Free Library of Northampton Township, Richboro, PA
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Free Library of Northampton Township, Richboro, PA

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Join Janet at the Free Library of Northampton Township for a reading and author discussion for the paperback release of Lilli de Jong. After the talk, books will be available for purchase and signing.

This event was graciously organized by Kathy Morrison of the Newtown Book Shop. It's free and open to the public. Please register here.

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Collingswood Book Festival
Oct
6
1:30 PM13:30

Collingswood Book Festival

Janet is happy to be returning to this wonderful book festival. She'll sign paperbacks for two hours at the Barnes and Noble tent, as well as moderating a panel focused on two wonderful authors, Elise Juska (If We Had Known) and Tom McAllister (How to Be Safe). EVENT TIMES TO BE DETERMINED.

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

Springfield College, Springfield, MA

Invited by a committee that brings artists of all sorts to the college each year, Janet will give a public reading and book-signing at 7:30 p.m. on the 16th and visit an English class that will have read her novel and two creative-writing workshops the next day.

If you would like to attend the public reading, the event will be held in the Phyllis P. Dodge Room in the Flynn Campus Union.

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Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ

Join Janet Benton for a discussion of her moving novel Lilli De Jong. The debut novel tells the story of a young woman who defies social norms in 1883 Philadelphia, choosing to keep her daughter after giving birth at an institution for unwed mothers. Told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame, De Jong chooses to keep her daughter and make a life.

This event is $5, or free with a $5 admission for a tour between 12pm-2pm.

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Literary Soiree at Upper Dublin Public Library
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Literary Soiree at Upper Dublin Public Library

Mark your calendars and save the date for this lovely Literary Soiree, designed to bring readers and writers together over sips and small bites. We’ll have a roster of acclaimed local published authors who will read from their work and chat with guests one-on-one. Books will be avaiable for sale and signing by the authors.

Have fun, get lit, and help support the Upper Dublin Public Library!

Janet will be reading alongside:

  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller (Circe);
  • National Book Award Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge)

Hosted by Open Book Bookstore.

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Open Book Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Open Book Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA

Join Janet at Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania to chat about Lilli de Jong and hear Janet's reflections on the novel after a year of publication. Thanks to co-owner Lynn Rosen for all her amazing support for the novel ever since the day of hardcover release, when she created a table piled high with copies of Lilli de Jong that gave Janet a big thrill to see. (And she sold them all!)

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Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

American Association of University Women, 5th Annual Scholarship Luncheon Talk, Rumson, NJ

At the Annual Scholarship Luncheon of AAUW, Northern Monmouth Branch, Janet will present the inspiration for her novel, discuss women's status in the nineteenth century and today, answer questions, and sell and sign books. Ticketed event at Salt Creek Grill, Rumson, NJ, open to the public. For more info. and reservations, visit www.aauw-nj-nmcb.org or  email aauw.nmcb@yahoo.com

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Writing to Heal the Culture, panel and discussion, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA

Organized by writer-teacher Helen Mallon, this half-day conference will explore the role of writing as an aid to cultural progress and healing. Janet will take part in a panel discussion and writing from 1 to 4 p.m. alongside Helen Mallon, John Timpane, Rita Fierro, and Yolanda Wisher. Contact hmallon@navpoint.com to register.

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 Authors Up Close: Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Authors Up Close: Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

Join us for a conversation with author Janet Benton about her debut novel Lilli de Jong.

Authors Up Close is a series that seeks to build connections between local audiences and authors. This program is part of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Center for Public Life. Free.

More information may be found at the Free Library of Philadelphia website.

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Feb
11
11:10 AM11:10

Panel: Hard Workin' Authors, Writers @ Work Conference

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Join Janet for a panel at the Writers @ Work Conference on getting published and getting publicized. She will join authors Nomi Eve, Lori Tharps, and Nathaniel Popkin for the panel.

Writers @ Work Conference is presented by Open Book and Philadelphia Stories. Learn more about and register for the conference here.

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Nov
16
4:30 PM16:30

A Historian and a Novelist Discuss Research and Imagination, Writers House, Camden, NJ

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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.

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Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Interviewing Isabel Allende, Free Library of Phila., Phila., PA

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/.

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Nov
6
11:00 AM11:00

Festival of Arts, Books, and Culture, Cherry Hill, NJ

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.

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Rye Free Reading Room Central Library, Rye, NY

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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.

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event, Free Library, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA

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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.

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Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

Telling Women's Stories, Philadelphia History Museum, Philadelphia, PA

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.

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Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Historic Germantown, Philadelphia, PA

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. 

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