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By Liz Spikol
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Lit Gloss has been fairly event-heavy the past couple weeks. Some inveterate readers would rather pursue their hobby indoors; I know I would. But there's a lot going on in Philadelphia in the fall if you love books, and in particular this week if you love comic books. The Free Library, which amps up its author events in the fall (go to www.freelibrary.org for more), hosts a graphic novel bonanza on Thursday, with Art Spiegelman (Maus, In the Shadow of No Towers), Chip Kidd (graphic designer/comics curator/Batman manga discoverer), Jessica Abel (La Perdida, Artbabe), David Heatley (Deadpan, My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down) and PW favorite Charles Burns. If you have any interest at all in graphic novels or drawing or comics or thoughtful funny people, this is a must. Thurs., Nov. 6, 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322 Along the same lines, though perhaps more narrowly drawn, is the Gershman Y's reading by Arie Kaplan, who wrote From Krakow to Krypton: Jews in Comic Books. He'll be talking about the creation of superhero classics like Superman and the X-Men as well as indie cartoonists like ... Art Spiegelman. (Ooh, I love convergence.) Maybe you already know Jews invented comics; if so, you're either Jewish or you read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. For secular nerd Jews, this event way better than services--and in the same building, no less. Wed., Nov. 5, 7pm. $10-$15. 401 S. Broad St. 215.446.3021. www.gershmany.org Next week we'll talk about actual books, including two related to Oscar Wilde. I'll leave you with one of his famed cynical quotes, and one that suits an election week: "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."

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