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Penn’s Village Reads Short Stories

This month’s Evening Reads focuses on the loss of innocence.

Beginning with The Girl from Red Lion, P.A., H.L. Mencken tells the story of a girl who sins and runs away from home to the big city of Baltimore. With the help of the city’s most famous madame and a couple of newspapermen, the protagonist is set straight and sent home. The story was published in The New Yorker in 1941.

A Letter from Ruth Gordon to Her Parents was written in 1916, when the unknown actress made her stage debut in a revival of Peter Pan. Gordon’s letter was published in Women's Letters, America from the Revolutionary War to the Present (2015).

Polly MacIntyre started acting in Houston, Texas during the1980s, eventually becoming a company member at Main Street Theater in Philadelphia. She created “Belles of Dublin,” an evening of Irish theatre and music. Polly’s film work includes “Bob and the Trees,” which won the Grand Prize at the Karlovy Vary Festival and “Down With the King,” which premiered recently at Cannes and won the Grand Prix at the Deauville Film Festival.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Meeting ID:
889 2562 3801
Additional Info:
Registration is required before Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register on the Penn’s Village website, by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This program is free of charge to our members and volunteer partners. Guests may attend up to three programs before being asked to join Penn’s Village or pay $10 per additional program.

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