with Newbery-award winning author Matt De La Peña
and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long

Wednesday, January 10 — 4:00 pm

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Pena and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

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with author Monica Taylor

Sunday, January 21 — 2:00 pm

Pete Seeger once said: “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” In many ways, writing a book about my family’s experiences at Playhouse, a cooperative pre-school founded in 1951, is in fact telling an optimistic story that has the potential to inspire others, early childhood teachers and parents alike, to search for, create, or contribute to progressive learning environments for their own children and students.

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No More Fake Reading

with author Berit Gordon

Wednesday, January 24 — 7:30 pm

In this ground-breaking book, Berit Gordon offers a blended model that combines the benefits of classics with the motivational power of choice reading. Teachers utilize classic texts to gain a platform for modeling critical reading skills, and students thrive on reading what they want to read. No More Fake Reading gives you all the tools you need to put the blended model to work for your students, transforming your classroom into a vibrant reading environment.

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Strangers in Budapest

with author Jessica Keener
in conversation with Caroline Leavitt

Thursday, January 25 — 7:30 pm

Eight months after moving to Budapest, Annie and Bill’s efforts to assimilate are thrown into turmoil when they receive a message from friends in the US asking that they check up on an elderly man, a fiercely independent Jewish American WWII veteran who helped free Hungarian Jews from a Nazi prison camp. They soon learn that the man has come to Hungary to exact revenge on someone he is convinced seduced, married, and murdered his daughter.

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Eternal Life

with author Dara Horn

Thursday, February 1 — 7:30 pm

Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can’t die. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she’s tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.

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