Debut Authors Panel
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Debut Authors Panel

Michelle Hoover, the 2019 CFA Debut Author emcee, introduces the Concord community to literary stars from Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program, which she has led since its inception.

Meet debut authors Rachel Barenbaum (A Bend in the Stars), Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne (Holding on to Nothing), Susan Bernhard (Winter Loon) and Mark Guerin (You Can See More from Up Here).

2019 Debut Authors Panel held at Concord Free Public Library (main branch), 129 Main Street, Concord

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Confluence: John Brown, Harpers Ferry, and the Concord Connection
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Confluence: John Brown, Harpers Ferry, and the Concord Connection

Experience the whirlwind of abolitionist John Brown and his enduring legacy—or controversy—through the words of those who lived it. Join award-winning authors Dennis Frye, retired Chief Historian of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, and Catherine Mägi, Publications Director of the Harpers Ferry Park Association, as they share excerpts from their new book, Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny. Covering three centuries of dreaming, defeat, and defiance, Confluence explores the John Brown story (and its Concord connections) through the use of letters, journals, and other personal voices from the past. Concord historian Richard Smith will moderate the discussion.

First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

Sponsored by the Transcendentalism Council of First Parish in Concord

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Tween Poetry Workshop
Oct
19
9:30 AM09:30

Tween Poetry Workshop

Creative Tweens! Join poet and CFPL assistant librarian, Cary Stough, for a poetry workshop that celebrates your unique way with words. Explore techniques that boost your creative process and inspire new poems to flow. Ages 10 - 14.

Registration at the CFPL required.

Cary Stough, librarian assistant at the Concord Free Public Library, is a poet from Missouri whose work has been published in various online and print literary journals. He is also the author of the chapbook "Good Country" from Pressboard Press.

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Mindful Families
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Mindful Families

Children's book authors and mindfulness teachers Dr. Chris Willard (Alphabreaths), Deborah Sosin (Charlotte and the Quiet Place) and Wendy O’Leary (Breathing Makes it Better) share insights about the role of mindfulness in creativity, parenting and family life. The authors discuss their own creative process in creating children's literature that reflects values of mindfulness and compassion while offering tools for young people growing up in an age of anxiety.

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Thoreau-Inspired Farm Fun!
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Thoreau-Inspired Farm Fun!

The Walden Woods Project presents a day of Thoreau-Inspired Fun at the Farm! Join us at The Farm at Walden Woods for a variety of engaging activities for all ages.

The Farm at Walden Woods safeguards the Hubbard Brook and its headwater wetlands at the northern end of Fairhaven Hill, an important landscape in Thoreau’s writing.

The conservation of this farm by the Walden Woods Project represented a critical opportunity to prevent large-scale development at the western gateway of Walden Woods and to protect an important piece of agricultural land that contributes to the preservation of the Walden Woods ecosystem.

The Walden Woods Project’s Farm, in continuous agricultural production since 1928, continues its agricultural legacy and maintains an important source of locally-grown produce. The preservation of the Farm has important cultural benefits for all who appreciate the pastoral views afforded by the land and the surrounding acres of walking trails.

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The Poetic Wild Workshop
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

The Poetic Wild Workshop

With its emphasis on writing as discovery, Robert Frost’s warning “no surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader” seems to challenge the classic imperative to “write what you know.” How might writers—and especially poets—cultivate this surprise, embracing recklessness and courting uncertainty? Join BC Professor and award-winning poet Allison Adair for a poetry workshop that explores The Poetic Wild. In this session, discussion of fresh images, unforgettable metaphors, expressive line-breaks, and the poetic “turn” are paired with quick-burst exercises to shake up our work and to discover what might lie just beyond our control.

Allison Adair’s recent poems appear in Best American Poetry (2018), Kenyon Review Online, North American Review, and ZYZZYVA. Her work has received the Pushcart Prize (2019), the Florida Review Editors’ Award, the Orlando Prize, and first place in Mid-American Review’s Fineline Competition. Adair teaches English and creative writing at Boston College.

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The Wayside Walk in Literary Concord
Oct
20
1:30 PM13:30

The Wayside Walk in Literary Concord

Authoring a Nation: A Hawthorne Neighborhood Walking Tour

Visit The Wayside and explore the neighborhood where the Concord authors lived and worked. Discover how the writings of Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne helped develop a unique American identity. The walk is almost one mile. Please wear comfortable shoes. 45-60 minutes.

About The Wayside, 455 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

The Wayside has been home to the Alcotts, Hawthornes, and Lothrops. The first literary site added to the National Park Service. The Wayside is the only National Historic Landmark to have been lived in by three literary families:

  • The Alcotts owned the house from 1845-1852 and called it "Hillside." Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, and her sisters lived much of the childhood described in the book.

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote The Scarlet Letter, House of the Seven Gables, Twice Told Tales, among others. The Hawthornes owned the house 1852 - 1869 and called it "The Wayside."

  • Harriett Lothrop, children's author and creator of the "Five Little Peppers," (pen name Margaret Sidney) and her daughter, Margaret Lothrop, lived in and preserved The Wayside from 1883 to 1965, when it became part of Minute Man National Historical Park.

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Keynote Speaker: Sigrid Nunez
Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Keynote Speaker: Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, Salvation City, and, most recently, The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tin HouseThe Believer and newyorker.com. Her work has been included in The Best American Short Stories 2019 and also appeared in several anthologies, including four Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian-American literature.

Sigrid’s honors and awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. The Friend won the 2018 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2019 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston University, and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Amherst, Smith, Baruch, Vassar, Syracuse, and the University of California, Irvine, among others. Beginning in fall, 2019, she will be writer in residence at Boston University. Sigrid has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and of several other writers’ conferences across the country. She lives in New York City.

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EightySomethings
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

EightySomethings

Newbury Court presents Katherine Esty, PhD, author of EightySomethings: A Practical Guide to Letting Go, Aging Well, and Finding Unexpected Happiness. Living into one’s eighties doesn’t have to mean declining health and loneliness: Dr. Esty shows readers how to embrace—and thrive—during the later stages of life. Based on her more than 120 interviews around the country, Esty explores the lives of ordinary eightysomethings—their attitudes, activities, secrets, worries, purposes, and joys. Their stories illustrate how real people in their eighties are living and how they make sense of their lives.

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Little Sister: A Memoir
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Little Sister: A Memoir

Imagine an eighteen-year-old American girl who has never read a newspaper, watched television, or made a phone call. An eighteen-year-old-girl who has never danced—and this in the 1960s.

It is in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Leonard Feeney, a controversial (soon to be excommunicated) Catholic priest, founded a religious community called the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Center's members—many of them educated at Harvard and Radcliffe—surrender all earthly possessions and aspects of their life, including their children, to him. Patricia Walsh Chadwick was one of those children, and Little Sister is her account of growing up in the Feeney sect.

Separated from her parents and forbidden to speak to them, Patricia bristles against the community’s draconian rules, yearning for another life. When, at seventeen, she is banished from the Center, her home, she faces the world alone, without skills, family, or money but empowered with faith and a fierce determination to succeed on her own, which she does, rising eventually to the upper echelons of the world of finance and investing. 

A tale of resilience and grace, Little Sister chronicles, in riveting prose, a surreal childhood and does so without rancor or self-pity.

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Mindful Haiku Workshop
Oct
22
9:30 AM09:30

Mindful Haiku Workshop

Join Pam Ressler of Stress Resources for a Mindful Haiku Workshop at the Concord Free Public Library. Explore techniques that allow you to enter the flow state as you craft haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry comprised of seventeen syllables that evoke nature or the seasons. This generative workshop will include mindful practices that allow your creativity to blossom on the page. Please register for the Mindful Haiku Workshop at the Concord Free Public Library.

Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, MS, HNB-BC is the founder of Stress Resources in Concord, a firm specializing in building resiliency for individuals and organizations through tools of connection, communication and compassion. Pam is a featured contributor to WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and has published in various print and online journals. She was recently selected as one of 30 collaborators from the US and UK by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Business Innovation Factory to design The Narrative Playbook: The Strategic Use of Story to Improve Care, Healing and Health (2015)

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Words & Wellness
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Words & Wellness

Emerson Hospital presents Director of Medical Education, Dr. Robin Schoenthaler, MGH Radiation Oncologist and winner of the Boston Moth storySLAM.
 
Dr. Schoenthaler has won multiple awards as an essayist, particularly in the field of medical memoir, and has had numerous lay articles published in the national press, including The Boston Globe. She received her medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of California San Francisco. In 2018, Dr. Schoenthaler was honored by Emerson Hospital as the Physician Quality Champion. She is a long-time resident of Arlington, where she raised her two sons.

Emerson Hospital - Cheney Conference Room (main floor)

FREE parking in the Emerson Hospital garage or lower visitor lot. For more info, visit EmersonHospital.org or call 978-369-1400

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Memoir Matters Workshop
Oct
23
4:00 PM16:00

Memoir Matters Workshop

CFA Wednesday Writing Workshop at Be Well Be Here

Join award-winning memoirist Grace Talusan for a Concord Festival of Authors Wednesday Writing Workshop focus on the art of memoir. Grace will share techniques that help writers get to the heart of their stories, navigating the balance of narrative gravity and emotional authenticity. Workshop held at non-profit Be Well Be Here, 91 Main Street, Suite 302, Concord. $15. Space is limited. Registration required at BeWellBeHere.org or by calling 978-203-2825.

Grace Talusan’s memoir, The Body Papers, won Restless Books’ first Prize for New Immigrant Writing in nonfiction. In her artful and searching book, Talusan sheds light on dark experiences: childhood abuse, multiple preventive surgeries, being an undocumented immigrant, depression, fraught family dynamics, and her struggle to reconcile cultural identities as a Filipino immigrant. Weaving in government documents, medical records, immigration papers, and family photographs, The Body Papers is a moving, timely, and ultimately uplifting narrative of what women’s bodies can be made to endure. Grace teaches at Tufts and Grub Street in Boston.

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Historical Fiction
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Historical Fiction

Join Whitney Scharer (The Age of Light) and Christopher Castellani (Leading Men) for brief readings and conversation about the subjects of their most recent novels as well as the increasingly popular phenomenon of writers making real people into fictional characters. The Age of Light brings model and photographer Lee Miller to life, focusing on her art and her relationship to Man Ray; Leading Men is the story of Frank Merlo's relationship with Tennessee Williams. Q&A and book signing will follow.

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm

Concord Free Public Library main branch, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA

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Natural Medicine
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Natural Medicine

NOTE DATE CHANGE: This event will be held at Debra’s Natural Gourmet on Wed, October 23 at 7 pm

Harvard alumna and author of the award-winning Your Natural Medicine Cabinet. Begabati Lennihan, will share her favorite tips from 15 years of running a health food store in Boston and Cambridge as well as ten years as a holistic practitioner at the Lydian Center for Innovative Healthcare. Remedies for coughs will be a bonus topic, based on her most recent book, Cough Cures, written with a leading pulmonologist. Experienced natural-healing aficionados and newbies alike are bound to learn practical new tips!

Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord, MA 978-371-7573

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Sharenthood by Leah Plunkett
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Sharenthood by Leah Plunkett

The Concord Bookshop presents Leah Plunkett’s Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online, part of the Strong Ideas series from the MIT Press. Sharenthood explores how parents, teachers and other trusted adults excessively compile and digitally share children’s personal data, creating an over-sharenting crisis that undermines our children. Plunkett, a law professor who’s passionate about protecting kids’ privacy, discusses how we can make choices that give children the freedom to play, learn from mistakes, and grow.

Event held at The Concord Bookshop 65 Main Street, Concord, MA

For more information, visit https://www.concordbookshop.com/

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Literary Spirits of the Manse
Oct
25
5:00 PM17:00

Literary Spirits of the Manse

Encounter the literary spirits of The Old Manse! Join us for attic tours and readings of the spooky stories Hawthorne wrote while living at the Old Manse and stay for s'mores around our fire pit.

Explore the Old Manse attic by night and learn about ghostly encounters and frightening experiences as described by residents and authors. Dramatic readings of Hawthorne's short stories telling of temptation, death, sin and witches, including Graves and Goblins and Young Goodman Brown.

Event held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Tour lasts 30 minutes and begin at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00. Readings will take place at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30. S'mores will be available from 5:00-8:30.

Price: $15 Trustees Member/$25 non-member. Advanced registration recommended; tickets are limited. Please select tour time when purchasing tickets; each tour is limited to 10 participants. 

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Breakfast with the Authors
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Breakfast with the Authors

Join emcee Suzanne Koven for this popular Concord Festival of Authors event at the Colonial Inn! This year’s Breakfast with the Authors features fiction and non-fiction writer Leah Hager Cohen (Strangers and Cousins), and memoirists Katharine Smyth (All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf) and Grace Talusan (The Body Papers). Books will be available for sale and signing thanks to the collaborative generosity of the Concord Bookshop.

Tickets are $25, available at the Concord Bookshop and Barrow Bookstore.

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Literary Spirits of the Manse
Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Literary Spirits of the Manse

Encounter the literary spirits of The Old Manse! Join us for attic tours and readings of the spooky stories Hawthorne wrote while living at the Old Manse and stay for s'mores around our fire pit.

Explore the Old Manse attic by night and learn about ghostly encounters and frightening experiences as described by residents and authors. Dramatic readings of Hawthorne's short stories telling of temptation, death, sin and witches, including Graves and Goblins and Young Goodman Brown.

Event held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Tour lasts 30 minutes and begin at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00. Readings will take place at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30. S'mores will be available from 5:00-8:30.

Price: $15 Trustees Member/$25 non-member. Advanced registration recommended; tickets are limited. Please select tour time when purchasing tickets; each tour is limited to 10 participants. 

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Miller Award: John Stauffer
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Miller Award: John Stauffer

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library present 2019 Miller Award for Excellence in American History recipient, John Stauffer, a leading authority on antislavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements and photography. Stauffer is a Harvard University professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies. His 19 books include The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002), Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008), and The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On (2013). Stauffer has authored more than 50 academic articles and his essays have also appeared in Time, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and the Washington Post, among other places. He also has advised three award-winning documentaries, and has been a consultant for feature films including Django Unchained (2012) and the Free State of Jones (2016). He has held the Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink Visiting Professorship in Leadership at Washburn University, a Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowship and a Gilder Lehrman Institute Fellowship, served as a Bancroft Prize Juror, and received Purdue University's Distinguished Alumni Award. He has appeared on national radio and television and has lectured widely throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, including for the State Department's International Information Program.

Tickets are $15 adults / $5 students, available at the Concord Bookshop, the Barrow Bookstore and the both library branches.

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Monument Maker
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Monument Maker

The Umbrella Community Arts Center celebrates the publication of Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial. Join author Linda Booth Sweeney and artist Shawn Fields in an interactive program about the life, inspiration and art of Concord sculptor Daniel Chester French.  In this new award-winning book, a young Daniel Chester French finds a passion and talent for working with his hands. This love grows over the years and culminates in his largest artistic endeavor – The Lincoln Memorial.

This event will include a brief book talk, an inside look at the artist’s process and method, and hands-on activities.  Suitable for an attentive audience of any age.  Advanced Registration at The Umbrella required.

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Short Story Master Peter Orner
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Short Story Master Peter Orner

Called “a master of his form” by the New York Times, Peter Orner's insightful short stories invite readers into a radiant, authentic world that “shimmers with life,” according to Andrea Barrett. Peter’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, Ploughshares and many other publications. His stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice received a Pushcart Prize. Peter has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship.

Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA

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Walt Whitman at the Barrow
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Walt Whitman at the Barrow

Join Walt Whitman impersonator Stephen Collins at Barrow Bookstore for an evening of poetry. Stephen works as a professionally licensed tour guide doing narrated historical tours of Boston. His Whitman performances have taken him all over the country, and his eight one-man shows and seven courses have been described as a hybrid between lecture and performance. Celebrate the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth with this engaging exhibition of living history.

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Marjan Kamali: Writing Across Culture
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Marjan Kamali: Writing Across Culture

Join celebrated author Marjan Kamali for this intimate look at writing across culture. Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, Marjan spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran before moving to the United States. She studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia University and her MFA from New York University. Marjan’s latest novel, The Stationery Shop was one of Newsweek's 30 Best Summer Books, a Real Simple magazine Top Editor's Pick, an Indie Next Pick, and an excerpt was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. It has received rave reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, The Wall Street Journal. Cosmopolitan, the Missourian, PopSugar and many more venues. 

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Lewis Hyde: A Primer For Forgetting
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Lewis Hyde: A Primer For Forgetting

The Thoreau Society presents scholar, essayist and cultural critic, Lewis Hyde, author of A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past. As his publisher, Macmillan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) describes: We live in a culture that prizes memory—how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced. But what if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear—be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness—but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth?

A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism by the author of the classics The Gift and Trickster Makes This World. It forges a new vision of forgetfulness by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a creative and political force. It also turns inward, using the author’s own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil.

Drawing material from Hesiod to Jorge Luis Borges to Elizabeth Bishop to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from myths and legends to very real and recent traumas both personal and historical, A Primer for Forgetting is a unique and remarkable synthesis that only Lewis Hyde could have produced.

“One of our true superstars of nonfiction” (David Foster Wallace), Lewis Hyde offers a playful and inspiring defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche.

Registration for this event at Thoreau Farm is required.

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Mindful Writing Workshop
Oct
30
4:00 PM16:00

Mindful Writing Workshop

Wednesday Writing Workshop at Be Well Be Here

Join CFA curator Lara Wilson of Be Well Be Here for a Concord Festival of Authors Wednesday Writing Workshop that celebrates your innate skills as a storyteller. We’ll experiment with mindful awareness practices that tap into the essential elements of your story and transform ideas into possibility on the page. Discover techniques that allow your creativity to flow and give you confidence to progress with your writing process. Feel free to bring work-in-progress to share! $15. Space is limited. Registration required at BeWellBeHere.org or by calling 978-203-2825.

Lara JK Wilson’s prize-winning short fiction has been published in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, American Fiction, Printers Row, and the Chicago Tribune Book Section, among others. She was awarded a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fiction Fellowship and fiction scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, as well as recognition from the Nelson Algren Awards and the Mark Twain Award for Fiction. Lara taught master fiction workshops for a decade and served on the board of directors of Grub Street in Boston for six years. Currently, she is a board member of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, where she curates the Authors Series, Mindfulness Programming, and the Concord Festival of Authors.

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The Robbins House: History & Race
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Robbins House: History & Race

The Robbins House, a two-room farmhouse located near the North Bridge, invites us all to honor Concord’s African American History. This Concord Festival of Authors event features historians who authored the Robbins House pamphlet series, which underscores the need to communicate about race and history in ways that "reflect the humanity of the millions of black men, women and children who claimed their personhood, in various ways large and small, despite the laws and systems that bound them.” The conversation will explore how throughout American history, people of African descent have demanded the right to define their racial identity through terms that reflect their proud and complex history. Moderated by Elon Cook Lee, Humanities Consultant for The Robbins House, the panel is comprised of historians Robert A. Gross, Robert Bellinger and Joanne Pope Melish.

Event takes place at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord

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Mystery Night
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Mystery Night

Join us for the Concord Festival of Authors popular finale, Mystery Night with Kate Flora!

The 2019 Mystery Writers are Connie Hambley (The Wake: When Truth Won’t Die), Elisabeth Elo (Finding Katarina M.), and Tilia Klebenov Jacobs (Second Helpings at the Serve Your Right Cafe). This year’s Mystery Night features interactive surprises - don’t miss out on your chance to treat yourself to a literary Halloween!

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Umbrella Illustrators Roundtable
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Umbrella Illustrators Roundtable

Hosted by celebrated author Gregory Maguire (Wicked), the Umbrella Arts Center presents a literary arts roundtable as part of StoryArt, an exhibition of original book illustration. Award-winning illustrators share their process of telling stories with art, introducing children and adults to a magical world of art, history, science, nature, fantasy, and stories of all kinds. This is a rare opportunity to see book art up close, learn more about the illustration process, and meet the creators: Priscilla Alpaugh, Sarah S. Brannen, Shawn Fields, Wayne Geehan, Brian Lies, Julia Miner, Ilse Plume and Nicole Tagdell.

Exhibiting illustrators will be available to autograph copies of their books at the panel discussion. An event for all ages! For more info, visit theumbrellaarts.org

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Fiction Writing Workshop - SOLD OUT!
Oct
16
4:00 PM16:00

Fiction Writing Workshop - SOLD OUT!

Finding Inspiration for Fiction Writing

Aspiring writers are often encouraged to write what we know, but many great works of fiction are set in times and places not known first-hand by their authors. How do we use our imaginations to take us into territory we’ve never charted before? In this discussion and guided writing session with award-winning fiction writer, Virginia Pye, we’ll explore unexpected sources of inspiration: anecdotes passed down in families, newspaper articles that resemble fictional plots, overheard snippets of conversation, old photographs, and more. We'll train ourselves to spot story ideas in our daily lives and in what we read and experience through art, movies, and even music. Using photos and other writing prompts, we’ll embark on imaginative journeys of our own.

THIS WORKSHOP HAS SOLD OUT. Workshop held at non-profit Be Well Be Here, 91 Main Street, Suite 302, Concord. $15. BeWellBeHere.org or 978-203-2825.

Virginia Pye’s Shelf Life of Happiness won the 2019 IPPY Gold Medal in short fiction. Her two novels, Dreams of the Red Phoenix (2015) and River of Dust (2013) also received literary awards. Her essays and stories have appeared in Literary Hub, New York Times, The Rumpus, Tampa Review, and elsewhere. She’s taught writing at conferences and universities, in high schools and at Grub Street.

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Jenna Blum and Louisa May Alcott*
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Jenna Blum and Louisa May Alcott*

Join us for the 2019 Concord Festival of Authors Kick-Off at the Concord Museum! Be a part of literary history by witnessing New York Times best-selling author, Jenna Blum, in conversation with Louisa May Alcott (*played by Jan Turnquist, director of Orchard House). Tickets are available for this rare opportunity by contacting the Concord Museum. $5 members, $10 non-members.

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