March 10: Book club appearance

6:30 p.m. at the Cafette Restaurant in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Dan Biddle will speak to a book club about their latest reading — Tasting Freedom.  The book club meets there monthly.  I’m out of town then, so Dan goes solo. I asked Steve Seplow, a book club member, what the book club’s name was and he said it didn’t have one. Seeing my disappointment at the lack of a name, he said for the purposes of this posting we should call it the “Oprah Book Club.” And so we will.

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