Concord, Massachusetts

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

Events - 2016

Who Tells the Story?

A writer may have a story to tell, a sense of plot, and strong characters, but for all of these to come together, a key question must be answered—who tells the story? Christopher Castellani examines the various ways writers have solved the crucial point-of-view problem.

WHO: Christopher Castellani

WHEN: Thursday, October 20 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

A Tale of 1930s China

Set in the dangerous summer of 1937, the story of a widowed American missionary and single mother who finds herself caught up in the Japanese invasion of North China and the rise of Communism.

WHO: Virginia Pye

WHEN: Friday, October 21 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Barrow Bookstore

India’s Natural World in Crisis

An intimate tapestry of five stories dealing with life, loss and survival in modern-day India as ordinary people quest to rescue India's natural world from crisis.

WHO: Meera Subramanian

WHEN: Saturday, October 22 at 7:30pm

WHERE: The Umbrella Community Arts Center

Poets with New Books

The Concord Poetry Center presents two poets reading from their new books.

WHO: Cammy Thomas, Daniel Tobin

WHEN: Sunday, October 23 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Upstairs at The Umbrella

Reflections of a Street Doctor

Dr. O'Connell's collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets.

WHO: James J. O’Connell

WHEN: Sunday, October 23 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Holy Family Parish

RFK: The Making of a Liberal Icon

Given unprecedented access by the Kennedy family, award-winning journalist and best-selling author Larry Tye presents an in-depth, vibrant and editorially independent biography of Robert F. Kennedy.

WHO: Larry Tye

WHEN: Monday, October 24 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Newbury Court, Morrison Theater

The American Lighthouse

In Brilliant Beacons, an extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Eric Jay Dolin traces the evolution of America's lighthouse sytem and tells the story of the country through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels

WHO: Eric Jay Dolin

WHEN: Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

How to Write, Publish and Promote Your Novel or Memoir

Do you dream of writing your memoirs and/or the next great American novel? A panel of seasoned authors and promotion experts answer all your questions and move you toward the achievement of your publishing goals.

WHO: Ken Lizotte, Tracy Strauss, Larry Kerpelman, Lindsy Parker, Rachel Kadish - Ken Lizotte, Moderator

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

Art, History, Love, and Politics

From B.A. Shapiro, author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, comes a thrilling new novel of art, history, love, and politics that traces the life an mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II.

WHO: B. A. Shapiro

WHEN: Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm

WHERE: The Umbrella Community Arts Center

The Unlikely History of the New England Patriots

What the New England Patriots have accomplished over the past fifteen years is nothing short of remarkable, but it wasn't always sunshine and roses for this model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success.

WHO: Jerry Thornton

WHEN: Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

A Whole Human Life

Laura Dassow Walls, a specialist in American Transcendentalism, provides a rethinking of Thoreau's life based on original sources and offers a view of Thoreau as one who attempted to live what, in his own words, would be "a whole human life."

WHO: Laura Dassow Walls

WHEN: Thursday, October 27 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute

Breakfast with the Authors 2016 (Tickets $20) SOLD OUT

Three authors discuss and read from their latest work.Tickets $20, available at the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street, and the Barrow Bookstore, 79 Main Street.

WHO: Margot Livesey, Jim Shepard, Dawn Tripp - Suzanne Koven, Moderator

WHEN: Saturday, October 29 at 8:00am

WHERE: Concord’s Colonial Inn

The 2016 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 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, author of A Midwife's Tale, The Age of Homespun, and Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

WHO: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

WHEN: Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

New Literary Voices 2016

Three emerging writers discuss and read from their work.

WHO: Louise Miller, Mary Waters-Sayer, Jennifer S. Brown - Dottie MacKeen, Moderator

WHEN: Sunday, October 30 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Fowler Library

Wisdom from a Lost Library

A disillusioned philosopher stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books and discovers the wisdom that underlies a meaningful life.

WHO: John Kaag

WHEN: Sunday, October 30 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Uncertainty in Medicine

A look at the murkiness that permeates the theory and practice of modern medicine.

WHO: Steven Hatch

WHEN: Monday, October 31 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room

The World of John Singleton Copley

In a bold new history, Harvard historian Jane Kamensky recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley.

WHO: Jane Kamensky

WHEN: Tuesday, November 01 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum

Ten Restaurants That Changed America (Tickets $30) SOLD OUT

Bondir Concord presents a reception and talk by Paul Freedman, history professor at Yale and editor of Food: The History of Taste. Tickets $30 — call 978-369-3807. Includes hors d'oeuvres, 2 cocktails, and a signed copy of Ten Restaurants That Changed America.

WHO: Paul Freedman

WHEN: Wednesday, November 02 at 5:00pm

WHERE: Bondir Concord

The Dream of the Great American Novel and Why It Continues to Thrive

Taking in the full sweep of national fiction, Lawrence Buell explains that four Great American Novel "scripts" are keys to the dynamics of American literature and identity.

WHO: Lawrence Buell

WHEN: Wednesday, November 02 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Thoreau Farm

Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child

An award-winning architect and Julia Child's staff photographer show us how to bring into our homes Julia's commitment to the life-changing magic of eating together.

WHO: Pamela Heyne & Jim Scherer

WHEN: Thursday, November 03 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars

Stephen Prothero places today's heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.

WHO: Stephen Prothero

WHEN: Thursday, November 03 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

Mystery Night 2016

Three mystery writers discuss and read from their work.

WHO: Hank Phillippi Ryan, Thomas O’Malley & Douglas Graham Purdy, Peter Swanson - Ray Daniel, Moderator

WHEN: Friday, November 04 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

When Our Children Become Our Teachers

Sociologist and educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot offers an intimately detailed, emotionally powerful account of the lessons emerging adult children teach their parents.

WHO: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

WHEN: Sunday, November 06 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop