Join us for a wonderful evening on July 26th at 6:30 pm, at Penn Book Center, 130 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, with two amazingly talented local authors – Asali Solomon and Annie Liontas – as they read from their new books:  DISGRUNTLED  (“Entertaining and thought-provoking in equal measure.” – The Los Angeles Times) and LET ME EXPLAIN YOU (“A big, rollicking, tender novel and family saga with a truly original comic voice at its center.” – George Saunders). Both narratives present a fascinating dissection of the family through unique lenses of race and ethnicity, and we look forward to the discussion of the two works together.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. There will be light refreshments.


ASALI SOLOMON was born and raised in our very own West Philadelphia. She attended Barnard College in New York and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Fiction at the University of Iowa. She currently teaches at Haverford College. Solomon is also author of the short story collection Get Down (FSG, 2006).

ANNIE LIONTAS‘ debut novel, Let Me Explain You (Scribner, 2015), was featured in The New York Times Book Review as Editor’s Choice and was selected by the ABA as a 2015 Indies Introduce Debut and Indies Next title. She is the co-editor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors, and the recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Annie was the 2016 Visiting Writer at UC Davis. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, BOMB, Guernica, Ninth Letter and Lit. Since 2003, she has been dedicated to urban education, working with teachers and youth in Newark and Philadelphia. Annie lives across the street from the best pizza jawn with her wife and cat.