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Brunch and Author Talk

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 2 Sivan 5779

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Book discussion and lavish brunch at the well-known Green Brook Country Club Book Group (open to the public). Mark Sullivan (Beneath a Scarlet Sky) and Dani Shapiro (Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love) will discuss their work. We can carpool from CBH to the club in North Caldwell.  $62. More info and buy tickets here.  Email Margie Ticknor,, if you'd like to carpool.



This beautifully written, thought-provoking genealogical mystery will captivate readers from the very first pages. In this fascinating memoir, Dani Shapiro writes of how she questioned her identity when a DNA test revealed that she was not, as she believed she was, 100% Jewish. Shapiro grew up in an Orthodox family in suburban New Jersey and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.

When Dani got the DNA test results, the then-54-year-old began researching her family history, and within months she unraveled a narrative leading back to the 1960s and the early days of artificial insemination. Her own parents had died, but now, with the support of her husband and son, she discovered her childhood, her ancestral lineage, and the foundation of her world were based on deception. 

BIO: DANI SHAPIRO is an American writer who is the author of five novels and the best-selling memoir, INHERITANCE. Born Daneile Joyce Ellen Shapiro, she legally changed her name to Dani in 2017. Dani's other best selling books include the memoirs, HOURGLASS, STILL WRITING, DEVOTION, and SLOW MOTION, plus five novels including BLACK & WHITE and FAMILY HISTORY. She has also written for magazines such as THE NEW YORKER, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE, VOGUE, and ELLE. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish Community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships.



Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, USA Today bestseller BENEATH A SCARLET SKY, is the triumphant, epic tale of one young Italian boy's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours. 

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager-obsessed with music, food, and girls-but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family’s home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. 

Pino Lella is 93 today and much of the historical details were discussed with Mark Sullivan during his several trips to Italy. It is more than just a novel based on true events-it is a piece of history, truly a tale unlike any other-a story of courage and intrigue, love and redemption. BENEATH A SCARLET SKY is a story that has been shared by Pino Lella's own memories and Mark Sullivan's gift of writing.

BIO: MARK SULLIVAN is the acclaimed author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times Bestselling PRIVATE series, which he writes with James Paterson. Mark and his books have received numerous awards and accolades. BENEATH A SCARLET SKY has an Amazon 5 star rating with nearly 25,000 reviews, #1 Amazon Charts most sold & most read book, soon to be a major television series, from Pascal Pictures starring, Tom Holland.

Mark Sullivan grew up outside of Boston in Medfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Hamilton College before working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. Upon his return to the United States, he earned a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and began a career in investigative journalism. An avid skier, martial artist and adventurer, he lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana, where he remains grateful for the miracle of every moment.

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