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:

  • Elinor Lipman
  • Lauren Grodstein
  • Pam Jenoff
  • Nomi Eve
  • Stephanie Feldman
  • Dana Bate
  • Janet Benton
  • Amy Sue Nathan
  • Ellen Umansky


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. “How women writers are redefining American Jewish literature.”

9:40 – 9:50

Nomi Eve

Nomi Eve: “What it means to be a Jewish writer and part of a Jewish community.



9:50 – 10:10
Author Readings

Dana Bate

Dana Bate, author of Too Many Cooks

Amy Sue Nathan

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor




10:10: 10:30

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.





10:30 – 10:50

Janet Benton

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

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
Elinor Lipman

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 in her writing, and talk about and read from her newest book, On Turpentine Lane.



11:40 – noon
In Conversation: Pam Jenoff & Ellen Umansky

photo credit Mindy Schwartz Sorasky

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.

Noon to 12:30
Lightening Round: Q&A with the Authors
Ellen Tilman, KI Library Director, leads this Q&A, offering 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


All ticket sales are final.

Please direct all questions to Lynn Rosen:
lynn@openbookphilly.com or 267-627-4888.

Author: Lynn Rosen

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