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Media Skewed? Larry Atkins discusses and signs his book on media bias Sept. 13!

Local author Larry Atkins will discuss and sign his book, Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias, at the Pen & Pencil Club Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

Atkins, a Jenkintown resident who teaches at Temple and Arcadia, offers an analysis how to approach today’s rancorous and partisan media scene. To quote a review by Stasia DeMarco in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “(Atkins) lays out the difference between “clear and balanced” news and advocacy journalism. He highlights the urgency for media consumers to recognize this difference.”

Atkins will sign copies of his book which will be for sale at the event.

Join us for this timely topic and what promises to be a fascinating night. Doors open at 6:3o p.m. and the kitchen will be open. Arrive early for a good seat, enjoy a fine meal and a fun night.

Poetry returns to P&P June 25!

June’s Poetry @P&P features Leonard Gontarek and Charles Carr followed by an open mic hosted by Bob Zell.

The reading will take place on Sunday, June 25th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pen and Pencil Club.

Leonard Gontarek is the author of six books of poems, including, Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket, Shiva(2016), nominated for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the William Carlos William Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and The Best American Poetry, among others. He coordinates Peace/Works, Philly Poetry Day, The Philadelphia Poetry Festival, and hosts The Green Line Reading & Interview Series. He has received Poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Writers Conference Community Service Award, and was a Literary Death Match Champion. His poem, 37 Photos From The Bridge, was a Poetry winner for the Big Bridges Motion Poems project in 2015, and was the basis for the award-winning film by Lori Ersolmaz.

Charles Carr from Philadelphia was educated at LaSalle and Bryn Mawr College, where he earned a Masters in American History.   Charles has worked in social and community development services for 44 years.  Charles has also been active in raising funds for various missions and organizations serving the poorest of the poor In Haiti.  In 2007 Charles was The Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner for his poem “Waiting To Come North”.  In 2009 Cradle Press of St. Louis published Charles’s first book of poetry: paradise, pennsylvania. In January 2014 Haitian Mud Pies And Other Poems was published by The Moonstone Arts Center.  Charles’ work has been published locally by the Painted Bride Review, Apiary, Fox has Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Mad Poets, Philadelphia Stories, Moonstone Poetry Anthology, Poetry Ink as well as The BlueCollar Review and Generations of Poetry.  Charles hosts the Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie’s once per month  He has been a guest host for the Philadelphia Poetry Festival and a guest co-host for the Green Line Poetry Series in Philadelphia.  In 2014 Charles read poems in The Garden of Remembrance in Dublin Ireland in honor of Poets for Peace.  Charles hosts Philly Loves Poetry a monthly broadcast by Philly Cam.

Next wine tasting — “Reds for the Grill” — June 22 at P&P!

Join P&P President and wine enthusiast Brad Wilson for the next in the series of wine tastings at the club which will feature red wines for your summer grilling on Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Beef, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey — all great on the grill in the summer. Which reds go best — and which to avoid? We’ll offer four top picks and discuss why they’re better choices than others.

PLEASE NOTE: increasing costs across the board have forced us to raise the price of wine tastings at the P&P to $35. We feel we still offer outstanding value at the price. Cost includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club.

Meet and Mingle with City Council and staff June 21!

Join City Council members and their staffs in a meet-and-mingle at the Pen & Pencil Club June 21 at 7 p.m.

We open the club to Council members and their staffs to mingle with the city’s journalists in an off the record setting. This happy hour will be held the night before the last Council meeting of the spring session. The budget will be officially done, perhaps the Rebuild legislation will be finalized and there will be plenty more to discuss.

So, grab a drink at the bar and get to know the folks who run the 4th floor in City Hall.

 

REMINDER: State Senator Daylin Leach OtR WEDNESDAY!!!

Please join us Wednesday night at 8 p.m. when State Senator Daylin Leach is Off the Record at the Pen & Pencil Club.

Leach is a Democratic State Senator who represents much of the Main Line as well as Norristown, King of Prussia and other parts of Montgomery County.

Leach is LGBT Equality Caucus co-chairman in the Senate and has also has taken leadership roles on issues such as medical marijuana, fracking, and human trafficking.

Doors open at 6:3o p.m. The kitchen will be open so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a fun night.

Philly DA primary Postmortem Off-the-Record Panel Discussion

The Pen and Pencil Club has invited representatives from each of the seven District Attorney campaigns for a panel discussion on the remarkable race that ended Tuesday with a progressive firebrand with no prosecutorial experience, Lawrence Krasner, winning by a decisive margin. The off-the-record discussion will dive deep into the inner workings of the race – which endorsements mattered, which wards delivered, and what ads were effective.

Off-the-Record discussions are open to all club members and their guests. Campaign staffers from all seven of the campaigns will be there, so you won’t want to miss this!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

Shattered authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen on May 23rd!

Join us in welcoming Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, on May 23rd at 8 p.m.

Parnes, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who is now chief White House correspondent at The Hill, enjoyed unparalleled access to Clinton’s campaign along with co-author Jonathan Allen, a columnist at Roll Call. Their instant best-seller chronicles the political missteps that contributed to Clinton’s shocking defeat in November.

Copies of Shattered will be available to purchase at the discussion.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

REMINDER — District Attorney primary recap WEDNESDAY!!

Join us at the Club for a recap of the Democratic primary for District Attorney!

The Pen and Pencil Club has invited representatives from each of the seven District Attorney campaigns for a panel discussion on the remarkable race that ended with a progressive firebrand with no prosecutorial experience, Lawrence Krasner, winning by a decisive margin. The off-the-record discussion will dive deep into the inner workings of the race – which endorsements mattered, which wards delivered, and what ads were effective.

Off-the-Record discussions are open to all club members and their guests. Campaign staffers from the Krasner, Negrin, O’Neill, Carr Deni, and El-Shabazz campaigns have confirmed already!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

REMINDER — authors of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, at P&P TUESDAY!

Just a reminder of a big night Tuesday with two authors of a best-selling book on the Hillary Clinton campaign!!

Join us in welcoming Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, on May 23rd at 8 p.m.

Parnes, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who is now chief White House correspondent at The Hill, enjoyed unparalleled access to Clinton’s campaign along with co-author Jonathan Allen, a columnist at Roll Call. Their instant best-seller chronicles the political missteps that contributed to Clinton’s shocking defeat in November.

Copies of Shattered will be available to purchase at the discussion.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open, so come early for a good seat, a good meal and a good time!

Roses for summer — next wine tasting May 18!!!!

Join P&P President and wine enthusiast Brad Wilson for the next in the series of wine tastings at the club which will feature rose wines for summer on Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Quality rose wines are the true wines of summer — good with grilled food, fresh seafood, light salads and just by themselves!! We’ll have four different ones to compare and contrast.

PLEASE NOTE: increasing costs across the board have forced us to raise the price of wine tastings at the P&P to $35. We feel we still offer outstanding value at the price. Cost includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club.

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