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Drexel Writing Festival 2024 – Novelist John Vercher Reads From His Book, Devil Is Fine

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

John Vercher’s debut novel, Three-Fifths, was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune and Booklist. It was nominated for the Edgar and Strand Magazine Critics’ Awards for Best First Novel. His second novel, After the Lights Go Out, called “shrewd and explosive” by The New York Times, was named a Best Book of Summer 2022 by BookRiot and Publishers Weekly, and named a Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Book of 2022. His third book, Devil is Fine, publishes June 18, 2024 from Celadon Books. John is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel.

The Drexel Writing Festival is a literary experience for everyone – scheduled events are always free and open to the public. We encourage you to join us for lively discussions and hands-on workshops across genres and topics.

Questions? Email festival director Henry Israeli at

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Henry Israeli, Director, Drexel Writing Festival

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The Study at University City – The Drawing Room
20 S 33rd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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