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A Celebration of Jewish American Women Writers

A half-day event for readers offering a chance to mingle with writers!

DATE: Sunday, April 30, 2017

TIME: 9am to 2pm

LOCATION: Elkins Park, PA

(See below for location details.)

Event sponsored by Open Book Bookstore and Congregation Keneseth Israel

Much of the vital new work in Jewish American letters is being done by women. These women writers are bravely exploring what it means to be Jewish in America today, and what being Jewish brings to the act of creating literature.

Join us in a day of literary celebration with a group of well-known Jewish American women authors. Many of them will be introducing and reading from their new novels. They will talk about what being Jewish means to their work, about writing and life, about passion and activism, about history and about life today, and above all, about how they create meaningful literature.

The day will include talks and readings by the authors, ample opportunity for questions from attendees, book signings, a morning “bagel break,” and a catered buffet lunch with the authors.

Authors attending include:

  • Nomi Eve
  • Pam Jenoff
  • Lauren Grodstein
  • Stephanie Feldman
  • Ellen Umansky
  • Dana Bate
  • Janet Benton
  • Amy Sue Nathan
  • more to be announced soon!

Conference Agenda

Arrival and registration. Coffee, tea & snacks are served.
Bookstore and book signing tables open.

Programming begins.

9:30 – 9:40
Welcome by Lynn Rosen, Open Book Bookstore.

9:40 – 9:50
Nomi Eve: “What it means to be a Jewish writer and part of a Jewish community.”

9:50 – 10:10
Speaker TBA
“How women writers are redefining American Jewish literature.”

10:10 – 10:30
Author Readings
Dana Bate, author of Too Many Cooks
Janet Benton, author of Lilli de Jong
Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor

10:30: 10:50

Lauren Grostein

Lauren Grodstein: “Being Jewish and being a writer – and a writing teacher.” Plus an introduction to her new book, Our Short History, and a reading from the book.

10:50 – 11:10
Bagel break.
Bookstore and book signing tables open.

11:10 – 11:20
Stephanie Feldman, author of The Angel of Losses

Stephanie Feldman

“Writing, activism, and Jewish identity.” Stephanie will talk about her book and also her work running the Philadelphia chapter of WritersResist.

11:20 – 11:40
Speaker TBA
On Jewish women’s writing and humor.

11:40 – noon
In Conversation: Pam Jenoff & Ellen Umansky
Both authors have new novels: Jenoff’s major new work, The Orphan’s Tale, is a New York Times bestseller, and one reviewer said Umansky’s debut The Fortunate Ones “has so much skill and confidence it’s hard to believe it’s her first.” Both writers set their work in the milieu of war-torn Europe. Hear them interview each other on stage about their work.

Ellen Umansky

Noon to 12:30
Q&A with the Authors
A chance for the audience to ask their burning questions!

12:30 to 1:30
Lunch with the authors.

1:30 to 2
Book Signing

LOCATION: The event will be held at Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road (corner of Old York and Township Line Roads), Elkins Park, PA 19027

Cost: $75
Kehillah of Old York Road members: $65
Group rate: Sign up 5 or more people at once and receive a 20% discount.

All ticket sales are final.

Please direct all questions to Lynn Rosen: or 267-627-4888.

Author: Lynn Rosen

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