Concord, Massachusetts

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

Events - 2017

Two Men, the Patriots and How They Revolutionized Football

In NFL history, no head coach-quarterback pair has been more successful than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady—7 AFC championships and 5 Super Bowl championships. A look inside their relationship and how these men and their team came to dominate football.

WHO: Michael Holley

WHEN: Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Translating Thoreau: A Panel Discussion

The Walden Woods Project brings together a unique panel of international translators who have one common goal: bringing Thoreau's words to a new audience.

WHO: Clodomir de Andrade, Julia Xianju Du, Ernesto Estrella, Jan Hokes, Antti Immonen - Jeffrey S. Cramer, Moderator

WHEN: Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute

An Idyll Fear 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 20 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Barrow Bookstore

The 2017 Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young Readers

A talk by Katherine Paterson, two-time winner of the Newbury Medal and author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. 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 9 and up.

WHO: Katherine Paterson

WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

A Master Class for Those Who Love Reading & Writing

Through close readings, arguments about craft, and personal essay, Margot Livesey delves into the inner workings of fiction and considers how our stories and novels benefit from paying close attention to both great works of literature and to our own individual experiences.

WHO: Margot Livesey

WHEN: Sunday, October 22 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

The Secret Behind Emotions

A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind.

WHO: Lisa Feldman Barrett

WHEN: Monday, October 23 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room

The Best of British Cuisine (Tickets $30)

Concord's Colonial Inn 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 The British Table.

WHO: Colman Andrews

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00pm

WHERE: Concord’s Colonial Inn

Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America

An insightful portrait of Muhammad Ali centering on the cultural and political implications of Ali's refusal of service in the military, and the key moments in a life that was as high profile and transformative as any in the twentieth century.

WHO: Leigh Montville

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Trinitarian Congregational Church

How to Write a GREAT Book!

Do you dream of writing not just any book but a truly GREAT book? Insight into creativity, inspiration, discipline, and literary excellence from a panel who has been there.

WHO: Elena Petricone, Jim Poage, Greg Stone, Pamela S. Wight, Ken Lizotte

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Kerem Shalom

A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment

Harvard Law Professor provides a succinct citizen's guide to an essential tool of governmment.

WHO: Cass Sunstein

WHEN: Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

A provocative and important study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business.

WHO: Gish Jen

WHEN: Thursday, October 26 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

The Story of a Life Renewed

The survivor of a plane crash in Concord on an approach to Hanscom Field describes her long recovery from PTSD with the help of psychotherapy and EMDR therapy, a relatively unknown trauma treatment.

WHO: Carol E. Miller

WHEN: Friday, October 27 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Barrow Bookstore

Breakfast with the Authors 2017 (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: Julia Glass, Andrew Krivak, Alice Hoffman - Suzanne Koven, Moderator

WHEN: Saturday, October 28 at 8:00am

WHERE: Concord’s Colonial Inn

What Would Henry Do?

Based on Thoreau Farm's new book, What Would Henry Do? Essays for the 21st Century, a panel of Thoreauvian essayists will discuss their contributions to the book and lead a group discussion on potential actions Thoreau might take if he were with us today.

WHO: Maria Madison, John M. Nevison, Tim Hebert, Leslie Perrin Wilson - Ken Lizotte, Moderator

WHEN: Saturday, October 28 at 2:00pm

WHERE: Thoreau Farm

The 2017 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 Gordon S. Wood, recipient of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History and author of the forthcoming Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

WHO: Gordon S. Wood

WHEN: Saturday, October 28 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

New Literary Voices 2017

Three emerging writers, two novelists and a non-fiction writer, discuss their writing careers and the creative process and read from their work.

WHO: Lisa Duffy, Holly Fitzgerald, Sophie Chen Keller

WHEN: Sunday, October 29 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Fowler Library

The Magic and Inspiration of Books

A memoir about the magic and inspiration of books from a beloved and best-selling author.

WHO: Ann Hood

WHEN: Monday, October 30 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Newbury Court, Morrison Theater

Writing the Hard Stories: How Memoirists Cope

A panel of four authors will discuss how they approached writing their difficult memoirs and what happens when a writer embarks on that journey.

WHO: Melanie Brooks, Larry Kerpelman, Richard Hoffman, Marianne Leone Cooper

WHEN: Wednesday, November 01 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Harvey Wheeler Community Center

How the NFL Became the Sports Phenomenon It Is Today

The story of the NFL, from a football guy who was in the middle of the game’s most significant moments and knows that half the story has never been told, until now.

WHO: Upton Bell, Ron Borges

WHEN: Thursday, November 02 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Mystery Night 2017

Three mystery writers discuss and read from their work.

WHO: Katherine Hall Page, Jessica Treadway, Joseph Finder

WHEN: Friday, November 03 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Free Public Library

Release the Artist Within

An expert on creativity offers insight on how to identify your creative motivation type, find renewed energy, overcome creative blocks, and release the artist within

WHO: Meta Wagner

WHEN: Saturday, November 04 at 7:30pm

WHERE: The Umbrella Community Arts Center

From Poetry to Song: A Musical Exploration

Join the Concord Women's Chorus, artistic director Jane Ring Frank and composer Beth Denisch as they reveal the compositional and performance process involved in their latest commissioned work, The Tree House, a setting of three pastoral poems by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie. The afternoon will offer a window into the world of setting poetry to music and includes a reading of the poetry, a discussion with Beth Denisch and Jane Ring Frank, and a performance of The Tree House along with three additional short choral settings of poems by Emerson, Hawthorne and Longfellow.

WHO: Jane Ring Frank, Beth Denisch

WHEN: Sunday, November 05 at 3:00pm

WHERE: 51 Walden Performing Arts Center

Wild Mountain

The winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers Prize will read from and discuss her novel of love between two people, love of place, freedom to marry, and freedom from the past.

WHO: Nancy Kilgore

WHEN: Sunday, November 05 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Concord Bookshop

Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War

Drawing on records of the Union and Confederate armies, the letters and diaries of soldiers, transcribed testimonies of former slaves, Chandra Manning presents a fascinating portrait of the escaped-slave refugee camps and how they shaped the course of emancipation and black citizenship.

WHO: Chandra Manning

WHEN: Sunday, November 05 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Concord Museum