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Kaiserman JCC Summer One Book
Jul21

Kaiserman JCC Summer One Book

DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED. OUR APOLOGIES! We’re excited to be partnering with the Kaiserman JCC to feature the wonderful new novel The Book of V by Anna Solomon, with a virtual visit from the author planned for Wednesday, August 26th. Anna Solomon will talk about her book and her writing process and take questions from the audience. Details below! ABOUT THE EVENT DATE: Wednesday, August 26TIME: 7PM – 8PM ESTLOCATION: VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM (You will be sent a password-protected Zoom link prior to the event.)COST:Event Ticket: $12Event Ticket + a copy of the book: $36(Books will be available for curbside pick-up or can be shipped for an extra shipping cost; the author will provide signed book plates.)Extra copies of the book: $25 per copy CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP ABOUT THE BOOK The Book of V is a bold, kaleidoscopic novel intertwining the lives of three women across three centuries as their stories of sex, power, and desire finally converge in the present day. Lily is a mother and a daughter. And a second wife. And a writer, maybe? Or she was going to be, before she had children. Now, in her rented Brooklyn apartment she’s grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires, while also trying to manage her roles as a mother and a wife in 2016. Vivian Barr seems to be the perfect political wife, dedicated to helping her charismatic and ambitious husband find success in Watergate-era Washington D.C. But one night he demands a humiliating favor, and her refusal to obey changes the course of her life—along with the lives of others. Esther is a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia, where she and her uncle’s tribe live a tenuous existence outside the palace walls. When an innocent mistake results in devastating consequences for her people, she is offered up as a sacrifice to please the King, in the hopes that she will save them all. In Anna Solomon’s The Book of V., these three characters’ riveting stories overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years. Praise for The Book of V “The engrossing, highly readable, darkly sexy third novel by Anna Solomon…The Book of V. is a meditation on female power and powerlessness, the stories told about women and the ones we tell about and to ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review“An absorbing story about desire, power imbalances and the quest for self-determination—a feminist rallying cry born in the private spaces of women’s lives.” —People Magazine, *Book of the Week*“The Book of V. is brainy and sexy and roots us so completely...

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Hot Off the Press Summer 2020
Jun18

Hot Off the Press Summer 2020

Join a special three-class summer session of Hot Off the Press! 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 DATES/TIME:Class meets virtually on Wednesday evenings from 7pm EST to 8:30pm EST on:July 15August 12September 9 LOCATION: via Zoom Sign up HERE. CLASS READING SCHEDULE:  July 15Red At The Bone by Jacqueline WoodsonA spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off.” -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of  HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, in The Atlantic“An exquisite tale of family legacy….The power and poetry of Woodson’s writing conjures up Toni Morrison.” – People An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.  Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson’s taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child. Note: Hot Off the Press typically features brand new fiction. Our original selection was The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (an author whose earlier work, The Mothers, we read in this class when it first came out). However, the publisher is out of stock of the book, so I made a last minute change. Although Woodson’s book is no longer brand-new, it’s a powerful read from an important writer. August 12Some Go Home by Odie Lindsey Norton“… incandescent debut novel… This is a consummate portrait of human fragility and grim determination.” — Publishers WeeklyAn Iraq war veteran turned small town homemaker, Colleen works hard to keep her deployment behind her—until pregnancy brings her buried trauma to the surface. She hides her mounting anxiety from her husband, Derby, who is in turn preoccupied with the media frenzy surrounding the long-overdue retrial of his father, Hare Hobbs, for a civil rights–era murder. September 9Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle“McCorkle weaves a powerful narrative web, with empathy for her characters and keen insight on their motivations. This is a gem. ”  — Publishers WeeklyLil and Frank married young, launched into courtship when they bonded over how they both—suddenly, tragically— lost a parent when they were children. Over time, their marriage grew and strengthened, with each still wishing for so much more understanding of the parents they’d...

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Author Camp
Jun16

Author Camp

From Open Book Productions & Children’s Book World A week-long session for middle schoolers where kids read books and meet the authors! Begins August 3rd! Discover great new books! Meet and interact with the authors! Participate in creative writing exercises! Author Camp will introduce your child to five new books and their authors! The week-long session meets daily and features five new middle school books. Classes are led by Lynn Rosen, owner of Open Book Productions and English, writing, and publishing instructor. (For more about Lynn see HERE.) All sessions include virtual visits from the authors! Here’s how Author Camp works: We meet once a day for an hour and a half via Zoom.The cost of the class includes a copy of each of the five books that are part of the camp. (When you sign up, we will be in touch to arrange how you will get the books.)The session begins with some ice breakers and get-to-know-you warm-up activities led by Lynn.Campers then take out the book of the day and Lynn leads them in a reading. The reading is interactive, pausing along the way to point out notable parts of the story and underlining what is happening in the story. (Note: we will read the first chapter together, and participants will be free to read the rest of the book on their own.)Lynn then leads a group discussion about the book: what’s important about the book, the plot, what we liked about it, what it makes us wonder about. Lynn will share background about the book and the author with the campers.We’ll do some activities and writing exercises related to the themes of the book.Then we prepare to meet the author. The children are guided to think of questions they would like to ask the author about the book and to write these questions down in preparation. Next, we meet the author! The author joins us on Zoom to answer the children’s questions and for a reading from their book.Lynn will close the class by summing up what we’ve done and then prepping them for the next day’s book, showing it to them, giving them some clues on what to look for and encouraging them to spend some time with the book before we meet again the next day to read and discuss it. Sign up HERE With any questions, email lynn@lynnrosen.com Author Camp: Middle Grade Books Session 1: Week of August 3rd, meeting daily from 2pm to 3:30pm (Additional sessions for subsequent weeks in July will be added.) This class is for children who are comfortably and independently reading middle grade books. Generally this is grades 3-6...

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Lit Chat Book Club Happy Hour
May27

Lit Chat Book Club Happy Hour

The Lit Chat Book Club Happy Hour is a special private event for book clubs. During this one-hour virtual literary happy hour, Lynn Rosen provides an entertaining and interactive book club update and refresh. It’s a fun way for your book club to convene, stay connected virtually during this time of quarantine, have a new experience, and discover new books! The event includes: General literary news of interest to book clubs:A presentation of 10 forthcoming titles specifically chosen for your book club;General tips for successful book clubs, as well as (if needed) suggestions for ways to refresh your group and how to ask good questions that generate a stimulating discussion;A literary trivia contest, complete with prizes!Follow up after the event with a tailored list of titles recommended specifically for your book club. This event is led by author/teacher/bookseller Lynn Rosen, a long-time book publishing industry professional. For more about Lynn see HERE. The cost for the event is $10 per person, with a minimum of $100. For more information and to schedule the event for your book club, contact Lynn Rosen:...

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Women’s Words
May07

Women’s Words

A series of programs featuring literature by women. The Women’s Words series kicks off with a lecture by Lynn Rosen: “Women’s Words: Feminist Literary Highlights from the 18th Century to Today.” This talk will start with a look at our very first women authors and novelists and move through important works over the centuries. You’ll find familiar names as well as hopefully some news ones, from Mary Wollstonecraft to Virginia Woolf to Gloria Steinem to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. After the kick-off lecture, there will be three separate book discussion classes, each examining an important work of feminist fiction. For these classes, participants will be asked to read the work ahead of time to participate in class discussion. Womens’ Words LectureDATE: Tuesday, June 9thTIME: 7pm – 8:30pmWho are our feminist literary foremothers? You may be surprised to know that their work dates back as far as the 11th century, and that even in eras dominated by male writers, they were busily “scribbling” out important works of literature. This lecture is an overview of some significant feminist literature over the past centuries. Sign up HERE CLASS #1DATE: Wednesday, May 27TIME: 7pm – 8:30pmKate Chopin’s The Awakening centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood and the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. We’ll examine this imporant work and also look at several other contemporary 19th century American women writers: Margaret Fuller, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and E.D.E.N. Southworth.Participants will need to read The Awakening for this class. Sign up HERE CLASS #2DATE: Monday, June 15TIME: 7pm – 8:30pmEdith Wharton’s The House of Mirth was published in 1905 and tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City’s high society. Lily’s plight still rings fresh today, and we’ll discuss this classic novel, and also examine new evidence that sheds light on the author’s intentions for Lily. Sign up HERE CLASS #3DATE: Tuesday, July 7TIME: 7pm – 8:30pmVirginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, published in 1925, is a great book to return to as a reader of Woolf, and a perfect way to begin if you haven’t yet read Woolf. Either way, the story and the beauty of the language have not lessened in impact in the nearly 100 years since the book’s publication. Sign up HERE COST: Per class: $30Sign up for the series: $110 Sign up...

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Kids Write!
May07

Kids Write!

A new session in our popular online writing program for kids begins in late May! We want to encourage young writers, especially during these days when schools are closed, by giving them some new concrete skills that will help them become better writers and feel good about what they are accomplishing as young writers. Our classes combine instruction about craft and writing exercises, all at an age appropriate level. Classes are led by Lynn Rosen, owner of Open Book Productions and English, writing, and publishing instructor. (For more about Lynn see HERE.) What people are saying about Kids Write: Praise from a former student:“I really liked this writing class. I’m still enjoying writing the rest of the story I started during the class. We were given time and help to be creative and write what we wanted.” Praise from the parents of previous students: “We want to thank you for your fine work in teaching creative writing.  We appreciate your careful preparation for each lesson, your clear way of explaining things, and above all your warm encouragement of all the students.  This has been a very positive experience for our daughter and we thank you! “My kids had an excellent experience in the class.”  “Very positive, fun, educational.”  “He looked forward to the classes and enjoyed the assignments.” “The different exercises were fun. He liked the writing challenges. It helped her think about writing in new ways.” “My daughter, who is in 7th grade, took a class with Lynn in the fall. It was a great experience on so many levels. I knew my daughter was a talented writer but didnt know how to foster this talent without nagging! Lynn got the middle schoolers comfortable with her and each other right away so they could give each other feedback. The fiction piece my daughter ended up writing blew me away. The characters had serious depth and I wanted to read more! I know she is a better writer from this class! I highly recommend Kids Write for teens and tweens!” Class Details Class will meet virtually; details are below. The class is 4 weeks long, includes 4 meetings, and each meeting is an hour and 15 minutes.Cost per class is $85 Register HERE. KIDS WRITE! Storyboarding DATE: Thursday, May 28, June 4, 11, 18TIME: 11AM – 12:15PM LOCATION: via ZoomThis class takes a storytelling approach with a focus on plot development. In each class, we will create new plots and stories and then map them out fully, storyboard style. We’ll explore a variety of genres including realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novels, and playwriting....

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