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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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

Author Event: John Vaillant and *The Tiger*

A few weeks ago our local bookshop hosted an event with John Vaillant reading from and discussing his latest work of nonfiction, The Tiger:  A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.

The Tiger is, as indicated, a true account of a Siberian tiger and the team that is tracking him.

In December 1997, in a remote Russian [...]

Author event: Alix Strauss and *Based Upon Availability*

There are some weeks when J is at work late (or out of town), and my evening activities are ‘based upon availability’ of a sitter for the kids.  Often these nights end with me whining about missing an event and like most fish tales, ‘the one who got away’ gets bigger and better with each retelling [...]

Author(s) event: Kelly O'Connor McNees AND Louisa May Alcott!

Our local bookshop has been running a great series of author events!  I’m still recovering from my disappointment at missing Chris Bohjalian on April 11, but last week I attended a reading and Q&A with Holly LeCraw and The Swimming Pool, and this week Kelly O’Connor McNees visited to discuss her debut novel, The Lost Summer [...]