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Dinner with an Author with Ron Rash on September 27th
Sep14

Dinner with an Author with Ron Rash on September 27th

Our popular “Dinner with an Author” is back! Join us for dinner and a conversation with author Ron Rash, who will be visiting Philadelphia on September 27th for an event at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Prior to the event, join him at a private dinner to take about his body of work, his writing life, and his new novel The Risen. After dinner we will go as a group to the Free Library event, which includes author Colson Whitehead. DATE: Tuesday, September 27 TIME: 5:15pm to 6:45pm LOCATION: Le Pain Quotidien at the Granary, 1937 Callowhill Street (just behind the Free Library) SIGN UP HERE Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall, in addition to four prizewinning novels, four collections of poems, and six collections of stories. His stories are set in his native Appalachia, and his poetic writing style and powerful narrative voice and characterization bring the setting to life and highlight the universal challenges and tragedies that play out against this vivid backdrop. His new novel, The Risen, is the suspenseful and evocative tale of two brothers whose lives are altered irrevocably by the events of one long-ago summer—and one bewitching young woman—and the secrets that could destroy their lives. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Ron Rash teaches at Western Carolina University. Lynn’s note: I first discovered Ron Rash upon reading Serena.  I was immediately hooked by the astounding opening scene, and the characters and the setting of that novel have never left me. The character of Serena ably shoulders the mantle of Lady Macbeth and it was hard to take my attention away from the havoc she wreaks.   COST: Dinner: $45 Copies of the author’s recent books, including THE RISEN (published 9/6/16) are available at a discount to attendees. Inquire at lynn@openbookphilly.com. SIGN UP HERE...

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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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Hot Off the Press
Mar11

Hot Off the Press

Announcing a new session of “Hot Off the Press,” the book discussion class where we meet monthly to discuss new literary fiction. The class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30pm on the following dates: April 5 May 3rd May 31st June 28th This session of the class will have four meetings, and the first one is coming up soon, so hurry and get your first book! (I will have it in stock at Open Book Bookstore by Friday of this week.) We will meet in Elkins Park at the Open Book Bookstore at 7900 High School Road. Here is the list of books: April 5 Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin Deals with issues of women’s identity and women’s choices with a unique literary conceit: it proposes that a modern woman will inhabit forty rooms in her lifetime. They form her biography, from childhood to death. May 3rd Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss Follows a critic, an artist, and a desirous, determined young woman as they find their way—and ultimately collide—amid the ever-evolving New York City art scene of the 1980’s. May 31st The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett In one moment, two lives will be changed forever… and forever… and forever. A tale of possibilities and consequences rings across the shifting decades, from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and on to the present, showing how even the smallest choices can define the course of our lives. June 28th Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler A debut about a year in the life of a young woman is set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant. This is a story about discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. Cost: The cost for the session is $105. Class members receive discounts on class books. How to Register and Make a Payment: Payment can be made either by mailing a check, made out to “Open Book,” to me at Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027, or you may sign up online here. Please feel free to contact Lynn Rosen with any questions at:...

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Three Rounds with Three Irish Lassie Writers
Jan16

Three Rounds with Three Irish Lassie Writers

DATE: Thursday, March 17th TIME: 7 pm to 9 pm LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd. Elkins Park PA What could be a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in literary style? Join us as three local writers, all of whom have a bit o’ the Irish in them, sit around talking blarney about literature, their new books, and whatever else comes up! We’re pleased to present: Kelly Simmons’ novels have been hailed as electrifying, complex and poignant, and aren’t those nice words? Her third novel, ONE MORE DAY, just came out and everyone calls it riveting, so don’t buy it unless you want to stay up all night reading it.  She’s a member of The Liars Club, a group of published novelists dedicated to helping fledgling writers.   Liz Moore is the author of the novels The Words of Every Song and Heft. Her novel The Unseen World is forthcoming in July 2016 from W.W. Norton. A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Holy Family University.     Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist and is the author of New York Times bestselling THOUGHT I KNEW YOU. She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like. Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway. BYO favorite Irish beverage to share, and we’ll provide a few as well, along with snacks. Oh hey, anybody make a great Irish soda bread? If you’d care to prove it, bring it along. You might just win a...

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