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Sunday, November 19, 2017

One word. YUM! 11/20 - Janeane spoke with Frank Carollo the master bakers and co-owners of Zingerman's Bankehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I have one word for this book: YUM.

ZINGERMAN'S BAKEHOUSE. You might have heard of Zingerman's, the renowned artisanal bakery out of Michigan, whose national mail-order business has created a fan-based crowd across the entire U.S. 

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Since 1992, Zingerman's has been going strong, and this month marks it's 25th anniversary when, for the first time ever, they are sharing their delicious recipes and business secrets in a new cookbook, ZINGERMAN'S BAKEHOUSE. The story of the founding of Zingerman's Bakehouse and their continued success in the wake of changing tastes and food fads, is as heart-warming as it is impressive, reminding us that business success and passion do go hand in hand. In the book they share their successes and their heart aches with equal fan fare.

This is the must-have baking book for bakers of all skill levels. Since 1992, Michigan's renowned artisanal bakery, Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, has fed a fan base across the United States and beyond with their chewy-sweet brownies and gingersnaps, famous sour cream coffee cake, and fragrant loaves of Jewish rye, challah, and sourdough. It's no wonder Zingerman's is a cultural and culinary institution. Now, for the first time, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Zingerman's bakers share 65 meticulously tested, carefully detailed recipes in a beautiful hardcover book featuring more than 50 color photographs and bountiful illustrations. Behind-the-scenes stories of the business enrich this collection of best-of-kind, delicious recipes for every ”I can't believe I get to make this at home!" treat."

Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo are master bakers and the co-owners of Zingerman's Bakehouse. They live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


11/20 - Janeane spoke with author Devorah Blachor about her brand new book, "THE FEMINIST’S GUIDE TO RAISING A LITTLE PRINCESS: How to Raise a Girl Who’s Authentic, Joyful, and Fearless – Even If She Refuses to Wear Anything but a Pink Tutu"

THE FEMINIST’S GUIDE TO RAISING A LITTLE PRINCESS: How to Raise a Girl Who’s Authentic, Joyful, and Fearless – Even If She Refuses to Wear Anything but a Pink Tutu (a TarcherPerigee paperback; on sale November 11th, 2017) by Devorah Blachor.

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In this title inspired by her viral New York Times Motherlode piece “Turn Your Princess-Obsessed Toddler into a Feminist in Eight Easy Steps,” Blachor offers insight and humor to all those who cringe each morning when their daughters refuse to wear anything that isn’t pink. Using personal anecdotes and playful essays, Blachor explores how mothers can raise their daughters in a society that pressures girls and women to bury their own needs, conform to unrealistic beauty standards, and sacrifice their own passions. With amusing – yet reassuring! - interviews with the formerly princess-obsessed, THE FEMINISTS GUIDE TO RAISING A LITTLE PRINCESS tackles important concepts while offering comic relief to concerned parents of budding little princesses.

The author is based overseas, however, is available for interviews and willing to call in from Skype.. Below my signature, you will see a q&a with the author. Please let me know if you would like to schedule an interview, or if you need anything else from me. I look forward to hearing from you!

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About the Author:
Devorah Blachor is a New York Times Motherlode columnist and also writes for The Huffington Post, McSweeney's, The Hairpin, Redbook, Mommyish, Good Housekeeping, and The Rumpus, among other websites and magazines. Blachor's husband Matt Rees is an award-winning journalist and novelist. Their children Cai and Mari provide endless material for humor and essays.

In Conversation with Devorah Blachor, author of THE FEMINIST’S GUIDE TO RAISING A LITTLE PRINCESS, Devorah will talk about the following:

1. What inspired you to write The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess?

When my three-year-old daughter Mari started loving pink and princesses, the irony was great. Here I was, a committed feminist who favored oversized frumpy clothing and who wished the entire beauty industry would sink into the earth in a puff of silicone vapor. And here I had a walking toddler advertisement for tulle and sequins. I took my anxiety over what this might mean for Mari, and I turned it into a tongue-and-cheek satirical article called “Turn Your Princess-Obsessed Toddler Into a Feminist in Eight Easy Steps”. It was published in the New York Times Motherlode and it went viral. I realized I wasn’t alone. There were lots of mothers like me, who were committed to raising strong and independently minded daughters, and who were flummoxed by their daughters’ passion for tiaras and pink tutus. I started diving into this subject and that research evolved into the book.

2. Why did you want to steer your daughter away from pink and princesses and all things girly?

The culture of “pink for girls” is antithetical to what we would want for our girls and boys. We don’t want our kids to be limited by other people’s perceptions of what they should and shouldn’t be. We want boys to play freely with dolls if that’s their desire, for example.. And if girls are encouraged to play with toys that are traditionally associated with girls, what does that mean for them as they grow up? Will they be less likely to pursue “male” professions like pilots or engineers? My fear was that the pink culture would restrict my daughter before she even reached adolescence. I had a deeper fear too. I spent many years living with long-term depression. I associated the “feminine” with my depression. I thought the strictures and expectations of being female had contributed to my losing my spark when I was a teenager - a spark that I didn’t get back for many years. I didn’t want that to happen to my daughter.

3. How – or why – did she gravitate towards it anyway?

If you’ve ever met a toddler, you’ve probably noticed how strong-willed they are. I mean, they are REALLY determined. Meanwhile, as parents of toddlers, our energies are depleted. We’re absorbed with potty training and toddler aggression and getting them to eat foods that aren’t exclusively star shaped, and a whole host of other hilarious challenges. In the end, Mari’s love for princesses proved greater than my resistance to them.

4. Is it possible for parents to embrace their children’s princess obsession while also helping them reject the sexist messages that accompany so many of these princess-centered stories?

For a full answer to this question, get back to me in about ten years. For now, my answer is: We can certainly try. Particularly as they get older (like, I certainly never had these conversations when Mari was three), we can show our daughters how destructive messages are buried in the stories of the regressive princess. Luckily, we can use the newer princesses to point out positive qualities as well. Moana is an amazing character, for example. In her bravery and her quest to save her people, she possesses the qualities we find in the heroes of Greek mythology. Merida demonstrates resilience, from Elsa we learn about overcoming fears, and Anna teaches us the enormous power of acceptance and forgiveness. We can totally use this whole princess thing to our advantage.

5. Why do you say that parental instinct should be honored more than the advice of others (including relatives, articles and books by parenting experts)?

There is so much out there - the tips and the articles and the well-meaning relatives and the strangers on the street who tell you to button up your child’s sweater. Not to mention the “mommy wars” and the debate over parenting styles. The subtext of so much of this noise is judgement. Parents - and mothers in particular - constantly get the message that they’re doing it all wrong. If you listen to too many “experts”, you might lose your own voice amidst the noise. If you need advice or counsel, you can always choose a few people or sources you genuinely trust. But you can absolutely listen to yourself most of all. No one knows your child better than you do.

6. How can we help our daughters navigate a society that idealizes perfection?

Most parents have had the experience of their child coming home from school, upset by their own mistakes or shortcomings. Maybe they got into trouble with the teacher, or did something that made other kids laugh, or didn’t perform well on the soccer pitch. These are precious moments of parenting, when you can give your child a ton of love and acceptance and let them know it’s ok not to be perfect, and that it’s definitely ok to make mistakes. In general, it’s great to tell your kids stories of people who failed and kept trying, because we want them to not get beaten down by failure or fear of failure. Equally important is what happens at home. When my kids act “unlovable” - when they test me and fight with each other and are needy and obnoxious - in those moments, I sometimes want to lie down or run away or drink wine. And while I can’t pretend I’ve never poured myself a glass in times of stress or yelled at them, I know that the way I handle these imperfect moments are important. Because if I can stop and breathe and accept my children when they are behaving in “unlovable” ways, they get the message that they don’t have to be perfect to be loved. It’s tricky. We’re all doing our best. And we should go easy on ourselves as well - as parents and as human beings, we shouldn’t expect perfection from ourselves either.

7. In your book, you interview a number of women who used to be princess-obsessed as girls. Did their obsession have any negative lasting effects?

It’s one of my favorite parts of the book, because I was curious to know how it all turned out for girls who were obsessed with princesses. This “Princess Culture” is a relatively new thing, because Disney only started marketing the princess brand in 2000. The first generation of girls who fell down the “Disney Princess rabbit hole” are coming of age now. When I finally reached out to some of them for my book, I was heartened. Every single one seemed like an engaged, intelligent and interesting person. And they all had a good and humorous perspective on their princess days.

8. What do you hope readers will take away from your book?

Accept your children, who will not be the people you expected but will be fabulous anyway. While you’re at it, accept yourself. And don’t forget to laugh. This parenting stuff can sometimes feel heavy and overwhelming. But if you have the right perspective, a lot of it is actually quite funny. Particularly very small little girls who are very passionate about princesses. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Director Thomas Morgan speaks with host Janeane Bernstein about his film "SOUFRA," his collaboration with Executive Producer Susan Sarandon, and the North American premiere at DOC NYC ahead of a theatrical release in November and December.

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NEW YORK – The award-winning documentary feature SOUFRA, will have its North American Premiere at the DOC NYC Film Festival in New York on November 12th.

SOUFRA is directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Morgan (Storied Streets, Waiting for Mamu), produced by Primetime Emmy®-winning filmmaker Kathleen Glynn (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, TV Nation), Rebelhouse President, Trevor Hall, Pilgrim Media Group President & CEO Craig Piligian, and executive produced by Academy Award®-winning actress Susan Sarandon. All will attend the film’s red carpet premiere, along with other prominent individuals including actress Mary-Louise Parker, on November 12th at SVA Theatre 2.

"The only ‘feel good’ doc about refugees that I know of – inspiring and delicious,"
 said Susan Sarandon.

SOUFRA follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

The film chronicles Mariam and a diverse team of fellow refugee women, from throughout the Middle East who share the camp as their home as they set out to change their fate by launching a catering company, “Soufra,” and then expanding its reach (thanks to an astonishing Kickstarter campaign), outside the camp with a food truck business. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands.

SOUFRA is a co-production of Rebelhouse Group, Pilgrim Media Group, and BIG 9 Productions.

Official Website: http://www.soufrafilm.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soufrafilm/

Instagram: @soufrafilm

Press Contact:
Adam J. Segal • The 2050 Group – Publicity
212.642.4317 (Office) • 202.422.4673 (Cell)
adam@the2050group.com • www.the2050group.com

Staff Writer with The New Yorker, Lauren Collins, shares her journey of learning French in the name of love –and what it means to love someone in a second language

When in French - Love in a Second Language


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New Yorker writer shares her journey of learning French in the name of love –and what it means to love someone in a second language

“A thoughtful, beautifully written meditation on the art of language and intimacy. The book unfolds like several books in one: on moving abroad, on communication in human relationships, on the history of language, and in the end, on the delights of cross-cultural fusion.”—The New York Times Book Review

A staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008, Lauren Collins has profiled subjects from Michelle Obama and Gérard Depardieu to April Bloomfield and Donatella Versace. In her bestselling book, WHEN IN FRENCH: Love in a Second Language, now available in paperback, Collins turns an unwavering eye on herself. When, in her early thirties, Colllins moves to London and falls for a Frenchman named Oliver, she discovers firsthand that a language barrier is no match for love. Unable to speak French herself, their relationship develops solely in English. When the couple, newly married, relocates to francophone Geneva, Collins—fearful of one day becoming "a Borat of a mother" who doesn’t understand her own kids—decides to answer these questions for herself by learning French.

Lauren Collins as she shares her journey of what it means to love someone in a second language, including:

· Wondering about the things she doesn’t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his native tongue

· Whether “I love you” even means the same thing as “je t’aime”

· Grappling with the complexities of the French language and accidently telling her mother-in-law that she’s given birth to a coffee machine

· Wrestling with the very nature of French identity and society—a far cry from life back home in North Carolina.

Plumbing the mysterious depths of humanity’s many forms of language, Collins describes with wicked humor and great style the frustrations, embarrassments, surprises, and, finally, joys of learning—and living in—French.

About the Author:

Lauren Collins began working at the New Yorker in 2003 and became a staff writer in 2008. Her subjects have included Michelle Obama, Donatella Versace, the graffiti artist Banksy, and the chef April Bloomfield. Since 2010, she has been based in Europe, covering stories from London, Paris, Copenhagen, and beyond. Her story on the Daily Mail was recently short-listed for the Feature Story of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in London.


OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Comedy Fundraiser “Night For Hope”  with Special Guest Melissa Rivers, comics Adam Ray, Vargus Mason & Little Esther Instill Laughs for OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Programs

Los Angeles– OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board hosts the 9th annual Night For Hope fundraiser on November 17th at The Palace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Melissa Rivers, OUR HOUSE ambassador, will take the stage to dedicate a night of laughter to her mother. Since the death of her mother, comedy legend Joan Rivers, Melissa continues to make sure laughter is a part of her every day. “I am honored to be a part of an organization like OUR HOUSE, which provides a place for people to cry and laugh and remember their loved ones.”

This year, the Night For Hope will feature comics Vargus Mason, Esther Povitsky, aka “Little Esther,” and Adam Ray, all introduced by MC JC Cocoli for a night full of laughs and finding hope through grief. Inspiration for the evening’s theme came from an Associate Board member who felt she might never laugh again following the death of her father. Through support from OUR HOUSE, she was able to navigate through her grief, find joy, and laugh again.

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board is comprised of young professionals serving as ambassadors to the community. The Associate Board works relentlessly to spread the word about the agency’s services and volunteer opportunities, in addition to raising funds.

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Night for Hope

When: Friday, November 17th

Where: The Palace Theater DTLA

Info: http://www.ourhouse-grief.org/hopetickets/


6:30pm: Doors Open

8:00pm: MC JC Cocoli Kicks Off the Night

8:20pm: Comedian Vargus Mason

8:35pm: Comedian Little Esther

8:50pm: OUR HOUSE presentation & appeal: OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center testimonials– Amanda, Isaiah, and Melissa Rivers.

9:30pm: Comedian Adam Ray

10:30pm: Event ends

About OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is one of the nation’s most respected organizations for grief support and education. For over 24 years, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark on their journeys to hope and healing after the death of someone close. Support groups specific to age and relationship take place in the safe, warm, and nurturing environment of their centers.

OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy, educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families. The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine. To learn more, please visit www.ourhouse-grief.org or call 1.888.417.1444.

Janeane spoke with Israeli actor, Ido Samuel, about his role in the powerful film, Dirty Bomb

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Fascinating, worldly and a striking talent, Ido Samuel is a star on the rise and is ready to take Hollywood by storm. An Israeli actor who has already conquered the film market in Israel with roles in an impressive list of over thirty films including his role as an Orthodox Jewish man named “Yossi” in award winning film “Fill The Void.” The feature film was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards and won seven awards at the Israeli Film Academy Awards (the country’s equivalent to the U.S.’s Academy Awards), “Best Foreign Language Film” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and two awards at the Venice Film Festival. “Fill The Void” which was widely distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

Samuel moved to the United States four years ago to pursue his dream of acting in U.S. film and immediately booked leading roles in the prestigious short film “Ben-Dod Sheli” which made it to the semifinals for the Student Academy Awards which is hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and received rave reviews. He also filmed the highly anticipated short film “Dirty Bomb” which tells the story of Holocaust heroes who sacrificed their lives to sabotage the V2 bomb causing it to misfire during world War II. “Dirty Bomb” will be released in November and it’s star (Samuel) and director (Valerie McCaffrey) can’t wait for audiences to see it.

After serving in the Israeli army for three years, Samuel began training to be an actor in 2007 and booked a string of short films in 2010 and 2011 before landing the role of “Simba” in Israel’s version of “The Lion King” and later filming “Fill The Void” which put him in the spotlight and eventually prompted him to bring his talent to Los Angeles. Ido has continued booking roles in film and television projects such as Amazon’s award winning “Transparent.”

Samuel, now based in Los Angeles, has built a group of friends who he spends holidays with and who have been an incredible support system as he pursues his craft across the world. He practices martial arts and won regional and national awards in Israel. makes sure to travel back to see his family in Israel whenever possible and no matter where in the world he is he will always love his native country and of course Israeli and Jewish film.

DIRTY BOMB, set against the Battle of the Bulge, depicts the true story of how Jewish concentration camp inmates sabotaged the development of Hitler’s V2 Bomb at the cost of their lives. The film is written and directed by Valerie McCaffrey, who as an independent casting director, cast over 80 films. In addition, Valerie uses her knowledge to a directing/producing/writing capacity. She directed a feature film called WISH YOU WERE DEAD distributed by Icon Entertainment International which starred Cary Elwes, Elaine Hendrix, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Sally Kirkland. She wrote a screenplay called EVERYTHING IS GOING TO POT in which she is planning to direct. She produced a film LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan. She also produced and cast an award-winning film entitled NEO NED, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union.


WHO: Sally Kirkland (Anna); Donna Pescow (Out of This World, Saturday Night Fever); Lance Henriksen (The Terminator), J. Michael Trautmann (Shameless), Joe Cortese (American History X), Ido Samuel (Fill the Void), James Babson (The Words), Dallas Hart (Greenhouse Academy), Vladimir Kulich(Training Day, The Vikings),Jennifer Tung (Alias),Tiana Benjamin (Harry Potter),Richard Riehle (The Office), Lee Purcell (JL Ranch),

WHERE: Ahrya Fine Arts Movie Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA

WHEN: Friday, November 17, 2017
Press Check in 5:45PM; Red Carpet: 6:00 PM
Reception 6:00 – 8:00PM
Films: 8:00 PM (Q&A with cast/crew to immediately follow)

MORE INFO: CHAMELEON tells the story of a man willing to do anything to obtain the power he covets and is directed by Trevvor Riley. Riley is a film director, screenwriter, short-story writer, poet, artist etc. etc. etc. He is best known and recognized for his short films and music videos and their distinct, surreal, visual aesthetic. After co-founding the independent production company: Cathect Pictures. He is now transitioning his talents from smaller projects onto writing and directing feature films and multiple television mini series' for various production companies.

REMEMBER THE SUN is about a talented, yet troubled soul, risks everything to preserve the memories of the woman he loves after she is gone through the use of future tech. The films is directed by Tim C. Szabics. Szabics is a pixel pushing puppet master, musician, artist, story teller, VFX/MoGraph designer, pun master and film maker born with a burning desire to entertain through subtle suggestions of a new and counter culture view. Most notably known for music videos, internet tv shows and several award winning shorts that seem to push the limits of expectations all while harnessing the fire of a DIY enthusiast

DIRTY BOMB, set against the Battle of the Bulge, depicts the true story of how Jewish concentration camp inmates sabotaged the development of Hitler’s V2 Bomb at the cost of their lives. The film is written and directed by Valerie McCaffrey, who as an independent casting director, cast over 80 films. In addition, Valerie uses her knowledge to a directing/producing/writing capacity. She directed a feature film called WISH YOU WERE DEAD distributed by Icon Entertainment International which starred Cary Elwes, Elaine Hendrix, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Sally Kirkland. She wrote a screenplay called EVERYTHING IS GOING TO POT in which she is planning to direct. She produced a film LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan. She also produced and cast an award-winning film entitled NEO NED, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union.

Panelists include filmmakers.