October 19 - November 5, 2017

Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
  • Colman Andrews
    Colman Andrews
  • Alice Hoffman
    Alice Hoffman
  • Gordon Wood
    Gordon Wood
  • Gish Jen
    Gish Jen

Events - 2012

A Reading and Conversation

J. Courtney Sullivan will talk about her bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Seating is limited RSVP recommended (978-369-5760.

WHO: J. Courtney Sullivan

WHEN: Thursday, October 18 at 6:00pm

WHERE: Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs

Opening Night - Thomas Frank

The author of Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right takes a sharp and sardonic look at how the worst economy since the 1930s brought about yet another conservative revival.

WHO: Thomas Frank

WHEN: Thursday, October 18 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Trinity Episcopal Church

Animal Stories Party!

It's all things Animal as Barefoot Books welcomes two wonderful Independent Readers that offer age-appropriate language to help young readers discover the pleasure of reading along. Traditional, multicultural tales offer early readers simple sentences, carefully chosen vocabulary and exciting storylines. Related arts & crafts, discounted animal pottery painting and animal face painting. Ages 2-8. Pottery discounted for participants; small fee for craft.


WHEN: Saturday, October 20 at 2:30pm

WHERE: Barefoot Books

The 2012 Ruth Ratner Miller Award (Tickets: Adults $15, Students Free)

The annual Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History will be presented by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library to Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

WHO: Eric Foner

WHEN: Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

Medical Lives of Great Writers

An illumination of the medical mysteries surrounding ten of the English language's most heralded writers.

WHO: John J. Ross, M.D.

WHEN: Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

The Invisible Wounds of War

A physician discusses his wartime work in Vietnam and his forty-year struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

WHO: John A. Parrish, M.D.

WHEN: Monday, October 22 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room

Cookies with American Girl Author Jacqueline Dembar Greene: The Story Behind the Rebecca Books

The author of the American Girl's Rebecca Rubin books will talk about the personal stories and historical events that helped her create the series. This event is geared to readers ages 8 and older, however, all ages are welcome.

WHO: Jacqueline Dembar Greene

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Nashoba Brooks School

Healing Digestive Illness

Health educator and nutrition counselor discusses his step-by-step intestinal regeneration program.

WHO: Russell Mariani

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey

The story of Thoreau's 1861 "Journey West" with Horace Mann, Jr., which took the duo from Massachusetts to Minnesota and back. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to 978-451-0300 or .

WHO: Corinne Hosfeld Smith

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Thoreau Farm

America Meets China

The bestselling author and master storyteller traces the fascinating and engrossing history of America's first encounters with China.

WHO: Eric Jay Dolin

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

A Novel Look at Britain’s Queen

William Kuhn reads from and discusses his wonderfully inventive romp into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain's Royal Family.

WHO: William Kuhn

WHEN: Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Will There Be Faith?

A world-renowned authority on religious education offers a hopeful road map for reenergizing the faith community and family.

WHO: Thomas Groome

WHEN: Thursday, October 25 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Holy Family Parish

Mystery Night 2012

Three mystery writers discuss and read from their latest novels.

WHO: Kate Flora, William Landay, Margaret McLean - Brian McGrory, Moderator

WHEN: Friday, October 26 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

Robin Hood Adventures

Hit the mark with Barefoot Books' original version of the classic tale, Robin Hood. Celebrate this new addition to Barefoot's Independent Reader series. Share excerpts of this timeless collection of stories that follow Robin and his friends through their narrow escapes, their scrapes and triumphs, making them the stuff of legend. Then your Robin or Marian (ages 3+) can make fun, kid-friendly crafts and games inspired by these famous characters. $6 per child.


WHEN: Saturday, October 27 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Barefoot Books

The 2012 Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young Readers

A talk by Lois Lowry, two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and author of more than 30 books for young readers. This memorial lecture honors Leslie Riedel, librarian, bookseller, educator, and mother who imparted the love of reading to many. Reservations are required and can be made at http://www.concordlibrary.org after October 1st. SOLD OUT

WHO: Lois Lowry

WHEN: Saturday, October 27 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

An Arty Mystery

B.A. Shapiro fictionalizes the Gardner Museum heist in a literary thriller that spans three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors.

WHO: B.A. Shapiro

WHEN: Sunday, October 28 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

New Literary Voices 2012

Three emerging fiction writers discuss and read from their work.

WHO: Andrew Goldstein, Madeline Miller, Justin Torres - Nancye Tuttle, Moderator

WHEN: Sunday, October 28 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Fowler Library

A Poetry Reading

The Concord Poetry Center (http://www.concordpoetry.org) hosts three poets reading from their latest work.

WHO: Andrea Cohen, Steven Cramer, Barbara Lydecker Crane

WHEN: Sunday, October 28 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Upstairs at The Umbrella

Say Hello to a Better Body

Informative stories and leading-edge medical information specifically for women over 50 to help reach weight and fitness goals and have fun doing it.


WHEN: Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30pm

WHERE: The Thoreau Club

How to Write and Publish Fiction

A panel of accomplished fiction writers share their experiences and advice for successfully developing fiction ideas and getting them published. Short stories, novels, and screenwriting will be covered.

WHO: Drew Yanno, Elena Petricone, Ken Lizotte, Anne Ipsen, Gail Provost Stockwell - Ken Lizotte, Moderator

WHEN: Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

Silent Spring at 50: An Evening in Celebration of Rachel Carson (POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING 2013)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING 2013 (date to be determined). Please email to receive information about the new event.


WHEN: Thursday, November 01 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute

Breakfast with the Authors 2012 (Tickets $20) (SOLD OUT)

Three authors discuss and read from their latest work. Tickets $20, available at Concord Bookshop and Barrow Bookstore. SOLD OUT

WHO: Junot Diaz, Larry Tye, Megan Mayhew Bergman - Suzanne Koven, Moderator

WHEN: Saturday, November 03 at 8:00am

WHERE: Concord’s Colonial Inn

Barefoot Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood

What big eyes YOU'LL have when you see and hear this newly released, lively update to the familiar favorite, Little Red Riding Hood. Those (age 4+) who are truly intrepid—undaunted by wolves in dark forests—are invited at 2pm to Barefoot Theatre, an improv theatre group that will read from this wonderful new book, picking characters, donning costumes, preparing props and rehearsing their lines. At 3pm everyone is welcome to watch this production, followed by a Fairy Tales story time. Free to all. Pre-registration (978-369-1770) for 2pm Barefoot Theatre strongly recommended.


WHEN: Saturday, November 03 at 2:00pm

WHERE: Barefoot Books

How a Community of Writers Self-Published a Book of Essays, Stories, and Poems

Contributors to The Ice Cream Stand & Other Stories and Poems will talk about how they came together with a goal of learning to write creative prose and produced a collection of heartfelt, humorous, and inspirational stories, essays, and poems.

WHO: Mindy Pollack-Fusi, Rhona Barlevy, Linda Christen, Lea Ann Knight - Mindy Pollack-Fusi, Moderator

WHEN: Saturday, November 03 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Fowler Library

Dispatches from a Literary Critic

New Yorker writer presents a far-ranging collection of essays which comprise a panoramic look at the modern novel.

WHO: James Wood

WHEN: Sunday, November 04 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop