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Hot Off the Press Winter/Spring 2021

Our Hot Off the Press book discussion class is celebrating its tenth year!

Join the new 2021 session, launching January 13th!

If you love a book conversation that’s lively and engaging, where we talk about the book thoroughly and thoughtfully, then this class is for you. Led by long-time teacher and publishing professional Lynn Rosen, this class tackles brand new literary fiction.

Class conversations include 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!

The 2021 session of HOTP includes five class meetings in which we will be reading some recent award winning new books.

CLASS DATES/TIME:

Class meets virtually via Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 7pm EST to 8:30pm EST on:
January 13
February 10
March 10
April 7
May 5

CLASS COST & LOGISTICS:

LOCATION: via Zoom; link to be provided to participants.

COST: $165
Books are not included in the cost.

Email lynn@lynnrosen.com to register. Payment can be made by check or Venmo.

Special Offer: If you’re new to the program and want to try out a class or two, contact lynn@lynnrosen.com and we’ll arrange that for you.

CLASS READING SCHEDULE

January 13
Shugie Bain by Douglas Stuart
WINNER OF THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, 

February 10
A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction
One of the New York Times‘ Ten Best Books of the Year
Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet’s new novel follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group’s ringleaders—including Eve, who narrates the story—decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside.

March 10
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
A bold feat of imagination and empathy, this novel gives flesh and feeling to a historical mystery: how the death of Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son, Hamnet, in 1596, may have shaped his play “Hamlet,” written a few years later. A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time. 

April 7

Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles

A powerful masterwork from one of Japan’s most brilliant outsider writers, Tokyo Ueno Station is a book for our times and a look into a marginalized existence in a shiny global megapolis. This book won the National Book Award for literature in translation. This deft translation is a welcome and necessary addition to the translated Japanese canon, which unfolds in the memories of a deceased narrator occupying the eponymous train station. The book is an observation of Japan at the gateway of its capital, at multiple thresholds of shifting eras, told in the bardo of a mourning father and compatriot, reciting his surroundings and circumstances as if a prayer, a mantra.

May 5
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER
Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family. Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

Email lynn@lynnrosen.com to register. Payment can be made by check or Venmo.

Get Lit with Lynn

A weekly virtual conversation about books and publishing, starting January 2021 from @lynnreadsabook

Free! (Registration required.)

Meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 8:00pm EST
New session begins Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Talking about books makes people happy!

Join bookseller and publishing industry professional Lynn Rosen for Get Lit with Lynn. On the 4th Tuesday of each month at 8pm EST, Lynn will lead a conversation about literary and publishing news. Tuesday is the day that publishers release new titles, and Lynn will highlight notable new books. She’ll share publishing and bookselling news and trends, and engage attendees in discussions about their recent reading and literary likes and dislikes.

Lynn is the store manager at Barnes & Noble in Wilmington, Delaware. Throughout her publishing career, she has been an editor, a literary agent, a professor of publishing, and an author. For a complete bio, click HERE.

You can also read Lynn’s book blog on this website, follow her on Instagram and Facebook @lynnreadsabook, and watch Lynn’s video book reviews on her Lynn Reads a Book YouTube channel. Watch and subscribe HERE.

How to Join Get Lit with Lynn

Attendance is free; preregistration is required. Each meeting will last 30-40 minutes and take place via Zoom.

Regular attendance is not required – join us when your schedule permits. And bring friends!

Want to join? Email lynn@lynnrosen.com to sign up and get the Zoom link.

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 15
August 12
September 9

LOCATION: via Zoom

Sign up HERE.

CLASS READING SCHEDULE

July 15
Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
A 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 12
Some Go Home by Odie Lindsey Norton
“… incandescent debut novel… This is a consummate portrait of human fragility and grim determination.” — Publishers Weekly
An 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 9
Hieroglyphics 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 Weekly
Lil 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 lost prematurely.  In her deeply layered and masterful novel, Jill McCorkle deconstructs and reconstructs what it means to be a father or a mother, and what it means to be a child piecing together the world around us, a child learning to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history and memory.

COST: $100
Sign up HERE.
BUY THE BOOKS:
Books are not included in the cost. A special discounted package of the books is available for $75 for all three books, tax inclusive, and can be purchased by class members at a discount from Open Book Productions.
Buy the books HERE.
Note: if you can’t take the class but still want to purchase the book package, we can accomodate that. Just make your purchase through the link above!

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 or ages 8-12, but you know your child’s reading level!

FEATURED AUTHORS & BOOKS

Monday, August 3

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. Indie booksellers say this is: “a book filled with brilliance, familial love, and friendship.” Kirkus Reviews says: “Placing biracial boyhood and the struggles of colorism at its center, the novel challenges readers to pursue their own self-definition.”

Tuesday, August 4

Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas
Ten-year-old Jackie excels at being in charge. Her skills keep everything from gardens to five unruly brothers in line. So, when a curious chrysalis appears in Jackie’s front yard, she naturally decides to take charge of it. The creature that emerges is not like anything Jackie has ever seen, and she soon realizes that she must protect it at all costs, even from her own family.
Publication Date: November, 2017; Retail price: $9.99

Wednesday, August 5

American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
“When a racist incident roils Lekha’s small town, she finds her voice with the help of her community, Avantika, and her newfound sense of self in this charming novel, which explores the complexity of immigration and identity.”—Teen Vogue
An Indian American girl navigates prejudice in her small town and learns the power of her own voice in screenwriter Supriya Kelkar’s in this effervescent middle grade novel full of humor and heart.

Thursday, August 6

Naked Mole Rat Saves the World by Karen Rivers
Karen Rivers has been celebrated for her “darkly humorous [and] original” (New York Times Book Review) stories that “revel in life’s nuance and complexity” (School Library Journal). Her new book follows Kit-with-a-small-k as she deals with friendship drama and her mother’s deteriorating mental health, all while keeping a ginormous secret: when she’s anxious, she turns into a naked mole rat.
Publication Date: October, 2019; Retail price: $16.95

Friday, August 7

Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker
Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do. “Pennypacker’s writing is thoughtful, deliberate, believable, and punctuated seamlessly with touching moments. Ware’s inner thoughts add subtle humor and context to his character, creating moments for readers to understand what makes him tick.”The Children’s Book Review
Publication Date: February, 2020; Retail price: $17.99

Cost: $185 (early bird pricing). Includes 5 books (tax included & shipping also if needed).
A second child from the same family is an additional $100 (this is a discounted price and does not include books).

Sign up HERE

Note: Once you sign up, you may arrange to pick your books up at Children’s Book World in Haverford. Arrangements may also be made for Cheltenham area pick up. If you are out of town or otherwise require shipping of the books, please sign up by July 24th so we can ship your books to you in time! Thank you!


With any questions, email lynn@lynnrosen.com

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: lynn@lynnrosen.com