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.

my salinger year.1escape artistDATE: 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!


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 contact: or 215-360-5382

Author: Lynn Rosen

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