Joey Sweeney is a man of myriad talents. Philebrity‘s founder and editor has thrown many a memorable party, his words spanned the pages of the Weekly (when it was still called that) for years, his Long Hair Arkestra is in the the midst of a monthlong residency upstairs at the Khyber, and last year, he championed the revival of the 215 Festival. Tomorrow night, he puts all those things in a blender and serves up the concoction in Port Richmond.
Philly’s definitive literary event, now twelve years on since its birth as the McSweeney’s Festival (no McRelation), 215 has featured the likes of Jonathan Lethem, Buzz Bissinger, John Hodgman, and Jeffrey Eugenides. This year, it returns with a strong lineup that includes author Nicholson Baker, poet Bruce Smith, writer (and festival founder) Neal Pollack, and Hidden City Daily’s own contributor Nic Esposito and senior editor Nathaniel Popkin, who’ll be reading from his novel Lion and Leopard, coming out in November.
This year’s festival, officially running October 17-20th, is a series of neighborhood takeovers: in the Eraserhood, Fishtown, East Passyunk, and Rittenhouse Square. Unofficially, the neighborhood takeovers begin tomorrow evening in Port Richmond with a festival benefit and preview at Port Richmond Books. Music, book and poetry readings, comedy, and typewriters take center stage at the benefit; suggested donation is $20 and goes a long way toward making a great Philly tradition a little greater.