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Hot Off the Press Fall 2017
Aug13

Hot Off the Press Fall 2017

In this lively monthly book discussion class led by Lynn Rosen, participants read and discuss new literary fiction. Class conversations include a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the book as well as background information provided by Lynn about the author and the book’s path to publication. We talk serious book talk, but have a lot of laughs too!   Class meets on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11am Dates: SEPTEMBER 12/Fri 15 OCTOBER 10/Fri 13 NOVEMBER 7/Fri 10 DECEMBER 5/Fri 8 Location: Elkins Park, PA 19027 Cost: $130 To sign up click HERE. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Discussion dates: September 12 & 15, 2017 This novel, long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize, is the author’s eighth book, yet she has not yet achieved acclaim in the US. Perhaps this is the book that will build her American reputation! It tells of three siblings in a British family of Pakistani descent who must reconcile love, ambition, and their family history. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Discussion dates: October 10 & 13, 2017 Ng follows the bestselling Everything I Never Told You with a powerful new novel traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.  As always, she looks beneath the surface of suburbia and uncovers what has long been hidden. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Discussion dates: November 7 & 10, 2017 In Brooklyn during the Great Depression, Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who is somehow crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Now working as a diver repairing ships and supporting her family, Anna encounters Styles once again. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda Discussion dates: December 5 & 8, 2017 A portrait of contemporary Los Angeles, featuring a stunning cast of misfits and lost souls. We are invited into the story as commuters on their way to work sit in standstill freeway traffic (somewhat reminiscent of “La La Land”) as a naked runner goes by, and from there are led into the heartache and hope in the characters’ lives. To sign up click...

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A Celebration of Jewish American Women Writers
Mar14

A Celebration of Jewish American Women Writers

A half-day event for readers offering a chance to mingle with writers! POSTPONED – New date to be announced… 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: Elinor Lipman Lauren Grodstein Pam Jenoff Nomi Eve Stephanie Feldman Dana Bate Janet Benton Amy Sue Nathan Ellen Umansky   Conference Agenda 9-9:30am Arrival and registration. Coffee, tea & snacks are served. Bookstore and book signing tables open. 9:30 Programming begins. 9:30 – 9:40 Welcome by Lynn Rosen, Open Book Bookstore. “How women writers are redefining American Jewish literature.” 9:40 – 9:50 Nomi Eve: “What it means to be a Jewish writer and part of a Jewish community.     9:50 – 10:10 Author Readings Dana Bate, author of Too Many Cooks Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor       10:10: 10:30 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.         10:30 – 10:50 Janet Benton, author of Lilli de Jong “The pre-publication jitters: Two weeks before the on-sale date of her debut novel, Benton tells about the journey that got her to this point.”     10:50 – 11:10 Bagel break. Bookstore and book signing tables open. 11:10 – 11:20 Stephanie Feldman, author of The Angel of Losses “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 Elinor Lipman “On Jewish women’s writing and humor.” Humor has always been an important part of the Jewish experience. Lipman is known for her witty and entertaining books. She will address how she uses humor...

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Hot Off the Press Spring 2017
Feb12

Hot Off the Press Spring 2017

In this lively monthly book discussion class led by Lynn Rosen, participants read and discuss new literary fiction. Class conversations include a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the book as well as background information provided by Lynn about the author and the book’s path to publication. We talk serious book talk, but have a lot of laughs too!   Class meets on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11am Dates: March 3, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 23 Location: Elkins Park, PA 19027 Cost: $135 To sign up click HERE. NOTE: The Tuesday evening session of the class is currently full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this class, please email lynn@lynnrosen.com. Dates for this session are: February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 20. NEW: We will soon be announcing a virtual edition of the class. If you are not able to attend in person and would like to inquire about participating online, please email lynn@lynnrosen.com. Here are the book selections! (NOTE: Class members also  receive discounts if they purchase their class books from the Open Book Bookstore. Books are not included in the cost of the class.) FEBRUARY 28/MARCH 3 Idaho by Emily Ruskovich A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich. Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. “…a lyrical meditation on memory, loss, and grief in the American West.” MARCH 28 & 31 Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan At the onset of Buchanan’s debut, a son shows up at the doorstep of his mother, Yuki, in Berlin after a 30-year separation. Jay’s there to settle Yuki’s inheritance—a house in Connecticut—after his father is killed in a car accident. The story of what prompted Yuki to abandon her family, as well as the details of Jay’s life as a New York gallery owner and recent father, unspool in sections stretching from 1968 to the present. “The journey is sometimes tender, often agonizing—and everything in between.” APRIL 25 & 28 The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti A mesmerizing father-daughter epic that explores what it means to be a hero. Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from...

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Genre Writing Classes
Sep07

Genre Writing Classes

Open Book presents Genre writing classes, offering you the opportunity to try your hand at writing in a variety of genres. Each workshop is taught by an expert in a different genre. You can take a class in a genre you’re already working in, or something new, and try one, or try a few. See below for details about the classes and our talented instructors! Each class lasts an hour and a half and meets at the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park.  Details and specific class descriptions are below. COST: Classes cost $30 each. Sign up HERE. LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027 CLASS DATES, DESCRIPTIONS AND INSTRUCTORS THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. NEW CLASSES WILL BEGIN IN EARLY 2017. DATE: Monday December 5 TIME: 7pm to 8:30pm TOPIC: Writing Children’s Picture Books: Creating Words & Images that Flow INSTRUCTOR: Heather Devlin Knopf CLASS DESCRIPTION: This picture book workshop will address the rhythm and flow of a great picture book in relation to words and images. We’ll analyze the beginning, middle, and end of a picture book; pagination for impact; and the importance of editing one’s work. Tip sheets and exercises will provide learning support with a Q&A session to follow. If you are working on a picture book, or have always wanted to create one, join us! TEACHER BIO: Heather Devlin Knopf is a Philadelphia-based artist/illustrator, writer, and educator who works in a variety of mixed media. Knopf teaches at Moore College of Art and Design within the departments of illustration and design and at Philadelphia University with the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. She is currently working on her next picture book, as well as a series of monotypes entitled 196 Women. Learn more at www.heatherknopf.com. Sign up HERE. MORE CLASSES WILL BE ADDED FOR TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT WRITERS. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN THOSE CLASSES, EMAIL US! NOTE: All tickets are non-refundable.        ...

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Dinner with a Book à la française Returns!
Aug30

Dinner with a Book à la française Returns!

Our popular French-themed dinner discussions at Spring Mill Café continue this fall with two dinners to celebrate Paris. Co-hosted by Spring Mill’s famed chef Michele Haines and book discussion leader Lynn Rosen, our theme will be: “Paris Je T’aime (et je te cherche).” We will seek the real Paris as we discuss two books on two separate evenings. Join one event or both! Dinner #1 DATE: Wednesday, November 2 TIME: 7PM – 9PM A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works. Hemingway captures the essence of a Paris long gone, one inhabited by writers and intellectuals, many of them American ex-pats, who worked hard and drank hard, and lived a life that now lives on only in legend. We’ll explore the famous stories in this revelatory book as we dine on delicious Parisian-inspired cuisine. COST: Dinner + discussion: $65 Dinner + discussion + a copy of the book: $80 Sign up HERE. Dinner #2 DATE: Tuesday, December 6 TIME: 7PM – 9PM Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnick In 1995, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. As Gopnik describes in this funny and tender book, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys–both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived. With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century. COST: Dinner + discussion: $65 Dinner + discussion + a copy of the book: $80 Sign up HERE. PLACE: Both events take place at Spring Mill Café, 164 Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Sign up HERE. MENU: Très délicieux! premier cours Oysters on the half Shell with Chablis Mignonette or Salad Verte Entrée Choice Poulet de Bresse (Free Range chicken with fresh tarragon, shallots, and Mushroom) or Trout Fillet with Sorrel Cream Dessert Tart tatin with Hadley (Classic Tart Tatin served warm with vanilla ice cream)  NOTE: All tickets are...

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Open Book Signed First Editions Club
Aug21

Open Book Signed First Editions Club

Announcing our new Signed First Editions Club What is it? It’s our brand new book-a-month club, kicking off in September! You’ve come to rely on us to steer you toward good new fiction. We work hard to keep up with what’s being published, and to make sure we stock our store with books we know our customers will enjoy. If you’ve taken, or even heard about, Lynn’s “Hot Off the Press” class, you know she has a particular affection for contemporary literary fiction, and she voraciously reads lots of new books in order to select for you the ones she thinks are worth reading and recommending. Well now we’re taking this one step further with the Open Book Signed First Editions Club. As a member, each month you will receive a brand new hardcover novel that Lynn has selected. As a bonus, this book will be a first edition (i.e. from the very first print run of the book) and it will be signed by the author. (Word has it some of these books wind up becoming more valuable as the author’s reputation grows.) SEPTEMBER The September feature is Commonwealth, the brand new novel by Ann Patchett. The book tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.     OCTOBER Nicotine by Nell Zink A fierce and audaciously funny novel of families—both the ones we’re born into and the ones we create—a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father’s childhood home. It’s a quirky and edgy tale of families, inheritance, cults, and the never-ending search for self-definition. Kirkus Reviews says: “Social satire with a sharp wit and a big heart.” NOVEMBER Moonglow by Michael Chabon Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us. The story is speculative fiction inspired by recollections Chabon’s grandfather shared with him on his deathbed about Chabon Scientific, Co., a mail-order novelty company. (Publication date: November 22) New announcements coming soon for the next books! How it works: You may sign up for the Open Book Signed First Editions Club by selecting either a three-month, a six-month, or a one-year membership. Charges are outlined below. TERM                                   COST                  ...

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