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April 21, 2009


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will host a "Night of Women Authors" to benefit Daybreak, a women’s shelter operated by the YWCA of Worcester. The event will feature Kate Jacobs, author of Comfort Food, Knit Two, and the No. 1 New York Times bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club, which has more than one million copies in print. The movie rights to the book were optioned by Universal Studios. Suzanne Strempek Shea will also be featured. Winner of the 2000 New England Book Award, Shea is author of Sundays in America, Selling the Lite of Heaven, and Songs from a Lead-Lined Room: Notes-High and Low from My Journey through Breast Cancer and Radiation.

A $25 admission ($15 for seniors and students with ID) will benefit Daybreak's work to prevent domestic violence and help survivors, and includes a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres from Two Sisters and the Silver Spoon, a cookbook written by local sisters Kathy Israelian-Fleming and Nancy Israelian-Doyle. Works created by 20 Worcester-based artists will be on display, and the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing.

Reservations required. Call 508-791-3181, ext. 3049; or email:


Monday, April 27, 2009

5:30 to 9 p.m. (reception 5:30-6:30 p.m.; meet the authors, 6:30-9 p.m.)


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Alden Memorial

100 Institute Road

Worcester, Mass.