Boston Author Event Roundup: February

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

Here are some of the authors coming to bookstores and libraries in 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!

Saturday, February 2nd – 7pm at Belmont Books 

Story Slam

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“Have a story you want to tell? Join us for a special story slam hosted by The Moth’s Steve Almond.

We have 100 tickets available for $10. Up to 10 ticket holders may participate in the story slam and will be chosen on a first-come first-served basis from a sign-up list. Ticket holders also get a one time 10% off coupon for the bookstore or cafe good for the night of the event.

If you would like to participate, please put a request in your order comments. Or you can email us at info@belmontbooks.com, purchase your ticket at the link below, give us a call at 617-923-1496, or sign up in person. Your story must be 5 minutes long and revolve around the theme “The Book That Saved My Life.” No notecards on stage so make sure you practice!

The winner will be chosen by our special guest judges, Crystal King, Edwin Hill, and Hank Phillippi Ryan, and will receive a $25 gift card to the store!”

For more information visit the event website. 

 

Tuesday, February 5th- 6pm at the Brattle Theatre, sponsored by Harvard Bookstore 

Howard Schultz, From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America

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“Harvard Book Store welcomes longtime chief executive officer and chairman of Starbucks HOWARD SCHULTZ for a discussion of his latest book, From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America.”

For more information visit the event website.

**Note: this event is now sold old but Harvard Bookstore says there will be a standby line at the door.**

Tuesday, February 5th- 7pm at Brookline Booksmith

Andrew and Irene Li, Double Awesome Chinese Food

“Too intimidated to cook Chinese food at home but crave those punchy flavors? Not anymore. Put down that takeout kung pao chicken and get in the kitchen! Full of irresistible recipes that marry traditional Asian ingredients with comforting American classics and seasonal ingredients, Double Awesome Chinese Food delivers the goods. The three fun-loving Chinese-American siblings behind the acclaimed restaurant Mei Mei take the fear factor out of cooking this complex cuisine, infusing it with creativity, playfulness, and ease.Margaret, Irene, and Andrew Li are the sibling co-owners of a food truck and restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts. Their food truck, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, opened in 2012 and was soon awarded Boston’s Best Meals on Wheels by Boston Magazine. Their brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in late 2013 and was named Eater Boston’s Restaurant of the Year.”

For more information visit the event website.

Thursday, February 7th- 7:30pm at the Wilbur Theater

Angie Thomas, On the Come Up in conversation with Christina Tucker

“From the author of #1 New York Times bestselling and award winning The Hate U Give, On the Come Upis an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

Angie will appear in conversation with Christina Tucker, co-host of the podcast Unfriendly Black Hotties. Each ticket comes with copy of On the Come Up, and Angie will do a book signing for all patrons after show.

Angie Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Thomas is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included.”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit Brookline Booksmith events.

Thursday, February 7th- 7pm at First Parish Church, sponsored by Harvard Bookstore

Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf 

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“Harvard Book Store welcomes Man Booker Prize–winning novelist MARLON JAMES—author of A Brief History of Seven Killings—for a discussion of his highly anticipated latest novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf.”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the event website.

Saturday, February 9th- 2pm at Newtonville Books 

Middle Grade “Luck and Magic” Author Reading with Susan Lubner, Anna Staniszewski, and Susan Tan

“Susan Lubner is the author of three picture books and the middle grade novel, The Upside of Ordinary. Her stories have also appeared in Spiderand Highlights. Besides reading and writing, Susan loves taking long walks, spending time on the water at Cape Cod, the color blue, painting, and eating lots of chocolate. She lives in Massachusetts, but was born and raised in Maine, where her family always had two, three, or sometimes four cats.”

“Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewskigrew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was a Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston and teaches at Simmons College.”

“Susan Tan has lived many places in her life, but calls Concord, Massachusetts, home. She grew up in a mixed-race family, and, like Cilla Lee-Jenkins, had very little hair until the age of five. After studying at Williams College, she earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied children’s literature. She currently lives in Somerville, enjoys frequent trips to Chinatown to eat tzuck sang, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.”

Sunday, February 10th- 1pm at the Eric Carle Museum, Amherst

Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age

Participating artists include Vera Brosgol, Catia Chien, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Phelan, Raina Telgemeier, and Sara Varon.

This event is certainly worth the drive to Amherst for graphic novel fans!

“Meet artists from Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age in a fun Q&A format. Participating artists include Vera Brosgol, Catia Chien, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Phelan, Raina Telgemeier, and Sara Varon.

Space is limited. Reservations are suggested and begin January 10.
Reserve your tickets online.

Image: Raina Telgemeier, Illustration for Smile (Graphix). © 2010 Raina Telgemeier. Used by permission of Scholastic Inc.

For more information visit the event website. ”

**Note: this event is now full, but you can add your name to the waitlist.**

Monday, February 11th- 6:30pm at An Unlikely Story, Plainville 

Raina Telgemeier & Vera Brosgol

Be prepared to smile! Join us in welcoming two award-winning graphic novelists, Raina Telgemeier, creator of the Eisner Award-winning graphic memoirsSmile and Sisters, and Vera Brosgol, creator of the 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book, LEAVE ME ALONE! Raina and Vera will discuss the inspirations for their graphic novels SMILE and BE PREPARED, followed by a Q&A and signing.

For more event information and to get tickets visit the event website.

Tuesday, February 12th- 6pm at Belmont Books 

Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan,Watch Us Rise

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“Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission–they’re sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post their work online–poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial microaggressions she experiences–and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices–and those of other young women–to be heard.

Join us for a book discussion, signing, and free pizza!”

For more information visit the event website.

Friday, February 15th- 7pm at Harvard Bookstore

Katharine Smyth, All the Lives We Ever Lived

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“Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome writer and editor KATHARINE SMYTH for a discussion of her debut book, All the Lives We Ever Lived: Finding Solace in Virginia Woolf. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning writer DARCY FREY—author of The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams.”

For more information visit the event website.

Saturday, February 16th- 11am at Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton

Saturday Storytime: Alison Goldberg, I Love You For Miles and Miles

“We are welcoming back local author Alison Goldberg to celebrate the board book release of I Love You For Miles and Miles. This is a lovely crafted car-and-truck-and-train-filled book that compares the enduring power of love to various vehicles, and it has been a store favorite since we had Alison out last year!

Goldberg’s picture book debut, this I-love-you book is perfect for children who love vehicles that dig, carry, and lift. Love can be stronger than the strongest excavator, longer than the longest train, and taller than the tallest crane. With exciting imagery and engaging, lyrical text, Goldberg compares the abilities of vehicles like trains, planes, cars, boats, and construction equipment to the never-ending love a parent has for their child.

Join us to celebrate this local author, who may just have a craft for kids to do as well!”

For more information visit the event website.

Saturday, February 16th- 2pm at Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton

Double Book Launch Party: Jen Petro-Roy, Good Enough and You Are Enough

“On this day, we are doing our first double book launch! How exciting is that! Local author Jen Petro-Roy is simulteanously releasing a middle-grade novel, Good Enough and a children’s non-fiction book, You Are Enough: Your Guide to Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery. Both deal with eating disorders, which is something Jen has experienced and dealt with in her life.

In Good Enough, 12-year-old Riley was many things before she had an eating disorder: an aspiring artist, a runner, a sister, and a friend. Especially since under the influence of her eating disorder, Riley alienated her friends, abandoned her art, turned running into something harmful, and destroyed her family’s trust.

If Riley wants her life back, she has to recover. But when her roommate starts to break the rules, triggering Riley’s old behaviors and blackmailing her into silence, Riley realizes that recovery will be even harder than she thought.Meanwhile,You Are Enough is a book that’s written to be inclusive of people with disordered eating of all genders, races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, ability, sizes, etc. The author is taking special care to be inclusive of trans and non-binary readers, fat readers, chronically ill readers, disabled readers, cis men, and readers without insurance–all groups who are often excluded from the eating disorder recovery conversation.

Jen has drawn on her own experiences with anorexia, OCD, and over-exercising, as well as her experiences in inpatient and residential treatment. But she has also spoken to healthcare professionals, as well as other people who have suffered from eating disorders to craft what is the first book about these disorders geared toward younger readers.

These will be Jen’s second and third books, respectively. You may remember Jen’s first book, P.S. I Miss You, which we featured at an event in September!

Join us for this wonderful double book launch party!”

For more information visit the event website.

Thursday, February 21st- 7pm at Concord Bookshop

Crystal King, The Chef’s Secret

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“Please join us on Thursday, February 21 at 7pm, when Crystal King presents her new novel, The Chef’s Secret.

Crystal King is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University, as well as at GrubStreet, one of the leading creative writing centers in the US. A Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in critical and creative thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res. She resides in Boston but considers Italy her next great love after her husband, Joe, and their two cats, Nero and Merlin. She is the author of Feast of Sorrow.”

For more information visit the event website.

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Saturday, February 23rd- 11am at Blue Bunny Books

Say Something Book Launch Party with Peter H. Reynolds

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“The world needs your voice. If you have a brilliant idea… say something! If you see an injustice… say something!

In this empowering new picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are… what you are thinking… and what you believe. And how you’ll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!

For more information visit the event website.

Thursday, February 28th- 6pm at Belmont Books 

Tui Sutherland, Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #2

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“Join us for the launch of the second graphic novel in the Wings of Fire series. Tui will be discussing the series, answering questions, and signing books. Tickets will be $5 and can be purchased over the phone or in store. You can also purchase tickets online here. We only have 100 tickets available so get yours now! All children under the age of 10 will need to be accompanied by an adult.”

For more information visit the event website.

Thursday, February 28th- 7pm at Porter Square Books 

Susan Conley, Elsey Come Home

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“From the widely praised author of Paris Was the Place–a shattering new novel that bravely delves into the darkest corners of addiction, marriage, and motherhood.

When Elsey’s husband, Lukas, hands her a brochure for a weeklong mountain retreat, she knows he is really giving her an ultimatum: Go, or we’re done. Once a successful painter, Elsey set down roots in China after falling passionately for Lukas, the tall, Danish MC at a warehouse rave in downtown Beijing. Now, with two young daughters and unable to find a balance between her identities as painter, mother, and, especially, wife, Elsey fills her days worrying, drinking, and descending into desperate unhappiness. So, brochure in hand, she agrees to go and confront the ghosts of her past. There, she meets a group of men and women who will forever alter the way she understands herself: from Tasmin, another (much richer) expat, to Hunter, a young man whose courage endangers them all, and, most important, Mei–wife of one of China’s most famous artists and a renowned painter herself–with whom Elsey quickly forges a fierce friendship and whose candidness about her pain helps Elsey understand her own. But Elsey must risk tearing herself and Lukas further apart when she decides she must return to her childhood home–the center of her deepest pain–before she can find her way back to him. Written in a voice at once wry, sensual, blunt, and hypnotic, Elsey Come Home is a modern odyssey and a quietly dynamic portrait of contemporary womanhood.

Susan Conley is the author of the novel Paris Was the Place and The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir. Born and raised in Maine, her writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe Paris Review, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She spent three years in Beijing with her husband and two sons before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she currently lives. She teaches in the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Get Ready for the Oscars of Children’s Books

It’s almost time for the Oscars of Children’s Books! The American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards will take place Monday, January 28th. So many prestigious book awards will be announced including the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Awards, and more. It is so exciting to find out which books will be chosen, discover new titles to add to your list, and learn which authors and illustrators lives’ will be changed forever! 

There is a livestream of the event beginning at 11am EST on 1/28. I’m planning to have a viewing party with my daughter in our pjs, with some popcorn of course. If you and your family can’t watch the award announcemenst live because of school or work, ALA also usually shares a recording of the awards later that day.  Watching the awards with the little ones in your life can be a great way to build enthusiasm around books and reading. I always loved showing the announcement of awards like the Caldecott and Newbery to the students in my school library. 

To get in the award season spirit, you and your child could check out some of the past winners from your local library and read them together. Taking a look at award lists, past and present, is also a fantastic way to find new books to read.

Each medal in the list below has a link to the ALA Youth Media Award official page, with more information about the medal and access to a full list of past winners:

The Caldecott Medal

caldecottThe Caldecott Medal is awarded “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”

The list of amazing past Caldecott winners is a mile long: Wolf in the Snow (2018), This is Not My Hat (2013),  Jumanji (1982), Where the Wild Things Are (1964), The Snowy Day (1963), and so many more.  You have probably seen the gold medal, or the silver Caldecott Honor medal on many of your favorite picture books. 

Here are some of the picture books I’m rooting for this year:

Alma and How She Got Her Name

by Juana Martinez-Neal

28234753.jpg“If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.”

You can listen to my interview with author/illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal on episode Episode 11 of A Bookish Home, the podcast.

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The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

37506301.jpg“There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.”

The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld

35248504.jpg“When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs.”

What If…

by Samantha Berger, Pictures by Mike Curato

35959676.jpg“This girl is determined to express herself! If she can’t draw her dreams, she’ll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can’t do that, she’ll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she’ll sing, dance, and dream…

Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit.”

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have A Horse

by Marcy Campbell and Corinna Luyken

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“Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse–the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.

But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse?

The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn’t get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important.”

 

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

by Grace Lin

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“Pat, pat, pat…

Little Star’s soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.

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?

In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.’

Julian Is A Mermaid

by Jessica Love

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“While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.”

Dreamers

by Yuyi Morales

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“In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.

She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous new picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.”

Drawn Together

by Minh Lê and Dan Santat

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“When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.”

Blue

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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“How many shades of blue are there? There’s the soft blue of a baby’s cherished blanket, the ocean blue of a romp in the waves, the chilly blue of a cold winter’s walk in the snow, and the true blue of the bond that exists between children and animals.

In this simple, sumptuously illustrated companion to Caldecott Honor Book Green, award-winning artist Laura Vaccaro Seeger turns her attention to the ways in which color evokes emotion, and in doing so tells the story of one special and enduring friendship.”

For more on the Caldecott Award, you can also listen to Episode 22 of A Bookish Home, the podcast with Ashley Waring, librarian and member of the 2017 Caldecott Award Committee. Ashley gives us a behind the scenes look at this prestigious award!

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The Newbery Medal

newberyWhile the Caldecott is awarded based on the book’s illustrations, the Newbery Medal focuses on the writing and is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

There are so many wonderful past Newbery winners to add to your To Be Read list including Hello Universe (2018), Last Stop on Market Street (2016), The One and Only Ivan (2013), The Tale of Despereaux (2004), Bud, Not Buddy (2000), Number the Stars (1990), From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1968) and many more.

Here are some of the books I’ll be rooting for during this year’s Newbery announcement:

You Go First

by Erin Entrada Kelly

35068526.jpg“Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different—Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock collection in her room. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. But the two have more in common than they think. They’re both highly gifted. They’re both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch.

Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Ben—online friends connected only by a Scrabble game—will intersect in unexpected ways as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. You Go First reminds us that no matter how hard it is to keep our heads above troubled water, we never struggle alone.”

Front Desk

by Kelly Yang

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“Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed.

Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?

It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?”

The Parker Inheritance

by Varian Johnson

35238085.jpg“The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It’s waiting for Candice Miller.

When Candice finds the letter, she isn’t sure she should read it. It’s addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance.

So with the help of Brandon Jones, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues in the letter. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert’s history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter’s promise before the summer ends?”

 

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears

by Meg Medina

38185346.jpg“Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren’t going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what’s going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.”

I’m excited to share that an interview with Meg Medina is coming up soon on A Bookish Home, the podcast!

 

The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

33294200.jpg“A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.”

 

Hey, Kiddo

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Hey, Kiddo is the graphic memoir of author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Raised by his colorful grandparents, who adopted him because his mother was an incarcerated heroin addict, Krosoczka didn’t know his father’s name until he saw his birth certificate when registering for a school ski trip. Hey, Kiddotraces Krosoczka’s search for his father, his difficult interactions with his mother, his day-to-day life with his grandparents, and his path to becoming an artist.

You can listen to my interview with Jarrett J. Krosoczka on Episode 13 of A Bookish Home, the podcast.

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The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle

by Leslie Connor

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“Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day.

Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny.”

Some of the other awards I can’t wait to hear announced are:

The Coretta Scott King Awards

coretta scott awardThe Coretta Scott King Awards are given “to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”

Some of the great past winners you could check out are Piecing Me Together (2018), Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2018), Firebird (2015), Heart and Soul (2012), My People (2010), and Elijah of Buxton (2008).

 

The Pura Belpré Award

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The Pura Belpré Award is given “to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.”

Some of the past winning titles include La Princesa and the Pea (2018), Juana and Lucas (2017)Drum Dream Girl (2016), I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2015), and The Dreamer (2011).

 

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Geisel_200The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given, “to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.” Past winners you might want to check out to enjoy with your beginning reader are Charlie & Mouse (2018), We Are Growing! (2017), The Watermelon Seed (2014), Up Tall and High (2013), and Bink and Gollie (2011).

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The Robert F. Sibert Medal is given, “to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. ” Some past winners to share are Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 (2018), Giant Squid (2017 Honor Book), Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras (2016), Balloons Over Broadway (2012), and We are the Ship (2009).

For a full list of awards and past winners you can visit the ALA Youth Media Awards page.

I hope you’re able to tune in to the livestream of the ALA Youth Media Awards on Monday 1/28 at 11am EST.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

Boston Author Event Roundup–January

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

Here are some of the authors coming to bookstores and libraries in 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!

 

 

Tuesday, January 8th – 7pm at Belmont Books

YA Panel: EmPOWERment

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“Gaining confidence is something many struggle with in their teen years. How does that affect our writing and reading of characters going through the same challenges? Erin Cashman, Sara Farizan, and Adrienne Kisner will be tackling this question and talking about their writing process.

Erin Cashman is a Young Adult author living in Massachusetts. Her debut YA fantasy, The Exceptionals (Holiday House) was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of 2013. She is also the workshop coordinator and a mentor at the 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop through the blog Adventures in YA Publishing.

Sara Farizan is an Iranian American writer and ardent basketball fan who was born in and lives near Boston. The award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, she has an MFA from Lesley University and a BA in film and media studies from American University. Here to Stay is her third novel.

Adrienne Kisner has master’s and doctorate degrees in theology from Boston University and was inspired by her work with high school and college students to write Dear Rachel Maddow. She is also a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in writing for children and young adults. Dear Rachel Maddow is her debut.”

For more information you can visit the event website.

 

Tuesday, January 8th – 7pm at Brookline Booksmith

Ha Jin, The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai

“With the instincts of a master novelist, Ha Jin draws on a wide range of historical and literary sources to weave the life story of Li Bai (701-762), whose poems–shaped by Daoist thought and characterized by their passion, romance, and lust for life–rang throughout the Tang Dynasty. Jin follows Li Bai from his birth on China’s western frontier through his travels as a young man seeking a place among the empire’s civil servants, his wanderings allowing him to hone his poetic craft, share his verses, and win him friends and admirers along the way. In his later years he is swept up in a military rebellion that alters the course of China, and his death is shrouded in speculation and legend to this day. The Banished Immortal is an extraordinary portrait of a poet who both transcended his time and was shaped by it, and whose ability to live, love, and mourn without reservation produced some of the most enduring verses in the world.”

For more information you can visit the event website.

 

Thursday, January 10th – 7pm at Harvard Bookstore

Chigozie Obioma, An Orchestra of Minorities

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“Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer CHIGOZIE OBIOMA—author of The Fishermen, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize—for a discussion of his latest novel, An Orchestra of Minorities.

You can find more event information here.

 

 

Friday, January 11th – 6:30pm at The Lenox Hotel, Boston

An Evening with Author Elin Hilderbrand

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“Join New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand at The Lenox and get transported to the stunning beaches of St. John as she launches her thrilling new book “Winter in Paradise”.”

To find out more about this $50 ticketed event visit the event website. I would imagine this will sell out quickly, so be sure to look into this soon if you hope to attend.

 

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Friday, January 11th – 7pm at Brookline Booksmith

Lincoln Peirce, Max and the Midnights

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“Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act…and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers–the Midknights–Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits! Magic and (mis)adventures abound in this hilarious illustrated novel from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Big Nate series, Lincoln Peirce.”

For more information visit the event website.

Thursday, January 17th – 7pm at Belmont Books

Ann Hood, Kitchen Yarns

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“From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marriage to food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmother’s tomato sauce and dreamed of her mother’s special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches. Later, the kitchen became the heart of Hood’s own home. She cooked pork roast to warm her first apartment, used two cups of dried basil for her first attempt at making pesto, taught her children how to make their favorite potatoes, found hope in her daughter’s omelet after a divorce, and fell in love again–with both her husband and his foolproof chicken stock.”

You can find more information on the event website.

Saturday, January 19th – 5pm at Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton

Karen M. McManus, Two Can Keep A Secret,in conversation with Sara Farizan

We are so excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Karen M. McManus to celebrate her new release, Two Can Keep A Secret, with fellow YA author Sara Farizan. Karen’s new YA thriller takes us to the small town of Echo Ridge, Vt., where secrets are everywhere. After hearing of missing teenagers and  a recent homecoming tragedy, Ellery now has to move there to live with her grandmother. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous—and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Karen M. McManus is the author of the young adult thriller One of Us Is Lying, which spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 38 languages worldwide.  She lives in Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University, which she uses to draft fake news stories for her novels.

Sara Farizan is an award-winning author of three YA novels, most recently Here to Stay. She is also one of the store’s absolute favorite people, and it will be a joy to welcome her back!

You can find more information on the event website.

Sunday, January 20th – 3pm at Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton

Book Launch Party: Sarah Brannen’s Bear Needs Help

Join us to we celebrate local author Sarah S. Brannen’s new release, Bear Needs Help.  

A lumbering little polar bear has one shoe untied, and he needs some help! Sadly for him, though, the other animals are all too scared of him: the lemmings, rabbits, and seals all run away as he approaches them for assistance. What’s Bear going to do? Luckily, two plucky birds are more than happy to help out and offer advice — though probably not quite in the way that readers anticipate. In this sweet and funny book about asking for help (and receiving it), expectations are flipped in a simple but clever way.

“Laced with humor and…decipherable in more ways than one.”—Kirkus Reviews

Sarah S. Brannen is the award-winning illustrator of 20 books for children, including one of our store’s favorite books, Feathers: Not Just For Flying, by Melissa Stewart.  She is the author and the illustrator of Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, and Uncle Bobby’s Wedding. In addition, Sarah as a journalist and photographer, and has two books scheduled for release following Bear Needs Help! Join us to help launch this amazing new wintry book from an accomplished and awesome local author!

You can find more information on the event website.

Wednesday, January 23rd – 7pm at Brookline Booksmith

Dani Shapiro, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

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Inheritance is a book about secrets–secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.”

For more information visit the event website.

 

Thursday, January 31st – 7pm at Harvard Bookstore

Daisy Johnson, Everything Under, in conversation with Margot Livesey

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“Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer DAISY JOHNSON for a discussion of her debut novel, Everything Under, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling author MARGOT LIVESEY.”

For more information visit the event website.

 

 

What bookish events are you attending this month?

Leave a note in the comments or tag me on Instagram or Twitter @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ten Bookish Charities to Support on Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Here are ten organizations promoting reading and literacy that you can donate to this holiday season.

1. Book Trust

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Book Trust’s mission is to help elementary school children with little or no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners. In the 2017-2018 school year, Book Trust provided nearly 1 million books to 55,000 students (22,000 in CO) who chose, read, and loved them.

2. Pajama Program

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Pajama Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 that believes that every child, no matter their circumstances, has the inherent right to a loving good night, complete with the comforting bedtime ritual of changing into new pajamas and enjoying an enchanting story. Pajama Program offers children affected by instability the unconditional, magical gifts of new pajamas and new books so that they can enjoy the greatest benefit of a loving bedtime and peaceful good night: a fulfilling good day.

3. Books for Africa

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Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 42 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  In fiscal year 2018 alone, Books For Africa shipped 2.3 million books, and 123 computers and e-readers containing 283,000 digital books, to 29 African countries. More than $2.2 million was raised last year to ship these books to the students of Africa.

4. Save the Children

In their gift catalog, Save the Children offers options to provide a Book Bag to children in need or to fund a Community Book Bank.

5. First Book

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First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since our founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.

6. Children’s Literacy Foundation

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The Children’s Literacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served more than 180,000 low-income, at-risk, and rural children in 400 communities across every region of the Twin States.

7. Room To Read

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Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. 

8. Project Night Out

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Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children 12 and under who need our childhood essentials to have a concrete and predictable source of security and an increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials during their time of upheaval. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age- appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve.

9. Reach Out and Read

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Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

10. Book Aid International

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Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Every year, the charity sends around one million brand new books to people around the world who would otherwise have very few opportunities to access books and read.

I hope you’re able to find a bookish charity that you’d like to support this holiday season!

If you think your friends and family would be interested in any of these organizations, please spread the word.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Create A Bookish Advent Calendar

I’m so excited to add a new bookish tradition to our family’s holiday celebration this year!

I made an advent calendar using Christmas books:

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I’m all about finding ways to bring my love of reading into our family life. I also am trying to avoid too much holiday busyness and choose what traditions I start carefully, so while I didn’t make time for a holiday card and will probably forget to move the Elf on the Shelf half the time, creating this was pure joy for my inner book nerd.

I’m beyond excited to share this with my daughter and celebrate the season with a different holiday read aloud each day. If you’re looking for a new tradition or a way to bring books into the holidays, here’s how I went about creating this advent calendar.

First, I searched my house for Christmas board books or picture books that we already own or have gotten as gifts. Once I figured out how many I had (fifteen), I requested others from the library. I decided not to buy new books for this project, but you certainly could if you want.

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I wrapped the books, marked them 1 to 25 with a sharpie, and will put them under our tree. My toddler and I will open one book together each day and have a special Christmas read aloud.

I made sure to put any library books first in the order so we can return them quickly! I chose to keep all my books Christmas themed, but you could wrap up any books in your house or incorporate general winter read alouds.

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I’m looking forward to snuggling up with my daughter and having a Christmas read aloud every day for the next few weeks. Adding in some cups of hot chocolate and cookies for a few of these story times also sounds festive.

Most of these books will only take a few minutes to read together, but I think this will be a great way to build anticipation and connect over a busy few weeks.

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We celebrate Christmas in our family, but you could  wrap up a book for each night of Hannukah and number them one through eight. If your family isn’t religious, another idea would be to choose a week’s worth of winter books sometime in December and wrap them up to create some special read aloud moments.

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Here are the 25 books in our Bookish Advent Calendar:

1. Fa La La 

by Leslie Patricelli

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“Baby is so excited about the upcoming Christmas season! There are things to decorate: a tree, a gingerbread house, a doggy! Celebrate the season with humor and joy as everyone s favorite baby puts a special spin on Christmas.”

2. Pick A Pine Tree

by Patricia Toht

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“Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year: hanging up stockings; putting lights in the windows; and, one of the most important of all, picking out and taking home the Christmas tree”.

3. A Christmas Wish: A Peter Rabbit Tale

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“It’s Christmas Eve and Peter Rabbit is wide awake, listening out for Santa Claus. He hears all sorts of noises in the night, but none of them turn out to be Santa! Can Peter stay awake long enough to see Santa? Another addition to the adorable line of very young stories set in Peter Rabbit’s world. The simple tales deal with the early experiences and emotions of small children, as seen through the eyes of Beatrix Potter’s classic characters.”

4. Red & Lulu

by Matt Tavares

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“Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . . From Matt Tavares comes a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.”

5. Olivia Helps With Christmas

by Ian Falcon

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“Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays? A lovingly-told and lavishly-illustrated Olivia Helps With Christmas is the perfect stuffing for any stocking, and a bright star atop the Olivia series.”

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

by Dr. Seuss

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“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. “

7. Waltz of the Snowflakes

by Elly Mackay

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“It is a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter something special: tickets to the ballet. Her granddaughter is reluctant to go. The weather is terrible and they have to wear fancy, uncomfortable clothes. But as the curtains rise on The Nutcracker, the girl’s eyes light up as she’s introduced to the magic of the theater. The bright costumes, the intricate dances, the magical music, and a new friend all combine to captivate the girl and to bring color to an otherwise dreary evening. Waltz of the Snowflakes is Elly MacKay at her finest, mixing her acclaimed paper-cut artwork with vibrant colors in this whimsical, dreamlike, and inspiring wordless picture book. A must-have for any ballet- and theater-obsessed reader and the perfect gift to be shared during the holidays or any time of year when the world outside needs a little bit of color and vibrancy.”

8. The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg

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“A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.”

9. A Very Merry Christmas Prayer

by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

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“Enjoy the wonder of Christmas with a thankful heart. These little woodland animals are full of joy over so many blessings, from twinkling lights and sparkling snowflakes to family fun and the gift of God’s love. Join the celebration with gratitude and make this your own very merry Christmas prayer!”

10. The Little Reindeer 

by Nicola Killen

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When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget

11. The ABCs of Christmas 

by Jill Howarth

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“LEARN the ALPHABET and DECK the HALLS! Spread the joy of Christmas with this sparkly board book that features clever word associations and delightfully festive illustrations.”

12. Too Many Tamales 

by Gary Soto

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Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria’s favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on her beautiful diamond ring . . . This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate adn funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.

13. A Christmas for Bear

by Bonny Becker

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Celebrating Christmas for the first time, Bear and his friend Mouse have a party, but whenever Bear comes back from the kitchen with more treats Mouse has vanished in search of a present.

14. Santa’s Sleigh Is On Its Way To… series

by Eric James

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“It’s Christmas Eve and Santa’s sleigh is already on its way to your home-town. It promises to be the best Christmas ever; But things don’t go according to plan! Is Santa okay? And what was that very important task you meant to do before you went to bed?

The story is available in over 120 different locations within the UK, US and Canada (generic version also available) with bespoke artwork and locations unique to your chosen location.”

15. The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas

by Laura Murray

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“Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a gift for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won’t let a little bad weather stop him!”

16. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lift the Tab Board Book

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Pictures of Rudolph, Santa, Sam the Snowman and other characters from the original stop motion animation appear on the pages of this Lift-the-Flap Tab Book, which has tabbed edges and fun flaps to lift on every page.

17. Christmas for Greta and Gracie

by Yasmeen Ismail

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Greta and Gracie are sisters – Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet and it’s all fine until, one day, everything changes. It’s nearly Christmas and together the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents and even try a spot of ice-skating! But Greta, of course, always knows best – poor Gracie can’t get a word in edgeways. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is quietly sleeping, Gracie hears a funny noise …whatever could it be? She creeps downstairs to investigate, and the next morning her very special revelation leaves chitty chatty Greta lost for words!

18. The Nutcracker in Harlem

by T.E. McMorrow

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“In Harlem in the 1920s, in the middle of a family Christmas party, Marie receives a nutcracker from her Uncle Cab, which leads to a marvelous dream in this resetting of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s familiar tale. Includes historical notes.”

19. Duck & Goose: It’s Time for Christmas

by Tad Hills

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Goose is more interested in skating, sledding, and making snow angels than in helping Duck decorate their big Christmas tree.

20. Ninja Claus

by Arree Chung

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It’s nearly Christmas, and Maxwell only has one thing on his mind–catching a glimpse of Santa Claus. No sweat for an experienced ninja like himself!On Christmas Eve, Maxwell rigs a super-special ninja trap and lies in wait. But when the trap is sprung, is it Santa who’s been captured? And might Santa have some super-special ninja tricks of his own?

21. A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World

by M. E. Furman

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A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa’s cookies for themselves.

22. The Night Before Christmas

by Clement C. Moore

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“Capture the thrill of a traditional Christmas with Clement C. Moore’s treasured seasonal rhyme. Brought to life with the warm and playful artwork of Henry Fisher, this magical story is full of character and humour, and will delight children new to the story as well as parents who know it from their own childhood.”

23. Merry Christmas, Little One!

by Sandra Magsamen

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Little ones will love this gently refreshed backlist classic Christmas lift-the-flap board book from the bestselling baby and toddler brand creator, Sandra Magsamen. With heartfelt rhymes, adorable illustrations, and engaging lift-the-flaps, children will be merrily reading and playing along all through the season.

24. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

by Eric Litwin

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Spend the holidays with your favorite blue cat! In this rockin’ spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do.

25. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

by Alice Schertle

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!

What books will you use in your bookish advent calendar? I’d love to hear and see your photos! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter @ABookishHome.

And if you decide to make this a tradition for your family, you could ask relatives to give children’s Christmas books as presents or keep your eyes peeled at used bookstores or tag sales this year

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Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 14: Eric Carle Museum–Bookish Destination

Happy Picture Book Month! This week I’m featuring a special bookish destination for picture book fans: the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Courtney Waring, Director of Education at the Carle, joins me to discuss planning your visit, upcoming exhibitions and events, and the picture books topping her list.

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Visit the Eric Carle Museum’s website to learn more about this bookish destination.

Learn more about all the upcoming exhibitions and events mentioned on this week’s podcast.

Books Mentioned On This Week’s Episode:

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Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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“How Motherhood Changed My Reading Life (For The Better)”– My Essay on Art of Simple

This week I’m sharing an essay I wrote that was recently published on Art of Simple

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Read more over at Art of Simple.

 

There are some very exciting A Bookish Home podcast episodes coming up!

Thursday, November 8th: Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator of Hey, Kiddo, finalist for the National Book Award.

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Thursday, November 15th: Bookish Destination: Celebrate Picture Book Month with a visit to the Eric Carle Museum

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Tuesday, November 20th: Sarah McCoy,

author of Marilla of Green Gables

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Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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?

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“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

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“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

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“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

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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

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“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

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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 

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

ABookishHome.com

 

 

Ep. 9: Boston Book Festival Deputy Director Norah Piehl

This week on the podcast we get an inside scoop on an incredible bookish event coming up on Saturday, October 13th: The Boston Book Festival! Deputy Director, Norah Piehl joins me to highlight some of the incredible free author sessions and children’s offerings at this year’s day-long festival.

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“Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight,
and inspire, Boston Book Festival presents year-round events
culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading
and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.”

 

 

You can also find this episode on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

For more information about the Boston Book Festival and to see the full schedule of sessions and presenters you can visit  bostonbookfest.org and follow them on Twitter @BostonBookFest.

Books Recommended In This Episode:

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If you’re enjoying the podcast, be sure to subscribe and rate and review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. To stay up to date on bookish happenings, you can follow me on Twitter @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading and Listening!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

 

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Boston Author Event Roundup: October 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. 

Author events are also a great way to help build bookish enthusiasm in your family and inspire young readers. You can take your little one to a kidlit author event or bring them along while you hear from one of your favorite authors. Bonus: they’ll see you modeling an active reading life!

Tuesday, October 2nd – 6pm at Brattle Theatre, Cambridge: sponsored by Harvard Bookstore

Steven Johnson, Farsighted

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“Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author STEVEN JOHNSON—host and co-creator of How We Got to Now—for a discussion of his latest book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most.”

You can find more information about this ticketed event here.

 

Farsighted:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

 

Thursday, October 4th – 6pm at Belmont Books

Mitali Perkins, You Bring The Distant Near

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“Join us as Mitali Perkins discusses her novel, You Bring the Distant Near. A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title with six starred reviews, A School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, A New York City Public Librariy’s Notable 50 Best Books for Teens South Asia Book Award Winner. This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity. Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.”

You can find more information about the event here.

You Bring the Distant Near is available on Indiebound and Amazon.

 

 

Thursday, October 4th – 7pm at Wellesley Bookstore

Kerri Maher, The Kennedy Debutante

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“Book Launch event for The Kennedy Debutante: “A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America’s greatest political dynasties: London, 1938. The effervescent “It girl” of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy moves in rarified circles, rubbing satin-covered elbows with some of the 20th century’s most powerful figures. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother, Rose, the antics of her older brothers, Jack and Joe, and the erratic behavior of her sister Rosemary, Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick’s devout Catholic family and Billy’s staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States. Kick gets work as a journalist and joins the Red Cross to get back to England, where she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie—with family or with love . . .”

You can find more information about the event here.

 

The Kennedy Debutante:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

 

Sunday, October 7th – 2pm at Silver Unicorn Books, Acton

Ann Braden, The Benefits of Being An Octopus

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“Ann is a local author who lives in southern Vermont. In addition to being an author and a former teacher, Ann is an organizer for the Kids Need Mentors program, co-hosts her own podcast, and has created other ventures as well. Basically, Ann is always up to something! What she’s been up to in the publishing world is her debut novel, The Benefits of Being an Octopus, will be released on Sept. 4. It has already received a starred review from School Library Journal, which called it “heartbreaking” and “beautifully written.”The novel is geared toward middle-grade readers, and follows seventh-grader Zoey, who is so busy taking care of her younger siblings that she doesn’t have time for boys or even her homework. The book explores the cultural divides around class and the gun debate through the eyes of one girl, living on the edges of society, trying to find her way forward. Join us as we celebrate this layered, original debut novel!”

You can find more information about the event here.

The Benefits of Being An Octopus is available on Indiebound and Amazon.

 

 

Wednesday, October 10th – 7pm at Belmont Books

Doug Burgess, Fogland Point in conversation with

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Trust Me

“Join us for a conversation between Doug Burgess, author of Fogland Point, and Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of Trust Me. (Fogland Point): David Hazard wanted nothing more than to forget his renegade family and the foggy New England village “on the wrong side” of Narragansett Bay where he grew up. When sudden tragedy brings him back to Little Compton to care for his grandmother during her struggle with dementia, he discovers her fragile memories may hold the key to a bizarre mystery half a century old – and perhaps to the sudden and brutal murder right next door.Once Chief of Police Billy Dyer names her as a witness, Grandma Maggie’s recollections become vital. But can they be trusted, especially in a town where everyone has a secret, including David himself?The investigation stalls. Then eccentric millionaire Marcus Rhinegold’s yacht disappears into the fog, bodies begin to wash ashore, and Maggie’s stories come vividly to life, setting off a chain of events both horrifying and hauntingly familiar. Puritans, gun-runners, Mafiosi, and a rogues’ gallery from past and present converge in the mists of the bay, challenging Billy with layers of deception. On Christmas Eve, he enlists David in a daring move to uncover the many truths surrounding Fogland Point. Trust Me is the chilling standalone novel of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was born to write. CAN YOU SPOT THE LIAR? An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder. A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless. Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?”

You can find more information about the event here.

Look for the books on Amazon and Indiebound.

Fogland Point: Indiebound     Amazon

Trust Me: Indiebound     Amazon

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 10th – 7pm at An Unlikely Story, Plainville

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson,

Carmela Full of Wishes

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“An Unlikely Story is honored to welcome Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, the creators of the #1 New York Times bestseller LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET. Matt and Christian will present their highly anticipated new book CARMELA FULL OF WISHES—a heartfelt sibling story that explores what hope looks like in a vibrant migrant community, and illuminates the experience of mixed-status families. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and a signing; books will be available for purchase at the event.”

You can find more information about the event here.

 

Carmela Full of Wishes:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

 

Saturday, October 13th

Boston Book Festival

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“Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight,
and inspire, Boston Book Festival presents year-round events
culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading
and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.”

The Boston Book Festival is an event I look forward to every year.  2018  presenters include a wide range of stellar authors including Kate DiCamillo, Tayari Jones, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jonathan Auxier, Louise Miller, Fatima Farheen Mirza, and more.

For more information you can visit the event website.

On October 11th, I will also be sharing an interview with Boston Book Festival deputy director Norah Piehl on the A Bookish Home podcast.

 

 

Saturday, October 13th – 10am at the Eric Carle Museum, Amherst

Book Party with Mo Willems

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This would be well worth the drive to Amherst to get to see the author of Elephant and Piggie and the Pigeon books in person!

“GO NUTS!” at The Carle as we celebrate the new book in Mo Willems’ beginning-reader series, Unlimited Squirrels: I Lost My Tooth! In I Lost My Tooth!, meet an ensemble cast of squirrels and learn fun jokes and nutty facts. Listen to Mo as he reads from his new book, watch films, and create “Squirrel-scapes” in the Art Studio.”

You can find more information about the event here.

 

I Lost My Tooth:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

 

Sunday, October 14th – 3pm at Trinitarian Congregational Church, sponsored by Concord Bookshop

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership in Turbulent Times

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“Please join us on Sunday, October 14 at 3pm, when Doris Kearns Goodwin presents her new work, Leadership: In Turbulent Times. The event will be held at Trinitarian Congregational Church (54 Walden Street) in Concord. Doors open at 2:15 This is a free ticketed event. Tickets will be distributed beginning at noon on Sunday, October 14, at the back desk of the Concord Bookshop(near Young Readers); limit two tickets per person. We do expect the event venue to fill, and will announce on social media and signage on the Bookshop doors when all tickets have been distributed. Every person attending the speaker program must have an admission ticket, which will also be used to enter the book-signing line following Ms. Goodwin’s talk.

You can find more information about the event here.

Leadership: In Turbulent Times is available on Indiebound and Amazon.

 

 

Monday, October 15th – 7pm at Brookline Booksmith

Young Adult Panel

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“A night of YA fun with with authors Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Cordova, Katie Cotugno, Sara Farizan and Julie Murphy.”

Tuesday, October 16th – 7pm at An Unlikely Story, Plainville

Jarrett Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo

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“Jarrett Krosoczka returns to An Unlikely Story for an event hosted by our owner, Jeff Kinney, to introduce Jarrett’s stunning new YA graphic memoir, HEY, KIDDO. It’s a bittersweet story that tackles the subject of learning to love your family during the not-so-great moments of their life. It’s raw, honest, and beautiful, and a MUST read for teens and adults alike.  Heartbreaking and life affirming, this is timely and a perfect book for book groups.”

You can find more information about the event here.

 

Hey, Kiddo:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

 

Thursday, October 18th – 6pm at Congregation Kehillath-Israel, sponsored by Brookline Booksmith

Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered

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“This event will take place at Congregation Kehillath Israel. Buy tickets HERE!The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred—whether family or friends—and in the strength of the human spirit.”

You can find more information about the event here.

 

Unsheltered:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

Saturday, October 20th – 11am at Wellesley Bookstore

Rob Buyea , The Perfect Secret

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“From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt comes the sequel to The Perfect Score, about a lovable group of students at Lake View Middle School and the rewards and challenges of seventh grade: These students are in for a year of secrets, discoveries, and kid power! GAVIN finally joins the football team—a dream come true!—but Coach Holmes refuses to play him for reasons that also threaten to tear Gavin’s family apart. When RANDI attends an elite gymnastics camp, she uncovers a startling family connection. SCOTT starts researching an article for the school newspaper and stumbles right into a hornet’s nest of lies. With his loser older brother, Brian, out of the house, TREVOR’s life is loads better—until he realizes that only he can save Brian from getting into deep trouble. NATALIE’s top goals: (1) find out why Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Magenta no longer speak to each other—a mission shared by all the kids—and (2) teach a certain someone an important life skill without anyone knowing. It’s tough keeping secrets. And tougher still to deal with the fallout when secrets spill out.

You can find more information about the event here.

 

The Perfect Secret:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

 

Monday, October 22nd – 7pm at Porter Square Books

Nicole Chung, All You Can Ever Know

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“Debut memoirist Nicole Chung discusses her book with Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere…What does it mean to lose your roots–within your culture, within your family–and what happens when you find them? Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up–facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from–she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. With the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets–vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong. Nicole Chung has written for The New York Times, GQ, Longreads, BuzzFeed, Hazlitt, and Shondaland, among other publications. She is Catapult magazine’s editor in chief and the former managing editor of The Toast.

You can find more information about the event here.

 

All You Can Ever Know is available on Indiebound and Amazon.

 

Sunday, October 21st – 1pm at the Eric Carle Museum

Our Voice: Gallery Talk with Ekua Holmes, Gordon C. James, and Jerry Pinkney

 

You can find more information about the event here.

 

 

 

Thursday, October 25th – 6pm at Congregation Kehillath-Israel, sponsored by Brookline Booksmith

Jason Reynolds, Lu

“This event will take place at Congregation Kehillath-Israel. Purchase tickets HERE.Celebrated children’s author Jason Reynolds discusses Lu, the fourth and final book in the Track series. Lu was born to be cocaptain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that’s got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that—not to mention the gold chains and diamond earrings—no one’s gonna outshine him. Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu’s way—literally and not-so-literally—and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means. Starting with National Book Award finalist Ghost, the Track series follows the four rookie members of a middle school track team.

You can find more information about the event here.

 

Lu:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

 

 

Friday, October 26th at 7:30pm at Concord Library

Concord Festival of Authors: John Matteson, presented by Orchard House

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“In honor of the Little Women Sesquicentennial Celebration, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House presents Pulitzer Prize winner Prof. John T. Matteson.  In addition to discussing the enduring nature of Little Women, Professor Matteson will offer insights into and an advance preview of his forthcoming book,which is primarily focused on the Battle of Fredericksburg.  This event will take place on Friday, October 26th at 7:30 pm at the Concord Free Public Library.”

You can find more information about this event here.

 

 

Monday, October 29th – 6pm at the Boston Public Library, Copley

Dr. Crystal Fleming, How to Be Less Stupid About Race

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“Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist Crystal M. Fleming provides a fresh, accessible, and irreverent take on everything that’s wrong with our “national conversation about race.” Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance–and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change. How to Be Less Stupid About Race is a call to action for everyone who wants to challenge white supremacy and intersectional oppression.”

You can find more information about this event here.

How to Be Less Stupid About Race:  Indiebound      Amazon

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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