Events

Oklahoma City: Writing the Tree of Life

June 30, 2018 - 10:00am
Temple B'Nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK

What can we learn about your own lives and legacies from seeing old stories with new eyes? Midrash is the Hebrew tradition of re-interpreting and re-visioning our guiding myths and messages to foster greater meaning, freedom, and authenticity. This practice is rooted in the understanding that the Torah, a holy book in Judaism, “….is a tree of life, and a tree can stay alive only if it grows,” explains writer Alicia Ostriker. We’ll look at and write from new angles about guiding myths and narratives in our lives through innovative writing prompts, discussion, humor, and insights that lead you into poetry, fiction, songs. In the process, find new branches and blossoms into who you are, how you live, and how you can help your community re-vision their stories. This workshop is based on Caryn’s new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus. Workshop is followed by lunch featuring recipes from Miriam’s Well.

Wichita, KS: Miriam's Well Reading

June 30, 2018 - 4:00pm
Watermark Bookstore, 4701 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67218

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Wichita book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus, at the fabulous independent bookstore, Watermark. Refreshments available at the cafe, and time to visit about Miriam and her journey.

Prairie Village, KS: Miriam's Well Reading at Café Ohev

July 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Temple Ohev Shalom, 5711 W. 75th St.
Prairie Village, KS 66208

Join Caryn for brunch and a reading from Miriam’s Well at Temple Ohev Shalom’s Café Ohev. You can either come at 10:30 for the reading, or enjoy a full breakfast at 10 a.m. for $7. The reading will be followed by time for questions, answers, and discussion, and also a book-signing. More about the novel here. 

 

Lincoln, NE: Miriam's Well Reading & Reception

August 3, 2018 - 5:30pm
Burkholder Project, 719 P Street Haymarket District
Lincoln, Nebraska

Join us for a special reading of Miriam’s Well followed by a fun reception at the Burkholder Project, the gallery of Anne Burkholder who beautiful painting is on the cover of Miriam’s Well. This event is also part of First Fridays.

 

Lincoln, NE: Miriam's Well Reading & Reception at Francie & Finch

August 4, 2018 - 4:30pm
Francie and Finch Bookstore, 130 S. 13th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg reading from her new novel Miriam’s Well about mythology, history, and finding our place, people, and purpose. In this modern day retelling of the Exodus, Miriam wanders the political and spiritual desert of a changing America, driven by her sense of purpose but searching for her place and her people. As she seeks the promised land, she shows her people, and eventually herself, how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles.

The short reading at Lincoln’s new bookstore will be followed by time for questions and answers, and a reception featuring recipes from the book. Come join us!

Kansas City: Mid-Summer Writing Retreat

August 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing, 8900 State Line Rd.
Leawood, Kansas

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come write about what gives your life meaning, vitality and joy in our ever-evolving and always-welcoming Turning Point writing community. We’ll share moments that made and make a difference to us in stories, poems, journal entries and more, using innovative writing prompts that help tilt our thinking so that the words come out in new and refreshing ways. Anyone living with serious illness – caregivers, patients or survivors – who write or want to start writing are welcome! Please bring something to write on and with, and if you wish, snacks to share.

Turning Point workshops are free for anyone who lives with serious illness — as a patient or caregiver — but registration is required. Call 913-574-0900 to register.

Manhattan, KS: Triumph & Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors

September 5, 2018 - 6:30pm
Unger Complex, 3rd floor, 2323 Anderson Ave., Ste 300
Manhattan, KS

6:30-8:30, Sept. 4, 11, and 25: Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance–the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll also discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the subsequent challenge of creating a new life in a new land. This presentation is based on Caryn’s book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds.

Sponsored by the Osher Institute, you need to register at http://kupce.ku.edu/osher-home.

Kansas City: Writing and Transformation

September 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing, 8900 State Line Rd.
Leawood, Kansas

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Writing can shine a light on our path through the changes life throws at us, showing us new ways to find meaning, vitality, and resilience through such transformations. Using innovative writing prompts and drawing on the circle of community we make together at this writing retreat, we’ll write about how we’ve come home to ourselves even when life has taken us far from what we planned. Through sharing (reading aloud always options) our writing and witnessing one another, and doing an ample amount of laughing and listening, we make new sense out of old and emerging stories. Everyone who writes or wants to write in welcome! Please bring something to write on and in, and if you’re inclined, snacks to share.

Turning Point workshops are free for anyone who lives with serious illness — as a patient or caregiver — but registration is required. Call 913-574-0900 to register.

Writer in Residence

September 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas

Caryn will do a reading from Miriam’s Well at 4 p.m. at Washburn University after visiting a fiction-writing class. Details tba.

Writer in Residence

September 20, 2018
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

Caryn will visit classes and do a reading from Miriam’s Well. Details to be announced.

Miriam's Well Reading & Dinner

September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
Basehor Community Library 1400 158th St.
Basehor, Kansas

Come to a dinner-reading, a little like dinner theater for books! Caryn will read from Miriam’s Well and discuss writing about 50-plus years of America history and mythology while telling the story of Miriam finding her people, place, and purpose. The library will provide a special dinner featuring recipes from the novel. More about the book here. 

Kansas City: Miriam's Well KC Book Launch at Function Junction

October 3, 2018 - 5:00pm
Function Junction, 2450 Grand Blvd. (2nd floor, Crown Center)
Kansas City, MO

From 5-8 p.m., Function Junction hosts Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s KC book launch for Miriam’s Well with food, songs, and readings from the book. Because Miriam, the obvious main character of the novel, both sings and cooks like nobody’s business, we’ll be celebrating with food and song, and just because, some wine too.

Come enjoy recipes including chocolate-raspberry rugalach, chedddar biscuits, and sun-dried tomato dip while listening. Caryn will share short readings from the book (at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30), and singer Susan Hancock will sing some of the songs the book’s main character belts out throughout the novel.

You can also visit with Caryn about this novel about mythology, history, and finding our place, people, and purpose. In this modern day retelling of the Exodus, Miriam wanders the political and spiritual desert of a changing America, driven by her sense of purpose but searching for her place and her people. As she seeks the promised land, she shows her people, and eventually herself, how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles.

Function Junction offers all a 10% discount on all products, and Caryn offers all a 10% discount on Miriam’s Well and other books. Come join us for this unique and vibrant Kansas City event!

Burlington, Vermont: Miriam's Well Reading & Midrash Writing Workshop

October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Congregation Ruach Hamaqom, 168 Archibald Street
Burlington, Vermont

Join us for a shorting reading from Miriam’s Well preceded by a workshop on using midrash to retell the stories of our lives and our communities.

Montpelier, VT: Miriam's Well Reading

October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.
Montpelier, Vermont

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Montpelier book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus.  This event is co-sponsored by the Kellogg Hubbard Library and Temple Beth Jacob in Montpelier, Vermont. Bear Pond Books, one of the great independent book stores, will be there to sell books too.

 

Writing Jewish: KU Jewish Studies Symposium

October 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Ave.
Lawrence, Kansas

Writing Midrash: Miracles, Mysteries, and Meanings (workshop) and From Jonah’s Tree to Miriam’s Well: A Writer’s Midrash Journey (keynote talk): Join us for a day-long symposium featuring multiple speakers and recipes from Miriam’s Well.

Madison, WI: Miriam's Well Reading & Havdalah Service

October 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St.
Madison, Wisconsin

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Topeka book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus, featuring a special Havdalah Service, a very short (10 minute) Jewish service (singing, and awakening our senses) to usher in the new week, followed by a vibrant reading from the novel. We’ll conclude with a book signing, delicious Jewish desserts and  savories to enjoy together, and time to visit and make new friends. More about the novel here

Lawrence: Miriam's Well: A Modern Day Exodus – A Special Evening with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Drive
Lawrence, Kansas

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg reading from her new novel Miriam’s Well about mythology, history, and finding our place, people, and purpose. In this modern day retelling of the Exodus, Miriam wanders the political and spiritual desert of a changing America, driven by her sense of purpose but searching for her place and her people. As she seeks the promised land, she shows her people, and eventually herself, how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles. 

Sponsored by the Osher Institute of the University of Kansas, this event also features delicious refreshments, drawing from recipes in the novel (Miriam is a cook and baker!).

Kansas City: Read Local: Miriam's Well

December 11, 2018 - 6:30pm
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO

Caryn is the featured author for this month’s “Read Local” event. Come hear her read from Miriam’s Well and share some of the stories of writing this novel  about mythology, history, and finding our place, people, and purpose. In this modern day retelling of the Exodus, Miriam wanders the political and spiritual desert of a changing America, driven by her sense of purpose but searching for her place and her people. As she seeks the promised land, she shows her people, and eventually herself, how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles.

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Create Your Own Right Livelihood Through the Arts in the Transformative Language Arts Network's Right Livelihood Professional Training with Laura Packer and Caryn, launching June - October, 2018. More here.

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