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Author event: Gregory Maguire and *A Lion Among Men*

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Gregory Maguire at our local bookshop; he was promoting his latest novel, A Lion Among Men, which was published by Harper Collins / William Morrow in October.  A Lion Among Men is Maguire’s third novel in “The Wicked Years,” a planned four-book series, following Wicked and Son [...]

Author interview: David Ebershoff and *The 19th Wife*

A few weeks ago I reviewed David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife when he stopped by my blog on his “TLC Book Tour.”  David offered to answer any questions that readers might have.  Without further ado, I present a wonderful collection of questions, in-depth answers, some humor, a lovely photo of the author, and a cute [...]

“New Literary Voices” part 2: featuring Amy MacKinnon and *Tethered*

The second author who presented at the New Literary Voices panel was Amy MacKinnon.  We’ll hear from her toward the bottom of the post …

This is the publisher’s synopsis of the novel:  Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn’t believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding [...]

“New Literary Voices” part 1: featuring Margaret Cezair-Thompson and *The Pirate’s Daughter*

How do you like this cover image?  Striking, isn’t it?  I especially like the shadowy image of the palm tree against the art-covered wall; makes me wonder who sits in that chair and what he or she sees when they look out.  It’s one of those awesome Unbridled Books covers we were talking about last week!

The [...]

Concord Festival of Authors

I’m writing this as a thank-you to all the individuals and groups who were involved in producing an incredible literary event.  I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts that our town hosts a Festival of Authors each fall; this is an outstanding two-week event packed with speakers, readings, and activities for those interested in any form [...]

Author Event: Christina Thompson and *Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All*

Last Monday (October 20, 2008) I had the opportunity to attend a reading and discussion with Christina Thompson, author of the memoir/history Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which is “an improbable cross-cultural love story between a Maori man and an an American woman, and the fascinating history that connects them.”

Thompson’s [...]

Author Event: Julia Glass and *I See You Everywhere*

I had the pleasure of seeing Julia Glass at The Concord Bookshop this past Sunday (click here for a list of upcoming events at the store).  For those of you who will be attending Book Group Expo in San Jose this weekend, Julia will be there, and you are in for a real treat!  She [...]

Author Event: Joshua Henkin and *Matrimony*

I had the pleasure of seeing/hearing Joshua Henkin at a book reading last weekend.  The reading was on a Sunday afternoon at Newtonville Books, which I hadn’t visited before.  It’s a great independent bookstore with a large and comfy children’s section, lots of author events, and a very cool meeting room where the readings are [...]

Author Event: David Ebershoff and *The 19th Wife*

My 12-year-old daughter and I had a great evening out in Cambridge on Tuesday night; we went in to the Harvard Bookstore for an appearance by David Ebershoff, author of the novel The 19th Wife.

We live just 15 miles west of Harvard Square, a straight shot down Route 2, about 20 minutes without traffic.  But, the event [...]

Author event: Brunonia Barry and *The Lace Reader*

Tonight my 12-year-old (LW12) and I drove up to the Barnes & Noble in Peabody for an event with Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader.  In case you’ve missed it, I’m absolutely smitten with this book; it has an intricate plot with well-developed characters and it highlights the wonderful city of Salem.  You can read [...]