The 9th Scarsdale Salon – November 15th, 2018 – 6:30-8pm

“Distant Voices” is the theme for the

Scarsdale Salon’s 3rd anniversary. Four

authors will bring these voices closer to

you on the evening of November 15th.

This time, the Salon will take place at

Bronx River Books (37, Spencer Place,

Scarsdale NY), but the Scarsdale Public

Library continues to be a treasured


Here are the authors who will honor us

with their words:



Jackie Friedland

Jacqueline Friedland will read from her first novel, Trouble the Water. She lives in Scarsdale, NY, with her husband and children. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both the University of Pennsylvania and NYU Law School.  She practiced as a commercial litigator until she determined that office life did not suit her. Then, Jacqueline began teaching Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan and working on her first book in her limited spare time.  Finally deciding to embrace her passion and pursue writing full time, she returned to school to earn her Masters of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, graduating from the program in 2016.

Trouble the Water is a historical fiction set in the South.

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Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of six books, most recently Border Crossings (2018), a poetry collection. His novel Haywire won the Asian American Writers Workshop’s members’ choice award, and his book Guess and Check won the Electronic Literature bronze aware for multicultural fiction. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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John Gredler is a short story writer who has been published in “Narratively,” “Atticus Review,” “The Sun Magazine,” “Westchester Review,” and other journals and magazines. He was awarded a Gurfein Fellowship from The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. He is a regular contributer to read650 (

John lives with his family in Tuckahoe, NY.





Kathy Curto

Kathy Curto teaches at Montclair State University and the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in the essay collection, Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and in The New York Times, Barrelhouse, La Voce di New York, Drift, Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo and Lumina. She has been the recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship, the Montclair State Univesity Engaged Teaching Fellowship and also serves on the faculty of the Jow Papaleo Writers’ Workshop in Cetara, Italy. Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their four children. She will read from “Not for Nothing”, a memoir. This is her first book.


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Not For Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood peeks into the blue-collar, lipstick-on-your-collar and button-up-your-collar-and-be-a-good-girl time of life that produced hilarious and tragic understandings (and misunderstandings) of the world.



Scarsdale Salon on June 7, 2018

The #metoo movement was long overdue – for the sake of young women entering the workforce – and for justice for those who have struggled with it across industries and roles.

But how does it affect fictional writing? What, if any changes, are romance writers thinking of while writing novels now?

Join our wonderful panel of authors who will discuss this and more at the Scarsdale Salon on June 7th at the Scott’s Room in the Scarsdale Library. Time:7.30 p.m.

The panel will be moderated by Barbara Solomon Josselsohn whose debut novel, The Last Dreamer, was released by Lake Union Publishing in 2015.

Falguni Kothari is the author of unconventional love stories and kick-ass fantasy tales. Her novels, most recently MY LAST LOVE STORY, are all flavored by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences, and delve into themes of marriage, love, friendship, family and parenthood. Her books have been reviewed and praised in a number of publications, including the New York Times Book Review which said, “Kothari poses a fresh conceptual question about marriage and love.”

Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities and the author of Match Made in Manhattan, which was featured on “Good Morning America” and selected as a “must-read” by the New York Post, PopSugar, and other publications. When she is not writing novels, Amanda works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country.  An erstwhile expat who has lived in Bangalore, Sicily, and Paris, Amanda currently lives in Manhattan, where she is busy writing her second book.

A.K. Asif is a writer and a physician. He was brought up in Lahore, Pakistan, and has been living in the US for more than twenty years. Hell! No Saints in Paradise is a satirical novel and it’s his first work of fiction, published in 2017 by Harper Collins India.

Books at the Winter Salon, Feb 1st


The four readings we have selected revolve around reality and what it really means. Is it non-fiction? Or is it fiction based in real life? Or as John Lennon said “The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.


41V4gOebPYL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Carol Zoref’s Barren Island explores the dilemma of  remembering a world that no longer exists. How do the moral imperatives to do so correspond to the personal needs that make it possible? Told from the point-of-view of Marta Eisenstein Lane on the occasion of her 80th birthday, Barren Island is the story of a factory island in New York’s Jamaica Bay, where the city’s dead horses and other large animals were rendered into glue and fertilizer from the mid-19th century until the 1930’s. The island itself is as central to the story as the members of the Jewish, Greek, Italian, Irish, and African-American communities. The writing is captivating, as the characters who   shine, despite living their entire lives steeped in the smell of burning animal flesh.


In Stephen Landau’s English translation of Maitree Limpichart’s Lives of Thai Temple Boys, the subject matter is intriguing and wide-ranging, as a sampling of the stories illustrates: the quirkiness of a feminine boy (Order and Propriety in the Temple), conflicting Thai and Western notions of nudity (Life at the Water Faucet), parental death and loss (A Telegram from Home), perseverance and dedication (The Remarkable Mr. Ying), and the personality who stands out and marches to the beat of his own drummer (Ai Neuk and More About Ai Neuk).





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In The Write Treatment Anthology, edited by Emily Rubin,  we find an inspirational collection of stories, personal essays, and poems. All of the texts are written by participants in the Write Treatment Workshops at Mount Sinai Cancer Center, in New York. The book is a testament to the writing process as solace and empowerment in troubling times. Taking chances, making hard choices, and embracing humor are all part of life with cancer. As the author has discovered in the workshops, it’s also essential to writing.





Super” is an excerpt from Susan Kleinman’s new collection, still unpublished. It will be part of a new book of linked short stories. As the author says: “No matter how different my stories may seem on the surface – some are funny, some are sad – the characters and their predicaments vary widely. They’re all, in some way, about the gulf between what people think is going on in their lives or in the world around them anb what the reality of a situation is.”

The Winter Salon on Feb 1, 2018


Welcome to the first Scarsdale Salon of 2018! Now, meet the authors who will be reading:



SUSAN KLEINMAN’s short stories have appeared in The American Literary Review, The Baltimore ReviewInkwellThe MacGuffin,, The William and Mary Review and The Writing Disorder, and her articles, essays and book reviews have been published in New York magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan and dozens of other publications in the U.S. and abroad. She is the author/co-author of five published books of non-fiction, and is currently seeking a publisher for her first novel, All Afternoon. Susan holds a B.A. in American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and won the 2010 Gurfein Fellowship at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she currently teaches Fiction Writing. She will read an excerpt from “Super”, which belongs to a new collection of linked short stories.


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STEPHEN LANDAU was born in New York City. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The City College of New York and Hunter College of The City University of New York. He has done post-graduate studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where he studied Thai under Manas Chitakasem and the late Peter Bee, and the Geography of Southeast Asia under the late Charles Fisher. He first went to Thailand in 1967 as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer teacher of English, and taught there for almost two years at the Khukhan School in Si Sa Ket province. He later served as a staff member and program manager in Peace Corps training programs in Thailand and Hilo, Hawaii. Stephen lives in Greenburgh, NY, with his wife Neide.


EMILY RUBIN is an author and writing instructor.  Her debut novel Stalina, was selected in the Amazon Debut Novel Award Contest and published by Mariner Books.  She teaches fiction at Columbia University Medical School and runs the Write Treatment Workshops at Mount Sinai Cancer Centers.  She is  working on a second novel. She lives in NYC and Columbia County, NY.

Rubin will share the stories from the Write Treatment Anthology, Vol. 1, a collection of writings from the workshops at Mount Sinai Cancer Centers.

CAROL ZOREF’s novel Barren Island received the AWP Award for the Novel, a National Jewish Book Award, and was Longlisted for The National Book Award. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and NYU.

Meet the Authors for 12 Oct, 2017

Ines Rodrigues


Brazilian writer and teacher based in New York, Ines Rodrigues has published articles in newspapers and magazines, worked in public radio, and lived in Italy and London before moving to the US to become a fiction writer.
Her first novel, Days of Bossa Nova, published in 2017 by Black Opal Books, is a family saga that takes place in São Paulo, the largest city in South America, from the 1940’s to 2009. It’s a story of love and ambition, flavored with the unique sounds of Brazilian music, radionovelas, politics, and the smell of fresh coffee.
While she is not writing or traveling, Ines teaches Italian (Bronxville Adult School) and Creative Writing at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, in Westchester County, NY.

Ruchira Gupta


Professor Ruchira Gupta is based in India and New York, where she is a visiting professor at New York University. She travels extensively as an organizer and lecturer to speak on behalf of marginalized and exploited young women.

She has edited two anthologies-River of Flesh & Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction and As if Women Matter: The Essential Gloria Steinem Reader as well as the first manual in the world for law-enforcement officers and prosecutors to address the demand for human trafficking.

Gupta has won an Emmy for a documentary on sex-trafficking, The Selling of Innocents, the French Legion D’Honneur and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for her work to help survivors of trafficking and change policies on their behalf. She helped create the Trafficking Fund for Survivors at the United Nations.

Iris Dobian


Iris Dorbian is a business journalist/blogger. Among the outlets she’s written for are Wall Street Journal, Buyouts, Venture Capital Journal, Investopedia, DMNews, Playbill, Backstage, Media Industry Newsletter, PRNews and Stage Directions (where she served as editor-in-chief for eight years). Her personal essays and short stories have been published in Blue Lyra Review, B O D Y, Embodied Effigies, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Gothesque Magazine and Jewish Literary Journal. A New Jersey native, Iris has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Manreet Someshwar

AuthorPicManreet Sodhi Someshwar trained as an engineer, graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and worked in marketing, advertising and consulting, before writing snuck up on her. An award-winning writer and copy writer, Manreet and her work have been featured at literary festivals in Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, the South China Morning Post and several Indian publications. Born and raised in India, she is currently based in NYC where she is pursuing MFA in Creative Writing at City College. Manreet is the winner of CCNY’s Jerome Lowell DeJur award in creative writing for 2017.

Jimin Han 


Jimin Han received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and her BA from Cornell University. Her work appears in NPR’s Weekend America, Entropy, the Rumpus, HTMLGiant, The Good Men Project, Kartika Review, The NuyorAsian Anthology, and, among others. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and lives outside New York City with her husband and children.

The Salon Lineup for 12 October, 2017

After a warm, adventure filled summer we are back with the Fall session of The Scarsdale Salon. Join us on Thursday 12 at 7.30 p.m. at the Scarsdale Library for an evening of books, music, wine, conversations and more!


We will be journeying through Brazil, the Indian sub-continent, Germany, Korea, the United States and more  in our selection of books this time.

First, we are super delighted that the co-host of the Salon, Ines Rodrigues will present her debut novel Days of Bossa Nova at the Salon.

In the Days of Bossa Nova, Felipe Navarra rises from poverty to conquer Sao Paulo, Brazil, the city he loves. He becomes a radio celebrity in the age of Bossa Nova, classic sambas, and radionovelas. On his way to fame and fortune, he falls into a heartbreaking love triangle with his childhood sweetheart and sells his soul to the dark dictatorship that took over Brazil from 1964 to 1985. His rise runs parallel with the city’s decent into crime, where the gap between rich and poor gets dangerously wide and no one is really safe..

Then River of Flesh and other stories, an anthology edited by Ruchira Gupta brings together twenty-one stories about trafficked and prostituted women by some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated writers. From Jugnu, in Kamleshwar’s ‘River of Flesh’ (‘Maas ka Darya’)who stares at a lifetime of servitude as age and disease take hold to Ismat Chughtai’s  unforgettable character of young Lajo in ‘The Housewife’, who must conform to society’s idea of decency, or risk being branded a whore, the anthology offers a harsh indictment of this practice of human slavery, too often justified—and occasionally glorified—as the ‘world’s oldest profession’.

We move to Germany with Iris Dobian’s An Epiphany in Lilacs. After liberation in May 1945, Daniel, a 14-year-old Latvian Jew, is treated in a field hospital in the British zone of partitioned Germany. A survivor of various concentration camps, Daniel fights to recover from starvation and disease. Through his love of nature and pre-war memories, Daniel struggles to find comfort. He forms an intriguing bond with an older German gentile, another survivor. Later on, as he joins a theater troupe, Daniel tries to move on with his life yet still searching for the whereabouts of his mother and two sisters.

The story is loosely based on the personal experiences of the authors’ father.

Then we visit the pre and post-partition Punjab in the Indian sub-continent with Manreet Someshwar’s The Long Walk Home.

Seventy-one-year-old Baksh wakes up in pain one night and ventures out in search of a doctor. In the time it takes him to reach a hospital, his heart irretrievably damaged, he travels down memory lane, reliving his life lived in the border town of Ferozepur, Punjab – from pre-Partition India, to the holocaust that accompanied independence, the Indo-Pak wars, the Green Revolution and the rise of religious extremism.

Redolent of the soil and spirit of Punjab, The Long Walk Home is as much one man’s odyssey through tumultuous times as it is an elegiac meditation on the passing of a way of life, on faith and fundamentalism and misguided passions.

Finally, we move between the United States and Korea with Jimin Han’s A Small Revolution. On a beautiful Pennsylvania fall morning, a gunman holds college freshman Yoona Lee and three of her classmates hostage in the claustrophobic confines of their dorm room. The desperate man with his finger on the trigger—Yoona’s onetime friend, Lloyd Kang—is unraveling after a mysterious accident in Korea killed his closest friend, Jaesung, who was also the love of Yoona’s life.

Through scenes of political upheaval and protests in South Korea, spirited conversations in cramped dumpling houses, and the quiet moments that happen when two people fall in love, A Small Revolution is a moving narrative brimming with longing, love, fear, and—ultimately—hope.

The next Scarsdale Salon is on October 12th. SAVE THE DATE!

It’s coming! On October 12th, 7:30pm, the 6th Scarsdale Salon will happen again at the Scarsdale Library (Scarsdale NY). FOUR writers will present their work and we will publish their names soon.

The authors below read at the last Salon in February, 2017.


Beverley Caen


A Scarsdale resident and mother of three, Beverley knows something about fitting a healthy routine into our crazy lives. With a Wall Street background and working as an Executive and Leadership coach, she created Sanefitness, a book and a line of easy-to-follow fitness programs for very busy people. She will read from her “personal trainer in a box” and will also do some demonstrations of exercises to the audience. Her performance will replace our usual music program, so people will have time to learn one or two poses.

Beverley has a business degree from Florida State University and an MBA from The Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.


Jacqueline Goldstein


Jacqueline grew up in the Bronx,  attended Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School, The Academy of Mt. St. Ursula, Fordham University, and the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College, where her first novel was born. She became a high school teacher of English in the Bronx and she loves Jane Austen so much that she used to bring pizza to the students on December 16th, when we celebrate the writer’s birthday.

Jacqueline will read from her novel Ms. Murphy’s Makeover, published last year by Black Opal Books. The book is about a teacher stuck in a sexless marriage. Her life is complicated by phony scores on standardized tests, an overbearing principal, and a tempting offer from Mr. Wrong. Jacqueline, who now lives in Chappacqua, NY,  is currently working on a sequel and on a collection of short stories.


Sara Lippmann


Sara Lippmann’s debut collection, Doll Palace (Dock Street Press)was long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story
Award. She was the recipient of an artist’s fellowship in fiction from
New York Foundation for the Arts and her work has appeared in Slice
Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Front Porch, Midnight Breakfast, Wigleaf
and elsewhere. She teaches with Ditmas Writing Workshops and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Gillian Lynn Katz



Gillian Lynn Katz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to the United States as a teenager. She has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College. Her thesis became her first book, Witness To the Birth and Death of My Country a collection of poetry, essays and fiction. Each piece in that book has been published in magazines such as Inkwell, AIM, Copperfield Review, Struggle, Nostalgically, Tickled By Thunder, and the Westchester Gannett newspapers. For thirteen years she taught Creative Writing and Poetry to teenagers at the JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale, NY.  She also taught Jewish Literature and Creative Writing at the Beth El Hebrew High School in New Rochelle, NY. Gillian will read from her first book and also from her collection of poems, Kaleidoscope.