7900 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA

DATE: Saturday, June 1
TIME: 2:00pm – 5:00PM
LOCATION: The Manor House at Whitpain Farm, Blue Bell, PA

Join us for an inspiring afternoon of books and conversation with an author!

This Open Book Women’s Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon talking about books on women’s issues with other readers as well as meeting the author of Visionary Women. The event takes place in the beautiful setting of the Manor House at Whitpain Farm, an historic colonial-era  house in Blue Bell, PA. (Directions to be provided.)

The event includes:

  • Keynote presentation by Andrea Barnet, author of Visionary Women
  • Intro presentation by Lynn Rosen: “Women’s Words: Feminist Literary Highlights from Virginia Woolf to Gloria Steinem”
  • A copy of Visionary Women
  • Time to mingle, meet other attendees, and talk about books
  • A closing wine & cheese reception with the author where you get to place your own nominations for Visionary Women!


In this era where women are stepping into new roles, it’s inspiring to look back upon some groundbreaking women in recent history in our country. Andrea Barnet does just this in her book Visionary Women, How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World. 
Barnet’s book tells the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.
  • Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities;
  • Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment;
  • Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals;
  • Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.
Barnet’s book has received wide acclaim:

“Inspirational. Barnet has written the provocative tales of four women who became moral voices in the 1960s through a passion for truth and a perseverance that defied expectations. They questioned blind faith in technology and the conquest of nature to shape a sensibility that protected our values and our world.”
— Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs

“Fascinating, thoughtful, and surprising, Andrea Barnet’s Visionary Women portrays the world we know through four extraordinary women who did so much to shape it.”
   — Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book

“With both resonant detail and purposeful distillation, Barnet tells their dramatic stories within the context of the counterculture of 50 years ago, charts the ongoing vitality and influence of their compassionate visions, and asks if we will yet accomplish what these four ‘accidental revolutionaries’ call on us to do to preserve the web of life.”

—Booklist, « STARRED REVIEW «



2:00pm – 2:15pm: Arrival & Registration (doors open at 1:45pm)

2:15pm – 3:00pm
“Women’s Words: Feminist Literary Highlights from Virginia Woolf to Gloria Steinem”
A talk by Lynn Rosen

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Keynote & Q&A
Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World
Keynote Speaker Andrea Barnet

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Book Signing & Wine & Cheese with the author. Bring your own suggestions for today’s Visionary Women. We’ll discuss this together, and the author will share some stories that didn’t make it into the book!


About Andrea Barnet:

photo credit: Eliza Hicks

Andrea Barnet

Born in Boston and educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard, Andrea Barnet is the author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World, a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ Bograd Weld Award for Biography and one of Booklist’s four “2018 Editors’ choice for biography” selections. Her previous book, All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930 was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, where she wrote primary on the arts and culture, with a special concentration on early twentieth century literary figures. Her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York TimesElleHarpers Bazaarand The Toronto Globe and Mail, among other publications. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she lives with her husband.

Lynn Rosen

Lynn Rosen is the co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, located in Elkins Park, PA, just north of Philadelphia. She runs Open Book’s extensive program of classes, workshops, and events for readers and writers. Lynn is a long-time book publishing industry professional with many years of experience as an editor, literary agent, instructor, and author. She teaches writing and publishing classes at Open Book, and has been a professor at Drexel University, Temple University, Rosemont College, and numerous other academic institutions.  Previously, Lynn was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She has served as Editorial Director at Peter Pauper Press, as Senior Editor at Running Press and, earlier in her career, as an Editor in the Trade Division of Ballantine Books. In 1991, Lynn launched Leap First, an independent literary agency, which she ran until 1999. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests (Clarkson Potter). Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an Honors degree in English, and holds a Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. More information about Lynn’s background is available HERE.

To register click HERE!

Cost: $65
Includes presentations, happy hour, and a copy of Andrea Barnet’s book Visionary Women.

With questions contact Lynn Rosen:

lynn@openbookphilly.com or 267-627-4888

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