Due to the continued success of the first round of author appearances, The Scarsdale Public Library is pleased to announce an updated schedule including three visiting authors to appear as part of the Autumn 2012 speaker series. Three new authors will speak at the library at 7:30pm on dates throughout November and December, again offering insight into their recent works as well as the opportunity to interact with and answer questions from library patrons.
Julie Gerstenblatt is an English teacher-turned novelist with her first self-published work, Lauren Takes Leave. She writes humorous columns for The Huffington Post, The Scarsdale Inquirer, and Scarsdale10583.com and lives in Scarsdale, New York with her husband and two children. Although she would love to live in the city, suburbia is the inspiration for most of her funny ideas, and so she will remain in Westchester until “her neighbors kick her out”, as she puts it. On Wednesday November 28th, Gerstenblatt will discuss her recent novel about a wife, mother, and middle school teacher named Lauren Worthing, who needs some time off from her busy, suburban life. When a jury duty summons arrives, it creates the perfect alibi for the main character to ditch her slightly unfulfilling career, slightly spoiled children, slightly absentee husband, and slightly criminal babysitter – something that Gerstenblatt will liken to the fantasy that she feels many women in her community already share.
- Karen Bergreen will speak at the library on Tuesday December 4th to share insight on Perfect is Overrated, a St. Martin’s Griffin novel, in which the author of Following Polly presents a lovable heroine who is so at sea she’s still not sure whether what she suffers from has to do with the birth of her little girl or with the fact that her handsome hunk of a detective husband doesn’t live with her anymore. Bergreen grew up in New York City and then went to Harvard University where she majored in European history and then went on to study law at University of Minnesota. Now an author and comedian, Bergreen is looking forward to speaking with library patrons including a local book club that recently read her work, and she is hoping to schedule a comedy show in Westchester County in the near future.
- Rounding out the autumn 2012 series on Tuesday December 11th, Dr. Eleanor Ehrenkranz will discuss her self-published book, Explaining Life: the Wisdom of Modern Jewish Poetry 1960 – 2010. The book is a compilation of over 100 poems by American and Israeli poets, all in English (some translated). The poems speak of: love, loss, family relationships, death, alienation, war, and renewal and include, Song of Love and Pain by Natan Alterman, Precise Woman by Yehuda Amichai, and When You Stay Here by Hamutal Bar-Yosef. Dr. Ehrenkranz is a professor at Pace University, where she teaches Critical Reading and Writing about Film. She received her doctorate in English from New York University where she also taught. She also spent 25 years teaching English in secondary schools, where she founded the first extracurricular Shakespeare Club. In addition, the author has lectured on Jewish literature at synagogues and JCC’s throughout the New York area, has been a guest lecturer for Jewish Family Services of Greenwich as well as for the UJA Federation and the Stamford Federation. Dr. Ehrenkranz has also taught at Limmud New York. At present, she writes reviews for Jewish Book World and lives in Scarsdale. She has four children and several grandchildren.
There is no charge to attend the author appearances, and all are welcome.
The Scarsdale Public Library is located at 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY, 10583. Phone: (914) 722-1300.