Blue Stoop
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We help connect nationally touring writers to venues in Philadelphia & curate events highlighting local writers that are free & open to the public.

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We curate an events series that puts nationally touring writers in conversation with local Philadelphia writers. All events are free & open to the public. We also host an informal writers happy hour on the third Sunday of each month. Click here for images from our past events.

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John Lingan in conversation w/ Joshua Demaree

"Homeplace tells the story of Jim McCoy and the revered honky-tonk bar that he built on the McCoy family land in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lingan teases apart the tangle of class, race, and family origin that still defines McCoy’s hometown, and illuminates questions that now dominate our national conversation—about how we move into the future without pretending our past doesn't exist, about what we salvage and what we leave behind."

John Lingan has written for The New York Times MagazineThe Oxford AmericanPacific StandardHazlitt, and many other placesHomeplace is his first book.

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Joshua Demaree is both a licensed driver and a dedicated taxpayer. He received his MFA in creative nonfiction from Rutgers University-Camden and is co-director of Blue Stoop, a community-run hub for literary life in greater Philadelphia. His criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and EXPO Chicago's The Seen. He lives and works in West Philadelphia.

This event will take place at Penn Book Center, 130 South 34th St, Philadelphia, PA.