said Ross, who rode Philly’s first Book Bike

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With activist roots, House of Our Own is a bookstore for the people

Photo by Margo Reed Open House by Emily Kovach When you step into House of Our Own, you first notice the sheer quantity of books, and the echo of history in the space. It is indeed a house, squeezed between University of Pennsylvania fraternities on Spruce Street, resplendent with Victorian architecture details: high ceilings, arched

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Wooden Shoe collective runs on the energy of volunteers

Photo by Margo Reed Anarchist Book Nook by Emily Kovach You might not expect to find a radical bookstore among the pawn shops and window displays of sneakers and jewelry on South Street. But at 704 South, there it is: the storefront for Wooden Shoe Books and Records, an all-volunteer collective that’s been a mainstay

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Among Manayunk’s hilly streets, the Spiral Bookcase thrives

Photo by Margo Reed Kooky and Calm by Emily Kovach Ann Tetreault has always been a book lover. Her parents—both teachers—would frequently stop to peruse bookshops with their children, and Tetreault became a book collector at a young age. She studied literature in college and got her master’s degree in folk studies, going on to

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Comic Sans Condescension

by Emily Kovach Entering a comic book shop can feel intimidating. Will you encounter a peevish clerk, à la the Comic Book Guy on “The Simpsons,” already and always disappointed by your plebeian lack of knowledge on the finer points of the X-Men universe? Or will it be a male-dominated space, dismissive or unwelcoming to

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Paper Chase: Art torn from the pages of yesterday’s books

story by Liz PachecoTwo years ago, Liddy Russo challenged herself to craft gifts for friends and family without buying new materials. Her solution: Make paper ornaments from old book pages. The spherical origami was so well-received that she started a business, Made by Liddy, and began selling the pieces. “I think it’s really important

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