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January 2020

Author Jeffrey Colvin: “Africaville: A Novel”

January 29, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author gives a talk about his debut novel, a family saga set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by formerly enslaved people. Publisher's Weekly calls "Africaville: A Novel,"  which explores concepts of racial identity, passing, interracial relationships and the meaning of home, "a penetrating, fresh look at the indomitable spirit of black pioneers and their descendants." Colvin served in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University and Columbia University…

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February 2020

African American Read-In

February 1, 2020, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The African American Read-In, an event dedicated to diversity in literature, is presented in partnership with Princeton Public Schools. Please check back for updates and more events as the month approaches. 11 a.m.: Poet: Khalil Murrell Noon : Performance: ACT-SO 1:15 p.m. : Books Transform | An Inter-generational Presentation on the books that have been meaningful and/or transformative to members of our community.   This program is presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Schools and in collaboration with the…

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Mystery Book Group

February 3, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group discusses "Hunting Game" by Helene Tursten.

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Writers Room

February 4, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read their work and members offer suggestions. Works read are usually less than 15 minutes long, so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led by Loretta and Fred Wish.

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Go Between Club

February 8, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
STEAM Studio – Third Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

All sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are welcome to join us on the second Saturday of every month for a fun discussion of books and other interests.

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Authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills: “A Proud Heritage: The African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Areas”

February 10, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Co-authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills will speak on the research for and contents of their book, "If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey." Based on over a decade's worth of research, the authors present a history of the cemetery and a unique window into African-American history in New Jersey. According to James McPherson, professor emeritus at Princeton University:  "Rooted in an amazing amount of research, and…

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Writing Workshop

February 11, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers who are working on book-length works are invited to receive constructive critique from peers. The group is designed so that writers can help other writers of fiction and book-length non-fiction to strengthen characters and story structure.  Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. Don Donato leads the workshop.

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Historical Fiction Book Group: “The Fortunes” by Peter Ho Davies

February 12, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Historical Society of Princeton, Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The Historical Fiction Book Group features scholar-led book discussions about the fictional elements and nonfictional historic and regional context of selected books. In this session, Princeton University Associate Professor of History Beth Lew-Williams discusses "The Fortunes" by Peter Ho Davies. The book explores a century of American history through the lives of four Chinese Americans: a 19th-century laundry worker, a Chinese film star, a friend of someone killed in a hate crime and a half-Chinese man looking to adopt a Chinese…

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Contemporary Fiction Book Group: “Washington Black”

February 13, 2020, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Conference Room – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon
Princeton, New Jersey 08542

The group discusses "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan. New members are always welcome.

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Donna Rifkind: “The Sun and Her Stars: “Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood”

February 13, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author discusses her biography of unsung Hollywood screenwriter Salka Viertel whose fascinating and complex life and career took her from prewar Vienna to Hollywood. In the 1930s and ‘40s, Viertel hosted salon-like gatherings that were a refuge for a multitude of writers, actors, composers and musicians who had escaped the worsening political situation in Europe and World War II.

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Black Voices Book Group

February 13, 2020, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Princeton Room – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The group discusses "A Mercy" by Toni Morrison.

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Book Brunch Featuring Kelly Simmons, Amy Impellizzeri and Kate Moretti

February 16, 2020, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Three award-winning authors who are part of the Tall Poppy Writers group converse with the audience and each other about their most recent books, life, publishing and more. Writers include: Kelly Simmons:  "Where She Went"  Amy Impellizzeri: "Why We Lie" Kate Moretti: "In Her Bones" Doors open for this event at 11 a.m. when tea and pastries will be served. The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. Snow date will be Feb. 23.

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Book Discussion: “Why We Can’t Wait” by Martin Luther King Jr.

February 16, 2020, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

"Why We Can't Wait," Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 book about the nonviolent movement against racial segregation and injustice in the United States is discussed. The book expands on the ideas introduced in King's widely published "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The discussion will be in the second-floor Meeting Room of the church building. Please use the Quarry Street entrance.   Co-presented with the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.  

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Writers Room

February 18, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quiet Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Writers receive constructive feedback at these sessions, during which participants read passages from a work in progress and members offer suggestions. Works read are less than 10 minutes long (about 1200-1500 words), so there is time to discuss a number of pieces during each session. Participants range from published authors to those looking to improve their skills. The group is led on alternating weeks by Loretta and Fred Wish, Todd Greenwood, Don Donato and Steve Arnold. Writers Room Guidelines: The…

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Author Marjan Kamali: “The Stationery Shop”

February 23, 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The author speaks at the paperback release of her acclaimed novel, a love story about a young couple living amidst the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran. When violence erupts on the eve of their marriage, a result of the coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future, the couple is separated and it seems they will never see each other again. Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, Marjan Kamali studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia…

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