Scarsdale School for Adults Best Selling Authors: Join Now


Scarsdale School for Adults Best Selling Authors: Join Now

More authors than ever are flocking to Scarsdale Adult School for special in-person or online tours for our students. Premiering this fall is a double-feature online on Thursday, September 29, 2022. The afternoon headliner is Anne Leary, The foundling (2022) (Course 11435), speaking at 1 p.m. about his new historical fiction. Set in 1927 in a public asylum founded to sequester “feeble-minded women of childbearing age”, The Foundling depicts the moral dilemma facing a young secretary whose loyalty to her brilliant employer, a psychiatrist who had been at the he vanguard of the women’s suffrage movement is tested by a friend from the past, an inmate trying to escape from the facility. In the evening at 7 p.m., meet Ellen Jovin, Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian (2022) (Class 11510) for an entertaining account of her favorite grammatical adventures and answers to all the pressing questions about proper structure sentences.

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, SAS proudly presents a day/night dual header on Zoom with Jason Word(pictured top) author of last year’s National Book Award winner, Hell of a book (2021). The novel’s narrator is an anonymous black author who is on a publicity tour across the country to promote his bestselling debut novel, also titled Hell of a Book. He converses with an omnipresent young imaginary he calls “The Kid”. Intertwined in this plot is the harrowing story of a rural Southern boy called “Soot” because of his dark complexion. With magical realism, sardonic humor and converging narrative, this masterful fiction tackles themes of racism, police brutality, love, money and the experience of growing up as Black in America. At 1 p.m., Mott himself will host a reading group in Author-Led Book Discussion: Jason Mott, Hell of a Book (2021) (Course 11520). Class sizes are limited for this bespoke event. At 7 p.m., Mott returns for a community-wide program, Author Visit: Jason Mott, Hell of a Book (2021) (Course 11521). In conversation with cultural historian Lori Rotskoff, Mott will discuss his career as a fiction and poetry writer with time set aside for Q&A from the audience. The evening program will be recorded and available to all registered students.

On Friday, October 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Westchester Reform Temple, SAS is hosting a discussion about the book led by the author: SW Leicher, Acts of atonement (2022) (Course 11515). The sequel to his first novel, Acts of Assumption (2018), his latest book reintroduces protagonists and partners Serach Gottesman, a soft-spoken renegade from ultra-Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn, and Paloma Rodriguez, a headstrong, trailblazing Latina South Bronx who has sacrificed their families, ties communities and religions in pursuit of their forbidden romance. An unexpected death, a seductive offer, and an arrest bring their estranged relatives and island cultures back into their lives with devastating results.

On Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. at the JCC in Mid-Westchester, the co-founder of Ms. magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebinreturns to SAS to discuss his recently published memoir in conversation with Lori Rotskoff. Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy (2022) presents a wise but amusing self-examination of the author’s many family secrets over three generations. Time will be reserved for Q&As and Pogrebin will be signing books after the talk. Students can register either for general admission plus purchase of books (course 11453) or for general admission only (course 11452).

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:15 p.m. at Scarsdale High School, Bobbi Rebelpersonal finance expert and author of Start Financial Adults (2022), offers tips and tools for parents of teens and young adults who want their children to grow into fiscally responsible and financially independent adults. Students again have the choice of general admission plus book purchase (course 11498) or general admission only (course 11529).

On Monday November 7, 2022 at 1 p.m., SAS welcomes Bonnie Garmuswho will talk about his first successful novel, Chemistry class (2022), in conversation with cultural historian Lori Rotskoff. In the 1960s, Elizabeth Zott, the book’s formidable feminist and idiosyncratic heroine, begins as a brilliant chemical researcher in a male-dominated field and becomes a single mother and the reluctant star of a beloved cooking show. Deftly blending sharp social satire with heartwarming humor, Garmus delivers a self-assured page-turner that tackles sexism in post-war America from a fresh angle. Author’s Visit: Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry (2022) (Course 11436) will be recorded and available for later viewing by all registered students.

To close the year, on Tuesday December 13, 2022 at 11 a.m., the best-selling author of Young girl and balm, Dolen Perkins-Valdez will engage in conversation with cultural historian Lori Rotskoff to discuss her unforgettable final historical epic in Author Visit: Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Take My Hand (2022) (Course 11526). Inspired by real-life events involving the involuntary sterilization of black women in Alabama in the 1970s, Take My Hand is a deeply moving novel about a black nurse in post-segregated Alabama who exposes a terrible wrong done to her patients. The book sheds timely light on issues of voice, choice, and agency over one’s body. Time will be set aside for questions and answers.

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