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SPRINGFIELD, MA (January 22, 2021) The Springfield Jewish Community Center (the J) invites the public to

Literatour, an exciting lineup of exceptional authors, celebrities, and cultural influencers, whose books represent a

broad range of topics. Springfield author Robert Chipkin and his book, Paws to Remember will kick off the

Winter/Spring 2021 season of Literatour on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

“We’re excited to have our longtime member Bob Chipkin debut his author tour at the Springfield JCC,” said

Beverly Nadler, Director of Adult Life at the J. Through Literatour, fellow book lovers come together (online this

year) to meet and interact with their favorite authors.

For more than six years, editor, columnist and humorist Robert Chipkin took on the journalistic endeavor of

thinking like a dog. In more than 300 columns for the Springfield Sunday Republican, Chipkin adopted the voice

of his golden retriever, Theo, as the two of them developed a special kind of Theo-ology — exploring the world as

a dog sees it. Now, after a literary career as the only regularly appearing canine columnist, Theo has pulled

together his views on skunks, socks, birthdays, time, leashes and much more in a collection of essays — Paws to

Remember: Wit & Wisdom of Theo, The Golden Retriever.

Robert Chipkin has worked as an editor and columnist for four decades at the Republican. Additionally, he has

worked as an educator at Western New England University and as a regular contributor to WFCR. He is currently

teaching “Telling Your Story Through Writing”, as part of the Springfield JCC’s Life Lessons Adult Education


This author talk is part of the 2020-2021 season of Literatour, the Springfield JCC’s communitywide

celebration of Jewish books and authors. All events are free and open to the public on Zoom. Preregistration

is required. To register, please visit or call (413) 739-4715 with any questions.

The Springfield Jewish Community Center (Springfield JCC; the J) enriches community and nurtures wellness

through physical, intellectual, social and spiritual programs and services. The J is guided by Jewish values,

welcoming and respecting people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, identities and faiths.