Local authors to read from their novels at Inkwood Books

Philadelphia author Janet Benton and Cherry Hill author Pam Jenoff will read from their books on Friday, June 9 at Inkwood Books.

Philadelphia author Janet Benton will join Cherry Hill author Pam Jenoff Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books on Kings Highway East in Haddonfield. Benton will read from her debut novel, “Lilli de Jong, and Jenoff will read from her latest book “The Orphan’s Tale. The authors will also discuss the writing life and their approaches to writing historical fiction. They will also sign books after their presentations.

Set in 1883 Philadelphia,“Lilli de Jong” tells the story of Lilli, an unwed Quaker, who had first planned to give up her daughter to avoid a life of shame and poverty, but after giving birth at an institution for unwed mothers (based on an actual Philadelphia institution), she becomes unwilling to give up the child, who by then has become the most powerful love of her life. “Lilli de Jong is in the form of her diary.

“The Orphan’s Tale” is novel about friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II. “The Orphan’s Tale” introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival.