Boston Author Event Roundup: November Edition

Are you looking for a bookish event to add to your calendar?

Here is just a sampling of some of the wonderful author events coming to the Boston area this month.

Be sure to check your local library and bookstore’s event calendar to see what author events are coming to your community.

Not in the Boston area? This list is still a great way to find a book to add to your TBR list!



Thursday, November 1st – 6-pm at Boston Public Library, Copley

Readable Feast @ BPL: The Making of a Cookbook

“The Readable Feast is partnering with the Boston Public Library for a series of culinary author talks at the Newsfeed Cafe! The first event will be a panel conversation on “The Making of a Cookbook: Assembling the Right Ingredients”, with Leigh Belanger, author My Chalkboard Kitchen, and Todd Heberlein and Ryan Conroy, co-authors of The Volante Farm Cookbook and Nicole Vecchiotti, publisher of Union Park Press. Both books won top awards in the June, 2018 Readable Feast festival.

You can find more even information here.


Saturday, November 3rd – 11am at Silver Unicorn Books, Acton

Aisha Densmore-Bey, Who Made My Stuff?


“Aisha has written a book called Who Made My Stuff? This is a STEM-based book, about just what it says. Miles becomes curious about things he uses in every day life, and learns how they are made. This is a perfect story for your curious children. Aisha is an accomplished architect by day, specializing in interiors, lighting design, graphic design, film and art. She has been working in and around Boston for nearly 20 years, and she wrote, produced and directed the short film, The Built Perception: Boston. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Silver Unicorn!”

You can find more event information here.



Saturday, November 3rd – 3pm at Porter Square Books

Francie LaTour, Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings


“Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter.The moment she steps off the plane, she feels a wall of heat, and familiar sights soon follow — the boys selling water ice by the pink cathedral, the tap tap buses in the busy streets, the fog and steep winding road to her aunt’s home in the mountains. The girl has always loved Auntie Luce’s paintings — the houses tucked into the hillside, colorful fishing boats by the water, heroes who fought for and won the country’s independence. Through Haiti’s colors, the girl comes to understand this place her family calls home. And when the moment finally comes to have her own portrait painted for the first time, she begins to see herself in a new way, tracing her own history and identity through her aunt’s brush.”

You can find more event information here.

**Francie LaTour and Ken Daley will be on an upcoming episode of A Bookish Home, the podcast! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts to be notified when there is a new episode.

Sunday, November 4th – 3pm at Concord Bookshop

Julie Dobrow, After Emily

“Please join us on Sunday, November 4 at 3pm, when Julie Dobrow presents After Emily, the previously untold story of the extraordinary mother and daughter who brought Emily Dickinson’s genius to light. There will be time for Q&A and book signing after the author presentation. Julie Dobrow is a professor with appointments in the department of Child Study and Human Development and the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and serves as director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazineand the Huffington Post, among other publications. She lives outside of Boston.
“You can find more event information here.




Wednesday, November 7th – 7pm at Wellesley Books

Aaron Thier, The World is a Narrow Bridge

“From the author of Mr. Eternity, a darkly comic road novel about a millennial couple facing the ultimate question: how to live and love in an age of catastrophe.”

Note: This is a free event, but you must RSVP. You can find more information here.


Thursday, November 8th – 7pm at Belmont Books

Peter Stark, Young Washington


A new, brash, and unexpected view of the president we thought we knew, from the bestselling author of Astoria. Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War—a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution. With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships. By weaving together Washington’s harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.”

You can find more event information here.




Friday, November 9th – 7pm at Brookline Booksmith

Jeff Speck, Walkable City Rules

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“Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for reasons of health, wealth, and the environment—yet few are taking the proper steps to get there. The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom easy. Jeff Speck’s follow-up to his bestselling Walkable City is the resource that cities and citizens need to usher in an era of renewed street life. Walkable City Rules is a doer’s guide to making change in cities, and making it now.”

You can find more event information here.



Friday, November 9th – 7pm at Wellesley Books

Elin Hilderbrand, Winter in Paradise


“A husband’s secret life, a wife’s new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.”

Note: This is a ticketed event. You can find more event information here.


Saturday, November 10th – 2pm at the Eric Carle Museum

Grace Lin, A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A chance to see the incredible Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Ling and Ting, and many more) would be well worth the drive to Amherst!

“Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble? Join Newbery Honor author Grace Lin as she reads from her new picture book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.”

You can find more event information here.



Saturday, November 10th – 3pm at the Boston Athenæum

Jarrett J. Krosoczka– Hey, Kiddo with guest author Jack Gantos


In this talk about his National Book Award longlist graphic memoir for teens, Jarrett J. Krosoczka will take the audience through the steps he took to create this moving, raw book and present a multi-media reading, followed by a conversation with guest author Jack Gantos (who makes a cameo in Hey, Kiddo) about writing and the saving power of creativity and literature.

For more information visit the event website.

**Jarrett Krosoczka will be on an upcoming episode of A Bookish Home, the podcast! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts to be notified when there is a new episode.


Saturday, November 10th – 6pm at Oberon, Cambridge:

sponsored by Harvard Bookstore

Jasmine Guillory, The Proposal 



“Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling novelist JASMINE GUILLORY for a discussion of The Proposal, the highly anticipated followup to her beloved romance The Wedding Date. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning author, editor, and professor ROXANE GAY. The evening will include a cash bar (with a signature cocktail!) and a book signing with Jasmine.”

Note: this is a ticketed event. You can find more event information here.



Monday, November 12th – 7pm at Harvard Bookstore

Chaya Bhuvaneswar, White Dancing Elephants

“Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome prize-winning writer CHAYA BHUVANESWAR for a discussion of her debut story collection, White Dancing Elephants. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed novelist LAURA VAN DEN BERG.”

You can find more event information here.



Tuesday, November 13th – 7pm at First Parish Church:

sponsored by Harvard Bookstore

Jonathan Franzen, The End of the End of the Earth: Essays

“Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned novelist and essayist JONATHAN FRANZEN—author of The Corrections and Freedom—for a discussion of his latest collection of essays, The End of the End of the Earth.”

You can find more event information here.



Saturday, November 17th – 6:30pm at Silver Unicorn Books, Acton

Author Dinner Party with Jenna Blum (The Lost Family), Crystal King (Feast of Sorrow), and Louise Miller (The Late Bloomers’ Club)

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This special event put on by my local bookstore sounds like the perfect night out for bookish foodies: “This is our first ticketed event ever, and it’s going to be a blast. Our three authors here have written three books that revolve around food in some way, and so of course we need to have them out for a dinner party! Orange Door Kitchen will be cooking a three-course meal — one course for each book — and the authors will rotate tables and talk with guests from course to course. Tickets will be $90, and will include signed copies of the three books — The Lost FamilyFeast of Sorrow and The Late Bloomer’s Club.”

You can find more event information here.



Saturday, November 24th – 10am at Allin Congregational Church, Dedham: Sponsored by Blue Bunny Books

Jan Brett, The Snowy Map


“The Blue Bunny Bookstore is thrilled to welcome New York Times #1 Best Selling Author/ Artist JAN BRETT to Dedham on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Jan Brett will be presenting her newest book THE SNOWY NAP, a prequel to her children’s classics, THE MITTEN and THE HAT, at an event at the Allin Congregational Church on High Street, just 2 blocks away from The Blue Bunny. THE SNOWY NAP (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) is a cozy bedtime story starring Hedgie, Brett’s trademark character. Inspired by his friends’ tales of their marvelous past winter adventures, Hedgie is determined not to sleep through all the fun again.”

Note: This is a ticketed event. You can find more event information here.



Monday, November 26th – 7pm at Belmont Books

Elizabeth Berg, Night of Miracles


“A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv. Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she’s hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn’t know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off a big decision she sorely regrets. When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln’s parents aren’t the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community—just when they need it the most.”

You can find more event information here.

Wednesday, November 28th – 6pm at Boston Public Library, Copley

Thrill Me, Chill Me: Mystery Writers Panel

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“Join critically acclaimed authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Peter Swanson, Kellye Garrett, and Paula Munier in conversation about the enduring thrill and lure of mysteries, and what makes them so appealing on the page and on the screen.”

You can find more event information here.

What bookish events are you planning to attend this month? I’d love to hear!  Leave a note in the comments or tag me on Twitter or Instagram @ABookishHome.

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Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski



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