Coffee, Confections & Conversation with Author Emily Franklin

On Saturday morning, October 21st the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation will host a morning version of its popular Cocktails & Conversation event: Coffee, Confections and Conversation with Emily Franklin, author of a book Town & Country Magazine called the “must-read book of Spring 2023.” Franklin’s work, The Lioness of Boston, is a deeply evocative novel of the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, the daring visionary who created an inimitable legacy in American art and transformed the city of Boston itself.

The event – which will take place at 11 am at Town House Restaurant (559 Main Street in New Rochelle) — is being held as part of ArtsFest, the weekend-long celebration of the arts taking place from October 19th to 22nd.

Prof. Amy Bass will be the moderator for this delicious dive into a book about art – and the art of writing. Tickets cost $35 and include coffee, pastries, and a glass of prosecco; books will be available for sale and signing from J Anderson’s Books. Proceeds benefit the NRPL Foundation. For tickets go to or purchase by mail with a check payable to NRPLF sent to New Rochelle Public Library Foundation, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801. For more information visit the website at

Cocktails & Conversation is one of the NRPL Foundation’s signature events, designed to bring book lovers together. The evenings feature authors in a discussion moderated by Prof. Amy Bass, Ph.D., NRPL Foundation Board Member, historian and acclaimed author (One Goal: A Coach, A Team and the Game That Brought A Divided Town Together). 

The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises resources and provides advocacy to keep the library vibrant, up-to-date, and able to serve the diverse needs of the New Rochelle community. For more information about the NRPL Foundation visit the website at