SPAC Fall Lecture Luncheon Welcomes NY Times’ Pamela Paul

Event Combines Discussion with Boutique Shopping and Luncheon
Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review Editor. Photo Provided

{{Editors Note: The SPAC Fall Lecture Luncheon has had a trend towards a literary slant in recent years, and we would expect Ms. Paul’s presentation to be one of the most interesting to date. But the day (October 17) is full of activities, including boutique shopping with about 20 pop-up boutique vendors in the Hall of Springs, many local (see list below) that will accompany Ms. Paul’s book signing – giving you a chance to get a jump on your Holiday gift-giving list, in addition to buying something nice for yourself! – AG}}

Boutique Shopping at Hall of Springs – 2018. Photos by Cathy Duffy.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – New York Times Book Review Editor, host of The Book Review Podcast, and author Pamela Paul will be featured in “My Life in Literature: an Intimate Conversation” at Saratoga Performing Arts Center as the centerpiece of the annual fall Lecture Luncheon, presented by The Wesley Community on Thursday, October 17. Moderated by SPAC President & CEO, Elizabeth Sobol, the discussion will feature the stories that have shaped Paul’s life, while also exploring her latest books How to Raise a Reader and My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. Presented by SPAC’s Action Council, the fundraiser also includes a coffee and tea welcome reception, gourmet luncheon and boutique shopping at the Hall of Springs.

“As a voracious reader and lover of the New York Times’ Book Review and podcast, I am excited to be bringing Pamela Paul to Saratoga,” said  Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC’s president & CEO. “A special thanks to the Action Council for making this highly anticipated event, which directly supports SPAC’s expanding education program, possible.” 

The editor of The New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul also oversees books coverage at The New York Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children’s books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for The Times and the author and editor of six books, most recently, How to Raise a Reader and My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. Her first book, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, was named one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post; her second book, Pornified, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The San Francisco Chronicle. Her third book, Parenting, Inc., an investigation of the childrearing business and the commercialization of early childhood, was published in 2008. Her fourth book, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life was published in 2015.  

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Paul is also a former columnist for The EconomistWorth magazine and The New York Times Styles section and a former Time magazine contributor. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Education Life, SlateVoguePsychology Today, Brown Alumni Magazine and other national publications. She began her career as the editor of the Parent Publishing program at Scholastic. In 2015, she won Girls Write Now’s Gamechanger Award.

“Each year SPAC’s Action Council looks forward to hosting our annual Lecture Luncheon, a cornerstone event of the fall season. Fellow book lover and NY Times Book Review Editor, Pamela Paul, will be our honored guest. Reserve your seat today on to experience this fascinating discussion at the Little Theater, followed by a book signing, delicious lunch and boutique shopping at the Hall of Springs on Thursday, October 17th,” said Sequoyah Finkell, president of the Action Council.

These are the featured vendors at the Hall of Springs Boutique Shopping Event:

Adirondack Cotton Boutique
   Alpine Ski Shop
   Beautiful Things
   Bumble B Boutique
   Effie’s Boutique
   Fancy Schmancy
   Homemade Jams & Jellies
   Lifestyles of Saratoga
   Lucky’s Adventures
   Marigolds Accessories
   Miss Scarlett
   Northshire Book Store
   Pretty Rugged
   Savory Pantry
   Toga Heritage
   Union Hall Supply Co.

The SPAC Fall Lecture Luncheon is presented by the SPAC Action Council. The Action Council raises more than $250,000 annually for SPAC’s world-class classical music, dance and children’s programming. Past speakers for the event have included celebrated author of The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross, award-winning NPR host and correspondent Jacki Lyden, acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Brundage, historian David Garrard Lowe, and literary dramatist Betty Spinelli.

The schedule of events for the Luncheon is as follows:

9:30 A.M. | Coffee and Tea, Spa Little Theater  

10:00 A.M. | Presentation, Spa Little Theater

11:30 A.M. | Boutique Shopping, Hall of Springs

1:00 P.M. | Elegant Fall Luncheon, Hall of Springs

Cost to attend the fundraiser is $85 and includes admission to all portions of the program. Tickets may be purchased at or by contacting Seth Buono at 518.584.9330, ext. 101 or


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