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! 

 

May
21
4:00 pm16:00

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.

 

May
25
7:00 pm19:00

Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT

Janet's first official reading after the novel is released will be at the Ridgefield Library in my 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. 

Jun
5
7:30 pm19:30

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. 

Jun
9
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch Talk at the Nation's First 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.

Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

Inkwood Books, Haddonfield, NJ

This book talk/reading/Q&A/signing will take place at the only independent bookstore in southern New Jersey! Thanks to owner Julie Beddingfield for the wonderful venue and to author Pam Jenoff, Janet's former student/client, who will be on hand to celebrate with us. 

Jun
18
6:30 pm18:30

Bethany Beach Books, Delaware

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

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

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

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. 

Sep
24
1:30 pm13:30

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.  

Sep
28
6:00 pm18:00

Penn Book Center, Philadelphia, PA

Join Janet Benton and another author, Alexandria Marzano-Leznevich (a combination murder investigation and memoir, THE FACT OF A BODY, Flatiron/Macmillan). They'll interview each other about breaking the rules, combining intimate facts and research, writing with a strong concern for social justice, and more, with room for audience questions. 

Oct
26
4:30 pm16:30

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

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.