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NCJW/Essex Books and Bites Event to Feature Author and Activist

Lois Schaffer, author and activist, will make an author appearance on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Author Lois Schaffer will lead a discussion about her book, The Unthinkable: Life, Loss, and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns, at a special Books and Bites discussion group hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) on Wednesday, September 13 in Livingston.

Schaffer’s tragic and compelling memoir documents the horrific murder of her daughter in Chicago, a victim of gun violence, and makes a plea for the control of illegal guns to prevent such tragedies.

With time and reflection, Schaffer pieces together the fabric of her daughter’s life and the consequences of her death in a personal, profound and gripping narrative. The Unthinkable is ultimately a call to action – to push for real reform so that other families do not have to live the nightmare that her family experienced.

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Ms. Schaffer has always been an activist, devoting her life to protecting human rights. She was actively involved in advocating for the reduction of gun violence even before her daughter’s murder, but now has focused her energies on preventing such tragedies by speaking about sensible gun legislation on a local and national level. She and her husband live in Great Neck, NY.

Books and Bites, an ongoing book discussion group exploring novels and nonfiction writing, is held multiple times each year and brings community members together to discuss thought-provoking literature. The Unthinkable will be sure to incite intuitive and thoughtful conversation at the event. Complimentary copies of the book are available for those registering.

Books and Bites meets for three sessions in the fall and three sessions in the spring. Registration is available online at www.ncjwessex.org. The registration fee for a single session for NCJW/Essex members is $6.00 and for non-members is $10.00. Members may also register for three sessions for a discounted fee.

The discussions are held from 10 a.m. to noon in the NCJW/Essex Conference Room located at 70 South Orange Avenue Suite 120 in Livingston, NJ 07039.

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