Harriet’s BookShop Opening!

 

I’d walked into Harriet’s bookshop on Saturday to the sound of African drums and a historic tale of Henry’s freedom box. The mixed crowd that spanned age groups 20200201_1157026340525499668199545.jpgsqueezed into the cozy space of Harriet’s to check out some books and experience a little of the culture this new bookshop is cultivating.

I enjoy a good bookstore. In fact I joke, every time a new bookstore opens a fan girl gets her wings, so my excitement was piqued when I got the Facebook event update that a new bookstore would be opening on 258 E Girard Ave.

Owned by local writer, Jeannine A. Cook, the journey from vision to Harriet’s wasn’t an easy road. She’d overcome the tragic set-back of losing her first bookstore 20200201_1151514109939006323868881.jpgto a fire.

I’m gonna be honest here guys. I’m a west Philly girl through and through so I’m not that familiar with the area. I can tell you that the bookstore offers a variety of books written by black authors and catered to people of color.

My favorite feature was the nook by the register. It’s set up with art work and flanked by gorgeous bookshelves. The children’s books also found right by the counter feature a variety of books for children. I even picked up one for baby Bleu.

I’ll absolutely be heading back to Harriet’s. I have a few books on my tbr that I spotted on her shelves. If you’re looking for a few new reads head over too, tell me what you think of the nook. 😁 Head over to the Blu Moon Fiction Facebook page to check out some of the books I’ll be adding to my #BookCollection!

 

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I caught up with one local shopper who stocked up on tons of books for his kids. His daughter is an avid reader. 🙂 

 

Have You Been Down To Harriet’s? What’d You Think? Leave A Comment Below!

 

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LiteraryPhilly.Org Launch Party!

20200119_190112.jpgMoment of truth time ladies and gents, as a book blogger, I spend about 75% of my time online looking for -literary events to go to. Outside of reading books, a large part of my job i’m learning, is networking with authors and other bookish entities like myself.  It’s a lengthy process of following a series of links down a rabbit hole and hoping to compile a fair calendars worth at the end.

It gets tiresome.

But a solution has been created.

Literary Philly, a public calendar for Philly’s literary community to share their events free of charge.  Is a tool allowing anyone to explore the dozens of literary events that occur in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area each month.

Tonight we celebrated the launch of this brilliant idea as well as the start of the 2020FB_IMG_1579487420912.jpg literary event season. Hosted by Blue Stoop, 215 Festival and of course Literary Philly.

The site  LiteraryPhilly.org will of course host events from Blue Stoop 215 but will also be the place to check out updates for the 215 Festival.

Blue Stoop was gracious enough to share the spotlight of IMG_29091.jpgtheir January Writer Happy Hour, to celebrate the launch of the website. They’ll be at Win Win Coffee Bar next month also. 

There were drinks and amazing food. Special shout out to Asia who’s #WriterJawn t-shirt was the talk of the event. Overall I’d call tonight a great success, i’m looking forward to working with the ladies of All Things Literature as well as the wonderful minds behind Blue Stoop and the 215 Festival.

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Most memorable thing about tonight would have to the food, check out the @blumoonfiction IG page for more about the amazing food we had tonight. 

 

What Are Some Ways You Find Literary Events in Your Area?

 Leave a comment below!

 

You can keep up with me, Noel Bleu and Blu Moon Fiction on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, GoodReads and Pinterest, or Shoot me an email @ BluMoonFiction@gmail.com