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A Conversation for Caregivers
Dec03

A Conversation for Caregivers

Are you a caregiver? Come join a presentation and community discussion about resources for family caregivers. The conversation will be led Elkins Park neighbors Melissa Twersky, geriatric social worker, and YosaifAugust, life coach and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out. Melissa is part of a national conversation about caregiving, organized around the book The Age of Dignity by Ai-Jen Poo (books will be available for sale). Yosaif is currently doing a national speaking tour for the Christopher Reeve Foundation’s Caregiver Day program, presenting the concepts from his latest book. Join the conversation to share your concerns, meet others in a similar position, and learn new information. DATE:  Thursday, January 14, 2016 TIME: 7 TO 8:30PM LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Call 267-627-4888 or email lynn@openbookphilly.com with questions or for more...

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Mind the Gap:  Rereading the Classics — A Literature Class
Nov22

Mind the Gap: Rereading the Classics — A Literature Class

If you go for a ride on the “tube” (the London Underground), you’ll hear a recording telling you to “mind the gap” as the doors are closing. I’ve always loved that phrase! Here I use it not to warn you about train safety, but to address a different gap: the missing books in our education. There are so many classic books we always meant to read but never got around to. Or maybe we just didn’t read them quite as attentively as we might have when they were assigned in high school or college. Now is the time to revisit them and, this time, to really appreciate them! “Mind the Gap” is an ongoing series in which we’ll return to and reconsider a variety of literary classics and learn why these books live on and are as fresh and meaningful as when they were first published. We’ll also experience the pleasure of finding new meaning in an old work, a book we are reading now at a different time in our lives, with different experiences behind us which lead to new insights. The class will be led by Lynn Rosen, an experienced teacher, editor, and publishing expert. Lynn holds a Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught writing and publishing at Drexel University, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania, and she previously ran the Graduate Publishing Program at Rosemont College. Lynn has spent much of her career in the New York publishing world working as an editor for Random House and other publishing houses, and running her own literary agency for eight years. She is the author of several books, including Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests. She and her husband Evan Schwartz own and run the indie Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA. Lynn also runs the Open Book program of book discussion classes and author events, which includes the popular class “Hot Off the Press.” Each class meeting will focus on one author and one significant work by that author. Class will open with an introduction by Lynn Rosen in which she will provide a brief biography of the author’s life and an overview of their body of work. Lynn will touch on critical opinion and analysis of the author’s work and look at the overall impact of their life and work. Following this, the class will join Lynn in a discussion of the particular book selection. Class participants are asked to read the selected book to prepare for...

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Local Authors are Guest Booksellers on Small Business Saturday November 28th
Nov05

Local Authors are Guest Booksellers on Small Business Saturday November 28th

The Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 28th, is Small Business Saturday. On this day, many indie bookstores invite authors to be guest booksellers. It’s fun for customers to come in and find the authors working in the store! Come meet some of the authors who live in our community as they take a shift guest bookselling at Open Book Bookstore on 11/28. Here’s the schedule: 11am to Noon: Daniel Sean Kaye, author of Never Underestimate a Hermit Crab Noon to 1pm:  Jon McGoran, author he author of six novels, including the biotech thrillers Drift and Deadout 1pm to 2pm:    Andy Schloss, author of cookbooks too numerous to mention here! 2pm to 3pm:    Stephanie Feldman, author of the novel The Angel of Losses 3pm to 4pm:    Karen Toz, author of many middle grade books, including Nate Rocks, and a novel for adults 4pm to 5pm:    Christine Weiser, author of Broad Street and co-founder of Philadelphia Stories magazine Shop indie, shop local! Oh, and did we mention...

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Dinner with a Book: Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover
Oct16

Dinner with a Book: Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover

Open Book is pleased to announce a new Dinner with a Book event on Thursday, November 12th. We will dine at The Rose Tattoo Café and discuss the new book by Isabel Allende, The Japanese Lover. After dinner we will attend a reading by Ms. Allende at the nearby main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Dinner, discussion, and tickets to the library reading are included in the cost of the event. Sign up soon: only ten slots are available! Click here to register. DATE: Thursday, November 12th TIME: 5:30pm to 9pm Dinner at 5:30pm, The Rose Tattoo Café Provide your own transportation to the restaurant. Street parking available. Author Reading by Isabel Allende: 7: 30pm (Details HERE) COST: $65 (Cost includes book discussion, three-course meal with tax and gratuity, and a reserved ticket to the library event.) Copies of The Japanese Lover are available for sale from open book at a discount for event attendees. Choose the “Dinner/Reading +  Book” option when you make your payment to reserve a copy of the book. ABOUT THE BOOK In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change. ABOUT OPEN BOOK Open Book is a long running program of book discussion classes and author events led by book publishing professional Lynn Rosen. Lynn is an editor and former literary agent, and has taught literature, writing, and publishing at several area universities. She is a published author and now the proprietor of the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA. Click here to register. Questions: 267-627-4888 or...

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The Open Book Memoir Writing Retreat
Aug10

The Open Book Memoir Writing Retreat

Save the date! On Sunday, May 22, 2016, we will be presenting another in our successful series of day-long writers retreats, this one focused on the writing of memoir. The event takes place at The Manor House at Whitpain Farm in Blue Bell, PA from 10am to 4pm. FEATURED SPEAKERS: Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of twenty-one books, an adjunct professor of creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania (where she won the 2015 Beltran Family Teaching Award), a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Inquirer, and the strategic writing partner in a boutique marketing communications firm. Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir won the 2013 Books for a Better Life Award (Motivational Category). Kephart’s Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River has recently been released as a paperback and is a key component in a William Penn founded pilot education program created by the Fairmount Water Works. Love: A Philadelphia Affair, a collection of her memoiristic essays, was just released by Temple University Press. She blogs daily at www.beth-kephart.blogspot.com .     Daniel Torday is the author of the novel The Last Flight of Poxl West. His novella, The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Torday’s stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, n+1, The New York Times and The Paris Review Daily. A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as an editor atThe Kenyon Review. He is Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.     More information, including the day’s agenda and cost and registration information, coming soon!...

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The Salinger Mystique: An Open Book Reader Retreat
May22

The Salinger Mystique: An Open Book Reader Retreat

Explore the life and work of J.D. Salinger with the authors of two recent books about this brilliant and reclusive writer. DATE: Sunday, June 7 TIME:  Noon to 3:00pm LOCATION:  Whitpain Farm, Blue Bell, PA J. D. Salinger, who gained great fame for The Catcher in the Rye and his artful short stories published regularly in The New Yorker, lived the latter part of his life as a recluse in New Hampshire, leaving fans to speculate why he withdrew from the world at large and what he was writing. In this event, we’ll meet and hear from two authors who, like many others, are entranced and preoccupied by this talented, odd, and practically mythic author. The New York Times calls Thomas Beller’s new book J. D. Salinger: The Escape Artist “a short, sensitive and irresistible biography.” The book has received wide acclaim and just won the New York City Best Book Award for biography/memoir. Beller, an experienced writer and speaker, will share with us his insights into Salinger’s life and work. Joanna Rakoff’s My Salinger Year has also garnered numerous awards from The Guardian to GoodReads and more. When she was in her early 20s, Rakoff took a job as an assistant to Salinger’s literary agent, and found herself swept up into the literary life of New York in the 1990s, answering Salinger’s fan mail as she found her own literary voice. Join us for an afternoon of literary leisure and pleasure, combining the keynote talks from these two esteemed authors who are visiting Philadelphia specifically for this event, along with an intro to Salinger by Lynn Rosen and a delicious light lunch, all in a beautiful country setting! SCHEDULE Noon: Arrive & Register: meet & mingle; browse the Open Book pop-up bookstore 12:15: Lunch buffet opens 12:30: Welcome by Lynn Rosen: The J.D. Salinger Refresher & Overview 1:00pm: Keynote author talks and Q&A with Thomas Beller and Joanna Rakoff 2:15–3:00pm:  Coffee/tea/dessert and chat with the authors; book signing. The Reader Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours on a Sunday meeting authors and talking about books with other readers. The event takes place at Whitpain Farm, an historic colonial-era manor house in Blue Bell, PA. (Directions to be provided.) Cost: $75* Includes lunch, author keynote presentations, and copies of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist and My Salinger Year. *Inquire about special discounts for students (ID required) and for Whitpain Farm residents. To register click here! With questions...

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