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You may recall our recent cover story on the history of the 215 literary festival and Philebrity's attempts to revive it this year. At the time, the full schedule wasn't set in stone, but we just got tipped off that all the events taking place over the long, Thursday-starting weekend of Nov. 1-4 are now up at the 215 website. The big lit names are still Jon Ronson, John Hodgman, Buzz Bissinger, Starlee Kine, and other people we mentioned in the story, but there's a lot more music and art stuff on the bil now, including Lushlife, Spinto Band and some Vox Populi stuff.
We kind of want that obnoxious yenta partial credit for the fact that festival founder Neal Pollack is now on the bill — he didn't even know it was happening when we called him up. And we actually have visual proof:
(Important note: Jewball is Pollack's new Philly-set book, though without the context that statement is funnier.) Also, Madeline, the 14-year-old daughter of one of the founders who featured in the story, is indeed partially curating an event! Aww!
Full lineup after the jump...
Note: Events, authors, performers and especially pop-up reading locations will be announced right up to the Festival’s start.
Thursday Nov. 1:
7pm: 215 Festival Kickoff Reading, unveiling of The Mural Arts Mobile Campfire and Opening Remarks by Buzz Bissinger, author of Father’s Day, Friday Night Lights and A Prayer For The City, more TBA. Location TBA.
9pm: Ladies Night Balkan Party w/ West Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring: This American Life’s Starlee Kine, Anna Goldfarb, author of Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through, comedienne Juliet Hope Wayne, and more. Plus: The World Debut of Literary Speed Dating! At Underground Arts.
Friday Nov. 2:
7pm: The Mural Arts Mobile Campfire reading with Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare At Goats and Lost At Sea, and more TBA. Location TBA.
10pm: John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders featuring Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dean & Britta, The Spinto Band, Doogie Horner, and more. At Underground Arts. [BUY TICKETS NOW]
Saturday Nov. 3:
9am: Yoga with Neal Pollack. Location TBA.
12pm: Brunch event with Brendan Newnam of American Public Media’s Dinner Party Download at The Trestle Inn.
12pm-6pm: Lovingly Bound Book & Record Fair. At Underground Arts.
12pm-6pm: YA Saturday! Featuring all-day readings by Young Adult readers and the Mighty Writers kids, curated by Elisa Ludwig and Maddie Richardson Graham. At Underground Arts’ Side Theater Space.
4pm: Pines screening and reading with filmmaker David Kessler and poet/author/illustrator Lord Whimsy. At PhilaMOCA.
7pm: The Mural Arts Mobile Campfire reading with J. Robert Lennon, author of Familiar, Erik Bader, author of Cherry Hill, and more TBA. Location TBA.
9pm-2am: Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party & 215 Festival Music Showcase, to benefit Mighty Writers. Featuring: Lushlife (Western Vinyl), Light Heat (Domino Recordings), Lily & The Parlor Tricks, and Dave Quicks Trio in the side theater space, plus DJs and dancing in the main space all night. At Underground Arts.
Sunday Nov. 4:
12pm: Brunch event at The Trestle Inn TBA.
2pm: n+1/Next American City presents “Literature And Cities” panel/reading/discussion. At PhilaMOCA.
6pm: Vox Populi presents “N Apparati,” a poetry and sound collage event. Participants: Cecilia Corrigan, J. Gordon Faylor, Eddie Hopely, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Eric Laska, Astrid Lorange, Trisha Low, Andy Martrich, Steve McLaughlin, John Paetsch, Manya Scheps, Andy Sterling, Claire Wilcox. At Vox Populi.
7pm: The Mural Arts Mobile Campfire reading with TBA. Location TBA.
8pm: 215 Festival closing event with John Hodgman plus special guests TBA. At Underground Arts.
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