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Hot Off the Press Spring 2020

hot off pressIn 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 meets on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm.

February 26
March 25
April 22
May 20
June 17
LOCATION: Elkins Park, PA 19027
COST: $160
Sign up HERE.
Books are not included and can be purchased by class members at a discount from Open Book Bookstore.


February 26
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Tells of the ordeal of a Mexican woman who had to leave behind her life and escape as an undocumented immigrant to the United States with her son. This book has created a great literary controversy about cultural appropriation, which will also be part of our discussion.

March 25
Amnesty by Aravind Adiga
A riveting, suspenseful, and exuberant novel from the bestselling, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger and Selection Day about a young illegal immigrant who must decide whether to report crucial information about a murder—and thereby risk deportation.

April 22
Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang
“Startlingly original and deeply moving…. Chang here establishes herself as one of the most important of the new generation of American writers.”   — George Saunders
Equal parts tender and humorous, and told in spare but powerful prose, Days of Distraction is an offbeat coming-of-adulthood tale, a touching family story, and a razor-sharp appraisal of our times.

May 20
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
The first adult novel in almost fifteen years by the internationally bestselling author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts happen. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves, but she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

June 17
The Book of V by Anna Soloman
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.

Genre Writing Classes

GenresOpen Book presents Genre writing classes, offering you the opportunity to try your hand at writing in a variety of genres. Each workshop is taught by an expert in a different genre. You can take a class in a genre you’re already working in, or something new, and try one, or try a few.

See below for details about the classes and our talented instructors!

Each class lasts an hour and a half and meets at the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park.  Details and specific class descriptions are below.

COST: Classes cost $30 each. Sign up HERE.
LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027



DATE: Monday December 5
TIME: 7pm to 8:30pm
TOPIC: Writing Children’s Picture Books: Creating Words & Images that Flow
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Devlin Knopf

This picture book workshop will address the rhythm and flow of a great picture book in relation to words and images. We’ll analyze the beginning, middle, and end of a picture book; pagination for impact; and the importance of editing one’s work. Tip sheets and exercises will provide learning support with a Q&A session to follow. If you are working on a picture book, or have always wanted to create one, join us!

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Heather Devlin Knopf is a Philadelphia-based artist/illustrator, writer, and educator who works in a variety of mixed media. Knopf teaches at Moore College of Art and Design within the departments of illustration and design and at Philadelphia University with the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. She is currently working on her next picture book, as well as a series of monotypes entitled 196 Women. Learn more at

Sign up HERE.


NOTE: All tickets are non-refundable.






Dinner with a Book à la française Returns!

Our popular French-themed dinner discussions at Spring Mill Café continue this fall with two dinners to celebrate Paris. Co-hosted by Spring Mill’s famed chef Michele Haines and book discussion leader Lynn Rosen, our theme will be: “Paris Je T’aime (et je te cherche).” We will seek the real Paris as we discuss two books on two separate evenings. Join one event or both!

Dinner #1
DATE: Wednesday, November 2

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway moveable feast
Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works. Hemingway captures the essence of a Paris long gone, one inhabited by writers and intellectuals, many of them American ex-pats, who worked hard and drank hard, and lived a life that now lives on only in legend. We’ll explore the famous stories in this revelatory book as we dine on delicious Parisian-inspired cuisine.
Dinner + discussion: $65
Dinner + discussion + a copy of the book: $80
Sign up HERE.

Dinner #2
DATE: Tuesday, December 6

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnickparis to the moon
In 1995, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. As Gopnik describes in this funny and tender book, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys–both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived. With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century.
Dinner + discussion: $65
Dinner + discussion + a copy of the book: $80
Sign up HERE.

PLACE: Both events take place at Spring Mill Café, 164 Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428

Sign up HERE.

MENU: Très délicieux!

premier cours

Oysters on the half Shell with Chablis Mignonette


Salad Verte

Entrée Choice

Poulet de Bresse

(Free Range chicken with fresh tarragon, shallots, and Mushroom)


Trout Fillet with Sorrel Cream


Tart tatin with Hadley

(Classic Tart Tatin served warm with vanilla ice cream)

spring mill cafe

 NOTE: All tickets are non-refundable.

Open Book Signed First Editions Club

Announcing our new Signed First Editions Club

What is it?

It’s our brand new book-a-month club, kicking off in September!book signing 1

You’ve come to rely on us to steer you toward good new fiction. We work hard to keep up with what’s being published, and to make sure we stock our store with books we know our customers will enjoy.

If you’ve taken, or even heard about, Lynn’s “Hot Off the Press” class, you know she has a particular affection for contemporary literary fiction, and she voraciously reads lots of new books in order to select for you the ones she thinks are worth reading and recommending.

Well now we’re taking this one step further with the Open Book Signed First Editions Club. As a member, each month you will receive a brand new hardcover novel that Lynn has selected. As a bonus, this book will be a first edition (i.e. from the very first print run of the book) and it will be signed by the author. (Word has it some of these books wind up becoming more valuable as the author’s reputation grows.)


CommonwealthThe September feature is Commonwealth, the brand new novel by Ann Patchett. The book tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.



nicotineNicotine by Nell Zink
A fierce and audaciously funny novel of families—both the ones we’re born into and the ones we create—a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father’s childhood home. It’s a quirky and edgy tale of families, inheritance, cults, and the never-ending search for self-definition. Kirkus Reviews says: “Social satire with a sharp wit and a big heart.”

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon
Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us. The story is speculative fiction inspired by recollections Chabon’s grandfather shared with him on his deathbed about Chabon Scientific, Co., a mail-order novelty company.
(Publication date: November 22)

New announcements coming soon for the next books!

How it works:

You may sign up for the Open Book Signed First Editions Club by selecting either a three-month, a six-month, or a one-year membership. Charges are outlined below.

TERM                                   COST                                     COST

3 MONTH                         $96  (Pick up at store)           $111 (Includes shipping)

6 MONTH                         $192                                          $222

ONE YEAR                       $384                                          $444


With questions, email

Open Book Signed First Editions Club will provide you with a well-written work of literary fiction each month for your reading pleasure.  Over the past eight years, Lynn has built a reputation for discovering new writers and for evaluating good quality fiction.

Here are just some of the novels Lynn has selected and included in past programming:

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
The Unseen World by Liz Moore
Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Neverhome by Laird Hunt
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Serena by Ron Rash
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
American Dervish by Avad Akhtar
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin
Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
In One Person by John Irving
Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi


Ann Patchett Master Class

DATE: Wednesday, October 5
TIME:  7PM TO 8:30PM
LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore, Elkins Park, PACommonwealth

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,

bel cantoI 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 taft
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 happy marraigehave 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 truth & beautylecture 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.)


NOTE: All tickets are non-refundable.

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 block of 15 tickets for this event at the cost of $15 per ticket. This is a separate event and a separate charge from the Master Class. Tickets are available first-come, first-served. Please email me at if you wish to join me at the Free Library on October 6th.