Conversation with Lauren Grodstein | We Must Not Think of Ourselves

DECEMBER 7 | 10 - 11 AM 

In partnership with Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild (RBWG), join us in the library for a breakfast chat with novelist Lauren Grodstein about her newly released novel, We Must Not Think of Ourselves. A heart-wrenching story of love and defiance set in the Warsaw Ghetto, the book is based on the actual archives kept by those determined to have their stories survive World War II. Lauren will be in conversation with RBWG Founder and Executive Director Maribeth Fischer.

In addition to discussing the history at the heart of the novel, the author will share how it feels to publish a fifth novel versus publishing a first, the journey from idea to full-fledged novel, the unique challenges of developing characters vastly different from us, and the responsibility of writing fiction based on history and/or family stories. Lauren, who directs the MFA program at Rutgers Camdem and for twenty years has taught an intensive “manuscript workshop” each summer in Paris (with a focus on getting manuscripts ready for publication) will also share some of the ins and outs of navigating the ever-changing publishing landscape.

Lauren Grodstein is the best-selling author of Our Short HistoryThe Explanation for Everything, and A Friend of the Family, among other works. Her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies, and have been translated into French, German, Chinese, and Italian, among other languages. Her work also has appeared in ElleThe New York TimesRefinery29,, BarrelhousePost Road, and The Washington Post. She is a professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden, where she teaches in the MFA program in creative writing.

We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes signed. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event.

Event date: 
Thursday, December 7, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Event address: 
111 Adams Avenue
Lewes, DE 19958