The Book Festival events scheduled for March 31st and April 26th have been postponed out of an abundance of caution for our senior population. Our highest priority is, and always will be, the safety, health and well-being of our members, staff and community. This decision was not easy,but it was made after careful consideration of our guest authors traveling from out of state.


These events will be rescheduled for a later date, and we look forward to announcing those dates.


We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding.

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POSTPONED Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 7:00 pm | Mandell JCC | Tickets: $20


The Beantown Girls 

The Beantown Girls follows three best friends from Boston who leave the USA to volunteer overseas as Red Cross Clubmobile girls. A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest American heroines take on the front lines. 


Jane Healey

Jane Healey left a career in high tech to become a freelance writer. Her passion for historical fiction became her new career when her debut novel, The Saturday Evening Girls Club, was published in 2017. With the release of The Beantown Girls, she continues to fulfill her dream of writing about lesser-known stories of women in American history. She shares a home north of Boston with her family.


The Wartime Sisters 

In The Wartime Sisters we meet estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, who are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.


Lynda Cohen Loigman

Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, MA. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Her debut novel, Two-Family House, was a Goodreads Choice Semifinalist. Her second novel, The Wartime Sisters, was selected as a Best Book of 2019 by Real Simple Magazine. She is currently at work on her third novel.


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Book Festival Co-Directors: Alanna Goldberg & Jillian Puzzo | Book Festival Co-Chairs: Kathy Binder & Kathy Fishman



The Book Festival Continues with these Great Events


Sunday, April 26, 1:00pm

Stephanie Burt
Don’t Read Poetry


Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm

Mystery Night with...
Hank Phillipi Ryan - The Murder List

Cristina Alger - Girls Like Us

Emily Liebert - Pretty Revenge




Thursday, June 18, 2020, 7:00pm 

A Summer Hot Buzz...round table discussions with Connecticut authors:
Nicole Blades, Megan Collins, Matthew Dicks, Abby Fabiaschi, Carrie Firestone, Amity Gaige, Tracy Mehr-Muska, Jacqueline Raposo, Julia Tannenbaum, and Heather Webb.




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