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Literary Mindfulness Readers Retreat
May07

Literary Mindfulness Readers Retreat

DATES: Sunday, June 5 to Tuesday, June 7, 2016 LOCATION: The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA Join us on a journey to Kripalu, a yoga retreat in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. We will have three days and two nights of inspiration and rejuvenation as we exercise our bodies (yoga, kayaking, hiking, dance) and our minds in book discussions led by Lynn Rosen throughout the visit. What We’ll Do There On this trip, we will combine the pleasures of sharing and discussing literature with the physical and spiritual rewards of yoga and physical activity. And in between all our various activities, some with the group and some solo, we will feast on the delicious organic cuisine for which Kripalu is famous, and enjoy lush scenery: the lake, rolling hills and leafy green forests of the Berkshires. Books and Yoga: Mind and Body Yoga is a practice that incorporates body, mind, and spirit. Reading is a cerebral and intellectual practice, yet it also incorporates spiritual and emotional components. As to how it affects the body, surely you have read a book that has made you cry, or sent chills down your spine, or even made you jump for joy. And as we surely know, books can affect us in profound ways and sometimes change the course of our lives. Reading Ahead During the retreat, we will focus on the theme “States of Being.” We will begin by discussing a book that participants will read ahead of time: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. In this book, naturalist Sy Montgomery gets to know the octopus, a creature that, though it is invertebrate, has a brain, a personality and an array of amazing abilities. Montgomery brings us into a wondrous watery world where we learn to see things differently. (A copy of this book is included in your activity fee.) Reading On-Site At the event, Lynn will provide an additional selection of short readings on the same theme of consciousness and States of Being. Each reading will be integrated into enriching group discussions. We’ll look at excerpts from the works of a range of authors. Agenda The daily agenda is included below. Cost The cost for this trip is payable in two parts. Part one is an activity fee of $250, payable through Open Book (see “How to Register” below). Part two is for room & board, the cost of which varies depending on the accommodations you select (see “Book Your Housing” below). How to Register You will register for the program by paying the activity fee through Open Book. To sign...

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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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The Genre Mix ‘n’ Match Class for Writers
Feb19

The Genre Mix ‘n’ Match Class for Writers

Open Book presents a new series of writing classes offering you the opportunity to try your hand at writing in a variety of genres. It’s a genre smorgasbord! Need help jumpstarting that novel? We’ve got a class for that! Have you ever wondered if you have a poet in you? Try a poetry class! Memoir? Give it a shot! This is a great chance to exercise your writerly muscles with some innovative and stimulating writing instruction. Each class is taught by an expert in the genre. You can try something you’re already working on, or something new, and try one, or try a few. Class will meet at the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park. Classes take place either on Sunday afternoons from 3:15pm to 5:15pm or on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Details and specific class descriptions are below. COST: Classes cost $30 each. Sign up HERE. Bonus: Those who sign up for 4 classes receive an Open Book Bookstore gift card worth $20. Limited time offer. Note: all purchases are final and non-refundable. CLASS DATES, DESCRIPTIONS AND INSTRUCTORS DATE: Monday Jan 11 TIME: 7pm to 9pm TOPIC: Mystery vs. Thriller: Which one are you writing and why does it matter? INSTRUCTOR: Jon McGoran CLASS DESCRIPTION: There are plenty of similarities between mysteries and thrillers, and sometimes plenty of overlap. But there are important differences as well, including some outright contradictions. Jon McGoran will help you determine which genre is best for you by looking at some of the critical differences between these two closely related categories. He’ll teach you ways to incorporate elements of each into the other without making your mystery less mysterious or your thriller less thrilling. TEACHER BIO: Jon McGoran is the author of six novels, including the biotech thrillers Drift and Deadout, as well as their forthcoming sequel, Dust Up (April 2016), all from Tor/Forge Books, as well as the novella After Effects, from Amazon StoryFront. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is also author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn, from Penguin Books. His short fiction and nonfiction can be found in a variety of anthologies, and his short story “Bad Debt” received an honorable mention in Best American Mystery Stories, 2014. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and a founding member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a group of published authors dedicated to writers helping writers. Sign up HERE. DATE: Sunday Jan 31 TIME: 3:15pm to 5:15pm TOPIC: Building a Fictional World in Young Adult Novels INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth LaBan CLASS DESCRIPTION:...

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Conversational French Class at the Open Book Bookstore
Feb11

Conversational French Class at the Open Book Bookstore

Open Book is now be hosting a regular conversational French class. Mais, oui! C’est vrai! TIME:     The class meets on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30 PLACE:   The Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd. Elkins Park COST:       $10 drop-in fee per class Participants are at different levels of ability, but we request that you have at least a basic knowledge of the language in order to be able to carry on a conversation. If you’d like to join, email lynn@openbookphilly.com We are very pleased to introduce our wonderful instructor, Christine Moisset Edelstein.  Born and raised in Paris, France, Christine Moisset Edelstein came to Philadelphia in 1990 as an exchange student at the University of Pennsylvania.  During that year, she discovered her love for teaching.  She has been teaching French at Penn ever since.  Christine has always had a love of languages.  When she was a student in France, her interest lay in foreign languages. She majored in languages in high school (English, Russian, German), but it wasn’t until she started teaching French that her love for her native language blossomed.  She received her Ph.D in linguistics from Penn in 2000. Christine is married to Chris Edelstein and they have three children whom she is trying to raise bilingual.  She laments that it isn’t an easy task, but she is determined and will only speak French to them. Please call the Open Book Bookstore with questions: 267-627-4888 A...

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Lunch with a Book: Our Souls at Night
Feb01

Lunch with a Book: Our Souls at Night

Following up on our popular “Dinner with a Book” format, this time we’re meeting for lunch! DATE: Monday, March 28th TIME: 12:30 pm to 2 pm LOCATION: Cantina Feliz, Fort Washington Click HERE to register. Join Lynn Rosen for a lively and in-depth conversation about Kent Haruf’s novel, Our Souls at Night. We’ll convene over delicious Mexican cuisine in the private room at Cantina Feliz in Ft. Washington, PA. Like all of Haruf’s work, Our Souls at Night takes place in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, a small agricultural town in the eastern part of the state. Here we meet Addie and Louis, who are in their 70s and each live alone, save for memories of spouses who have died and children who have moved away. Each has regrets; each is lonely. But Addie aims to change that. In what is, sadly, the author’s final work, you will encounter the moving story of these two people who somehow manage to cobble together something revitalizing and meaningful, in spite of all the obstacles, only to have forces around them try to snatch it away. COST: $50 Include a copy of the book: $70 (*Note: the hardcover retails for $24 + tax) Click HERE to register. EVENT MENU FIRST COURSE (for the table) Guacamole Traditional: avocado, jalapeno, onion, cilantro Chop Salad: romaine, baby arugula, cucumber, green apple, honey-yogurt dressing SECOND COURSE (choose 1) Carnitas Tacos: pulled pork, salsa roja, onions,cilantro, avocado or Chicken Tinga Quesadilla: poblanos, crema, guacamole or Vegetable Enchiladas: cauliflower, butternut squash, rajas corn, mole Amarillo DESSERT (for the table) Chocolate Cake: Caramel sauce, whipped cream Click HERE to...

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