Kafka drinks Coffee

Kafka drinks Coffee

August 8, 2021 – Kafka and the Doll

Kafka for Kids

Join us for our first "Coffee with Kafka" in two years! 
And this event is kid-friendly!
If you have a child or grandchild you'd like to introduce to Kafka, 
this is your chance!  

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Sunday, August 8, 2021, 4-6 pm

in Pan's Garden (map) 
506  21st Street, San Diego, CA 92102.

"Kafka and the Doll"

Special Guest


Larissa Theule


author of the acclaimed new children’s picture book, “Kafka and the Doll” 

published in March 2021 by Viking Books for New Readers


Kafka and the Doll is based on a true story about Franz Kafka, told by Dora Diamant. In Berlin, in the fall of 1923, Kafka's last love, Dora Diamant and Franz Kafka met a little girl on a walk in the park who had lost her doll. Kafka told her the doll wasn’t lost, but instead, traveling the world and having grand adventures! And to reassure her, Kafka began delivering letters from the doll to the girl for weeks. The legend of Kafka and the doll has been called a true and perfect Kafka story and stands as a testament to the life-changing power of storytelling.

Larissa will share how she became fascinated with the story, and how she was able to translate it into a timeless story for children—and adults--of all ages.  Larissa Theule is the author of nine books for children, including Kafka and the Doll and A Way With Wild Things. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Pasadena, California with her family and dog.




”Spun from a true anecdote and likely to move adult readers as well as younger ones, this set of quiet encounters between a writer and a child has as much going on between the spare, poetic lines as in them. . . . A tribute to the way words can change lives, as well as a rare glimpse of a writer most of us perhaps only think we know.”

Booklist, starred review



“This reimagined telling has an engaging charm that rings true.” 

Kirkus Reviews  



LISTEN TO A SAMPLE FROM KAFKA AND THE DOLL (click here)


Books will be available for sale at the event, thanks to 

Susan McBeth of Adventures by the book.


PLEASE NOTE: FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR GUESTS AND FRIENDS,  only fully  vaccinated guests may attend in person.  


If you cannot join us in person, we will ZOOM the event so that you can be with us from the safety of your home.

RSVP soon PLEASE! Let us know you'll be joining via ZOOM, and we will send the online invitation by August 7! 

Please RSVP to: Elizabeth Rohwer.   (erohwer (at) san.rr.com)