Signing & Workshop at The Center for Continuing Education, Mamaroneck, NY
May
10
9:30 AM09:30

Signing & Workshop at The Center for Continuing Education, Mamaroneck, NY

Meet Janet at the Center for Continuing Education in Mamaroneck, NY for a book discussion and writing workshop.

  • 9:30-11:30 book discussion and book-signing
  • 12:30–2:30 workshop: Finding Your Gold

The Center for Continuing Education offers quality classes on many topics for residents of the Mamaroneck region.

Please check back as the event approaches for information on course registration fees.

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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

  • 121 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)
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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

  • Rutgers Camden Summer Writers Conference (map)
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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

  • Rye Free Reading Room Central Library (map)
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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

  • Free Library, Germantown Friends School (map)
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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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Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

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
3:30 PM15:30

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
4:00 PM16:00

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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