“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 (www.read650.com).

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.