Janet Heller Reads Her Children’s Book The Passover Surprise and Leads a Creative Writing Workshop at the Congregation of Moses in Kalamazoo
Sunday March 27, 2016 beginning at 10 a.m.
Brunch at 10:30 a.m. • Book signing at 12 p.m.
10 a.m.—Story event for children and families
In The Passover Surprise, Lisa and her little brother Jon enjoy collecting stamps. But when their father holds a contest to decide which child will get a new large stamp album, Lisa has to solve a difficult problem. This chapter book takes place around 1960 and includes details about Jewish soldiers’ experiences during World War II and early stages of the Civil Rights Movement. Janet Heller will read The Passover Surprise and discuss issues raised in this book, such as sibling rivalry, bullying, and discrimination.
10:45 a.m.—Workshop for older students & adults
In this Creative Writing Workshop, Janet Heller will share some great short works by Jewish authors and then give participants ideas for their own writing. She will individually help participants to structure their pieces and develop their topics by using specific details.
Janet Ruth Heller has published the poetry books Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2014), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012) and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011); the scholarly book Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (University of Missouri Press, 1990); the award-winning book for kids about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006); and the middle-grade chapter book for children, The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015).
The address of the Congregation of Moses is 2501 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49008. For more information, please phone (269) 342-5463.