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About Books On The Pond

About Books On The Pond

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What is the BoP Art & Writing Center?

June, 2022. We regret to inform our readers, visitors, patrons, artists and students that for various financial and emotional reasons we have had to temporarily shut operations. While it is true that it is too difficult to 'compete' with amazon on price, we had enough customers who realized the value of our offering. Our Profit & Loss Statement of 2020-2021 showed promise. But we were a far away away from becoming profitable. Perhaps the most disheartening aspect of this decision was not even that we unluckily launched during two years of Covid, but it was our inability to attract qualified personnel. This was one of our largest motivations - to serve as a mentor to folks interested in creating the same "Art & Writing Center" as we did.

If you would like further information on our decision and our possible re-opening date, please email Alexandra Lehmann at


BoP is defined more by its South County, Rhode Island visitors and participants than its '2.2 acre campus': it is people of all ages browsing new books, reading, checking out art, meeting friends, drinking a cup of coffee or cool glass of water, sitting outside in a lovely setting three miles from the beach (ocean air) or using the Reading Room.

We hold writing classes in historical fiction, nonfiction and poetry with experienced teachers and host readings by accomplished writers.

The BoP Gallery, launched in 2021, shows accessible oil paintings, museum quality prints and original hand blocked works on paper. It is a marvelous setting for our Reading Room where we hold our classes/readings and when not in session, patrons can work remotely on 5G BoP protected network.

Starting in Spring 2022, BoP will offer two residencies for working artists and writers. Those working in the visual arts may apply for using our studio (May-June) and committed writers working on a project may apply for a week long stay in BoP's private apartment (August-October). For more information, please email



Owner and Proprietor, Alexandra Lehmann. Born in New York, Alexandra was raised in Westchester County. She attended the State University of New York at Albany, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor in Arts in Political Science and German. Upon graduating, she moved to Manhattan and fluent in German by heritage, she worked in an Austrian contemporary art gallery. Later she worked as a translator of patents for an international intellectual property law firm in Munich. Moving back to New York several years later, she worked in financial services industry and attended graduate school, earning a Masters of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Her postgraduate work took her Munich again where with a Fulbright Fellowship, she researched German contemporary history (1933-1945). With You There is Light: The True Story of Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel was published in 2017. It sells approximately 15 copies a month (2021 NPD data) to readers interested in World War II resistance history.Achieving her long standing wish to write and publish, Alexandra joined her father, Alexander, in his management consultancy practice and acquired clients in law, commercial and luxury real estate.The world of books and writing called her back, and living near the ocean became yet another dream to fulfill. The BoP Art & Writing Center is born from this vision.


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