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Hot Off the Press: Fall 2014

It’s time to kick off another “Hot Off the Press” class! hot off press

Starting in September, I’ll be holding the regular evening session in Elkins Park on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8:30pm. I will also be adding a second session: same class, different time and location. The alternative date is Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 at Winnie’s LeBus in Manayunk, where we’ll talk books and eat breakfast together (the cost of breakfast is not included in the cost of the class).

For those who are new to the class, in this monthly book discussion class, participants read works of new fiction just as they are being published. Class discussions include analysis of the book as well as background information about the author and the book’s path to publication. We talk serious book talk, but have a lot of laughs too!

Below you will find dates, books, and other details about the new class.

*Ready to register already? Go here:

Hot Off the Press

Class #1

Tuesday, September 16th, 9:30-11am – Manayunk @ Winnie’s LeBus

Wednesday, September 17th, 7-8:30pm – Elkins Park
(Specific location details to be provided – we have a great new space this time!)

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
This is one of those books that the publisher sent to me and I knew nothing about—never heard of the author, wasn’t really captivated by the plot description. But one day I picked it up and started to read. “Hmmm… this is really interesting,” I thought, and kept reading. I wasn’t too far into the book before I knew it was a book I wanted to share with you. What’s it about, you say? Oh, World War II, German soldier, marriage of convenience. It’s a fascinating and original look at the toll war takes on people’s lives.
Publication Date: 8/19

BUY THE BOOK: I will have all the class books available for sale in my Open Book Bookstore at a 10% discount for class members (plus tax). I will receive copies of The Undertaking early next week.

Either email me that you would like the book or click here to purchase it:

[Note: Books for the other classes will be available, also at a discount, as they are published.]

Class #2

Tuesday, October 7th, 9:30-11am – Manayunk @ Winnie’s LeBus

Wednesday, October 8th 17th, 7-8:30pm– Elkins Park

Neverhome by Laird Hunt
I was captivated by the voice in this powerful story of a woman who goes off to fight in the Civil War instead of her husband, posing as a man and enduring what her fellow soldiers endure. Inspired by real-life accounts of women who fought in the Civil War, as one critic said, this book “transforms a footnote in history” and is “a haunting meditation on the complexity of human character, the power of secrets, and the contradictions of the American experience.”
Publication Date: 9/9

Class #3

Tuesday, November 4th, 9:30-11am – Manayunk @ Winnie’s LeBus

Wednesday, November 5th, 7-8:30pm– Elkins Park

Nora Webster, by Colm Tóibín
Many of you have heard me rave about how much I love the novel Brooklyn by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, a book I discovered quite accidentally and fortuitously and have recommended since then to many readers. I’m so pleased to have a new novel from Tóibín to share with you, the story of Nora Webster, widowed at age 40 with four children, having lost the love of her life and now confronting what may or may not be next for herself and her family.
Publication date: 10/7

Class #4

Tuesday, December 2nd, 9:30-11am – Manayunk @ Winnie’s LeBus

Wednesday, December 3rd, 7-8:30pm– Elkins Park

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda’s life is enviable (she’s a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi’s a mess (she’s divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close — raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf’s desire to end her life. After Elf’s latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die.
Publication Date: 11/6

Cost: The cost for the session is $105.

How to Register and Make a Payment:
Please email me asap at if you wish to sign up so I can hold a place for you.  Payment can be made either by mailing a check, made out to “Open Book,” to me at 1100 Melrose Avenue, Elkins Park, PA 19027, or you may sign up online here:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at: 215-360-5382.

I hope you have all had a nice summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!

With best wishes,


Lynn Rosen

Open Book

(215) 360-5382

Author: Lynn Rosen

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