This Week is Lit

For their 2021 National Library Week Distinguished Author Lecture, The Friends & Foundation of Albany Public Library will be hosting an exciting guest speaker. Critically acclaimed poet and author, Sapphire, the mind behind novels, Push and The Kid will be virtually reading On Tuesday, April 6 at 12:00pm EST. Sapphire is most known for her international bestseller, Push being adapted into the film, Precious, which won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Her fiction and poetry spar with the visceral yet empowering experiences of her own life. Among her various accolades, Sapphire has been awarded the Fellow Award of Literature from the United States Artists and has been featured in The Black Scholar, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker.


This lecture is a part of FFAPL’s National Library Week, a celebration of libraries and their role in literature and our local communities.


This free event is a must see! Registration is required at the online URL link here.


More Literary Events

Monday, April 5, 6:00pm EST -- Little Grassy Literary Festival 

Join the Southern Illinois University's Little Grassy Literary Festival on Monday when they welcome author/essayist Ilana Masad and poet Matthew Wimberley for a reading and Q&A of their respective works. Mossad, author of All My Mother’s Works has pieces featured in the New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, and the LA Times.Her podcast The Other Stories highlights different fiction writers.


Wimberley, who received a MFA in poetry from New York University published a collection entitled All the Great Territories, which won the 2018 Crab Orchard Series award.


To attend this event, click here.


Wednesday, April 7, 12:00pm EST -- Little Grassy Literary Festival

Want to learn how to immerse your reader in your own world? Well, in addition to their readings, the Southern Illinois University's Little Grassy Literary Festival will also be hosting a panel with authors Ron Austin, A.S. King, John McCarthy, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Joy Priest on how to develop the worlds of your narrative.

To attend this event, click here.

Meeting ID: 959 2136 1275

Passcode: 385859



Thursday, April 8, 7:00pm EST -- New York University

New York University is offering a public Emerging Writers reading series featuring the 

voices of its graduate writing students. This week will showcase writer Karen Russell and graduate student readers Alex Foster, Maria Guzman, Edwin Kosik, Jenna Lanzaro, Raphael/le Linden


To register for this event, click here.