Dawn Raffel, Katherine Locke & Bethany Ball: Ayachot Retreat for Jewish Women Writers

Event date: 
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

This reading is a featured event of the annual Achayot ("Sisterhood") Retreat for Jewish Women Writers, a project organized under the auspices of TwentyTwentyBooks, a nonprofit literary organization promoting marginalized voices.

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Dawn RaffelDAWN RAFFEL is the author of THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. COUNEY - the extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies--by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City. Her previous books include, The Secret Life of Objects,  Carrying the Body, a  Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division. Her writing has been published in O, The Oprah MagazineBOMBNew Philosopher, The San Francisco ChronicleConjunctionsBlack BookOpen CityThe Anchor Book of New American Short StoriesArts & LettersThe QuarterlyNOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies—most recently The Best Short Fictions 2016 (selected by Stuart Dybek) and The Best Short Fictions 2015 (selected by Robert Olen Butler). She was a fiction editor for many years, helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine, where she served as Executive Articles Editor for seven years, and subsequently held senior-level "at- large" positions at More magazine and Reader's Digest.

Katherine LockeKATHERINE LOCKE lives and writes in a very small town outside of Philadelphia, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. She writes about that which she cannot do: ballet, time travel, and magic. When she’s not writing, she’s probably tweeting. She not-so-secretly believes most stories are fairy tales in disguise. Her Young Adult debut, The Girl with The Red Balloon, won a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. You can find her online @bibliogato on Twitter and Instagram.

BETHANY BALL was born and raised in Detroit and has lived in Santa Fe, New Jersey, Miami, and Israel. She now lives in New York. BAtheany will be talking about her debut novel, What To Do About the Solomons - a hilarious multigenerational family saga set in Israel, New York, and Los Angeles that explores the secrets and gossip-filled lives of the members of a kibbutz community. A New York Times Editors' Choice and one of "10 New Books We Recommend This Week" as well as one of Tablet Magazine's "Seven Jewish Literary Fiction Books To Read This Year."