Books on the Beach is back


It wouldn’t be summer without books and the beach. And, once again, Hadassah Rhode Island is holding its Books on the Beach luncheon and author presentation.

Members and friends are invited to attend the 7th annual event on Aug. 9 at OceanCliff in Newport. This year, attendees will have an opportunity to meet award-winning authors Joanna Rakoff, author of “My Salinger Year” and Alyson Richman, author of “The Velvet Hours.”

Joanna Rakoff is a freelance journalist, poet, critic and novelist. Her first novel, “A Fortunate Age,” won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Rakoff’s second book and memoir, “My Salinger Year,” was published in 2014 and is about a year spent answering J.D. Salinger’s fan mail.  “My Salinger Year” earned a GoodReads Choice award, an Amazon Best Book of the Month and an award.

Alyson Richman is the best-selling author of five novels, including “The Lost Wife” and “The Garden of Letters.” Her sixth novel, “The Velvet Hours,” was published in 2016 and was inspired by the true events of two women pursuing freedom in Paris during WWII. Her novels have been published in more than 15 languages and have received both national and international acclaim. Alyson Richman is an accomplished painter, and her novels combine her deep love of art, historical research and travel.

Lunch is quiche or grilled salmon. Copies of the novels will be available for purchase. 

Ticket are $70 per person. For more information , call 401-463-3636 or email RSVP online at