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In This Newsletter:
Sam Barry - Tuesday, September 15 at 7 PM
Patricia Volonakis Davis and Michael Neff - Thursday, September 24 at 7 PM
Mind-Body Workshop - New classes starting October 4
Upcoming October Events

How to Play the Harmonica and Other Life Lessons SAM BARRY will read and discuss
How to Play the Harmonica and Other Life Lessons
Tuesday, September 15 at 7 PM

As a former minister, reporter, activist, bohemian, writer and artist, Sam Barry knows a great many things about life - and playing the harmonica. He believes that playing the harmonica can make one more playful, and his book is full of ideas for how to liven up one's life.

"We should all stop and smell the roses, but as Sam Barry notes in this cheery and inspiring little book, stopping to make a little music is just as rewarding and much more fun - and you can do it indoors! A wonderful read."
– Mitch Albom, author of For One More Day

will read from their latest works
Thursday, September 24th at 7 PM

The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes reading and supports the role of women in the community of books.

After two decades of marriage to a gorgeous Greek man, Italian-American author Davis agrees to move to Greece, where her husband insists he will be happy. The result is her funny and often self-deprecating memoir, Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece. With vivid descriptions of life in modern-day Greece, Davis's book is both a tasty treat and an exhilarating sail on the Hellenic seas through xenophobia, dysfunctional family units, religious ravings, obsessive protocols, political disorder, European football, and fabulous food.


Year of the RhinocerosNeff will read from Year of the Rhinoceros, his compelling debut novel that explores what went wrong in this country a couple of decades ago, and keeps going wrong even now. Under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the struggle for America's soul has begun - a trial of conscience and idealism versus idolatry and political dictatorship. Democracy is fading, and two employees in a solitary small agency created by Congress, the Office of Whistleblower Counsel, are determined to save it.

"Neff is a raucous new voice in American Literature."
– Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author


Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop
with Dr. Abby Caplin
Begins Sunday, October 4th at 7 PM

Back by popular demand! Discover how therapeutic writing can help you feel accepted and confident. Dr. Abby Caplin will guide you through a process of reflection, writing and optional sharing. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary! Just come with an open mind and notebook. Sign up early since space is limited! Visit our website for more details.

Upcoming October Events:

  • DEBORAH TANNEN will discuss
    You Were Always Mom's Favorite!
    Thursday, October 8 at 7 PM

  • Don't Miss an Evening with
    Friday, October 9 at 7 PM

  • DOM SAGOLLA will discuss
    140 Characters
    Tuesday, October 20 at 7 PM

  • DIANE FRANKENSTEIN will discuss
    Reading Together
    Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM

  • JOHN GROGAN will read from
    The Longest Trip Home
    Tuesday, October 27 at 7 PM

  • WNBA WRITERS will read from
    their latest works
    Thursday, October 29 at 7 PM

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