Janet will read an excerpt from Lilli de Jong during the awards ceremony for the inaugural Bucks County Short Fiction Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Bucks Community College Foundation, and Janet was the final contest judge for this year's entries.
At the general meeting of the area chapter of the AAUW, Janet will present her novel, discuss women's status in the nineteenth century, answer questions, and sign books. Open to regional AAUW members.
Join writers Janet Golden (Rutgers-Camden historian) and Janet Benton (historical novelist) at the Writers House on the Rutgers University Camden campus. What role does the imagination play in the writing of history? What role does research play in the writing of a historical novel about made-up people?
Come hear these two writers discuss this, as well as their work on mothers and babies in history. Golden's book, A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle was highly useful to Benton as she wrote her historical novel set in 1883 Philadelphia, Lilli de Jong. A short reading from the novel and book-signing will follow.
Event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to the event here.
Isabel Allende's newest novel, In the Midst of Winter, will be released in mid-October 2017. One stop on her cross-country tour is the Free Library of Philadelphia's Author Series. And thanks to the Author Events folks, Janet gets to interview this big-hearted, prolific author onstage. Come meet her! Tickets available on the Free Library website, https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/.
Janet will appear at 10:30 a.m. at the oldest and largest Jewish book fair in the nation. The JCC of Metropolitan Detroit's fair runs for two weeks in November. This is the book fair's 66th year. You can learn more about the festival at this link.
Janet will appear with New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff for a Q&A session at 11 a.m. on Monday, the second day of the Katz JCC's 28th annual Festival of Arts, Books, and Culture in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
This grand festival brings authors, entertainers, and other public figures to the neighborhood for a full week of inspiring events. Tickets are available for this event here.
The director of this wonderful library, Chris Shoemaker, will interview Janet about the writing and researching of Lilli de Jong and the import of its story. Big thanks to author Lee Woodruff for her support in creating this event. Event is free and open to the public; you can find more information here.
What an honor to be fall 2017's featured author at the Germantown Friends School Free Library! A GFS parent and a GFS English professor will talk about their experiences of reading Lilli de Jong, and Janet will then discuss and read from Lilli de Jong, engage with the audience, sell books, and sign them. Event is free and open to the public.
Janet will be the featured author at the parents' book club at this Friends school, discussing her inspiration and process in writing Lilli de Jong and more. Open to the AFS community.
Join two women's history lovers--one, a historian, the other, a novelist--as they reveal the motivations behind their work with women's stories, especially the stories of mothers and babies. Noted historian Janet Golden's book A Social History of Wet Nursing: From Breast to Bottle was an essential resource in the writing of Janet Benton's Lilli de Jong. This will be a rich discussion of the power of fiction and nonfiction as a way of conveying truths about the past and shedding light on the present. Event is free and open to the public.
What a fun day this will be! Books and authors under tents in lovely Collingswood, New Jersey. Janet will be the opening author, talking and answering questions from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. Book-signing afterward. Event is free and open to the public.
Anyone with a Facebook account can request to join the Bookworms Anonymous page and take part in the Weekly Author Spotlight. This will be Janet's first live chat on Facebook, thanks to group creator Kayleigh Wilkes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/131878603663093/
Come discuss Lilli de Jong with the book group at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1224 Melrose Ave., Elkins Park, PA. Discussion begins at 11:45, with a light lunch, followed by an author visit at 12:30. Free and open to the public. Books available for sale and signing.
Historic Germantown, a consortium of historic sites in one of America's most historic neighborhoods, will host an author event with Janet and nonfiction author Lori Tharps in the gallery space of the Germantown Historical Society. It's in one of Germantown's finest old buildings, just off Germantown Avenue. The society's library holds archives of old Germantown that Janet consulted when writing the novel. As a long-time member of Historic Germantown, Janet is proud to be taking part in this talk, reading, and book-signing event! $5 cover.
Did Lilli de Jong touch your heart? Did it bring up thoughts you want to share? Do you have questions for the author? Join our lively discussion of Lilli de Jong. Enjoy the wonderful community created by owners Lynn Rosen and Evan Schwartz at Open Book Bookstore. The book will be available for sale, and Janet will sign your copy for you. As a special perk, the author will reveal some plot twists she explored and deleted!
This bustling library in the Cheltenham Library system will host an event with Janet that includes a short talk, reading, Q&A and bookselling/signing. Janet has taught several writing workshops at this library and is pleased to share her debut novel with this community. Event is free and open to the public.
Janet will meet with the young women's group of the American Jewish Committee to talk about the inspiration behind Lilli de Jong, as well as her own experiences of balancing personal and professional aspects of her life. Open to members of AJC.
Keeping a Mothering Diary: A Journey of the Spirit and a Tool for Imagining a Better World. Whatever a woman discovers upon becoming a mother, it deserves to be examined and to become something she acts upon. In a mothering diary, a mother can explore her journey and envision a better world for all. We’ll begin these diaries together through prompts and discussion.
Keeping a Mothering Diary: Making the Most of Motherhood as a Journey of Faith and Action. As many a new mother discovers at a deeper level, our society exacts harsh costs from mothers and children. We may be too often separated due to the mother's need to bring in income; or we may be isolated together, in a world where most others are not doing this caring work at home. We may be separated at birth, when a mother is unable to keep a baby; or we may pay difficult costs while raising a child without a partner. Whatever a woman discovers on becoming a mother, it deserves to be examined and to become something she acts upon in the world. By keeping a mothering diary, a mother can follow the journey of her spirit, explore the effects of her experiences of bearing and raising children on her faith, and imagine a better world for mothers and children--which is all of us. In this program, we'll share our mothering situations and begin these diaries, using exercises and discussion to put this invaluable practice into action.
Come spend an evening with Philadelphia author Janet Benton, whose debut novel Lilli de Jong has been called a “monumental accomplishment” (Kirkus Reviews) and “a stunning ode to motherhood” (author Sarah McCoy). Released May 16 by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, the novel tells the story of an unwed Quaker mother in 1883 who decides to keep her baby. It is in the form of the young mother’s diary. Reviewers have compared the work to that of Geraldine Brooks. The author will read from the novel, discuss the history and motivations behind it, answer questions, and sign books.
What an honor to be a part of the Author Series at the Free Library of Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Introductions by a parent and an English teacher (TBA) will be followed by a talk, reading, Q&A, book-selling and book-signing. Come join this vibrant community of readers and thinkers for a special event.
Tonight at Open Book Bookstore, local novelists Janet Benton (Lilli de Jong) and Liz Moore (Heft, The Unseen World) will interview each other and talk about their work, its challenges and rewards, and offer insights into their novels and how they developed their characters and their stories. They will take questions from the audience and sign copies of their books. Enjoy wine and chocolates, too!
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This is a very special event at a Victorian mansion-museum in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, where the fictional Lilli de Jong was raised. First, the director of the Mutter Museum, Robert Hicks, will speak about medical matters connected to Janet's historical novel, including childbirth, infant care, and breastfeeding in the late 1800s. He'll also show related artifacts from the museum. Then Janet will talk about her research in Germantown and elsewhere, and read from the novel (a part set in a Germantown mansion resembling the Ebenezer Maxwell mansion). A Q&A will follow. Find out more and register here: http://ebenezermaxwellmansion.org/event/lecture-lilli-dejong-with-author-janet-benton/
Come hear a talk about the origins of her novel and a short reading by Janet Benton, whose debut novel, Lilli de Jong, was just released by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. It's the diary of an unwed Quaker mother who aims to keep her baby in 1883 Philadelphia. Janet will be introduced by novelist Dori Ostermiller, with whom she attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts MFA program. Q&A and book-signing to follow.