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August 8, 2021 – Kafka and the Doll



Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your heartwarming and enthusiastic response to our invitation to meet Larissa Theule, author of  Kafka and The Doll.   We were heartened that you responded so quickly and were so happy that we were starting our meetings up again. That's one reason why we are so sorry to have made the decision to put it off until the fall: the uncertainty of the Delta variant of COVID has forced us to postpone the event scheduled for next Sunday. Since we included children in the event, who are unvaccinated and susceptible to this highly contagious variant, we don't want to endanger them or any unvaccinated friends or family.  

We are, as Larissa said, a bit heartsick to put off our first meeting since 2019, but we've been so careful for so long, this is no time to let impatience or imprudence rule now. As Kafka said, "All human errors stem from impatience, a premature breaking off of a methodical approach...." 

We are hoping to reschedule for late October or early November and will let you know as soon as we do. If you don't want to wait for the book-signing to read Kafka and The Doll, you can order the book now: it is available through your local bookstore, or through the publisher, Viking Books for Young Readers, or on Amazon,(www.amazon.com/Kafka-Doll-Larissa-Theule/dp/0593116321). 

Thanks for understanding our difficult decision, for your ongoing patience, and your commitment to and participation in our wonderful gatherings. 

With love, 
Elizabeth, Diane, and Kathi 
(Your Coffee with Kafka team) 


"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  


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)

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