Independent Bookstore Day Author Event: Ali Benjamin
Saturday April 27 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
We are super excited to have NYT Best Selling author Ali Benjamin share her new release, The Next Great Paulie Fink on Independent Bookstore Day!
When Caitlyn Breen enters the tiny Mitchell School in rural Mitchell, Vermont, she is a complete outsider: the seventh grade has just ten other kids, and they've known each other since kindergarten. Her classmates are in for a shock of their own: Paulie Fink--the class clown, oddball, troublemaker, and evil genius--is gone this year.
As stories of Paulie's hijinks unfold, his legend builds, until they realize there's only one way to fill the Paulie-sized hole in their class. They'll find their next great Paulie Fink through a reality-show style competition, to be judged by the only objective person around: Caitlyn, who never even met Paulie Fink. Who was this kid, anyway--prankster, performance artist, philosopher, or fool? Caitlyn's quest to understand Paulie is about to teach her more about herself than she ever imagined.
Told via multiple voices, interviews, and other documents, The Next Great Paulie Fink is a lighthearted yet surprisingly touching exploration of how we build up and tear down our own myths...about others, our communities, and ourselves.
Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist for The Thing About Jellyfish, and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir Positive as well as Tim Howard's national bestseller The Keeper. She lives near Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Independent Bookstore Day: Jessica Barry in conversation with Megan Collins
Saturday April 27 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
We are thrilled to have Hudson native, Jessica Barry sit down with Megan Collins to discuss their debut suspense novels. Both Freefall and The Winter Sister explore the complex unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters.
When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, everyone assumes Allison Carpenter is dead.
But Maggie, Allison’s mother back home in Owl Creek, Maine, refuses to believe them. Maggie knows her daughter – or she used to, anyway. For the past two years, the two women have been estranged, and while Maggie doesn’t know anything about Ally’s life now – not even why she was on a private plane to begin with – she still believes in her girl’s strength, and in their love for each other.
As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers about the world Allison has been involved in. What was she running from? And can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?
Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and was raised on a steady diet of library books and PBS. She attended Boston University, where she majored in English and Art History, before moving to London in 2004 to pursue an MA from University College London.
Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.
In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.
As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house—and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.
Megan Collins has taught creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Central Connecticut State University, and she is the managing editor of 3Elements Review.
Friday Fiction Book Club
Friday May 03 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
More info soon!
Middle Grade Event: MarcyKate Connolly and Monica Tesler
Sunday May 05 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
We are thrilled to welcome back middle grade author MarcyKate Connolly to the bookstore and excited she will be joined by fellow author Monica Tesler.
MarcyKate will be reading from her new release, Comet Rising, the riveting conclusion of the duology Shadow Weaver.
Lady Aisling attacks again and captures Lucas' parents, Lucas, Emmeline and Dar barely escape.
With nothing left to lose, Emmeline and Lucas recruit other children with magical abilities to march against Lady Aisling and free those she has taken captive. But then Dar escapes, and they find
themselves watching their backs as they plan their attack.
Can Emmeline and Lucas use their powers to defeat evil once and for all?
MarcyKate Connolly is a NYT bestselling author living in New England with her family and pugs. She is a self proclaimed caffeine addict and voracious reader. She has also written the popular fantasy novels, Monstrous and Ravenous.
Monica Tesler will be reading from, The Heroes Return, the fourth novel of her Bounders series.
Thirteen years ago, Earth Force—a space-military agency—discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they’ve brought together a team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as elite astronauts able to pilot ships that can travel across the galaxy in an instant.
Jasper is at the Space Bound school in outer space due to his special ability. He has joined other students like him to harness their talents.
In this story, Jasper and Mira must escape the Rift and deliver the Youli's message to Earth Force before it's too late. At first, Jasper revels in the spotlight. But it soon becomes clear that if Jasper doesn’t convince Earth Force to stop fighting—and soon—there won’t be an Earth left to fight for, and he may never see Mira again.
Monica Tesler lives south of Boston with her husband and two boys. She writes on the commuter boat, in coffee shops, and at her kitchen table. She tries to meditate every day but often ends up fantasizing about space, time travel, or strange lands, both real and imagined.
Join us this afternoon as we traveled out of this world into a world of magic and fantasy with these two amazing authors!
Saturday Morning Story Time: Jennifer E. Morris
Saturday May 11 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Come and meet Flubby at Saturday Morning Story Time!
Flubby is a large, sleepy cat who refuses to do the things that other pets do. He won't sing, catch, or even jump! But when a scary situation brings Flubby and his owner together, they realize they really do need each other--and that makes Flubby a good pet after all.
Flubby Is Not A Good Pet and Flubby Will Not Play with That are filled with fun illustrations and narrative story line that makes a great story time read aloud! Its use of simple text in comic-like style also makes it a perfect choice for beginning readers.
Jennifer is an award winning illustrator and children’s book author. She has illustrated picture books, children’s magazines, greeting cards, party ware and educational materials. She is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books. The best selling of which, May I Please Have a Cookie? has sold over one million copies.
She currently lives in Lundenberg, MA with her family and her real-life cat, Flubby.
We are thrilled to have her share her enjoyable books at Story Time!
Middle Grade Book Club
Tuesday May 14 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
This month's selection is The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty.
A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school. This smart and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by Sevens.
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.
Young Adult Event, in partnership with OUT Metrowest: e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Wednesday May 15 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
We are partnering with OUT Metrowest to welcome author and filmmaker, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo to discuss Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution, her new sequel to the Stonewall Book Award Winner, Fat Angie.
Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn't help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war.
With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie's sister did not live to take.
It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.
A native South Texan, e. E. Charlton-Trujillo earned a degree in English from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and an MFA in film from Ohio University. She is lives in California.
Please join us and OUT Metrowest for this amazing YA event!
Poetry Event: Acton Coffee House Poetry Contest
Thursday May 16 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
It's National Poetry Month! This year we are excited to join Acton Coffee House in their Annual Poetry Contest!
You can turn your poems into either the cafe at email@example.com or the bookstore at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll publish the best poem(s) on our website and the winner will receive a free coffee, a tote bag, and $25 gift cards to ACH and Silver Unicorn. Legible hard copies can be turned in to either location.
Deadline: April 30.
Saturday Morning Story Time: Hayley Barrett
Saturday May 18 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
As the weather is warming up, our Saturday Morning Story Time is the perfect destination for a family morning walk!
Hayley Barrett will be reading her debut picture book, Babymoon.
Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern.
While the term “babymoon” is often used to refer to a parents’ getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett’s lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.
Hayley Barrett says that fond memories of her own days spent nesting and cocooning with her husband and each of their newborns inspired her to write Babymoon. She lives in eastern Massachusetts
Young Adult Event: Kip Wilson, in conversation with Rebecca Caprara
Sunday May 19 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Join us, in welcoming local authors Kip Wilson and Rebecca Caprara, as they discuss Kip's debut YA novel,White Rose.
A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group.
Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators.
Kip Wilson is the Poetry Editor of the Young Adult Review Network and has a Ph.D. in German Literature. In 2017, she won the PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, and her work has appeared in several children’s literary magazines.
Saturday Morning Story Time with Jason Viola
Saturday May 25 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Join us for a story time that will take us deep into the ocean, in Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice.
Do you have what it takes to live in one of the harshest places in the world? What if you had just a couple years to gain the knowledge you'll need to survive on your own? Join two curious polar bear cubs as they play, hunt, and navigate life in the Arctic. With each season, they learn polar bear biology and behavior, as well as strategies and skills that will help them thrive in a landscape that is rapidly changing beyond their control. Living with super insulated bodies in a world that's melting? For polar bears, keeping cool is the name of the game!
Get ready to explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, Science Comics is for you!
Jason Viola grew up in small farm town in Massachusetts where he spent idle hours drawing comic strips about birds and cats. Jason went to college in Buffalo, NY, where he met his wife Rebecca. They both help organize a Boston-area comics convention called MICE, and enjoy hiking together through the Middlesex Fells.
Saturday Morning Story Time: Maddie Frost
Saturday June 01 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
"Whoa baby! It's an Indestructible storytime!"
We are excited to welcome illustrator Maddie Frost to Saturday Morning Story Time! She illustrates for numerous baby and picture books, including incredible baby books- Indestructibles.
Besides having beautiful color popping pictures, these books are chew proof, rip proof, non-toxic and 100% washable. Perfect for baby and toddlers. Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time. Beloved by babies and their parents, Indestructibles are built for the way babies “read” (i.e., with their hands and mouths).
Maddie grew up in Massachusetts and attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design for animation. Maddie lives outside of Boston with her husband and dog. Please visit her online at Maddie-Frost.com.
We hope you can join us a fun filled morning!