Sep
24
1:30pm 1:30pm

Writing Workshop at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Philadelphia

What are the stories only you can tell? In this workshop, Finding Your Gold, Janet will lead you in finding these stories. Next you'll start telling one or more, as fact or fiction, via exercises designed to unlock the doors. There's a modest fee. Sign up by emailing diane@ebenezermaxwellmansion.org.  

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Sep
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Penn Book Center, Philadelphia, PA

Join Janet Benton and Alexandria Marzano-Leznevich (author of THE FACT OF A BODY, a combination murder investigation-memoir) as they interview each other about breaking the rules, combining intimate facts and research, writing with a strong concern for social justice, and more. Event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Oct
12
5:30pm 5:30pm

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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Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Nov
6
11:00am11:00am

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

Janet will speak and answer questions 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. New Jersey bestselling author Pam Jenoff will also be there that day--yay! Events are free and open to the public.

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Nov
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
16
4:30pm 4:30pm

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.

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Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Sep
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Open Book Bookstore, Pop-Up Book Club, Elkins Park, PA

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! 

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Sep
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Glenside Library, Glenside, PA

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.

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Aug
5
2:00pm 2:00pm

Workshop at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session, Frederick, MD

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. 

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Jul
27
3:30pm 3:30pm

Workshop at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Session

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.

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Jul
20
4:00pm 4:00pm

Norman Williams Library, Woodstock, VT

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.

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Jul
6
11:00am11:00am

Free Library at Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA

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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.

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Open Books Bookstore. Elkins Park, PA
Jun
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Open Books Bookstore. Elkins Park, PA

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!
*RSVP required*. There is a $5 event fee to attend. Please RSVP to lynn@openbookphilly.com

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Jun
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Germantown, Philadelphia

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/

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Jun
11
3:00pm 3:00pm

Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, Massachusetts

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.

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Jun
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

Writing Workshop, Finding Your Gold, at Writers in Progress studio in Florence, MA

What are the stories that only you can tell?  What insights might you be holding inside and not yet exploring in your work? What sorts of characters and places, psychological binds or conflicts has your life given you? Sometimes we don't recognize the most obvious, unique things about our lives. By tapping into that material, you can create a strong voice and a powerful bond between readers and your work. In this workshop with Philadelphia-based teacher Janet Benton, you'll uncover your most valuable resources through a series of exercises and discussions. This workshop will be held at Writers in Progress studio, through writers' mentor and teacher Dori Ostermiller. $75. Register via Dori's site, or email her at doriostermiller@writersinprogress.com. 

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Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Inkwood Books, Haddonfield, NJ

On this special night, old friends Janet Benton and Pam Jenoff will read from and talk about their novels (Pam's latest is The Orphan's Tale), writing historical fiction, and the writing life. Inkwood is the only independent bookstore in southern New Jersey! Thanks to owner Julie Beddingfield for the wonderful venue. 

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Jun
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Lunch Talk at the Nation's First Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. The hospital's archive holds invaluable records, including those of the State Hospital for Women and Infants--the place Janet used as a model for the charity where Lilli de Jong found refuge and gave birth. The name she gave to her fictionalized version is the Philadelphia Haven for Women and Infants. She'll share some of what she learned with interested employees of Pennsylvania Hospital, thanks to archivist Stacey Peeples, who guided her research there. Open to hospital employees.

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Jun
8
5:30pm 5:30pm

Wellington Square Bookshop, Exton, PA

Janet Benton and Jenni L. Walsh (author of Becoming Bonnie) will discuss their historical novels and answer questions at this beautiful bookstore (named the best bookstore in Pennsylvania by Real Simple magazine). The event is ticketed, with a fee of $5. Visit their website to register, http://www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com/events.html.

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Jun
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Free Library Author Series, Philadelphia, PA

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Author Series will introduce Lilli de Jong to the Philadelphia community. Janet will be interviewed by historical-documentary producer and three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz, and will read an excerpt of the novel--with book-signing afterward. 

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Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT
May
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT

Janet's first official event after the novel is released will be at the Ridgefield Library in her hometown of Ridgefield, Connecticut, with Books on the Common selling books. This is her hometown library, where she checked out hundreds of books and did homework for countless afternoons of her youth. Come for a short talk and reading, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Event is free. Go here to sign up. 

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May
21
4:00pm 4:00pm

Big Blue Marble Writing Workshop, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA

WORKSHOP at Big Blue Marble Bookstore: As makers and protectors of humanity, women have led and taken part in human-rights movements throughout history. Yet our specific concerns are too often neglected. What do you want most for women—and children, often ours to protect? What have you experienced and seen that makes you know this? Through exercises and discussion, you’ll generate powerful material to use as you wish. Let’s harness what we know and protect the future together.

 

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May
16
11:00am11:00am

LILLI DE JONG release date

The hardcover, e-book, audio, and large-print versions of the novel are now available for pre-order through all bookselling channels. To be invited to events related to the book, join the newsletter list on the bottom left of the home page. Consider pre-ordering the novel; you'll likely receive your copy before others do, and some sites offer a pre-order discount. Write me through the Contact tab if you'd like to arrange a book-group visit, reading, interview, teaching, or other event. I can't wait to connect! 

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