Celebrate the Philly book scene with us!

Announcing the first-ever BSR Book Week: July 10-16, 2023

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Close-up on about 16 colorful book spines on a black shelf, including R. Eric Thomas, Kiley Reid, Janet Benton, & Eric Smith
A selection of Philly-connected authors and books on a 'BSR' editor's shelf. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

A queer Orpheus and Eurydice in the American desert. Women’s fight for a fair workplace. A real-life diary of 1990s DelCo. Composer Tina Davidson's new memoir. A 19th-century travelogue prankster. A South Philly family’s unexpected WWII legacy. These are just a few of the books we’ll highlight in our first-ever BSR Book Week, running July 10-16, 2023.

Book reviews galore

Philly has a thriving community of authors, publishers, bookstores, and readers, and for the first time, we’re going to give our homepage entirely over to book reviews. The variety of books we’ll feature (novels, poetry, memoir, new translation, nonfiction, history, and more, including exciting debut works) reflect our writers’ diverse interests—while spotlighting Philly authors, Philly presses, and authentic Philly settings.

Books by BSR writers

We’ll also be releasing our first-ever guide to books by BSR contributors, another wide-ranging collection by some of the region’s top writers: nonfiction, novels, short stories, essays, history, and more. Subscribers will have early access to this list with July’s BSR in the Wild mailer (no paywall; sign up here) hitting inboxes on June 30.

BSR Book Chat returns

We’re also looking forward to bringing back our popular virtual BSR Book Chat on Thursday, July 13, at 7pm EST. Join BSR staff and writers on Zoom to hear our top book recommendations, and share your own. This gathering is free for BSR writers and Friends of BSR, and all others are welcome with a suggested $10 donation. RSVP here!

BSR Book Week will be a chance to explore Philly’s literary scene, get to know your favorite BSR writers in a new way, and swap favorite books with our community. We hope you’ll join us, follow along on Twitter and Instagram at @broadstreview, and pick up some reading for the rest of the summer (and beyond)!

What, When, Where

BSR Book Week, happening July 10-16, 2023.

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