July 21, 2021

Friends of the Library Summer Literary Salon

Date(s) - 07/21/2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Summer Literary Salon: A benefit for the Friends of the Library

Join local authors Joyce Hinnefeld, Jennifer Gilmore, and Stephanie Powell Watts for a reading and conversation! We’ll spend a summer evening sharing work and stories, and talking about libraries and literary life in the Lehigh Valley.

Registration is free! Donations will be accepted during the event and can be made anytime by clicking DONATE or by completing this form and sending it to the Main Library.

This virtual event is a benefit for the Friends of the Library: a group of dedicated volunteers who raise money to underwrite BAPL’s innovative programming and support the library’s growth. A gift to the Friends supports:

  • Storytime, art, and STEM activities for kids of all ages
  • Life-long learning and community building for adults
  • Special events and guest speakers
  • Summer reading presenters and prizes
  • BAPL’s busy calendar
  • And so much more! 

To learn more about the Friends, or to become a member, visit bapl.org/friends.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities for this event, contact Jennifer Khawam at jkhawam@bapl.org.

Register today! Zoom link will be shared by 5 pm on the day of the event.

Speaker Bios

Joyce Hinnefeld is the author of the short story collections Tell Me Everything (1998; winner of the 1997 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize in Fiction) and The Beauty of Their Youth (2020) and the novels In Hovering Flight (2008) and Stranger Here Below (2010), along with other stories and essays. She is a Professor of English at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, and the founder and co-director of the Moravian Writers’ Conference. See www.joycehinnefeld.com.

Jennifer Gilmore is the author of three novels for adults, including The Mothers (Scribner, 2013), which is currently being adapted for film with Gilmore writing the script and Executive Producing, Something Red (Scribner, 2009), a New York Times Notable Book, and Golden Country (Scribner, 2006), also a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. She is also the author of two young adult novels, We Were Never Here (Harper, 2016) and most recently, If Only (Harper, July 2018). Her critical and non-fiction work has appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies include The Atlantic, Bomb, BookForum, The Huffington Post, the Forward, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, the New York Times, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Salon, Tin House, Vogue, and The Washington Post. She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow and has taught creative writing and literature at Barnard College, Cornell University, Fordham University, Harvard University, The New School, New York University, Princeton University, and Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Lafayette College.

Stephanie Powell Watts is the author of No One is Coming to Save Us, winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Award in Fiction, the inaugural selection of the American Library Association Award, and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.  Her fiction has been honored with the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Excellence, a Whiting Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.  Her fiction and essays have appeared in many publications including New York Times, BBC International, and the 2020 Best American Essays.

Kate Racculia (moderator) is a writer living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her most recent book, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, is a screwball gothic adventure set in Boston, where she lived for many years. She is also the author of the novels Bellweather Rhapsody, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and This Must Be the Place. She has been a cartoonist, a planetarium operator, a movie and music reviewer, a coffee jerk, a bookseller, a designer, a finance marketing proposal writer, and a fundraising prospect researcher. She teaches online for Grub Street, thanks donors for Lehigh University, volunteers for her local public library, and sings in the oldest Bach choir in America.

Event details:

Wednesday July 21, 7:30-8:30 PM EST

Virtual event via Zoom


Bookings are closed for this event.