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North Philly’s next Council receives? Quetcy Lozada’s rise to power

Maria Quiñones Sánchez never had party backing in four terms on Council, but when she resigned to run for mayor, her replacement won that support.

  • Quetcy Lozada, a North Philly organizer who was Quiñones Sánchez’s chief of staff, is in line to be councilmember for District 7. Residents in Kensington and Juniata Park will see her on the Nov. 8 ball

How’d Lozada get the ward leader backing her former boss never could? Lizzy McLellan Ravitch has an inside look — in both English and Spanish.

Quetcy Lozada talks with a constituent outside her campaign headquarters on North 5th Street
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Latin American Book Festival and more places to find readings

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Love Park today hosts Philly’s fourth annual Latin American Book Festival.

  • Spanish-language literature is becoming more available in Philadelphia as the Latino community expands — it’s the fastest growing segment of the city’s population.

From Taller Puertorriqueño to little free libraries, contributor Emily Neil rounds up where you can find Spanish-language books, no Amazon order needed.

The Julia de Burgos bookstore at Taller Puertorriqueño has been in North Philly for decades, but changed its name in 2022 to reflect its collection of Latin American literature
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The inaugural Philadelphia Welcoming Awards celebrates immigrant-inclusive city agencies and community organizations, and Mayor Kenney helps present the honors in a virtual ceremony (12 pm).


🏍️ BP Quizzo lands at The Sidecar Bar & Grille! Join us at the Grad Hospital tavern for our monthly pub trivia about all things local, with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27)

🍻 Say farewell to summer at Spruce Street Harbor Park with a Kick the Keg party offering $2 off drafts — if you get the last pour, you win a prize. (Friday to Sunday, Sept. 23-25)

📚 Beyond Literacy hosts a ribbon cutting and tours of its new Mobile Learning Lab at the “Record Clearing Community Resource Fair” hosted by The Promise. (12:30 to 3 pm Saturday, Sept. 24)

🗿 As part of its 150th anniversary, Philly’s Association for Public Art hosts a free online discussion about the challenges of preserving outdoor sculptures. (4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27)

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