Calendar of Events

Jan
31
Thu
Instant Pot Indian Cooking with Rinku Bhattacharya @ Larchmont Public Library
Jan 31 @ 7:00 PM
Instant Pot Indian Cooking with Rinku Bhattacharya @ Larchmont Public Library |  |  |

The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker is the new hot kitchen tool. The Instant Pot lends itself perfectly to Indian recipes, making flavorful, nutritious fare (like dals, legumes and all manner of curries) in minutes instead of hours.
Local author Rinku Bhattacharya will demonstrate Indian cooking with the Instant Pot. Instant Indian features numerous vegetarian and vegan options, and nearly all recipes are gluten-free.
With step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, Instant Indian makes Indian cooking easy and fool-proof using all the functions of this popular appliance. Signed Copies of Rinku’s cookbook will be available for purchase.

Feb
3
Sun
Make a Monster Valentine, Decorate a Monster Cupcake and Meet Author Leslie Kimmelman! @ The Voracious Reader
Feb 3 @ 2:00 PM
Make a Monster Valentine, Decorate a Monster Cupcake and Meet Author Leslie Kimmelman! @ The Voracious Reader |  |  |

Get a jumpstart on this sweet holiday with cards and cupcakes and a special story time with author Leslie Kimmelman. An atypical monster, Frankenstein, who has just one head, two eyes, no tail and, worst of all, a kind personality, quickly discovers that his friendly behavior is out of place at a monster Valentine’s Day bash, where a secret admirer reveals that she likes Frankenstein’s differences.
Recommended for ages 3-7.

MLK Literary Celebration by American Women of African Heritage (AWAH) @ Jay Heritage Center
Feb 3 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
MLK Literary Celebration by American Women of African Heritage (AWAH) @ Jay Heritage Center |  |  |

Join us for readings by authors Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq., Consider It Pure Joy and Alexis Clark, Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse and an Unlikely Romance. Each writer has a powerful narrative about the African American experience. This Annual Literary Tea is organized by the American Women of African Heritage (AWAH) and will be held at the Jay Heritage Center for the 5th consecutive year.

Contact Franteek@aol.com or jayheritagecenter@gmail.com for further information or click here https://bit.ly/2ClcQC2

Thank you to Patrick Corcoran Arcade Booksellers for his help again with this terrific event!

More about the authors….

Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq.

Jennifer Jones Austin, a child and family advocate, is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), an anti-poverty, policy and advocacy organization with 170 member human services agencies operating throughout New York City. Prior to joining FPWA, Ms. Jones Austin served as Senior Vice President of United Way NYC, Family Services Coordinator for Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Commissioner for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services; Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and Vice President for LearnNow/Edison Schools Inc. Ms. Jones Austin has chaired and served on several influential boards and commissions, including serving as Co-Chair of NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Transition, Chair of the NYC Procurement Policy Board, and Co-Chair of the New York State Supermarket Commission. She currently is a Board Member of the National Action Network, the New York Blood Center, the NYC Board of Correction, and the Fund for Public Housing.

“Consider It Pure Joy” is her first book.

Alexis Clark

Alexis Clark is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Town & Country, NBC News Digital, Condé Nast Traveler, The Smithsonian Magazine and other publications. Her debut book, Enemies in Love — the true story of a black army nurse who falls in love with a German prisoner of war interned at a camp in a Jim Crow state — was published by The New Press in May 2018. Her book has since been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBS Newshour Weekend, NPR, WNYC Midday, Bloomberg TV, and Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. Clark first wrote about black nurses and German POWs in WWII for The New York Times in 2013 and was awarded multiple research grants from the Ford Foundation. Previously, Alexis was a senior editor at Town & Country covering cultural and philanthropic events across the country, including President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

Alexis, a Texas native, is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She also holds a Master’s degree in Government from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College. When she’s not writing, she enjoys yoga, British crime dramas and anything on JFK.

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AWAH values opportunities to inform and educate members of our community. They embrace literature as is evident in their O.R.A.L.S. program, which is dedicated to introducing young people to prominent authors and to a variety of literary prose. They recognize “the word as the message” that bridges cultures, generations, and lifestyles, and simultaneously raises hope in the eyes of women and girls of African ancestry.

This Literary Celebration offers an occasion to appreciate and showcase the works of writers from diverse backgrounds.