Middle-Grade Book Club: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
Tuesday December 17 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Middle-Grade Book Club is turning 1 year old! Congratulations to our readers and to Rebecca Caprara!
**Note the date! We're meeting a week later than usual!**
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—
Talking about boogers.
Stealing pocket change.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
But mostly, too busy walking home.
Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life. Look Both Ways is a National Book Award Finalist and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019!
Led by local author Rebecca Caprara (The Magic of Melwick Orchard) -- readers can enjoy and discuss great mid-grade reads. Rebecca will also challenge participants to talk about their own stories and story ideas, and engage with them in writing exercises as well.
Feast of Fiction: Adrienne Brodeur, Rachel Kadish, and Mimi Lemay at Orange Door Kitchen
Thursday January 23 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Feast of Fiction at Orange Door Kitchen returns in January with a special slate of courageous women telling personal stories that cut through the noise and go straight to the heart.
Adrienne Brodeaur, author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me, will be joined by Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink, and Mimi Lemay, author of What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation.
Adrienne's memoir, Wild Game, is a daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. It has been named to many Best Book lists this fall, was called "vivid" by BBC and "shocking. poignant, [and] unputdownable" by People Magazine.
Rachel's novel, The Weight of Ink, is set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century. The story is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. It won the National Jewish Book Award and was a USA Today Bestseller.
Mimi's memoir, What We Will Become, is a mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her. From the age of two-and-a-half, Jacob, born “Em,” adamantly told his family he was a boy. While his mother Mimi struggled to understand and come to terms with the fact that her child may be transgender, she experienced a sense of déjà vu—the journey to uncover the source of her child’s inner turmoil unearthed ghosts from Mimi’s past and her own struggle to live an authentic life. The memoir has been hailed as "engrossing and compassionate…This fascinating, heart-wrenching memoir offers invaluable insights into issues of gender identity," by Publishers Weekly in their starred review.
Save the date now and stay tuned for ticket, pricing, and menu information in the coming weeks!
Saturday Morning Storytime: Ioana Hobai Book Launch!
Saturday March 14 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Massachusetts author-illustrator Ioana Hobai is coming back to our store wtih another gorgeous picture book! We're too excited for her, and we're honored to help her launch her newest book, A Whale of a Mistake, into the world! Stop in for this special event!
When a girl’s mistake grows into a whale that carries her out to sea, can she shrink it down to size and find a way to move on?
When you make a mistake—a big mistake, a HUGE mistake—it can weigh you down or even swallow you whole! As one kid finds herself swept away by her whale of a mistake, she takes readers along on a journey of emotions. When the girl pauses to stare at the night sky, she realizes something important: there are as many mistakes in the world as stars in the sky, and maybe she can handle it after all. As the seemingly huge whale begins to shrink, the girl embraces her mistake and finds her way back to solid ground.
Saturday Morning Storytime: Kelly Carey
Saturday April 18 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
We're welcoming Massachusestts author Kelly Carey for Saturday Morning Storytime! She'll be reading her first picture book, How Long is Forever?
Mason is waiting for Nana’s blueberry pie and complains that it’s taking forever. So Grandpa challenges him to figure out how long forever really is. Is it as long as Grandpa has had his tractor? No. As long as it took Nana to grow the roses to the top of the chimney? Not even close. After a trip around the farm to figure out the answer, Nana’s pie is ready. And Mason’s finally got the answer: forever is how long he’ll love Nana’s pie and how long he’ll love Nana and Grandpa, too.
This is going to be a lovely Saturday Morning Storytime! Be sure to come in!