November 4, 2019 – Land of Last Chances: a Novel 

November 4, 2019 - Land of Last Chances: a Novel

Date: November 4, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM Dinner & Networking, Cash Bar
Venue and Address: Patricks Pub, 26 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Cost: Members $35, Guests $40
RSVP Deadline: Monday, October 28, 5pm
Registration has now ended.


  • Vegetarian: Pasta Primavera
  • Chicken Picatta
  • Sole Almandine

Guest Speaker: Joan Cohen, Author
Description: Alzheimer’s disease—ignore it, fear it or fight it.

Joan Cohen
Joan Cohen, Author and Speaker

Local author, Joan Cohen will speak about how her personal experiences with Alzheimer’s influenced Land of Last Chances, a novel about a pregnant middle-aged executive. When an unmarried executive discovers she’s pregnant and doesn’t know which of the two men in her life is the father, she realizes her professional risk management skills don’t extend to her personal life. Worse yet, she may carry a rare hereditary gene for early-onset Alzheimer’s. Whose needs should prevail—hers or the next generation’s?


Originally from Mount Vernon, NY, Joan received her BA from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and her MBA from New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. She spent her career in technology companies, working briefly as a programmer before moving into sales, strategic relations and executive-level marketing. After her retirement, she returned to school and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, Land of Last Chances, was published in August of 2019.

She became interested in Alzheimer’s disease because of her family history and served on the advisory board to the Boston University Medical School’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She also participated in a study at the Center.