Dec. 2 Author Janet Benton


Janet Benton, author of the novel Lilli de Jong, will join us on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm for a talk, Q and A session and book signing in the Friends Learning Lab. We invite you to join us for a literary afternoon.

Please RSVP (in case of a large crowd, we can move to the Community Room)

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.  The Basket of Books and Blizzard of Prizes drawing will take place at the program, so it will also be your final chance to buy Raffle Tickets!

1883 Philadelphia. Unwed and isolated from her family and community, Lilli enters motherhood virtually alone. What unfolds is a harrowing journey into the unknown, and Lilli captures it all in her notebooks.
Drawing on rich history, Lilli de Jong is an intimate portrait of loves lost and found and a testament to the work of mothers and women who have long refused to give up.


Janet Benton began writing early and has worked hard to give books a central place in her life. She grew up in a small town in Connecticut and skipped eighth grade to travel the world with her working-artist mother. She holds an M.F.A. in English/fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B. A. in religious studies from Oberlin College. After working at magazines, newspapers, and publishers, running an editorial business, and teaching writing at four universities and privately, she began The Word Studio ( to focus on writing, editing, and working with writers. Click here to read an interview with her in Publisher’s Weekly, March 2017, called “Mothers from the Past: PW Talks with Janet Benton.”