Read what one of our many GNO gal fans had to say about last year’s event:
"This past November was the tenth anniversary of the Jewish Public Library's Girl's Night Out. Over the years, a great female author has been invited to speak to a group of young girls and their mothers, but for the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Penny invited three of them. It was phenomenal! We got to hear from Gayle Forman, E. Lockhart and Sarah Mlynowski about their lives and their journeys into the world of writing. What was most interesting about this GNO, in particular, was that we got to meet three authors who were also three great friends. Having read some of each of their books, it felt like I was talking to a close friend, especially at the VIP dinner when I got to meet each of them one-on-one. Girl's Night Out is one of my most anticipated events every year because not only do I adore hearing the stories behind my favourite novels, but what makes it even better is that it is held in the perfect library environment with girls my age, all attentive and curious about what the writer has to say." –Molly Lohner, Grade 8 student at Herzliah High School and GNO fan
General Admission $25. Patron tickets $150 (for two tickets, supper with the author and more). To purchase tickets call Shannon Gaskell at 514-345-2627 ext. 3042.
How an idea became an annual fest for girls of all ages
Ten years ago, GNO co-creators Penny Fransblow and Heidi Gossack Majnemer felt that young girls were lacking appropriate role models in the media, and with the help of participants of the JPL mother/daughter book club, they decided to do something about it. Heartened by the success of the book club, and discouraged by the message being sent to young girls by films and TV shows like “Sex in the City” – which Penny noted had gotten little buzz when it was a book before it was a TV series – the women realized that little was being offered to inspire young adolescent girls from ages 10 through 18 in Montreal and that The JPL could fill that void. By inviting well known authors to talk about themselves and their careers, GNO has become an empowering event for girls with the message that they can do it too!
In addition to being a fantastic fundraiser for the Jewish Public Library, Girls Night out continues to be a fun, fresh and exciting program for adolescent girls and their 35 -50 year old moms.
2005 Sarah Mlynowski.
2010 Sara Shepard
2006 Libba Bray
2011 Ally Carter
2007 Lauren Myracle
2012 Lauren Kate
2008 Robin Friedman
2013 Lauren Oliver
2009 Jordana Fraiberg
2014 Gayle Forman, Emily Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski