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 - 2015

Creativity and Education Panel

What is the role of creativity in education? How can education best use creativity? Michael Goodwin and Tracie Dunn will facilitate a panel discussion among three leading experts on creativity and education. Goodwin and Dunn teach at the Concord River Institute, a semester-long interdisciplinary and experiential program at Concord Carlisle High School that integrates art throughout its programming.

WHO: Linda Nathan, Priscilla H. Sanville, Jennifer Hurley-Wales, Brenna McCormick - Michael Goodwin and Tracie Dunn, Moderator

WHEN: Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm

WHERE: The Umbrella Community Arts Center

An Idyll Murder at the Barrow

Stephanie Gayle reads from and talks about her latest novel featuring Idyll, CT, police chief Thomas Lynch.

WHO: Stephanie Gayle

WHEN: Friday, October 16 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Barrow Bookstore

Read Along & Art/Mitzvah Project

The community is welcome and invited to join Elizabeth Suneby, award winning author of It's a... It's a... It's a Mitzvah and That's a Mitzvah, as she leads parents, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school children in an interactive read along and hands-on art/mitzvah project.

WHO: Elizabeth Suneby

WHEN: Sunday, October 18 at 10:30am

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

Poetry and “Spin Cycles”

Cambridge writer Charles Coe, described by Boston Magazine as "an honest-to-goodness larger-than-life character," will read from his poetry as well as his novella Spin Cycles.

WHO: Charles Coe

WHEN: Sunday, October 18 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Fowler Library

A Little History of the United States

A discussion of how a land and people of immense diversity came together to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world.

WHO: James West Davidson

WHEN: Sunday, October 18 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Transform Your Health

An internist and clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School fuses Eastern practices with cutting edge Western medicine to help you connect body and mind to unlock your natural ability to overcome illness, feel better, and live longer.

WHO: Eva Selhub, M.D.

WHEN: Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room

The Gardner Museum Heist

One of the most acclaimed investigative reporters in the country tells the gripping story of the Boston criminal underworld and its role in the infamous $500 million Gardner Museum art theft.

WHO: Stephen Kurkjian

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

Harnessing the Power of Inquiry

Innovation expert and longtime journalist Warren Berger speaks on the topic "Why Aren't We Nurturing Kids' Natural Ability to Question—and What Can Parents and Schools Do About That?"

WHO: Warren Berger

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00pm

WHERE: Nashoba Brooks School

Practicing Faith in Complicated Times

Claire Wolfteich, editor of Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions, and M. Shawn Copeland, a contributor to the anthology, discuss the application of theology to everyday life.

WHO: Claire Wolfteich, M. Shawn Copeland

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Holy Family Parish

Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

A former advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff explains how corruption is the underlying cause of global instability and presents a powerful new way to understand global extremism.

WHO: Sarah Chayes

WHEN: Thursday, October 22 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Fenn School - Ward Hall

Breakfast with the Authors 2015 (Tickets $20)

Three authors discuss and read from their latest work. Tickets $20, SOLD OUT.

WHO: Anita Diamant, Holly LeCraw, Michael Downing - Suzanne Koven, Moderator

WHEN: Saturday, October 24 at 8:00am

WHERE: Concord’s Colonial Inn

The 2015 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 Robert Dallek, author of Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

WHO: Robert Dallek

WHEN: Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

The story of Rosemary Kennedy, strikingly beautiful and adored by her family, but intellectually disabled and left far behind by her competitive siblings.

WHO: Kate Clifford Larson

WHEN: Sunday, October 25 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

New Literary Voices 2015

Three emerging writers discuss and read from their work.

WHO: James Scott, Lenore Myka, Thomas McNeely - Dottie MacKeen, Moderator

WHEN: Sunday, October 25 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Fowler Library

Whodunit at Newbury Court

Katherine Hall Page presents The Body in the Birches, the twenty-third book in the popular Faith Fairchild mystery series.

WHO: Katherine Hall Page

WHEN: Monday, October 26 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Newbury Court, Morrison Theater

A Creative Twist

The author of Wicked offers a magical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved classic.

WHO: Gregory Maguire

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Trinitarian Congregational Church

A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness

Scot Miller will give a multimedia presentation about creating the photographs for the first book to visually connect the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau.

WHO: Scot Miller

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute

A Life in Restaurants (Tickets $30) SOLD OUT

Bondir Concord presents a reception and talk by Colman Andrews, founder of Saveur magazine and former restaurant columnist for Gourmet. Tickets $30 — call 978-369-3807. Includes hors d'oeuvres, 2 cocktails, and a signed copy of My Usual Table.

WHO: Colman Andrews

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00pm

WHERE: Bondir Concord

Time to Write and Publish YOUR Book!

Has the time come for YOU to write and publish a book? Yes, of course...but where do you start? Should you look for an agent or approach publishers yourself, or should you SELF-publish? What about writing tips, time management, writing pitfalls? This panel of published authors can answer such questions and MORE! Time for you to join them...as a published book author!

WHO: David Casullo, Kate Victory Hannisian, Paul Jensen, Katy Tynan - Ken Lizotte, Moderator

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

A Reading and Conversation

Howard Frank Mosher, the award-winning bestselling author of ten previous novels set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and two travel memoirs, will read from and discuss his latest novel God's Kingdom.

WHO: Howard Frank Mosher

WHEN: Thursday, October 29 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Combating the Achievement Gap

The founder of the groundbreaking Citizen Schools program, shares his vision for reducing inequality by pairing successful adults with low-income students and shows how citizen teachers are combating the achievement gap in America's schools.

WHO: Eric Schwarz

WHEN: Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

Mystery Night 2015

Three mystery writers discuss and read from their latest novels.

WHO: Howie Carr, Frankie Y. Bailey, Daniel Palmer - Kate Flora, Moderator

WHEN: Friday, October 30 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

Behind the Graphic Novel: An Interactive Presentation

Learn what it takes to make a graphic novel from The Umbrella's cartooning instructor, Marika McCoola. Drawing from her teaching experience, she will discuss the process behind her graphic novel Baba Yaga's Assistant. Stick around after the talk for The Umbrella's first Haunted Studios and see what happens when art gets spooky!

WHO: Marika McCoola

WHEN: Saturday, October 31 at 1:00pm

WHERE: The Umbrella Community Arts Center

A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude

Howard Axelrod reads from and discusses his memoir of a two-year retreat to a small house in the Vermont woods after losing vision in one eye.

WHO: Howard Axelrod

WHEN: Sunday, November 01 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop