Jun
5
7:30 pm19:30

The Free Library Author Series, Philadelphia, PA

  • Free Library of Philadelphia

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. 

Jun
8
5:30 pm17:30

Wellington Square Bookshop, Exton, PA

  • Wellington Square Bookshop

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.

Jun
9
12:00 pm12:00

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

  • Pennsylvania Hospital

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.

Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

Inkwood Books, Haddonfield, NJ

  • Inkwood Books

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. 

Jun
10
2:00 pm14:00

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

  • Writers In Progress

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 or unique things about our lives.  By tapping into that material, you can create a strong voice and a unique bond between readers and your work. In this  workshop, you'll uncover your most powerful resources through a series of exercises and discussions designed to unearth your gold. This workshop will be held at Writers in Progress studio, through beloved writers' mentor and teacher Dori Ostermiller. $75. Register via Dori's site: http://bit.ly/2rnO0uk

Jun
11
3:00 pm15:00

Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • Broadside Books

Janet will be introduced by novelist Dori Ostermiller, a dear friend with whom she attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts MFA program. Join in for a brief author talk, reading, and Q&A. 

Jun
18
6:30 pm18:30

Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

  • Bethany Beach Books

It's a treat to go to a bookstore that's busy in summer. We're looking forward to a short talk, reading, Q&A, and book signing at this popular beachside bookstore in Bethany Beach, Delaware. 

Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Main Point Books, Wayne, PA

  • Main Point Books

Enjoy a short book talk, reading, Q &A, and book signing among the thousands of excellent books chosen by Main Point's owner, Cathy Fiebach, and her smart and committed staff. 

Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Germantown, Philadelphia

  • The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

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/

Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

Narberth Bookstore, Narberth, PA

  • Narberth Bookstore

Come enjoy a Q&A, reading, and signing and take in the atmosphere of the area's newest bookstore, opened last year by Ellen Trachtenberg in charming Narberth, just over the Schuylkill River from Philadelphia. 

Jul
18
7:30 pm19:30

Point St. Reading Series, Providence, RI

  • Point Street Dueling Pianos

Join book maven Robin Kall Homonoff as she welcomes novelists Janet Benton, Gina Sorell, Hana Alyan, Courtney Maum, and Rumaan Alam to her Point Street Reading Series, Providence, Rhode Island. 

Jul
25
6:30 pm18:30

Brandywine Hundred Library, Wilmington, DE

  • Brandywine Hundred Libary

Author talk, reading, Q&A, bookselling, and book-signing in the grand Brandywine Hundred Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Come spend an evening with a debut novelist, some wonderful librarians, and their community of readers! 

Jul
27
3:30 pm15:30

Workshop at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Session

  • The College of New Jersey

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.

Aug
5
2:00 pm14:00

Workshop at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session, Frederick, MD

  • Hood College

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. 

Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

Glenside Library, Glenside, PA

  • Glenside Branch Library

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.  

Sep
24
1:30 pm13:30

Writing Workshop at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Philadelphia

  • Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

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.  

Sep
28
6:00 pm18:00

Penn Book Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • Penn Book Center

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. 

Oct
7
10:00 am10:00

Collingswood Book Festival

  • Collingswood Book Festival

What a fun day this promises to be! Books and authors under tents in lovely Collingswood, New Jersey. Janet will speak about her book and sign books. Time slot to be announced.

Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

Rye Free Reading Room Central Library, Rye, NY

  • Rye Free Reading Room Central Library

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 bringing people out for this event. 

Nov
16
4:30 pm16:30

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

  • Rutgers Camden Summer Writers Conference

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. 


Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT
May
25
7:00 pm19:00

Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT

  • Ridgefield Public Library

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. 

May
21
4:00 pm16:00

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

  • Big Blue Marble Bookstore

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.

 

May
16
11:00 am11:00

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!