Welcome to Winter Park, Florida

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

    Young Frankenstein Party!


    Costumes, Refreshments, Trivia, Give-a-ways!

    and a special message from Mel Brooks himself

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    John Benditt had a distinguished career as a science journalist. He was an editor at Scientific American and at Science before serving as editor in chief of Technology Review. The Boatmaker is his debut novel.

    In The Boatmaker, a man from a small island at the periphery of an unnamed country close to Europe builds a boat and voyages to the capital of his kingdom. There are ap-parently no Jews on the island where he was born and he has no sense of his own possible Jewish history. In the capital, he encounters for the first time both deeply rooted anti-Semitism and a radical movement that mixes racial hatred and fanatical religious beliefs. When this volatile combination erupts in violence, the islander must confront the possibility of his own Jewish identity and make a fateful choice.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Leah Kaminsky, physician and award-winning author, is Poetry Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her books in-clude We’re All Going to Die, Writer MD, and Cracking the Code. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

    The Waiting Room tells the story of Dina, an Australian doctor born to Holocaust survivors who struggles to cope with life in Haifa during the ever-present threat of a terrorist attack. While dealing with difficult patients, a six-year-old son, and a marriage under strain, Dina is haunted by the dead mother she would ra-ther forget.

    Ezra Glinter is the Forward’s deputy culture editor. His writing has appeared in the New Republic, Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, and The Walrus. His biog-raphy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe is forthcoming from Yale University Press.

    Have I Got a Story for You, Forty-two stories from America's greatest Yiddish newspaper, pub-lished in English for the first time. 

    The Forward is the most renowned Yiddish newspaper in the world. It welcomed generations of immigrants to the United States, brought them news of Europe and the Middle East, and provided them with everything from comic strips to noodle kugel recipes. It also published some of the most acclaimed Yiddish fiction writers of all time, includ-ing Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, Forward editor Abra-ham Cahan, and novelists Sholem Asch and Chaim Grade. Ezra Glinter and the Forward staff have combed through the archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper's 120-year history, from wartime novellas to avant-garde fiction to satirical sketches about im-migrant life in New York. These stories, now in English for the first time, expressed the concerns of Yiddish writers and their millions of readers, including the challenges of immigration, both World Wars, and changing forms of Jewish identity.

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Nathan Hill

    Nathan Hill's novel, The Nix is a New York Times bestseller, named as one of fall’s best books by Entertainment WeeklyHarper’s BazaarVogueNew York Magazine, Barnes & Noble, Audible, Powell’s, IndieNext, and many others. The Nix will be published worldwide in 19 languages. Nathan Hill is an Associate Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he's  taught creative writing & literature courses. He is currently on leave from St. Thomas in order to focus exclusively on writing for a while.

    A Nix can take many forms. In Norwegian folklore, it is a spirit who sometimes appears as a white horse that steals children away. In Nathan Hill’s remarkable first novel, a Nix is anything you love that one day disappears, taking with it a piece of your heart.


  • Friday, December 16, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Paula Whyman 

    Paula Whyman is the author of You May See A Stranger, a linked story collection that won praise from The New Yorker and a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her stories have appeared in journals including McSweeney’s QuarterlyVirginia Quarterly ReviewPloughsharesThe Hudson Review, and The Southampton Review

    In Paula Whyman’s debut collection of stories, we find her hoarding duct tape to ward off terrorists, stumbling into a drug run with a crackhead, and – frequently – enduring the bad behavior of men. A drivers’ education class pulsing with racial tension is the unexpected context of her sexual awakening. As she comes of age, and in the three decades that follow, the potential for violence always hovers nearby. She’s haunted by the fate of her disabled sister and – thanks to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 80s, the wars in the Middle East, and the sniper attacks – the threat of crime and terror in her hometown of Washington, D.C. Miranda can be lascivious, sardonic, and maddeningly self-destructive, but, no matter what befalls her, she never loses her sharp wit or powers of observation, which illuminate both her own life and her strange, unsettling times

    David James Poissant

    David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared inThe Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic Monthly and Playboy magazines. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.

    Words on The Heaven of Animals: Masterful...Poissant's gift of fiction writing is a great big gift...You can move among William Faulkner, Harry Crews, and Flannery O'Connor to find the muscle here, and among Eudora Welty, Lee Smith, and Jill McCorkle for the tenderness...A great strength of this collection: Though many of the characters are not like us readers one bit (some are), Poissant shows us how much alike we all are as fathers, mothers, friends, children, liars, and lovers, no matter our pedigree.

    -  Clyde Edgerton, Garden & Gun




  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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