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Barbara Anne Kirshner Reads ‘Madison Weatherbee’ in Southampton

Esteemed blogger, Guilty Pleasure recapper, animal advocate and author Barbara Anne Kirshner will be reading from and signing copies of her book Madison Weatherbee: The Different Dachshund as part of Songs & Stories for Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach at the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts this Saturday, June 27 from 2–5 p.m.

Kirshner, who is also a professor of communications, penned her children’s book about Madison Weatherbee, a little dachshund and the odd girl out in her litter who escapes her crate and finds herself alone in New York City after taking a flight to JFK Airport from her breeder’s home in Missouri. Based on her beloved dachshund of the same name, who died far too young, Kirshner’s heartwarming story follows Madison’s journey in New York and all the perils she finds there, human, animal or otherwise, on the way to finding love and acceptance in spite of her imperfections.

Along with Kirshner and various other talents, who applied to perform for 3–8-minute intervals, Saturday’s relaxed and festive event in support of Maureen’s Haven features an exhibition of photographs depicting the volunteers, individuals and themes of Maureen’s Haven by David Benthal and Dan Bower. There will also be performances by community musicians and dancers, and a bake sale.

Barbara Anne Kirshner and her beloved doxies
Barbara Anne Kirshner and her beloved doxies, Photo: Courtesy B.A. Kirshner

A suggested donation of $5 for individuals and $10 for families will be collected at the door. All donations go directly to Maureeen’s Haven.

The Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts is located at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton Village. For more info, call 631-287-4377 or visit

For More Information on Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach visit

To read more about Madison Weatherbee: The Different Dachshund and to order your own copy of the book, visit

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