Talk, slide show, and booksigning at Congregation Kol Ami, Elkins Park, PA
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Talk, slide show, and booksigning at Congregation Kol Ami, Elkins Park, PA

Janet will speak after the rabbi conducts the Shabbat service, giving a short talk on the origins of Lilli de Jong and her great-grandparents’ courageous activism in the face of injustice. Buy your books prior for Janet to sign, because in observance of Shabbat no books will be for sale at the event.

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Talk & signing at Congregation Beth-El, Yardley, PA
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Talk & signing at Congregation Beth-El, Yardley, PA

Join Janet at this beloved synagogue as she discusses the stories behind Lilli de Jong: The separation of unwed mothers and their infants, the job of wet nursing, and the 19th-century voice that came to a 21st-century mother. The Sisterhood will have much to share, as well, from their charitable work focused around themes in Lilli de Jong.

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The Business of Being an Author: Finding and Working with an Agent
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

The Business of Being an Author: Finding and Working with an Agent

Please join a panel of experienced literary agents who will talk about finding and working with the literary agent who’s right for you. Agents Anne Bohner, Dana Murphy, Eric Smith, and Sarah Yake represent and seek a wide variety of writing and writers. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Authors Guild, it will be hosted by the Authors Guild Philadelphia Chapter co-chairs Janet Benton and Sally Wiener Grotta. There will be time for questions and answers. Refreshments will be served. Presented by co-chairs of the Philadelphia chapter of the Authors Guild, Sally Wiener Grotta and Janet Benton.

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Sunday Book Brunch, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Mar
24
11:30 AM11:30

Sunday Book Brunch, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

Join me and Madeline Miller, author of the brilliant and bestselling novel Circe, for this annual event. We’ll each talk about and read from our novels, engage in a Q&A led by the library’s public programming librarian Janie Hermann, and, with a bookseller on hand, sign books. Find out more below.

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Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA
Mar
20
4:00 PM16:00

Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA

Join in for the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book. In a panel on the opening day of the festival, three authors—Janet Benton (Lilli de Jong), Camille Di Maio (The Beautiful Strangers), and Sarah McCoy (Marilla of Green Gables)—will discuss their historical fiction, set in 1883 Philadelphia, mid-twentieth-century Southern California, and Avonlea. Moderated by Caroline Preston.

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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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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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Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood

Janet will join the Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood for a talk, “The Stories Behind Lilli de Jong: The Separation of Unwed Mothers and Their Infants, the Job of Wet Nursing, and the 19th-Century Voice That Came to a 21st-Century Mother,’ as well as a discussion and book signing, with Open Book Bookstore on hand with books.

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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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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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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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