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Story Stop: Philadelphia, Hosted by Kris Spisak, Author of The Family Story Workbook (Online)

January 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Part of Kris Spisak’s virtual book tour for her third book, The Family Story Workbook, “Story Stop: Philadelphia” will be an evening of local storytellers taking the virtual spotlight, sharing the family stories that shaped them as storytellers as well as memories from their own lives that impacted their work. Everyone has stories to tell, and capturing them can be not only a special effort but a profound project with family members near and far.
The guest authors joining Kris Spisak for “Story Stop: Philadelphia” include poet Deborah Turner, crime novelist John Vercher, feminist fairy tale writer Christina Rosso, and author and literary agent Eric Smith. Join us to hear behind-the-scenes details of the lives of some of our favorite writers, and maybe even take away ideas to create a story project of your own.
Thursday, January 14th 6:30pm EST via Zoom
Suggested $5 Donation
Kris Spisak wrote her first book, Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017), with a goal of helping writers of all kinds sharpen their craft and empower their communications. Her “Words You Should Know” podcast and “Grammartopia” events follow the same mission, as does her second book, The Novel Editing Workbook: 105 Tricks and Tips for Revising Your Fiction Manuscript (Davro Press, 2020). Her third book, dedicated to personal storytelling, is The Family Story Workbook: 105 Prompts & Pointers for Writing Your History (Davro Press, 2020). A former college writing instructor, having taught at institutions including the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, Kris is now an active speaker, workshop leader, and fiction editor.
Christina Rosso is a writer and bookstore owner living in South Philadelphia with her bearded husband and rescue pup. She is the author of SHE IS A BEAST (APEP Publications, 2020), a chapbook of feminist fairy tales. Her first full-length collection CREOLE CONJURE is forthcoming from Maudlin House. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. For more information, visit http://christina-rosso.com or find her on Twitter @Rosso_Christina.
Deborah Turner is a poet, writer, and librarian scholar. Her works have appeared in Lavender Reader, Philadelphia Stories, and the anthologies Testimony: Young African-Americans on Self-Discovery and Black Identity (Beacon Press) and The Body Eclectic (Henry Holt). A poem in her debut book of sports poetry, SWEATING IT OUT (Finishing Line Press, 2020), has been nominated for a Pushcart Award. Read more about Deborah at deborahturner.online.
Eric Smith is a literary agent and Young Adult author living in Philadelphia. An agent at P.S. Literary, he’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling books. His latest novel, Don’t Read the Comments, is available in bookstores everywhere.
John Vercher is a writer currently living in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
John’s debut novel, Three-Fifths, launched September 10th, 2019, from Agora, the diversity-focused imprint of Polis Books. Three-Fifths has received praise from Kirkus and starred reviews from the Library Journal and Booklist, as well as a cover reveal in Entertainment Weekly online.
Three-Fifths was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Chicago Tribune, a Notable Mention in CrimeReads best crime novels of 2019, a Best Debut Novel by CrimeReads, and a Top 10 Crime Fiction Debut by Booklist.
In addition, Three-Fifths has been nominated for:
Left Coast Crime’s “Lefty” Award for Best Debut Novel
The Anthony Award for Best First Novel
Best Debut Novel (2019) for The Strand Magazine’s Critics’ Awards
The Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
Rights to Three-Fifths have been sold in France, Japan, Spain, Portugal and the U.K. His second novel, After The Lights Go Out, will be published by Soho Press in July 2022.
Register now at anovelideaphilly.com/events!


January 14
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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