Memoirist ANNE EDELSTEIN in conversation with JOANNA RAKOFF

Porter Square Books is pleased to welcome ANNE EDELSTEIN, author of Lifesaving for Beginners, in conversation with JOANNA RAKOFF.

About Lifesaving for Beginners

When ANNE EDELSTEIN was forty-two, her mother, a capable swimmer in good health, drowned while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Caring for two small children of her own, Anne suddenly found herself grieving not only for her emotionally distant mother but also for her beloved younger brother Danny, who had killed himself violently over a decade before. She finds herself wrestling not only with the past and her family’s legacy of mental illness, but also with the emotional well-being of her children. Part memoir and part meditation on joy and grief, the book will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to come to terms with their parents, their siblings, their children, and their place in the world.

ANNE EDELSTEIN is a literary agent in New York City, where she lives with her family. Lifesaving for Beginners is her first book.

JOANNA RAKOFF is the author of the bestselling memoir My Salinger Year, which has been published in twelve countries and seven languages, and is currently being adapted for film.

This event is free and open to the public.



The Weight of Ink: RACHEL KADISH & JOANNA RAKOFF discuss Jewish Literature

Porter Square Books hosts author RACHEL KADISH and novelist/journalist JOANNA RAKOFF in conversation about KADISH’s newest novel: The Weight of Ink.

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.  Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

This event is not ticketed.

The Weight of Ink is currently being sold at Porter Square Books.

If you cannot attend the event, you can still get a signed copy by purchasing the book online and mentioning in the comments section at checkout that you want it signed (or personalized).  This must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the event.