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Ann Patchett Master Class
Aug21

Ann Patchett Master Class

DATE: Wednesday, October 5 TIME:  7PM TO 8:30PM LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA Join writing teacher and book discussion leader Lynn Rosen for a full examination of the work of Ann Patchett, with a particular focus on her new novel, Commonwealth. Dear Reader, I first read Ann Patchett six years ago, starting with her masterful novel Bel Canto. I will never forget those sun-filled days of reading and absorbing that book, filled with heartbreaking drama and lush description. I was hooked, and I determined to master the Ann Patchett canon. I have since read all of her work, beginning with her earliest work of fiction, Taft, and including her non-fiction: the memoir Truth & Beauty and her essay collection, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. This summer I had the opportunity to speak with Ann when I interviewed her for a article for Poets & Writers magazine about authors who open bookstores (the story will be published in the September/October issue). I was thrilled (but not surprised!) to find her to be warm, engaging, and a lively conversationalist. The Master Class concept, used often in music and the arts, is something I have long wanted to explore in studying literature by creating a one-time intensive workshop in which I lead participants in an exploration of the body of work of one author. I’m thrilled to host my first Master Class and to focus on the work of this important contemporary American author, Ann Patchett. How the Class Works: The Master Class is designed to be like a college lecture class. The first hour of the class will be a lecture presentation by me dedicated to an overview of Patchett’s work, including a look at each of her books. Questions and comments from participants will be welcomed and encouraged. The second part of the class will be an in-depth discussion of one Patchett book: her new novel, Commonwealth, which will be published on September 13th. Do you have homework to do before the class? Nothing too strenuous! I encourage you to read Commonwealth, and to read as many of her other books as you wish, but this reading is not required in order to attend and enjoy the Master Class. Note that as part of the cost of the class, you receive a discount on your purchase of Commonwealth from Open Book Bookstore. COST: $35 (includes a coupon for 10% off Commonwealth or another book by Ann Patchett.) SIGN UP HERE. NOTE: All tickets are non-refundable. A Field Trip  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Ann Patchett will be appearing at the Free Library of Philadelphia on October 6th at 7:30pm along with author Jacqueline Woodson. I have reserved a...

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Hot Off the Press Fall 2016
Aug20

Hot Off the Press Fall 2016

A NEW DAYTIME SESSION HAS BEEN ADDED. SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS. 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: September 13, October 18, November 15, December 13, January 10 NEW SESSION ADDED ON FRIDAY MORNINGS FROM 9:30 TO 11am Dates: September 30, October 21, November 18, December 16, January 13 Location: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Cost: $135 To sign up click HERE. 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.) SEPTEMBER 13 & 30 A Thousand Miles From Nowhere by John Gregory Brown As the book begins, fleeing New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Henry Garrett is haunted by the ruins of his marriage, a squandered inheritance, and the teaching job he inexplicably quit. He pulls into a small Virginia town after three days on the road, hoping to silence the ceaseless clamor in his head. One reviewer says: “Brown is an expert storyteller, and his latest only further reinforces that claim.” OCTOBER 18 & 21 Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue A stunning debut about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy. One reviewer says of this Cameroonian writer: “Among the spate of novels forged in the crucible of the previous decade, Mbue’s impressive debut deserves a singular place.” NOVEMBER 15 & 18 The Mothers by Brit Bennett This debut novel describes the tangled destinies of three kids growing up in a tight-knit African-American community in Southern California. Years later, the characters are haunted by what might have happened if they had made different decisions.  The story is told partly by the main character, Nadia, and partly by a chorus of eponymous “Mothers,” the church ladies of Upper Room Chapel. DECEMBER 13 & 16 Swing Time by Zadie Smith An ambitious new novel from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth. Two brown girls dream of being dancers–but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close...

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Adult Coloring Night
Jul11

Adult Coloring Night

WHEN:   Thursday, July 21st TIME:       7pm to 9pm WHERE: Open Book Bookstore An evening of adult coloring and conversation, with refreshments! We’ll hang out together and get our Zen on by coloring, chatting, and sipping wine. It’s a BYO party – bring refreshments and, if you have one, bring your own coloring book! We’ll provide sheets to color for those who need them and we’ll have books for sale as well. To RSVP or with questions, contact Lynn:...

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Hot Off the Press Summer 2016
Jul05

Hot Off the Press Summer 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 on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm Dates: July 27, August 24 Location: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Cost: $55 To sign up click HERE. (See here as well for prices for one class session.) Class members receive discounts if they purchase class books from the Open Book Bookstore. JULY 27: Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift It is March 30, 1924: Mothering Sunday in England. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold? A poetically-written book about how life unfolds. AUGUST 24 The Unseen World by Liz Moore The moving story of a daughter’s quest to discover the truth about her beloved father’s hidden past. Moore, the author of Heft, a previous “Hot Off the Press” selection, is a local author and teaches creative writing at Holy Family University. To sign up click...

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Capturing the Muse: A One-Day Retreat for Writers

Our creative endeavors are so important to us—and so time-consuming! But if we don’t make time to write, it just won’t happen. Your creative practices need your time and attention in order for them to flourish. Give yourself the gift of a day of work: a quiet day in a bucolic setting, surrounded by a small group of other writers.  Join an Open Book one-day writing retreat and focus on your important creative work! DATE: Sunday June 26 TIME: 9am – 5:30pm LOCATION: The Manor House at Whitpain Farm, Blue Bell, PA, 19422 SIGN UP HERE. THE SETTING: Open Book one-day writing retreats take place at the Manor House at Whitpain Farm in Blue Bell, PA. This beautifully-restored colonial farm house sits on the edge of acres of green space, surrounded by trees, a brook, and a wide, sunny vista. We will occupy the entire first floor and have full use of the home’s numerous rooms, from the 1704 Room with its original colonial stone fireplace, to the modern and expansive kitchen and butler’s pantry. There is plentiful space for writing at individual tables in the various rooms. THE SCHEDULE: The retreat begins at 9am and closes at 5:30pm. We intersperse quiet, private writing time with creative breaks throughout the day. The format of the retreat is as follows: We begin with “Convocation,” a warm up which includes goal-setting and brief writing exercises. We then move to our first extended period of quiet writing. At our next group workshop we focus on “Problem Solving,” looking at any literary bumps and how to overcome them, as well as reaffirming our writing goals for the day. The afternoon group workshop is “Energy,” a break designed to refresh and ready us for the final writing stint of the day. We close with a wine & cheese and sharing of our work. FACULTY Lynn Rosen Lynn runs Open Book’s extensive program of classes, workshops, and events for writers and readers, and is the co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, located in Elkins Park, PA. Lynn is a long-time book publishing industry professional with many years of experience as an editor, literary agent, author, and teacher. Most recently, she was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She has served as Editorial Director at Peter Pauper Press, as Senior Editor at Running Press and, earlier in her career, as an Editor in the trade division of Ballantine Books. In 1991, Lynn launched Leap First, an independent literary agency, which she ran until 1999. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests...

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Dinner with an Author with Robin Black
May10

Dinner with an Author with Robin Black

Our popular “Dinner with an Author” is back! Join us for dinner and a conversation with author Robin Black about her novel Life Drawing, her new book, and about the writing life. DATE: Wednesday, June 15 TIME: 7pm to 9pm LOCATION: Park Plates Restaurant, Elkins Park, PA Dinner with an Author will take place in the private dining room of Park Plates Restaurant. Our guest of honor will be author Robin Black, who will join us for dinner and a discussion of her novel Life Drawing. She will also tell us about her new book Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing And Life Collide and about the writing life in general. During the discussion, we will enjoy a delicious 3-course meal from Park Plates. The menu is described below. All guests are asked to read Life Drawing in advance so they can fully participate in the discussion. Attendance is limited to 14 guests.  Park Plates is BYOB. COST: Dinner: $60 Dinner plus one book: $75 Dinner plus two books: $90 Note: Attendees may select Robin’s novel, Life Drawing, which we will be discussing at the dinner. Attendees may also select Robin’s newest book, Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide. Or they may select both. SIGN UP HERE ABOUT LIFE DRAWING Augusta Edelman, Gus to her friends, is a painter, a wife, and not always the best judge of her own choices—one of which was bad enough that Gus and her husband, Owen, have fled their longtime city home and its reminders of troubling events. Now, three years into their secluded country life, Gus works daily on the marriage she nearly lost, discovers new inspiration for her art, and contemplates the mysteries of a childhood tragedy. But this quiet, healing rhythm is forever shattered one hot July day, when a stranger moves into the abandoned house next door, and crosses more boundaries than just those between their lands. This debut novel is a fierce, honest, and moving portrait of a woman grappling with her fate. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Robin Black’s story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications.  Her novel, Life Drawing, was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize. Her newest book is Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing And Life Collide. Robin lives in Philadelphia with her husband, and will begin teaching in the Rutgers-Camden MFA Program, Fall 2016. THE MENU First Course Watercress and arugula salad with toasted pistachios, Manchego and a sherry vinaigrette or Anchovy hummus with zatar toasts Main Course Yogurt batter-fried chicken with honey curry glaze, feta orzo and...

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