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August 8, 2021 – Kafka and the Doll

Dear Friends, 

Our last meeting was in the fall of 2019, far too long! 

We are delighted to announce that we will resume our in-person events this summer with a heartwarming new children’s book which tells “a true and perfect Kafka story.”  

Please join us on:


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 the fall of 1923, Franz Kafka encountered a distraught 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 captivated imaginations for decades as it reveals the playful and compassionate side of a man known for his dark and brooding tales. Kafka and the Doll is a testament to living life to the fullest and 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 the Catapult Bookstore

FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR GUESTS AND FRIENDS, we ask that only those who have been fully  vaccinated for COVID attend in person.  

For those who cannot join us live, we will ZOOM the event so that you can be with us from the safety of your home.

Please, let us know your preference and keep in mind that for attendance in person SPACE IS LIMITED! 

To reserve a space e-mail: Elizabeth@CoffeewithKafka.org.

The Zoom link will be sent the day before the event. 

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