Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Events - 2014

Festival Forum: How Many People Can the Earth Support?

The author of the bestseller The World Without Us investigates the chances for humanity's future when every 4-1/2 days there are a million more of us overheating the planet, altering the chemistry of the oceans, and causing the extinction of other species.

WHO: Alan Weisman

WHEN: Thursday, October 16 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Harvey Wheeler Community Center

True Crime Panel Discussion

From Whitey Bulger to a map thief who made millions to amateur web sleuths seeking to crack America's coldest cases, a behind-the-scenes look at the astonishing and ruthless worlds of true crime.

WHO: Michael Blanding, Deborah Halber, Margaret McLean - Kate Flora, Moderator

WHEN: Friday, October 17 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Trinitarian Congregational Church

The 2014 Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young Readers

A talk by Tomie dePaola, the writer and illustrator who has created more than 200 children's books, including Strega Nona, Bill and Pete, and many illustrated legends and folktales. 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 after October 1st. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

WHO: Tomie dePaola

WHEN: Saturday, October 18 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

Poetry Reading & Open MIke

Join the Concord Poetry Center for a reading by distinguished poet and CPC member Daniel Tobin. An open mike follows. (Please arrive 10-15 minutes early if you wish to sign up to read.)


WHEN: Sunday, October 19 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Upstairs at The Umbrella

Go Wild

Harvard Med School professor discusses why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being.

WHO: John Ratey

WHEN: Monday, October 20 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room

Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go

Diana Rodgers, a nutritional therapist and Paleo community activist, shows the way to gluten-free eating with delicious, easy, and portable meals.

WHO: Diana Rodgers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Debra’s Natural Gourmet

Concord and the Civil War

From John Brown to Lincoln's death, Rick Frese discusses the story of Concord's role in the Civil War era. The story focuses on the citizens of Concord, from Thoreau, Emerson, and the Alcotts to lesser known names, chronicling their daily lives to highlight their contributions to the Union war effort and to the abolition of slavery.

WHO: Rick Frese

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

Sacred Rules for Families

The treasures of Ignatian spirituality are unpacked and applied to specific, on-the-ground examples, illuminating opportunities to encourage, stretch, and revitalize family faith.

WHO: Tim & Sue Muldoon

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Holy Family Parish

Festival Forum: The Transformation of American Community

A look into fundamental changes in our traditional web of relationships and the resulting erosion of America's basic community building blocks.

WHO: Marc Dunkelman

WHEN: Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute

Breakfast with the Authors 2014 (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: Bob Ryan, Sarah Payne Stuart, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop - Suzanne Koven, Moderator

WHEN: Saturday, October 25 at 8:00am

WHERE: Concord’s Colonial Inn

The 2014 Ruth Ratner Miller Award (Tickets: Adults $15, Students $5)

The annual Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American history will be presented by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library to Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

WHO: Nathaniel Philbrick

WHEN: Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Fenn School - Ward Hall

New Literary Voices 2014

Three emerging writers discuss and read from their work.

WHO: Elisabeth Elo, Val Wang - Margot Livesey, Moderator

WHEN: Sunday, October 26 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Fowler Library

The Internet of Things - CANCELLED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED From an umbrella that knows it's going to rain to a pill bottle that tweets the pharmacy for a refill, David Rose talks about everyday objects that will make our homes, workplaces, and cities more efficient, more connected, and more humane.

WHO: David Rose

WHEN: Monday, October 27 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

You Are Not Special

Expanding on the commencement address he gave to the 2012 graduates of Wellesley High School, David McCullough, Jr. offers a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life and urges us all to spend our limited time on earth living as fully and generously as we can.

WHO: David McCullough, Jr.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

How to Publish Your First Book

Now what about YOUR book? Do you have a book in mind or in progress but need help getting it into print? What does it take to win a publishing contract? Should you seek out an agent? Should you SELF-publish? Come hear a panel of published authors who have confronted these questions in their past...and lived to tell about it!

WHO: Carol Bergeron, Lisa Borders, Shelley F. Hall, Pran Tiku

WHEN: Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

The Healing Power of Yoga

Through true stories of survival, an award winning writer and yoga instructor reveals the healing and transformative power of yoga. Book signing 5:30-6:00pm. While adults enjoy the author talk from 6:00-7:00pm, Nashoba Brooks School faculty will offer 2 yoga workshops for kids ages 4-6 and 7-10 (mats will be provided).

WHO: Becky Thompson

WHEN: Thursday, October 30 at 5:30pm

WHERE: Nashoba Brooks School

Thoreau and 19th-Century Science

University of Connecticut Professor of Geology Robert M. Thorson explores Thoreau, the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to 978-451-0300 or .

WHO: Robert M. Thorson

WHEN: Thursday, October 30 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Thoreau Farm

Festival Forum: Western Power and Propaganda

Noam Chomsky, world renowned linguist and one of America's foremost social critics, offers a powerful critique of the West's role in the world.

WHO: Noam Chomsky

WHEN: Thursday, October 30 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Fenn School - Ward Hall

Mystery Night 2014

Three mystery writers discuss and read from their latest novels.

WHO: Paul Doiron, Jane Haddam, Archer Mayor - Jan Brogan, Moderator

WHEN: Friday, October 31 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

A Reading and Conversation

Ann Hood, the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer, will read from and discuss her latest novel, An Italian Wife.

WHO: Ann Hood

WHEN: Sunday, November 02 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop