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Penn's Village Reads


Twice a week, during the quarantine, members of the Penn’s Village program committee read a short story, poem or book excerpt to our members.

October 9th
Worthless Girl

Read by the Author Clare Novak


*This read was not recorded as the work has not yet been pubished*

October 31st
The Monkey's Paw
by W.W.Jacobs

Read by Charlie Berliner


September 11th
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Read by Marion Hoover

September 25th 
From Laughter to Tears…A Potpourri of Staged Readings

By the Temple University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s

Staged Readings Class under the direction of Jean Haskell


August 19th
Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg by P.G. Wodehouse

Read by
Brian Wengenroth

August 29th
The Lame Shall Enter First by Flannery O’Connor

Read by Charles Berliner

Our apologies, due to technical difficulties a recording of this reading is not available.

August 7th
Crosswinds
by Kapri Koflanovich

Read by the author

August 14th 
The Rabbit Outbreak by Susan Orlean

Read by  Margherita Abe


July 31st
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

Read by Yvonne Novak

August 4th
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor

Read by Marcia Kravis


July 24th
Nearing Ninety by Judith Viorst

Read by Pat Wisch

July 29th
Discovery, Revolution and Poetry

Read by the author Rochelle Owens


July 21st
South American Poetry, Story and Song With Patricia Nemirovsky Alsina

July 22nd
Idyls of the Old South Ward by John E. McDonough

Read by Harrison Wetherill


July 15th
The Waldstein Sonata by Hartmut Lange and The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

Read by Marjorie Muecke

July 17th 
Nemesis by Philip Roth

Read by Howard Green


July 8th
Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen

Read by Dr. Judith Coche

July 10th
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton

Read by Jo Ellen Winter


July 1st
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

Read by Lois Evans

July 3rd
Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor

Read by Charles Berliner

Our apologies, due to technical difficulties a recording of this reading is not available.

Mentioned during our July 1st program:
Eddie Glaude discusses James Baldwin on C-SPAN



June 19th
Casey at the Bat and
The Celebrated Jumping Frog

Read by Robert Uris and Dante Murphy

June 24th 
The Road to Colonus by E.M. Forster

Read by Dan Coren


June 11th
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Read by Patricia Nemirovsky Alsina

June 16th
"Cairo, a Type of love Story"....A.K.A. "Morsi, the Cat" by Peter Hessler

Read By Margherita Abe


June 2nd
A Selection from Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Read by Kristin Davidson

June 4th
“The Clicking of Cuthbert” by P.G. Wodehouse

Read by Brian Wengenroth


May 26th
A Selection from Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Read by Julie Green

May 28th
A Selection from Florida by Lauren Groff

Read by Margaret Mainland


May 18th:
The Piano Tuner's Wives by William Trevor

Read by Jo Ellen Winters

May 21st:
“Big Two-Hearted River” by Ernest Hemingway

Read by Dante Murphy


May 12th:
Wild Wisdom—A Warthog’s Tale by Laurada Byers

Read by Michele Brogan

May 14th:
The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy

Read by Donna Murphy


May 5th:
Deep Survival By Laurence Gonzales

Read by Margherita Abe

May 7th:
The Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Read by Brian Wengenroth


Praise for the Program:

I have attended Friday’s read, The Witness for the Prosecution. What a pleasure! I enjoyed not only the reading itself but also the frequent comments by the reader (relating to the movie) So much so that both my host and I decided to rent the movie that evening. Lovely! We liked it so much!!! - Visitor

April 28th:
Call it Sleep by Henry Roth

Read by Molly Lenowitz

April 30th:
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

Read by Marjorie Muecke


April 21st :
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Read by Mark Raymond

April 23rd:
Invisible Women : Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
by Caroline Criado Perez

Read by Olivia Walling


Praise for the Program:

I was on the reading yesterday. It was my first successful zoom attempt. I enjoyed the book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, & The Horse. I must admit I was not enthralled with the title & didn't have very high expectations. However, I found the mole's philosophy of life to be spot-on.
~Anonymous Member