Events

Award-winning author and Brooklynite Fran Hawthorne brings her debut novel The Heirs to the Old Stone House, along with free multi-cultural refreshments.
The Heirs tells the story of how a New Jersey soccer mom — the daughter of a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor — becomes obsessed with the Polish-Catholic family of her 9-year-old son’s soccer teammate.
Rosanne Korenberg, co-executive producer of the Oscar-winning film I, Tonya, calls The Heirs “a compelling read.”
The $5 admission to “Reading & Rugelach” includes an array of Jewish, Polish, and all-American snacks provided by Erica’s Rugelach & Baking Co. and other local bakers, and helps support the historic Old Stone House. Tickets available here.
Books will be available for purchase, which the author will happily sign.
For everyone’s protection, attendance will be limited to 30, and the Old Stone House is requesting that all attendees wear masks and show proof of Covid-19 vaccination at the door.
Until now, Hawthorne spent years as a journalist and nonfiction author focusing on business ethics, consumer activism, health care, and finance -– on staff at BusinessWeek, Fortune, Crain’s New York Business, and the Bergen (NJ) Record, and as a freelancer for The New York Times, Newsday, and many other publications.
But she’s always been writing novels in her spare time. The Heirs was inspired by a classmate of her son’s at PS 321 in Park Slope, along with her own father’s and grandparents’ escape from Poland less than two years before the Nazi invasion.