I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN ME!

 Author Event:  Ann Israel – Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 1 PM  


7 Library Avenue • Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Phone: (631) 288-3335 • Fax: (631) 288-5715

Join author Ann Israel for a special presentation of her gorgeous book!

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mag Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mah Jongg, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also as far ranging as Africa to New Zealand. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mah Jongg and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in, the game.

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most precious materials such as ivory and mother-of-pearl. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing important chapters on the game’s history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, great collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy.

With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mah Jongg tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mah Jongg.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Whether used as a reference or a beautiful keepsake, it’s a very worthy addition to the world of Mah Jongg.” —Ruth Unger, President, National Mah Jongg League

“What a great book … The many international manufacturers, the culture craze, and variations in decorative elements have all been pulled together by Ann Israel and Gregg Swain in a very readable and incredibly well-researched book that not only is chuck-full of useful information but laden with wonderful illustrations. Next time a set comes across my desk, I’ll not only know more about it, but can refer the owner to the definitive source for all Mah Jongg set knowledge.” —Lark Mason, Lark Mason Associates, Antiques Roadshow

“The perfect gift for the mah jongg maven in your life.” —Southern Jewish Life Magazine

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game will be available for purchase and author signing at the Westhampton Free Library on August 30th thanks to:

 We’re Westhampton Beach’s own independent, locally-owned bookstore, right in the heart of Main Street. We have all the latest titles, from the most talked-about bestsellers to hand-picked favorites, a bustling children’s section, and a staff that knows books inside and out. Stop by anytime to find the perfect book, attend an event with your favorite author, or just to catch up on what’s new in town.

Books & Books Westhampton Beachhttp://booksandbookswhb.com

booksandbookswhb.com

130 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978 | 631.998.3260

STORE HOURS | SUN to THU: 10AM – 8PM | FRI & SAT: 10AM – 10PM

MAH JONGG EVERYWHERE!

J (one of the OMs) is in Santa Fe and sent the following email. Mah Jongg really is everywhere!

Hi Y’all…so here we are in Santa Fe, where the worlds largest Indian Market will be held this weekend and we stumble into the only non-Native American or Southwest store around and not only is it Asian but they had two mahjong sets and this mahjong lamp!!
$395…any takers let me know and I’ll forward the info!
🀄️❤️
J

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WHAT A GREAT GIFT…AND A COUPLE OF SHOUT-OUTS FOR HELP!

Our dear friend Boots in Central California sent me the following email and photos:

“Hi Ann,
My friend who just learned to play and is a fab player just got this set from her brother. She figures it was her grandfather’s who passed away in 1946 in SF. We found a similar set on p. 21 in your book. We need 4 blanks to add to the extra 4 blanks that are with the set.”

Here’s today’s first shout out for help: If anyone has 4 orphans to match this set, these are the measurements (thanks to Donna and her husband!): the length of the tiles are approximately 1 and 3/16, the  thickness is 7/16, and the width is 13/16.

Now enjoy looking at this lovely – and well-preserved – bone and bamboo set from the 1920s by the Mah Jongg Sales Co. of America…

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And here is Maggi, the proud recipient of this wonderful gift from her brother (and I note that she happens to be reading Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game!!!):image2

And now, one more shout-out for help – a while ago I posted a call out for Mah Jongg teachers in the Virginia Beach area. Jane just now saw the posting and sent the following email so, if anyone is looking for lessons in the VB area, let me know and I will connect you with Jane.

“Ann – Saw your post about someone wanting an American Mah Jongg teacher in Virginia Beach.  I didn’t see a date on the request and ….
1. I teach American Mah Jongg for the adult learning community where I live 
2. Will be part-time living in the VB area within the month.
Too funny – I googled mah jongg Virginia Beach hoping to connect with some people to play with while I am there – 
So if these people are still looking for a teacher, please connect us!
Thanks
jane”

I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN ME!

 Author Event:  Ann Israel – Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 1 PM  


7 Library Avenue • Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Phone: (631) 288-3335 • Fax: (631) 288-5715

Join author Ann Israel for a special presentation of her gorgeous book!

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mag Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mah Jongg, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also as far ranging as Africa to New Zealand. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mah Jongg and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in, the game.

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mah Jongg sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most precious materials such as ivory and mother-of-pearl. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing important chapters on the game’s history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, great collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy.

With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mah Jongg tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mah Jongg.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Whether used as a reference or a beautiful keepsake, it’s a very worthy addition to the world of Mah Jongg.” —Ruth Unger, President, National Mah Jongg League

“What a great book … The many international manufacturers, the culture craze, and variations in decorative elements have all been pulled together by Ann Israel and Gregg Swain in a very readable and incredibly well-researched book that not only is chuck-full of useful information but laden with wonderful illustrations. Next time a set comes across my desk, I’ll not only know more about it, but can refer the owner to the definitive source for all Mah Jongg set knowledge.” —Lark Mason, Lark Mason Associates, Antiques Roadshow

“The perfect gift for the mah jongg maven in your life.” —Southern Jewish Life Magazine

Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game will be available for purchase and author signing at the Westhampton Free Library on August 30th thanks to:

  We’re Westhampton Beach’s own independent, locally-owned bookstore, right in the heart of Main Street. We have all the latest titles, from the most talked-about bestsellers to hand-picked favorites, a bustling children’s section, and a staff that knows books inside and out. Stop by anytime to find the perfect book, attend an event with your favorite author, or just to catch up on what’s new in town.

Books & Books Westhampton Beach

booksandbookswhb.com

130 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978 | 631.998.3260      

STORE HOURS | SUN to THU: 10AM – 8PM | FRI & SAT: 10AM – 10PM

MAH JONGG WITH MEANING!

From my dear friend, the wonderful Toby Salk in the East Bay area of California, comes news of a Mah Jongg tournament for a very good cause. Here are the details:

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Come to our Mah Jongg tournament to raise funds for Strive for Change Foundation, in partnership with the Children’s Support League.

Join us for a fun filled day of Mah Jongg with friends benefitting

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Thursday October 8, 2015
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
PIEDMONT COMMUNITY CHURCH
Guild Hall
400 Highland Ave
Piedmont, CA

$55 PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE (Donation to Children’s Support League and Strive For Change)
Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Beverages,
Program and the chance to win ‘bonus hand’ prizes

To purchase tickets online, click DONATE
You can also send a check payable to SFCF, P. O. Box 22584, Oakland, CA 94606-5104

Prizes, Continental Breakfast, Gourmet Lunch, Auction Items, and Raffles
Plus: Vintage Mah Jongg Museum with many beautiful sets on display!

You select tournament play or social play.

Click Here for Registration Form

ADVANCED RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT REQUIRED
(Admittance at the door is not possible)

Reservations and Payment must be received by
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Be a sponsor: $500
Your sponsorship includes two tickets, a full page ad in the program, recognition in press releases and at the event.

Please let us know if you want to be a sponsor, advertiser or auction-item donor.

Also, please share this “save-the-date” with your Mah Jongg friends
We will gladly email an invitation to all emails provided to: mahjongwithmeaning@yahoo.com

TOURNAMENT DAY SCHEDULE…..
9:00 – 10:00am Doors open, registration begins, breakfast
10:00 – 11:00am Round ONE to be played
11:00 – Noon Round TWO to be played
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch is served
1:00 – 2:00pm Round THREE to be played
2:00 – 2:30pm Prizes awarded, Auction and Raffle winners announced

The day will also include……
A prize for the best Mah Jong themed Costume (optional)
A Mah Jong Museum with many gorgeous vintage sets on display
A Silent Auction including an “Instant Wine Cellar”, handmade Mah Jong
Jewelry and much more
A Raffle with the chance to win a vintage Mah Jong set of your own!
Plus there will be prizes for certain ‘bonus hands’

Any questions or concerns, please contact either Debra Constantine or Stacy Mattson at MahJongWithMeaning@yahoo.com

Check out the organizations benefiting from this tournament at:
ChildrensSupportLeague.org and StriveForChangeFoundation.org

Reservation & Payment Must be Received by Thursday, October 1, 2015

SOMETHING ELSE I MUST HAVE!

I am just crazy about Barbara and her Eight Flowers Mah Jongg shop on Etsy and am so happy to hear from her that many of you have bought things from her. Now check out these adorable Mah Jongg Book-Lovers Book Mark. I read a lot – when I’m not playing Mah Jongg! – so this is the perfect bookmark for me. These are also great stocking stuffers or Chanukah gifts for those Mah Jongg-playing friends/family members in your life!

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By the way, Barbara is not only a Mah Jongg aficionado but she is also an expert on another one of my favorite subjects, CHOCOLATE…YUM!!! Check out her book, The Guide to Chocolate in the Grand Traverse Region. Guess what that means…another kindred spirit from Michigan!!!