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Dinner with a Book à la française: Julia Child’s MY LIFE IN FRANCE
Apr10

Dinner with a Book à la française: Julia Child’s MY LIFE IN FRANCE

DATE: Wednesday, May 25 TIME: 7PM – 9PM PLACE: Spring Mill Café, 164 Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428 COST: Dinner + discussion: $65 Dinner + discussion + a copy of the book: $85 Sign up HERE. As Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” Come join some of the best people as we convene at French restaurant Spring Mill Café for a conversation with Lynn Rosen about Julia Child’s memoir My Life in France and a dinner that will be très délicieux! Julia Child went to France for the first time in 1948 with her husband Paul. There she discovered a love of all things French, particularly the cuisine. Much study, practice, and hard work went into her acquisition of her cooking mastery. Along the way, she and Paul (who were also a great love story) traveled through France, met a range of fascinating folk, and experienced life in post-war Europe. My Life in France is a lively and loving remembrance of Child’s time in France. It is full of the zestful personality for which the world came to know Julia Child. And even more, it is the inspiring story of a woman who discovered what she was meant to do in life–and then did it! Sign up HERE. MENU Soupe Parmentier or Salade Verte  Choice of Entrée Steak Frites or Trout Almandine or Julia’s Roast Chicken Le Dessert Mousse au Chocolat or Sorbet with Macaroons  NOTE: All tickets are...

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Hot Off the Press Spring 2016
Mar14

Hot Off the Press Spring 2016

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 will take place monthly on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm Dates: April 5, May 3, May 31 ,June 28 Location: The Open Book Bookstore at 7900 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Cost: $105 To sign up click HERE. Class members also  receive discounts if they purchase their class books from the Open Book Bookstore. Here are the book selections: 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 3 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 31 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 small choices can define the course of our lives. June 28 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. To sign up click HERE. NOTE: All tickets are...

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Writers work hard!
Mar14

Writers work hard!

It’s hard work being an author. You probably think I’m referring to the work of writing books, don’t you? It’s true that writing a book is hard — it’s time-consuming, solitary work. I know many writers whose first novels took years, or even a decade or more to write (especially since most of them were holding down demanding full-time jobs and writing in any pocket of time they could find – instead of sleeping!). But I’m actually talking about what happens once a writer finishes a book, and is lucky enough to have it published. You’d think the hard work would be finished then, and it would be smooth sailing and merely a matter of collecting accolades. But post-publication life is far from that. Post-pub is when another phase of really hard work begins for a writer. And it’s difficult to tell sometimes which is more challenging: writing the book or marketing it! On March 13th, Open Book partnered with Philadelphia Stories magazine to hold The 2nd Annual Writers at Work Conference. The purpose of this conference is to offer writers ways to manage their career (what we call the write/life balance), along with really useful and practical information about marketing, publicity, events, building an author platform, and more. Yesterday’s event was a great success. My fabulous event partner Christine Weiser and I are so grateful to all of our speakers (listed HERE) and to the many writers who joined us at the lovely Manor House in Blue Bell, PA. Thank  you for being there! Here’s just a taste of what I learned yesterday: *If you want to prepare to be a good speaker, have a friend or someone else interview you. That way you’ll get a sense of what the most interesting things are that you have to talk to an audience about. (That tip from Andy Kahan, director of events at the Free Library of Philadelphia.) *Pitch yourself as a guest blogger for book sites. Make fun videos (I’m going to do that one!). (These tips from Jennifer Kasius of Running Press and literary agents Clare Pelino and Eric Smith.) *What do booksellers have that Amazon doesn’t? Booksellers do community outreach, and bookstores offer the possiblity of serendipity. (From Kat Meyer of the Book Industry Study Group.) *The term “read-a-likes.” This refers to books an author might compare their book to, one with similar style, subject matter, and/or readers. (Learned this from author Donna Galanti.) *I met a new local bookseller, Ashley Montague, co-owner of Penn Book Center, and had a great time bonding and sharing ideas with her and with Cathy Feibach, owner of Main Point Books in...

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Adults Reading Children’s Picture Books

One of the joys of owning a bookstore is choosing the books we sell. As those of you who’ve been in the Open Book Bookstore know, we make our selections very carefully – we carry only good books at our store! And we like to direct our customer/readers toward new discoveries. We do a lot of research before we stock a book, and we’ve read many, if not most, of the books we carry. One fun challenge for us is exploring and learning about new genres. I’m particularly proud these days of the wonderful new children’s picture books we’ve recently added to our collection. Recently we celebrated this collection with an event for adults. Our amazing guest speakers, Heather Devlin Knopf and Julia Way Rix, both artists and children’s book illustrators and authors, shared the process of making a children’s book. Fascinating! Below are listed some new books in our collection – come check them out for your kiddies and grandkids! An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton – My thanks to our friend and customer Amy Brantz Bedrick for telling me about this book. It celebrates just what is awesome about life, and encourages us to share this awesomeness with those who may be missing out on it. This book brought tears to my eyes. i carry your heart with me – a beautiful setting of a poem by e.e. cummings illustrated by Mati McDonough. The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz – Thanks to Emily Chen for steering me to this fun retelling of the fairy tale where the pig who triumphs in the end is the sister pig who has been paying attention during her karate lessons and practicing. She is prepared for that wolf! Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi, who really is Gandhi’s grandson. A great story accompanied by stunning art. We have these and so many more books with lively stories, meaningful messages, and gorgeous illustration. Come and...

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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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