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


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


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


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


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


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


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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:


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.


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.


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.


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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


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


“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


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


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


“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


“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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


“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


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


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.



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


Boston Author Event Roundup: November Edition

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

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

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

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



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

Readable Feast @ BPL: The Making of a Cookbook

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

You can find more even information here.


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

Aisha Densmore-Bey, Who Made My Stuff?


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

You can find more event information here.



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

Francie LaTour, Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings


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

You can find more event information here.

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

Sunday, November 4th – 3pm at Concord Bookshop

Julie Dobrow, After Emily

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




Wednesday, November 7th – 7pm at Wellesley Books

Aaron Thier, The World is a Narrow Bridge

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

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


Thursday, November 8th – 7pm at Belmont Books

Peter Stark, Young Washington


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

You can find more event information here.




Friday, November 9th – 7pm at Brookline Booksmith

Jeff Speck, Walkable City Rules

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

You can find more event information here.



Friday, November 9th – 7pm at Wellesley Books

Elin Hilderbrand, Winter in Paradise


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

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


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

Grace Lin, A Big Mooncake for Little Star

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

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

You can find more event information here.



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

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


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

For more information visit the event website.

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


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

sponsored by Harvard Bookstore

Jasmine Guillory, The Proposal 



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

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



Monday, November 12th – 7pm at Harvard Bookstore

Chaya Bhuvaneswar, White Dancing Elephants

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

You can find more event information here.



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

sponsored by Harvard Bookstore

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

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

You can find more event information here.



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

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

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

You can find more event information here.



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

Jan Brett, The Snowy Map


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

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



Monday, November 26th – 7pm at Belmont Books

Elizabeth Berg, Night of Miracles


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

You can find more event information here.

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

Thrill Me, Chill Me: Mystery Writers Panel

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

You can find more event information here.

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

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Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski




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.


“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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Laura Szaro Kopinski



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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


“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



“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



“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



“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


“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


“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


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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


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

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Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski



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Ep. 7: An Interview with Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Jan Turnquist joins me on the podcast this week to discuss a special bookish destination for fans of Little Women. Orchard House, the home of the novel’s author, Louisa May Alcott is located in Concord, Massachusetts. We discussed why you should visit Orchard House, upcoming special events to mark Little Women’s 150th anniversary, favorite Alcott related reads and more.

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

Books, Authors, and Links Mentioned In This Episode:

Orchard House

Orchard House is holding a celebration on Sunday, September 30th to mark the day Little Women was published 150 years ago:


You can find the event details here.


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Orchard House Documentary

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


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Massachusetts Author Event Roundup: September Edition

Are you looking for a bookish event to attend this month? Add an author reading to your calendar!

Check the events calendar at your local bookstores, libraries, and museums to find authors coming to your area. You can also follow favorite authors on social media or visit their website to see if they have any upcoming events. Attend on your own or bring your child along to experience the magic of hearing from an author in person!

If you are local to the Boston area, here are some fantastic author events coming your way this month:

Wednesday, September 12 – 6pm at Boston Public Library, Copley Square

Anne Boyd Rioux, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women And Why It Still Matters


“On its 150th anniversary, discover the story of the beloved classic that has captured the imaginations of generations. Soon after publication on September 30, 1868, Little Women became an enormous bestseller and one of America – and the world’s – favorite novels. When Anne Boyd Rioux read the novel in her twenties, she had a powerful reaction to the story. Through teaching the book, she has seen the same effect on many others. In Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, Rioux recounts how Louisa May Alcott came to write Little Women, drawing inspiration from her own life. Rioux also examines why this tale of family and community ties, set as the Civil War was tearing America apart, has resonated through later wars, the Depression, and times of changing opportunities for women.”

For more, visit the event website and listen to A Bookish Home Podcast Episode 1 with Anne Boyd Rioux. You can also see Anne Boyd Rioux’s complete book tour information here.

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women And Why It Still Matters is available on:

Indiebound     Amazon    Amazon Kindle

Wednesday, September 12th –6pm at Silver Unicorn Books, Acton

Rebecca Caprara (The Magic of Melwick Orchard) and Erin Cashman (Uncharted)

“This is going to be one of the best events of the year! Two local authors, both from Boxborough, have great novels out just a week apart from each other! First up is Rebecca Caprara’s debut novel, The Magic of Melwick Orchard. You may know Rebecca because her family owned the Acton School of Ballet for a very long time before turning it over to new ownership this summer. Rebecca’s book follows the story of a young girl who just can’t be a priority in her parents’ lives because of her ill sister is heartwrenching, but it is infused with a magic that will keep you up late at night finishing it. The book doesn’t come out until September, and we are so excited for it. Erin Cashman’s book, Uncharted, comes out a few days later. Hers is a gaenre-defying novel that is at once young adult, fantasy and mystery.  It tells the tale of teenage Annabeth, and a secret society that may have found the fountain of youth. But the book is so much more than that, as Annabeth grapples with love and loss, and has to summon the strength inside of herself to be brave and do what’s right, all while trying to unravel a mystery that has far more twists and turns than you would expect. We thought we had this book figured six times, and were wrong every single time! Both books are among our favorites of 2018. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be celebrating these two great ladies and their two excellent books!”

For more information visit the event website.

The Magic of Melwick Orchard is available on:

Indiebound      Amazon    Amazon Kindle     

Uncharted is available on:

Indiebound      Amazon    Amazon Kindle

You can find Rebecca Caprara’s full book tour information here.

Book tour information for Erin Cashman is available here.

Friday, September 14th –7pm at Newtonville Books

Release Party for Here to Stay by Sara Farizan


“What happens when a kid who’s flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game? If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties—along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. The administration says they’ll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He’s not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn’t want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don’t want him oranybody who looks like him at their school. But it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends.

For more, check out the event website.

Here to Stay is available on:

Indiebound      Amazon    Amazon Kindle     

Saturday,  September 15th – 4pm at Belmont Books

Louise Miller, The Late Bloomers’ Club


“The Great Belmont Books Bake-Off returns! To celebrate special cake in The Late Bloomers’ Club, [Louise Miller] will be judging a cake baking contest at Belmont Books. There will be prizes. Reading, Q&A, Book Signing and Bake-Off”

For more, visit the event website and listen to my interview with Louise Miller in A Bookish Home Podcast Episode 4.

You can find Louise Miller’s full event schedule here.

The Late Bloomers’ Club is available on:

Indiebound   Amazon    Amazon Kindle

Ella & Monkey at Sea by Emilie Boon

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Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section each Wednesday and Sunday for drop-in storytime! Today’s storytime features Emilie Boon reading her new book. Leaving home and traveling to a whole new place is overwhelming, so it’s good to have a beloved toy who can help express how you feel. Ella’s best friend, Monkey, doesn’t like good-bye hugs. He doesn’t want to say good-bye to Oma. And he doesn’t want to move away forever. Neither does Ella. But Papa is waiting for them in New York. So Ella and Monkey must board the ship with Mama and leave their old home in Holland for their new home in America.

For more information visit the event website

Ella & Monkey at Sea is available on:

Indiebound     Amazon

Sunday, September 16th –2pm at Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton

Author Event with Christina Collins (After Zero), Jen Petro-Roy (P.S. I Miss You), and Beth Turley (If This Were A Story)

“This is going to be a great middle-grade panel discussion, led by three local authors who have debut novels — all geared toward middle-grade readers — out in 2018.

Christina Collins is a Maynard native who now lives across the pond in Northern Ireland. Her debut novel, After Zero, comes out Sept. 4, and is an incredibly moving story of what happens to a girl who decides to stop talking. The book has already received praise from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist, who says it’s “easy to root for” main character Elise.

Beth Turley lives in southeastern Connecticut, and her book, If This Were a Story, debuts on Aug. 28. Her book centers on a 10-year-old girl who deals with bullies at school through the power of stories. The book has earned praise from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and has been compared to The Thing about Jellyfish.

Jen lives in Massachussetts, and her book, P.S. I Miss You, debuted in March. Two sisters are torn apart by strict Catholic parents, when the older sister, Cilla, becomes pregnant. Younger sister Evie is forbidden to speak to Cilla, who is sent away to live with her aunt, so instead she secretly sends her letters. That is, until Cilla stops writing back.

These women have written three excellent middle-grade novels that deal with mental health and we couldn’t be more excited to have them all to the store individually, never mind at the exact same time! Join us for this fabulous middle-grade event!”

For more information visit the event website.

After Zero is available on:

Indiebound      Amazon    Amazon Kindle     

If This Were A Story is available on:

Indiebound      Amazon    Amazon Kindle     

P.S. I Miss You is available on:

Indiebound      Amazon    Amazon Kindle     

Sunday, September 16, 2018 – 3:00pm at Porter Square Books

Mission Defrostable by Josh Funk & Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers by Melissa Stewart

“There’s a frost in the fridge–and it’s hardened Pudding Pond and frozen Yogurt Falls. Agent Asparagus is on the case, and she begs Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to join her superspy team. But when the enemy snatches Asparagus, Pancake and French Toast have only one dough man to turn to for help: the evil Baron von Waffle Will he help them save the fridge . . . or are they doomed to become frozen food? Josh Funk is the author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, followed by its sequel The Case of the Stinky Stench, Albie Newton, How to Code a Sandcastle, Lost in the Library, and more. He lives in Concord, MA.

Puny? Poky? Clumsy? Shy? A lighthearted look at the surprising traits that help some animals survive. Written with a lively, playful voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers introduces young readers to a variety of “animal underdogs” and explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world. Award-winning author Melissa Stewart offers readers a humorous and informative nonfiction picture book with a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis’s bright, bold–and scientifically accurate–illustrations add to the fun.”

For more visit the event website.

Josh Funk’s full book tour schedule is available here.

Mission Defrostable is available on:

Indiebound     Amazon

Melissa Stewart’s full book tour schedule is available here.

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers is available on:

Indiebound     Amazon

Monday, September 17, 2018 – 7:00pm at Belmont Public Library, with Belmont Books

Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut


“Learn the story behind everyone’s favorite bear in Lindsay Mattick’s Winnie’s Great War at Belmont Public Library.

This beautifully told story is a triumphant blending of deep research and magnificent imagination. Infused with Sophie Blackall’s irresistible renderings of an endearing bear, the book is also woven through with entries from Captain Harry Colebourn’s real wartime diaries and contains a selection of artifacts from the Colebourn Family Archives. The result is a one-of-a-kind exploration into the realities of war, the meaning of courage, and the indelible power of friendship, all told through the historic adventures of one extraordinary bear. ”

For more information visit the event website.

Winnie’s Great War is available on:

Indiebound     Amazon

Friday September 21st – 8:00 PM with Harvard Bookstore at Memorial Church, Cambridge

 Leadership In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer and historian DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN—the bestselling author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit—for a discussion of her highly anticipated latest book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times.
Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope. Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.”
For more visit the event website.
The full book tour schedule for Doris Kearns Goodwin is available here.

Leadership in Turbulent Times is available on:

Indiebound     Amazon

Saturday September 29th –7pm with Harvard Bookstore at First Church, Cambridge

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

“Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated novelist JODI PICOULT—whose last ten novels have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list—for a discussion of her latest novel, A Spark of Light. She will be joined in conversation by CELESTE NG, award-winning author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You.”
For more, visit the event website.

A Spark of Light  is available on:

Saturday, September 29nd – 10:30am at Book Ends Bookstore, Winchester

Storytime with Kate Gardner, Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth


“Please join us for Saturday Story Time on Septemberr 29th at 10:30am! We are welcoming author Kate Gardner in to read her new picture book Lovely Beasts, a stunning debut picture book that encourages kids to look beyond first impressions by sharing unexpected details about seemingly scary wild animals like gorillas, rhinoceroses, and more.

After all, it’s best not to judge a beast until you understand its full, lovely life.

Kate Gardner says hello to every animal she encounters, regardless of its reputation. Once, she was even voluntarily shocked by an electric eel named Thor. Kate lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with three lovely beasts (one of whom is her husband).”

For more information visit the event website.

Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth is available on:

Indiebound   Amazon

Book Lunch Party for I Am Human by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds


“From the picture book dream team behind I Am Yoga and I Am Peace comes the third book in their wellness series: I Am Human. A hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human, I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.” At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong.”
For more visit the event website.

I Am Human is available on:

Sunday, September 23rd – 12:30pm at the Eric Carle Museum

Meet Dav Pilkey! Author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants

“Meet Dav Pilkey, author/illustrator of the bestselling Captain Underpantsand Dog Man series! Pilkey will talk about his new book, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, do a live drawing, and share fun trivia with the audience. Following the 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm auditorium programs, guests can get books signed by Pilkey and enjoy photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants!

UPDATE – 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm auditorium programs with Dav Pilkey are FULL. The wait list is also FULL. Visitors can still meet Dav Pilkey during the book signing times. A limited number of book signing tickets are available first come, first serve when Museum opens at 12:00 pm.”

For more information, visit the event website. A full schedule of Dav Pilkey’s book your is  available here.

Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas is available on:

Indiebound    Amazon    Amazon Kindle

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“#1 New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan returns to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice, continuing the story arc starring fan favorites, Will and Maddie (The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning).

After passing her third-year assessment as a ranger’s apprentice, Maddie is called home to Castle Araluen. Forced to keep her ranger training a secret, Maddie feels trapped by the monotony of castle life and longs to find a way out. But there are whisperings of a new threat to the kingdom. The mysterious Red Fox Clan, a group of anarchists all donning fox masks, have threatened Castle Araluen and question Princess Cassandra and Madelyn’s succession to the throne. Will they succeed in unseating Cassandra and Madelyn and take the throne for themselves?”

For more information visit the event website.

The Red Fox Clan is available on:

Shop your local indie bookstore”>Indiebound    Amazon    Amazon Kindle

John Flanagan’s full book tour information is available here.

Saturday, September 29th at 1:30pm, Eric Carle Museum

Drawing Paddington with R.W. Alley

“R.W. Alley has been illustrating Michael Bond’s Paddington books for over twenty years. Guests of all ages will enjoy watching Alley capture Paddington’s likeness and personality in this lively drawing demonstration, which includes a Q&A with the audience. Paper and drawing supplies will be provided for those who wish to draw along with Alley! Book signing to follow program.”

(R. W. Alley, Illustration for Paddington and the Grand Tour, HarperCollins, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. © R. W. Alley 2018.)

For more information visit the event website.

What bookish events are you planning to attend this month? Reach out! Leave a comment or share with me on Twitter @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski


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An Interview With Author Louise Miller and Book Giveaway of The Late Bloomers’ Club

Today I’m sharing a special author interview and book giveaway!

Gilmore Girls fans, get your library requests and bookstore orders ready. Louise Miller is the author for you.

Miller, a Boston-based pastry chef is the author of this year’s standout summer read, The Late Bloomers’ Club and the completely charming, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living (2017).

Both novels are set in small-town Vermont. Once you enter the world of Guthrie–Miller’s version of Star’s Hollow–you will not want to leave. I brought The Late Bloomers’ Club on vacation, devoured it in two days and then rushed to download The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living on my Kindle. Utterly delightful.

In The Late Bloomers’ Club we meet Nora, owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner (think Luke’s) and lifelong Guthrie resident.  Life takes a surprising turn when Nora mysteriously inherits a local farmhouse with 200 acres of land and her free-spirit younger sister comes back to town.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living offers a view of the people of Guthrie through the eyes of an outsider, Livvy Rawlings–a Boston baker who comes to work at the local inn. The way Livvy’s relationship with the town and her stern boss Margaret (a kindred spirit of Marilla from Anne of Green Gables if there ever was one) will melt your heart.

I’m thrilled to be able to share a conversation with Louise Miller on episode 4 of the new A Bookish Home Podcast.

You can also find this episode on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Be sure to subscribe to make sure you never miss an episode.


I’m giving away a copy of The Late Bloomers’ Club to one lucky winner! To enter, follow A Bookish Home on Twitter and retweet the giveaway by Monday, September 10th.


Louise Miller Author Events

If you live in the Boston area, you have some exciting upcoming opportunities to see Louise Miller in person!:

Saturday 9/15/18 at Belmont Books , 4pm


“The Great Belmont Books Bake-Off returns! To celebrate special cake in The Late Bloomers’ Club, [Louise Miller] will be judging a cake baking contest at Belmont Books. There will be prizes. Reading, Q&A, Book Signing and Bake-Off”

Thursday 9/20/18 at The Maynard Public Library, 7pm

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“Authors Louise Miller and Stephen McCauley will visit the library to talk about their most recent books. Reading, Q&A, and book signing”

Saturday 10/13/18, Boston Book Festival, time TBA

logo_BBF_100x120.pngLouise Miller is coming to the Boston Book Festival! Mark your calendars, this phenomenal (and free!) annual event is a must for anyone who can get to the Boston area. You can hear incredible adult and children’s book authors speak about their work and celebrate all things bookish.

Saturday 11/17/18 Silver Unicorn Books in Acton, 7pm

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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.”



Books and Authors Mentioned on This Week’s Episode:


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  • The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living


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  • Belong To Me


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  • The Last Letter From Your Lover


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You can find Louise Miller on her website: http://louisemillerauthor.tumblr.com, on Twitter and Instagram @LouisetheBaker, and on Facebook @LouiseMillerAuthor

If you read The Late Bloomers’ Club or The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living and love them as much as I do, reach out! You can find me on Twitter @ABookishHome. Happy Reading!


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