Asali Solomon Discusses Her New Novel DISGRUNTLED, February 3rd. Reception at 6:30 pm; Book Talk at 7:00 pm

  "What's childhood?  It's when you don't know things. What things? The things you learn in childhood. This paradox is the heartbeat of Asali Solomon's moving, tough-minded novel, which talks about all of it: family ties, highs and lows, pop culture, work, race, love, and all the other things that make up life."

--Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson 

Join us for the launch of Asali Solomon's debut novel Disgruntled.  Set in West Philadelphia in the 1980's, Disgruntled tells the story of Kenya Curtis, the daughter of Afrocentric parents, who is teased by her classmates for being "different."  The story follows Kenya from public school in West Philadelphia to private school in the suburbs, from childhood through adolescence, as she grows increasingly disgruntled by her inability to find any place or thing or person that feels like home.   

Book Talk -- Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal; February 6th, 12:30 p.m.


Join us for a discussion of Books that Cook with editors Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite, as well as contributors Howard Dinin and April Linder.


"A buffet of poems, stories, essays and recipes... Food lovers and cookbook collectors will savor this literary stew."

--Kirkus Reviews


"This delightful collection of prose, poetry, and essays, all introduced by excerpts from important American cookbooks dating back to the 1700s, explores the way food reflects and creates culture."

  --Ms. Magazine

POEM of the DAY

Thursday, January 29


Western Wind: An Ode


One's mother's brain's

like one of those egg sacs

that lists by slack waves of seaweed and gull-prints—

still speaking abundance—found washed up to rotting


wood of a trap

Trees without leaves and dogs without leashes

simmering wheels of company cars

The body's a hole through which other bodies move


-Julie Carr

from Sarah – Of Fragments and Lines


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