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Emma Oxford, Former Director of Concordia Books & Coffee Series, Returns as Featured Author Thursday, February 6 PDF Print Email

Feb. 5, 2014: Emma Oxford, former director of community relations and Concordia's Books & Coffee Program, returns to discuss her first book, At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China, on Thursday, February 6, at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

Inspired by her parents' extraordinary collection of letters and journals, Oxford began the book when she lived recently in Hong Kong, supplementing her parents' eyewitness accounts with her own extensive research on life in Asia during World War II.

Commenting on the book, Philip Snow, author of The Fall of Hong Kong: Britain, China, and the Japanese Occupation, said, "Emma Oxford has painted a vivid picture of the now distant world of two generations ago. Her story of an English couple in wartime China and Hong Kong is beautifully written, and her description of life in Chungking in particular lingers on in the mind."

Oxford is a founding member of HERO (the Hong Kong Escape Reenactment Organization) and a fellow of the British American Project, a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,000 leaders from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds, and political views that celebrates and encourages the transatlantic relationship. A graduate of Oxford University, Oxford grew up in Malaysia and England. Her career has spanned the UK and the US, including time as chief of staff to two of Margaret Thatcher's ministers.

In 2011, Oxford moved to Washington, DC, with her husband, Michael Elliot, CEO of the ONE campaign, and spent time on her own writing, and she published At Least We Lived in August of 2013.

Concordia's Books & Coffee series is made possible through the generous support of Friends of Concordia. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. For questions, please contact CLOAKING or call Ellen de Saint Phalle at 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Emma Oxford, author of At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China.

Photo courtesy Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College

 

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Art Restoration and Framing

Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-5053


The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College

171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
https://osilasgallery.org/

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Books & Culture

Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
914-337-7680
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
http://bronxvillelibrary.org/


Womrath Bookshop

Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

(914) 337-0199

http://www.womrath.com/

Music & Performing Arts Schools

 

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Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Concordia College-New York

Phone: 914-395-4507

Kathleen.Suss@concordia-ny.edu

www.concordiaconservatory.org


Crestwood Music Education Center

Crestwood Music Education Center, founded in 1987, has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County with well over 800 students studying piano, guitar voice, Suzuki and much more. Their philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression. They believe in the importance of having a world-class faculty with extensive education as well as the teaching and performing experience that can only found in America's finest music schools.

453 White Plains Road
Eastchester, New York 10709
914-961-3497

 

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