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The Newburyport Literary Festival: What a Weekend!

Warning: This is a long post – I wanted to capture the fullness of the weekend.  There’s a lot of “I did this and that,” running from one activity to another.  But that’s what the weekend was — run, run, run and fun, fun, fun!

The 6th annual Newburyport Literary Festival was held last weekend, April [...]

Author Event: Kate Payne and *The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking*

A few weeks ago, Kate Payne visited the bookshop to present her book, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency — on a Budget! This is a nice paperback original from Harper Design (with a nice price point, just under $20).  I was telling people it makes a [...]

Author event: John Bemelmans Marciano and *Madeline at the White House*

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of hosting John Bemelmans Marciano for an afternoon event with his newest book, Madeline at the White House.

If the jacket photo looks familiar, but the name isn’t ringing any bells, it may be that you’re more familiar with the work of John’s grandfather, Ludwig Bemelmans, who wrote [...]

Save the Date for the Newburyport Literary Festival!

State Street, Newburyport; photo from Wikipedia

Attention lit lovers in the Boston area and Southern New Hampshire … and, of course, those willing to drive longer distances for a great event: The end of the month welcomes an exciting event to the north shore. The Newburyport Literary Festival will be held April 29 – [...]

Author event with Eleanor Brown and Rebecca Goldstein

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an author event with not one, but two, wonderful authors reading from their recent novels.  The event was at Newtonville Books, about a half hour from me; it was well attended and there was a familiar face in the audience – Gail (@irisheyz77 on twitter) from Ticket [...]

Book Review and Author Event: Julie Klam with *You Had Me at Woof*

You Had Me at Woof:  How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness by Julie Klam
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (October 28, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1594487767

Back-of-the-book blurb:  The hilarious and heartfelt chronicle of a woman learning the secrets of love, health, and happiness from some very surprising teachers: her dogs.

Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as [...]

Author Event: Richard Francis and *Fruitlands*

On November 21, the Concord Bookshop had another great event with strong local interest – Richard Francis spoke on his latest work of non-fiction, Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia.  Fruitlands was established by Bronson Alcott and the Englishman Charles Lane in the mid-1840s on the Wyman Farm near Harvard, Mass.  

This short-lived (only [...]

Author Event: Susan Cheever and *Louisa May Alcott*

Two weeks ago, on November 14, I had the great pleasure of attending an event with Susan Cheever and her latest book, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography.  Full disclosure: the event was at our Concord Bookshop (my employer!).

I enjoyed this reading as a member of the very full audience; my friend Kristine sat with [...]

Author Event with Maud Hart Lovelace's *Emily of Deep Valley.* Foreword by Mitali Perkins

Last weekend I had the fun of attending a Boston-area event for the reissue of Maud Hart Lovelace’s Emily of Deep Valley, part of the Betsy-Tacy family of books.

The event was held at Brookline Booksmith and organized in conjunction with the publisher, HarperPerennial — which also reissued the three “high school and beyond” books last [...]

“Breakfast with the Authors” at the Concord Festival of Authors

The Concord Festival of Authors was created in 1993 as an arm of the Angela Arkell Mitchell Foundation, a non-profit with the following mission:

to promote books and authors, to present the work of contemporary authors to the public, and to provide forums for authors to discuss their work.

At its founding, events for the Concord Festival [...]