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In Celebration of "The March Sisters"

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Germantown Historical Society

5501 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Big Blue Marble Bookstore invites you to a celebration of All Things Little Women on Tuesday, September 17th. We’ll be helping to launch the new essay collection The March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women. Published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women, four acclaimed authors offer personal reflections on their lifelong engagement with a March sister. Authors Carmen Maria Machado and Kate Bolick will be hand to share their work. (p.s. - there may be a third - stay tuned!)



The event will be in a most Alcott-y location, the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144. This home is a block from where the Alcotts lived in Philadelphia. Period house, period furniture, and even a period porch party! (Period, with updates - this is an ADA compliant accessible space)

Schedule:

6:00 pm - Period Porch Party. Come enjoy a taste of the 1860s, including Bronson Alcott's own scone recipe.

7:00 pm - Reading and Q&A with Carmen Maria Machado and Kate Bolick. Book signing and selfies will follow the Q&A.


As space is limited in the historic house, this will be a ticketed event. Ticket options include:

Attending the 7:00 pm reading: free, but reserverations are strictly required. Only ticketed attendees will be allowed in.

Attending the 6:00 pm Period Porch Party: $10. You must also register for a free Reading ticket if you want a guaranteed seat at the reading!

Buy an autographed book: $24. Even if you can't attend th event, you can get a personalized, autographed book to be picked up at Big Blue Marble.

The Whole Shebang - Porch Party, Reading, and Signed Book: $30. Please also register for the Reading Ticket so we can keep an accurate count of seats.




For the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jane Smiley explore their strong lifelong personal engagement with Alcott's novel--what it has meant to them and why it still matters. Each takes as her subject one of the four March sisters, reflecting on their stories and what they have to teach us about life. Kate Bolick finds parallels in oldest sister Meg's brush with glamour at the Moffats' ball and her own complicated relationship with clothes. Jenny Zhang confesses to liking Jo least among the sisters when she first read the novel as a girl, uncomfortable in finding so much of herself in a character she feared was too unfeminine. Carmen Maria Machado writes about the real-life tragedy of Lizzie Alcott, the inspiration for third sister Beth, and the horror story that can result from not being the author of your own life's narrative. And Jane Smiley rehabilitates the reputation of youngest sister Amy, whom she sees as a modern feminist role model for those of us who are, well, not like the fiery Jo. These four voices come together to form a deep, funny, far-ranging meditation on the power of great literature to shape our lives.




Event FAQs

Location: The event is sponsored by Big Blue Marble Bookstore but will be happening at the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave, 19144

Transportation: There is metered and unmetered street parking on Germantown Avenue and Church Lane. SEPTA buses run along Germantown Ave and Greene Street, only one block away.

Accessibility: While this is a historic building, the first floor/event space is ADA compliant and accessible for users of wheelchairs, including a bathroom.

Refunds: Refunds are available only until August 15th. (Note, Eventbrite's new policy is to NOT refund their fee unless the host cancels the event - this is their policy and we have no say over it). After August 15th there are no refunds. If you have purchased a book it will be autographed and kept for you at Big Blue Marble.



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