R.J. Julia Booksellers, one of the premiere independent bookstores in the state, is hosting a discussion of January Joiner, the new Laura Jacqmin play which begins performances that same week at the Long Wharf Theater. Jacqmin and the show’s director Eric Ting (shown in a rehearsal photo here, scratching his head) will discuss the play, a “horror comedy” set in a Florida weight loss camp.
And stay tuned for the sequels! Just a few days later, on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. (one day after January Joiner’s first preview performance on Jan. 9), R.J. Julia’s hosting Dr. Ramani Durvasula, author of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life.” On Jan. 16, the same night as January Joiner’s opening night, R.J. Julia welcomes diet specialist Colette Baron-Reid and her new book Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much.
Towards the end of the month, on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., the R.J. Julia guest is Valerie Harper, whose character Rhoda always complained about her weight and her low self-esteem on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Harper’s written an autobiography titled I, Rhoda. Connecticut theatergoers also know Harper from Marty Martin’s adaptation of Pearl S. Buck’s The Dragon and the Pearl at Hartford’s TheaterWorks, and from the national tours of Looped and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
Most R.J. Julia events are free. The Valerie Harper appearance has a $5 admission fee which may be used towards the $26 cost of her book. You can reserve a space for that event here.
R.J. Julia Booksellers is at 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. (203) 245-3959, http://www.rjjulia.com