What happened on the 4th Salon

We had a great audience and four readers who shared their stories and answered lots of questions from the audience. People enjoy talking to the writers and discussing their point of view.

We are always grateful to the Scarsdale Public Library to be a partner in this event!!! A bit THANK YOU to all the library staff!!!





Lori Wilson opened the session, reading from the book Journey of Friends, that she co-wrote with JoAnn King. She shared a beautiful passage about her experience volunteering in a foreign country.


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Annabel Monaghan read an excerpt from her book A Girl Named Digit, a YA story about a High School math genius. The book has a sequel called Double Digit.


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Ben Goldstein was the first musician to perform at the Salon. Ben is 12 years old and he is in 7th Grade at the Scarsdale Middle School. He played the theme from the movie Titanic on the saxophone. The audience was very enthusiastic!


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Sonya Terjanian was the third reader and she presented an excerpt of a new, still unpublished new book. Her first book, The Objects of Her Affection, was published in 2014.


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Caroline Goldstein was the second musician to perform. She played a short piece by J.S.Bach on the flute. Caroline is a 10th Grader at the Scarsdale High School. Caroline and her brother Ben also answered questions from the audience!



Ginger McKnight-Chavers closed the session with a few pages from her just published first book, In the Heart of Texas. She answered a lot of questions from the audience, who was very curious about her experiences growing up in Texas and living in New York.



Our young musicians



We are happy to introduce Caroline and Ben Goldstein, the siblings from Scarsdale who will perform on the Scarsdale Salon on October 13th. We always have young musicians playing between the author’s readings.

Caroline just had her 15th birthday, and she is a 10th Grader at the Scarsdale High School. She has been playing the flute since 4th Grade and on Thursday she will present one of her favorite pieces: Sonata n. 4 – Adagio and Minuets, from J. S. Bach.

Ben, 12 years old, is a 7th Grader at Scarsdale Middle School and he has been playing the saxofone for four years. He likes popular music and chose the theme from the movie Titanic to play at the Salon.




Women will take the stage on October 13th

According to the Huffington Post, men still win more literary awards, and books about men get more attention all over the world. The British newspaper The Guardian, also pointed a recent research from Tramp Press, an Irish publisher: they asked authors submitting manuscripts to name the writers who inspired them. Only 22% were female. And this comes from the country of Maeve Binchy, Edna O’Brien and Iris Murdoch.

On October 13th, FIVE female writers will take the stage at the Scarsdale Salon. See who they are:


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Lori Wilson and Jo Ann King

Together they wrote JOURNEY OF FRIENDS, published in 2016. It’s a spiritual book about a group of friends who start a very special book club. The story celebrates their love for people, common experiences and their desire to share a journey.


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Ginger McKnight-Chavers

A native of Dallas, Texas, Ginger will present her debut novel, IN THE HEART OF TEXAS, that will be released just after the Scarsdale Salon. It is a funny story about an aspiring actress who has to face her native Texas again, after getting in serious trouble in Hollywood. Ginger also blogs for the Huffington Post and The TexPatch.

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Annabel Monaghan

Annabel is he author of two novels for young adults, A GIRL NAMED DIGIT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012) and DOUBLE DIGIT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014). She is also co-author of Click! The Girls Guide to Knowing What You Want and Making it Happen (Simon and Schuster, 2007). Annabel writes a regular column that appears in The Week, The Huffington Post and The Rye Record

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Sonya Terjanian

She is an author and advertising copywriter. Her first novel, THE OBJECTS OF HER AFFECTION, was published under her maiden name, Sonya Cobb. Her next book, THE BLIND, will be published just in 2017, but Sonya will read from it in first hand at the Salon.


The Musician at the Third Scarsdale Salon


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Young Roshita Anandani is a 13 years old and attends the Scarsdale Middle School. She plays the guitar and piano and practices upwards of an hour each day!

She will play a few of her favorite numbers for us this Thursday,26th May, at Scott’s Room in the Scarsdale Library!

Join us for an evening of great books, authors, wine and music!!

At the Third Scarsdale Salon


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“All things pass…Perhaps the passage of time is a kind of healing, or a kind of salvation granted equally to all people.”

― Mizuki Nomura, Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime

The theme for the Third Scarsdale Salon is Time!

Join us for an evening of books, authors, music and wine at the Scott Room at The Scarsdale Library on May 26th, 2016 from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm.

Finding Mr Rightstein by Nancy Kelton is a memoir of her journey – with all the love, hope, sadness and loss that life brings with it, and that time may heal.

The prolific Steve Lewis will read a few of his ‘Time’ related poems..including Floaters and others on turning 70.

In On the Rocks by Rebecca Marks, Dana Cohen retires from her twenty-two year career as a NYPD detective, and increasingly relies on her drinking as her life becomes more complicated. Then her estranged husband comes back into her life – with flowers, promises and a murder he claims he did not commit.

In Will’s War by Lynn Lowin, one ordinary April morning, Will Bradford leaves his unhappy Connecticut home in the 21st century and  finds himself in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The year is 1861 when talk of Civil War is everywhere.


One of the endeavors of The Scarsdale Salon is also to encourage young artists. This Salon will feature Roshita Anandani, a 13 year old  at the Scarsdale Middle School, who will play some well known favorites on her guitar.


The Authors for the 3rd Scarsdale Salon


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This Salon has some interesting authors…Check them out! And join us on May26th at 7.30 pm at the Scott Room at the Scarsdale Library!

Steve Lewis



Through a life formed, informed and forever reformed by seven children (and now sixteen grandchildren), Steve Lewis writes affectionately and passionately about our shared experiences on this earth.Check out all his wonderful work at http://www.stevelewiswriter.com

Rebecca Marks


Rebecca comes from a long line of writers. In 1928, her grandfather published a novel called The Rise and Fall of Rogoff. Having emigrated to the United States at the age of 18 in 1898, his native language was Romanian, but he succeeded in writing and publishing a novel in English.  Her father, Edward Marks, wrote and published law books about legal practice in New York State. He also wrote and published many poems in several different publications! Check out her work at http://www.rebeccamarksauthor.com

Nancy Davidoff Kelton

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Nancy Davidoff Kelton is a author of the just-published memoir ‘Finding Mr Rightstein’ and a longtime writing instructor/author/essayist. She conducts classes on writing that can help writers capture their memories, dreams, childhood incidents, and truths in their own voice. Check out her work at http://nancykelton.com

Lynn Lowin 


For Lynn, the Civil War began in Franklin, Tennessee, where an exhibit of letters from Union and Confederate soldiers covered a wall of the small battlefield museum. After reading the letters, Lynn was struck by how similar they all were. She became haunted by this war, and spent the next nine years learning all she could. Will’s War grew out of her studies. Lynn lives in New York, but part of her heart lives in Virginia.

The 2nd Scarsdale Salon

Sixty people came to the Scarsdale Library to listen and talk to four writers: Barbara Solomon Josselsohn (The Last Dreamer), Asif Ismael (Over the Tightrope), Deborah Skolnik (100 Poems of Gentle Scarsdale Satire) and Ruth Handel (reading poems from her three collections, including her most recent book No Border is Perennial). The musical number was in charge of Scarsdale High School sophomore Axel Ahdritz, who played two of his own compositions and also Tears in Heaven, from Eric Clapton.

A big THANK YOU to the authors/readers, to the musician, to the Scarsdale Library and mostly to friends and book lovers who came to listen, proving that the beauty of literature is sharing.