If there is a highlight of the pandemic, it must be the moment it is created to dive into our playlists.
And while you may not be able to meet your book club or IRL reading friends anytime soon, The Citizen is proud to host an ongoing virtual book club, featuring some of the favorite established and emerging authors from Philly.
A few weeks ago, we hosted phenom Kiley Reid to talk about her first novel set in Philadelphia, Such a fun age. (If you missed it, you can see the recap here.)
In May, we’ll cover more great reads, in partnership with Head House Books:
Tuesday, May 12join us to hear Liz Moore as she reads and answers questions about long luminous river, his haunting novel about the opioid epidemic, which The Washington Post has described as an “extraordinary new mystery novel” and a “wonderful thriller.” Set in Kensington, it comes at a time when, even amid the pandemic, issues such as drug abuse, police corruption and safe injection sites continue to take center stage in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, May 20we will welcome author and podcaster Jo Piazza to talk about her political commitment, Charlotte Walsh likes to win, a novel set in Pennsylvania about a woman inspired to run for state senator after the 2016 presidential election – what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called a “timely and socially relevant feminist novel”. Piazza will also share some of the relationship advice she gleaned from her popular podcast, Committed– something we might need now more than ever.
And later in the month– stay tuned for more details – we’ll welcome Jennifer Weiner, best-selling author and New York Times contributor, to talk about her latest novel, great summer, which is already racking up rave reviews. The Washington Post said, “It’s deliciously fun: sparkling entertainment of surprising depth. […] It’s empowering and surprising – a reminder to put the phone down and enjoy every moment for what it is, rather than what it might look like on Instagram. Weiner, of course, doesn’t just launch bestselling books: she also helped spark the national conversation about the rightful place of women in literature.
All books are available from Head House Books. (Order early to ensure fast delivery.) And join us for a BYO dinner at one of these women-owned restaurants that deliver and take out.
Get ready to ask your questions to the authors and stay tuned for more upcoming book events.
We look forward to “seeing” you soon.