Concord Festival of Authors - October 17 - November 4, 2007

2007 Schedule at a Glance

Date Event Location

Wed, October 17
7:30pm

Opening Night / Keynote Address

Anthony Romero

In Defense of Our America

Executive Director of the ACLU discusses the fight for civil liberties in the age of terror.

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Fri, October 19
7:00pm

An Evening with Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen

The Bone Garden

Best-selling author discusses and reads from her latest medical thriller.

Pollard Library
401 Merrimack St.
Lowell

Sun, October 21
3:00pm

Pamela Thompson Reading

Pamela Thompson

Every Past Thing

The editorial director at Interlink Books/Olive Branch Press discusses her debut novel.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Sun, October 21
7:30pm

An Evening with Jack Beatty

Jack Beatty

Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America 1865-1900

NPR news analyst discusses the "Gilded Age" and the triumph of money in America.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Mon, October 22
7:30pm

An Evening with Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger

A Death in Belmont

Author of The Perfect Storm examines the 1963 murder that rocked his hometown.

Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UMass Lowell
870 Broadway
Lowell

Tue, October 23
7:00pm

The Influences of Bob Dylan Panel & Concert

John Sellers

Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life

Kathleen Mackay

Bob Dylan: Intimate Insights from Friends and Fellow Musicians

Tim Riley

Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary

A panel discussion followed by a concert with singer-songwriter Mark Erelli. Tickets $15, call 978-369-3807.

Concord’s Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square
Concord

Wed, October 24
7:30pm

Massachusetts Industrial Age

Chaim Rosenberg

Goods for Sale: Products and Advertising in the Massachusetts Industrial Age

Discussion of the diverse manufacturing enterprises that flourished from 1865 - 1920s.

Lowell National Historical Park, Visitor Center
246 Market St.
Lowell

Thu, October 25
7:30pm

Whaling in America

Eric Jay Dolin

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

New Author

The Great American Novel

Historian discusses the three-hundred-year history of this once-vital industry.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Fri, October 26
7:00pm

An Evening with Ha Jin

Ha Jin

A Free Life

Award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash reads from and discusses his new novel.

Pollard Library
401 Merrimack St.
Lowell

Sat, October 27
2-4:00pm

Cat in the Hat’s 50th Birthday Party

A free family party with crafts, games, activities, and refreshments.

Concord Scout House
74 Walden St.
Concord

Sun, October 28
1:30pm

Sibley on Birds

David Allen Sibley

The Sibley Guide to Birds

Author-illustrator of the fastest-selling bird guide ever talks about creating the field guide.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Sun, October 28
3:00pm

Alan Lightman Reading

Alan Lightman

Ghost

Author of Einstein's Dreams and The Diagnosis discusses and reads from his latest novel.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Mon, October 29
7:30pm

Celebrating Same Sex Marriage

Patricia Gozemba & Karen Kahn

Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages

A talk and slide presentation.

Trinitarian Congregational Church
54 Walden St.
Concord

Tue, October 30
7:30pm

How Surgeons Think

Suzanne Koven, Moderator

Charles Morris

The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center

Katrina Firlik

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside

Pauline Chen

Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

A panel discussion with two surgeons and an "embedded" journalist.

Harvey Wheeler Community Center
1276 Main St.
West Concord

Thu, November 01
7:30pm

An Evening with E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow

Ragtime, World's Fair, The March

Tickets $15, call 781-259-4707.

First Parish Church
20 Lexington Road
Concord

Fri, November 02
4:00pm

A Whaling Village for Young Readers

Mark Foster, author & Gerald Foster, illustrator

Whale Port

Author/illustrator team talk about the fictional whaling village of Tuckanucket.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Fri, November 02
7:30pm

An Evening with Augusten Burroughs & John Elder Robison

Augusten Burroughs

Possible Side Effects

John Elder Robison

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

Author of Running with Scissors and his brother talk about growing up in an off-kilter family.

Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UMass Lowell
870 Broadway
Lowell

Sat, November 03
3:00pm

Past and Present in Concord

Leslie Perrin Wilson

In History's Embrace: Past and Present in Concord, MA

Concord Library's Curator of Special Collections moderates a panel discussion.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sun, November 04
2:00pm

The Best Old Movies for Families

Ty Burr

The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together

Free showing of The Adventures of Robin Hood, pre-movie talk by Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr.

Concord Scout House
74 Walden St.
Concord

Wed, October 15
7:30pm

Opening Night — An Evening with Roy Blount Jr.

Roy Blount Jr.

Alphabet Juice

Opening Night speaker Roy Blount Jr. riffs on words and their meanings. His latest book is Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof: Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory.

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Thu, October 16
7:00pm

Emerson: Transcendentalism and Education

Robert Richardson

Emerson: The Mind on Fire, William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

Lecture by Robert Richardson — The Puritan understanding of education was that there is something radically wrong with us at birth which proper religious education can help make right. The modern idea of education leans more and more toward training a work force for a demanding economy. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Peabody, and Henry Thoreau shared a concept of education which emphasized individual development and cultivation — including especially self-cultivation — of that which is naturally right about us from the beginning. We need more of their kind of education. This event is sponsored by the Wright Tavern Center. For Information: http://www.wrighttavern.org (978) 369-9602 or

Kerem Shalom
659 Elm St.
Concord

Fri, October 17
6:00pm

A Celebration of Harriet Tubman

Carole Boston Weatherford

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Poet and children's book author Carole Boston Weatherford will present an interactive song, percussion, and choral reading of her Caldecott Honor book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.

Pollard Library
401 Merrimack St.
Lowell

Fri, October 17
6:00pm

William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

Robert Richardson's lecture will introduce the audience to the world of William James, philosopher, psychologist, brother of Henry James, the novelist, to his extraordinary family, and, above all, to his writings in philosophy and psychology, which are as alive and influential and important now as they were a hundred years ago. This event is sponsored by the Wright Tavern Center. For Information: http://www.wrighttavern.org (978) 369-9602 or

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sun, October 19
3:00pm

The Virtuous Virtuoso: Keyboard Works from the Musical Notebooks of Jane Austen

Elizabeth Morgan

Jane Austen excelled as an amateur keyboard player. In her novels, the piano is often featured as a site of provocative interaction between men and women. Elizabeth Morgan presents a conversational program of piano pieces from Austen's collection of notebooks and sheet music. Introducing each piece, Morgan tells the audience about the composer and recounts scenes from Austen's novels in which the piano is featured.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sun, October 19
3:00pm

Julia Glass Reading

Julia Glass

I See You Everywhere

Julia Glass will read from and talk about her latest novel, I See You Everywhere.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Sun, October 19
3:00pm

A Tribute to William Stafford

Fred Marchant

House on Water, House in Air: New and Selected Poems

Joan Houlihan

The Mending Worm

The Concord Poetry Center presents a reading from William Stafford's Another World Instead. "I stand and dream another world instead" wrote William Stafford in 1942 when he was serving in the Civilian Public Service program for conscientious objectors. He was a younger poet getting started in the same years that he was taking his first public stand against war. The recently published Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1942, edited by Fred Marchant and published by Graywolf Press, presents over 150 poems from that era, most of them never before published. For information: http://www.concordpoetry.org Several Boston-area writers, including Joan Houlihan and Fred Marchant, will read poems from the book and related work of their own.

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Mon, October 20
7:30pm

A Cross-Cultural Love Story

Christina Thompson

Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All

As an American graduate student in Australia, Christina Thompson traveled on holiday to New Zealand, where she met and fell in love with a Maori man. She tells the story of their unlikely marriage as well as the history of the complex and bloody period of contact between Europeans and Maoris in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Fowler Library
1322 Main St.
West Concord

Tue, October 21
7:00pm

Urban Natural History

John Hanson Mitchell

The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston

In an event co-sponsored by the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, John Hanson Mitchell, author of The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston, uses the history of Boston's "Shawmut Peninsula" to explore the themes of time and place and the endurance of nature in urban settings such as Lowell.

Pollard Library
401 Merrimack St.
Lowell

Wed, October 22
7:30pm

Walden Woods Project Presents Illustrating Thoreau: A Photographer’s Story

Scot Miller

Cape Cod: Illlustrated Edition of the American Classic

Photographer Scot Miller will discuss his experiences illustrating two classic works by Henry David Thoreau: Walden and Cape Cod. He will also talk about the rich history his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, has had with Thoreau for over a hundred fifty years and the profound influence Thoreau's writings have had on his photography and life. Miller's presentation will include a screening of "Illustrating Thoreau's Cape Cod: A Photographer's Story," a video documenting his experiences photographing the outer Cape for Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic, from beautiful sunrises and sunsets to blistering cold winter storms and everything in between.

Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute
44 Baker Farm
Lincoln

Thu, October 23
7:30pm

How Fiction Works

James Wood

How Fiction Works

James Wood, staff writer and book reviewer at The New Yorker, talks about his philosophy of the novel, answering such questions as What makes a story a story? What is style? What's the connection between realism and real life?

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Fri, October 24
7:30pm

The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Brenda Wineapple

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Brenda Wineapple re-creates the extraordinary, delicate connection between these two wildly dissimilar personalities.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Sat, October 25
7:30pm

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

David Hackett Fischer

Champlain's Dream

The annual Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History will be presented by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library to David Hackett Fischer, Brandeis professor of history and author of Albion's Seed, Paul Revere's Ride, and Washington's Crossing. A book signing and reception will follow the program. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

Trinitarian Congregational Church
54 Walden St.
Concord

Sun, October 26
3:00pm

New Literary Voices

Jim Leahy, Moderator

Amy MacKinnon

Tethered

Margaret Cezair-Thompson

The Pirate's Daughter

Peter Clenott

Hunting the King

Three first novelists discuss and read from their debut works.

Fowler Library
1322 Main St.
West Concord

Tue, October 28
7:30pm

The WPA’s Federal Theatre Project

Susan Quinn

Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times

Susan Quinn will discuss her new book Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Wed, October 29
7:30pm

An Evening with Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III

The Garden of Last Days

Author of the #1 bestseller House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III will read from and discuss The Garden of Last Days, his new, big-hearted, painful, page-turning novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity.

Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UMass Lowell
870 Broadway
Lowell

Thu, October 30
7:00pm

The Thoreau Farm Trust presents Wild Apples

The Editors of Wild Apples

The Thoreau Farm Trust hosts the fall launch of Wild Apples, a new journal of nature, art, and inquiry. Taking its title and mission from Thoreau's 1862 essay, "Wild Apples," this 48-page color journal brings together poetry and prose with the work of visual artists and photographers who are connected by the common threads of care for the environment, engagement in social concerns, and an abiding commitment to the arts and the way they shape our world. The four editors, poets Susan Edwards Richmond and Sophie Wadsworth, artist and writer Kathryn Liebowitz, and artist and poet Linda Hoffman, will read from the new issue along with contributors John Hansen Mitchell, editor of Sanctuary Magazine, and essay writer Terry House.

Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Road
Concord

Thu, October 30
7:30pm

We May Be On to Something Here (Science Fiction in the 21st Century)

Alexander Jablokov

Brain Thief

Chris Howard

Seaborn

Craig Shaw Gardner

Jeffrey A. Carver

Sunborn: Volume 4 of The Chaos Chronicles

Matthew Jarpe

Radio Freefall

A panel discussion.

Alumni Lounge, UMass Lowell
Alumni Library, University Ave.
Lowell

Fri, October 31
3:00pm

Bloody Marys and a Bite with Dracula (Tickets $10)

Leslie S. Klinger

The New Annotated Dracula

Join Leslie Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Dracula, for a Halloween afternoon celebration. Traveling through two-hundred years of popular culture, myth, graveyards, and the wilds of Transylvania, Klinger mines Bram Stoker's 1897 classic for nuggets that will surprise the most die-hard Dracula fan and introduce the vampire-prince to new a new generation of readers. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and a Bloody Mary — or beverage of choice. Cash bar. For reservations call 978-369-3807.

Walden Grille
24 Walden Street
Concord

Fri, October 31
7:30pm

Literary Thriller Night

Kate Flora, Moderator

Askold Melnyczuk

House of Widows

Benjamin Markovits

A Quiet Adjustment

Francie Lin

The Foreigner

Three writers of literary thrillers discuss and read from their latest novels.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sat, November 01
8:00am

Breakfast with the Authors (Tickets $20)

Suzanne Koven, Moderator

David Daniel

Reunion

Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge

Jennifer Haigh

The Condition

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

Concord’s Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square
Concord

Sat, November 01
2-4:00pm

A Bear Family Party

Celebrate Paddington's 50th birthday and Corduroy's 40th birthday at a free family party. Crafts, games, refreshments, and a "Bears in Books Scavenger Hunt" through downtown Concord.

Concord Scout House
74 Walden St.
Concord

Sun, November 02
3:00pm

The Poets of Finishing Line Press

bg Thurston

Saving the Lamb

Bob Brooks

A Story Anyone Could Stick To

Charles W. Pratt

Still Here

Gary Metras

Francis d'Assisi 2008

Helen Marie Casey

Fragrance Upon His Lips

Julia Lisella

Love Song Hiroshima

Kathy Nilsson

The Abattoir

Maura MacNeil

A History of Water

Polly Brown

Each Thing Torn From Any of Us

Susan Edwards Richmond

Birding in Winter

Suzanne Owens

In the Lake's Eye

The Concord Poetry Center presents Charles W. Pratt, winner of the 2008 Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition. Pratt will read from his winning chapbook, Still Here, and will be joined by 10 other CPC members who have published with the press. For information: http://www.concordpoetry.org

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Sun, November 02
3:00pm

Sex Meets Addiction

Susan Cheever

Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction

Susan Cheever will discuss her new book Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Sun, November 02
3:00pm

Thoreau’s Cape Cod

Dan Tobyne

Thoreau's Cape Cod

The Thoreau Farm Trust presents Dan Tobyne, whose brilliant color photography brings vividly to life a new edition of Thoreau's Cape Cod. Tobyne recounts how he "walked the walk" — retracing Thoreau's steps to find what can still be seen of Thoreau's Cape Cod and shares images that are matched to corresponding passages from Thoreau's prose.

Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Road
Concord

Wed, October 21
2:30pm

Opening Day - Governor Howard Dean

Howard Dean

Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform

Former Vermont Governor, physician, and DNC Chairman Howard Dean brings his unique, no-nonsense perspective to the health care debate in a new book that explains both the obstacles to reform and what it will take to achieve real healthcare reform. In a riveting call to action Dean takes on those who are once again mobilizing against real reform with many of the same hollow arguments and rhetorical charges about a socialist agenda. As Dean points out in his book, they should check the facts. "America has had 'socialized' medicine since 1964. It's called Medicare."

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Thu, October 22
7:00pm

Concord Free Press Presents Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire

The Next Queen of Heaven

The Concord Free Press is dedicated to a new and different kind of publishing. They don't sell books—they GIVE them away. All they ask is that readers of their free books make a donation to a charity or someone in need, and pass the book along. Gregory Maguire will read from and talk about the latest Concord Free Press book—his new novel The Next Queen of Heaven.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Fri, October 23
7:00pm

Lowell Stories

Tracy Winn

Mrs. Somebody Somebody

Tracy Winn will read from and discuss Mrs. Somebody Somebody, her collection of short stories set in post-WWII Lowell.

Pollard Library
401 Merrimack St.
Lowell

Sat, October 24
12-2:00pm

Chef Fest: A Food Tasting & Book Signing

Catherine Walthers

Raising the Salad Bar

Clara Silverstein

The Boston Chef's Table

Lisa Zwirn

Christmas Cookies

Peter Davis

Fresh & Honest: Food from the Farms of New England and the Kitchen of Henrietta's Table

Steve Johnson

Verrill Farm presents a food tasting with Chef Peter Davis of Henriettas Table and Chef Steve Johnson of Renezvous in Central Square. Chefs Davis and Johnson will be joined by Clara Silverstein, author of The Boston Chef's Table, Catherine Walthers, author of Raising the Salad Bar, and Lisa Zwirn, author of Christmas Cookies.

Verrill Farm
Wheeler Rd.
Concord

Sat, October 24
7:30pm

The 2009 Ruth Ratner Miller Award (Tickets: Adults $15, Students FREE)

David Herbert Donald

The annual Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History will be presented by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, posthumously, to David Herbert Donald, Harvard professor of American history and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Some of Professor Donald's former colleagues, including Bernard Bailyn, Nina Silber, and John Stauffer will speak. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sun, October 25
2:00pm

The Thoreau Farm Trust presents Wisdom Tales for a Small Planet

Linda Booth Sweeney

Connected Wisdom: Living Stories About Living Systems

How can we learn to live sustainably, or within the means of nature? How can we talk with our children about these ideas? In a session designed for parent-child pairs (ages 5 and up), Linda Booth Sweeney will explore a variety of timeless folktales intended to enchant readers, young and old, while sharing ancient wisdom for living in harmony with our planet.

Thoreau Farm
341 Virginia Road
Concord

Sun, October 25
7:30pm

A Celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009

Marcia Bartusiak

The Day We Found the Universe

Marcia Bartusiak, author of The Day We Found the Universe, will talk about a watershed moment in our cosmic history, January 1, 1925, the day Edwin Hubble announced findings that ultimately established that our universe was a thousand trillion times larger than previously believed, filled with myriad galaxies like our own.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Mon, October 26
7:30pm

Conversations About Race

Dick Lehr

The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide

Larry Tye

Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend

Larry Tye, author of Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, and Dick Lehr, author of The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide, will discuss their books. The program will be followed by a reception hosted by First Literacy, a Greater Boston non-profit with a mission to open access to life-changing educational opportunities for adults and their children.

Trinitarian Congregational Church
54 Walden St.
Concord

Tue, October 27
7:00pm

A History of Catholics in America

James M. O’Toole

The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America

The Concord MA Area Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) presents James M. O'Toole, Clough Millennium Chair in History at Boston College, who will discuss his latest book, The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America. It is an epic tale, from the first settlements of Catholics in the colonies to the turmoil of the scandal-ridden present, and through the church's many American incarnations in between.

Holy Family Parish, Monument Hall
62 Monument Square
Concord

Wed, October 28
7:00pm

The Life, Career, and Films of Robert Altman

Mitchell Zuckoff

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

Mitchell Zuckoff, who was working with Robert Altman on his memoirs before he died, will talk about the Hollywood icon — visionary director; risk-taking producer; eccentric family man — and present a multimedia slideshow, including trailers from his movies. At the conclusion of Zuckoff's talk, there will be a screening of Altman's 1992 film "The Player."

Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UMass Lowell
870 Broadway
Lowell

Thu, October 29
7:30pm

The Civil Rights Generation

Andrew B. Lewis

The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation

Andrew B. Lewis presents a group portrait of a generation of civil rights activists — Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, Bob Zellner, Julian Bond, Marion Barry, John Lewis, and their contemporaries — who challenged the way Americans think about civil rights, politics, and moral obligation in an unjust democracy.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Fri, October 30
7:30pm

Mystery Night

Hallie Ephron, Moderator

Jere Smith

Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery

Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the Sleigh

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery

Thomas H. Cook

The Fate of Katherine Carr

Mystery writers discuss and read from their latest novels.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sat, October 31
2-4:00pm

A Family Halloween Party

Celebrate Halloween at a free family party. Crafts, games, refreshments, and a Halloween scavenger hunt through downtown Concord.

Concord Scout House
74 Walden St.
Concord

Sun, November 01
3:00pm

New Literary Voices 2009

Jim Leahy, Moderator

J. Courtney Sullivan

Commencement

Katherine Howe

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Xujun Eberlein

Apologies Forthcoming

Three emerging fiction writers discuss and read from their work.

Fowler Library
1322 Main St.
West Concord

Sun, November 01
3:00pm

The Woman Behind Little Women

Harriet Reisen

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Harriet Reisen will discuss Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, a revelatory portrait of the prolific and popular author, who secretly harbored radical abolitionist views, and completed heroic service as a Civil War nurse.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Sun, November 01
3:30pm

Poetry — New Book Launch

Fred Marchant

The Looking House

Joan Houlihan

The Us

The Concord Poetry Center presents poets Fred Marchant and Joan Houlihan reading from their recently published collections. Dr. Marchant will read from The Looking House, published this spring by Graywolf Press. Joan Houlihan will read from The Us, published this September by Tupelo Press. The poets will discuss their work with the audience and refreshments and book signing follow. For information: http://www.concordpoetry.org

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Mon, November 02
7:30pm

Aging and the Mind-Body Connection

Ellen J. Langer

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? Ellen J. Langer, author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, will discuss how with subtle shifts in our thinking, in our language, and in our expectations, we can begin to change the ingrained behaviors that sap health, optimism, and vitality from our lives.

Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room
133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner and Route 2
Concord

Tue, November 03
7:30pm

Finding a Lost Brother

Jill Hunting

Finding Pete: Rediscovering the Brother I Lost in Vietnam

Two days after Jill Hunting turned fifteen, she lost her only brother, a volunteer with International Voluntary Services and one of the first civilian casualties of the Vietnam War. Finding Pete: Rediscovering the Brother I Lost in Vietnam is a personalized account of a critical moment in U.S history. It is also a portrait of a family's struggle with loss, a mother's damaging grief, and, most of all, a sister's quest to solve a mystery and recover the connection with her brother.

Kerem Shalom
659 Elm St.
Concord

Wed, November 04
7:00pm

What do writers do all day?

Jacqueline Davies

Tricking the Tallyman

Have you ever wondered what writers do all day? How a book takes shape, from idea to finished manuscript? With a slide show and through lively stories, children's author Jacqueline Davies answers commonly asked questions about her writing life: how she began writing, where she finds her ideas, and — yes! — what do writers do all day?

Pollard Library
401 Merrimack St.
Lowell

Thu, November 05
7:30pm

The Walden Woods Project and RESTORE: The North Woods present Thoreau’s The Maine Woods

Jeffrey S. Cramer

Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods: A Fully Annotated Edition, edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer

The Walden Woods Project and RESTORE: The North Woods present Jeffrey S. Cramer in a discussion of The Maine Woods, Thoreau's best-selling book after Walden. In three essays that follow separate excursions to Maine, Thoreau outlined a progression — from Massachusetts to Maine and from the man who left Concord to the man who returned — as he explored Mt. Katahdin, Lake Chesuncook, The Allagash River, and the East Branch of the Penobscot. Writing as both natural historian and social critic, and invoking the landscape of Maine, Thoreau returned to the questions of balance between nature and society that underscore all of his writings.

Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute
44 Baker Farm
Lincoln

Fri, November 06
7:00pm

Chemical Dangers and Human Health

John Wargo

Green Intelligence: Creating Environments That Protect Human Health

John Wargo, professor of environmental policy at Yale, will discuss his new book Green Intelligence: Creating Environments That Protect Human Health. This event is co-hosted by the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust (http://www.lowelllandtrust.org) and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell (http://www.turi.org).

Wannalancit Mills, UMass Lowell
Morissette Blvd.
Lowell

Sat, November 07
8:00am

Breakfast with the Authors 2009 (Tickets $20)

Suzanne Koven, Moderator

Barbara Delinsky

While My Sister Sleeps

Chris Bohjalian

Skeletons at the Feast

Jessica Shattuck

Perfect Life

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

Concord’s Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square
Concord

Sun, November 08
3:00pm

Poetry — Featured Poets Plus Open Mic

Bill Coyle

The God of This World to His Prophet

Frannie Lindsay

Mayweed

Come one, come all — and bring a poem to read! Readings by two popular area poets, Bill Coyle and Frannie Lindsay, will precede the open mic. Refreshments and conversation follow. For information: http://www.concordpoetry.org

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Wed, October 20
7:30pm

Opening Night - Andrew J. Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

In his new book, Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War, Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University and retired colonel from the U.S. Army, critically examines the Washington consensus on national security and challenges the fundamental assumptions of our military policy.

Trinitarian Congregational Church
54 Walden St.
Concord

Fri, October 22
7:30pm

Hoaxes, Frauds, & Forgeries

Rob Mitchell, Moderator

Doug Stewart

The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare: A Tale of Forgery and Folly

Jane Kamensky

The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse

Laney Salisbury

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

In 1795, a nineteen-year-old lawyer's apprentice handed his father a heavily worn and creased sheet of paper purportedly written by Shakespeare himself. In the early 1800s, Andrew Dexter, Jr. used bogus banknotes to finance the construction of Boston's Exchange Coffee House, setting in motion America's first bank failure. Towards the end of the 20th century, a struggling artist and a flamboyant con man pulled off one of the most elaborate scams in the history of art forgery. Hoaxes, frauds, and forgeries will be the topic of this panel discussion.

Harvey Wheeler Community Center
1276 Main St.
West Concord

Sat, October 23
7:30pm

The 2010 Ruth Ratner Miller Award (Tickets: Adults $15, Students Free)

Bernard Bailyn

The annual Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History will be presented by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library to Bernard Bailyn, Professor of Early American History, emeritus, at Harvard University. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sun, October 24
1:00pm

Carolyn Curtis

Carolyn Curtis

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Carolyn Curtis, author of I Took the Moon for a Walk, sings songs, reads from her book, and talks about how books are created by an author and illustrator.

Barefoot Books
89 Thoreau St.
Concord

Sun, October 24
3:00pm

New Literary Voices 2010

Jim Leahy, Moderator

Adam Haslett

Union Atlantic

Cynthia Morrison Phoel

Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories

Iris Gomez

Try to Remember

Mary E. Mitchell

Americans in Space

Four emerging fiction writers discuss and read from their work.

Kerem Shalom
659 Elm St.
Concord

Sun, October 24
3:00pm

Historic Concord, a Panel Discussion

Leslie Perrin Wilson, Moderator

A panel discussion celebrating the rewriting and republication of Allen French's classic 1942 guidebook Historic Concord and the Lexington Fight. Panelists: Jayne Gordon—Director of Education and Public Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Stephanie Stillman—Executive Director of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Concord Visitor Center, David Wood—Curator of the Concord Museum.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Mon, October 25
7:30pm

Flash Fiction Panel

Tara Masih, Moderator

Pamela Painter

Wouldn't You LIke to Know

Rusty Barnes

Breaking It Down

Stace Budzko

Tara Masih

Where the Dog Star Never Glows

The question most often being asked these days in the literary world is, "What is flash fiction?" What makes a piece of prose "flash"? What is the word count? The structure? Where can I publish it? Come hear some of the nation's top experts in the genre discuss, debate, and illuminate. They are groundbreaking teachers, editors, and award-winning writers from the acclaimed Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, a 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year. Bring your questions for the Q&A to follow. This promises to be a lively, passionate discussion.

Kerem Shalom
659 Elm St.
Concord

Tue, October 26
7:30pm

Family Life in Major League Baseball

Kathleen Lockwood

Major League Bride: An Inside Look at LIfe Outside the Ballpark

Kathleen Lockwood, the wife of former Red Sox pitcher Skip Lockwood, describes the triumphs and tribulations of family life within Major League Baseball, exposing the pervasive pressure that accompanies the privilege of competing in America's National Pastime and spotlighting the inner strength of the major league wives who support each other during the long season.

Harvey Wheeler Community Center
1276 Main St.
West Concord

Wed, October 27
7:30pm

A Book by You? Publishing a Book in the Digital Age

Ken Lizotte, Moderator

Doug Hardy

Jay W. Vogt

Recharge Your Team: The Grounded Visioning Approach

Stephanie Bennett Vogt

Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are

Suzanne C. Lowe

The Integration Imperative, Marketplace Masters

How about YOUR book? Are you unsure where to begin? What does it take to win a publisher's heart? Do you need an agent, a book proposal, a finished manuscript? Should you SELF-publish? In this digital age when Kindles and e-books are on the rise, is the traditional printed book dead? Join a panel of authors who have recently confronted these questions and more.

Trinitarian Congregational Church
54 Walden St.
Concord

Thu, October 28
6:00pm

Menopause Matters

Julia Schlam Edelman

Menopause Matters: Your Guide to a Long and Healthy Life

What happens to a woman's body from ages 35 to 65 and beyond? What lifestyle choices, alternative remedies, and medical approaches will help you sleep better, lower your risk of heart disease, lower your risk of certain types of cancer, and improve your sex life? What can you do to get more out of your doctor visits? Dr. Julia Schlam Edelman, author of Menopause Matters: Your Guide to a Long and Healthy Life, addresses these concerns.

Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs
29 Main St.
Concord

Thu, October 28
7:30pm

Your Genome for $1,000

Kevin Davies

The $1,000 Genome: The Scientific Breakthrough that Will Change Our Lives

Since the conclusion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, scientists have been racing toward a grand goal—offering individuals a decoding of their complete genetic makeup for just $1,000. As Kevin Davies reveals, the $1,000 genome will be a reality by 2011, and it will usher in a whole new era of personalized, genomic medicine.

Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room
133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner and Route 2
Concord

Fri, October 29
7:00pm

Poetry Reading

Joan Houlihan

The Us

Sharon Bryan

Sharp Stars

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

Concord Academy Chapel
166 Main St.
Concord

Fri, October 29
7:30pm

Suspense Night 2010

Kate Flora, Moderator

Elyssa East

Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost town

Raffi Yessayan

2 in the Hat

Rosemary Herbert

Front Page Teaser

Three mystery writers discuss and read from their latest novels.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sat, October 30
11:00am

Susan Reed Family Concert

Susan Reed

Up, Up, Up!

Multi-instrumentalist Susan Reed uses original songs and stories to work magic with families.

Barefoot Books
89 Thoreau St.
Concord

Sat, October 30
7:00pm

The Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young Readers

David Macaulay

The Way Things Work

Award winning author/illustrator David Macaulay will present his work. Perhaps best known for his book The Way Things Work, Macaulay has published more than 20 books for young people, and his detailed an humorous illustrations have earned him fans of all ages. 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.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sat, October 30
7:30pm

Hamlet’s BlackBerry

William Powers

Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose an enormous burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships. and find the depth and fulfillment we crave. Drawing on such great thinkers as Plato, Shakespeare, and Thoreau, William Powers shows that digital connectedness serves us best when it's balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness.

Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute
44 Baker Farm
Lincoln

Sun, October 31
12-5:00pm

Halloween at Barefoot Books

Come in costume and receive a fun treat! 1:00 Halloween storytime featuring The Tales of Mystery and Magic.

Barefoot Books
89 Thoreau St.
Concord

Sun, October 31
2:00pm

Thoreau’s Maine Woods

Dan Tobyne

Thoreau's Maine Woods

The Thoreau Farm Trust presents Dan Tobyne whose photography captures the essence of Maine that Thoreau discovered and described. The timeless words of Thoreau combine with the inspiring images to celebrate the enduring beauty and appeal of the Maine wilderness.

Thoreau Farm
341 Virginia Road
Concord

Sun, October 31
3:00pm

Community Reading Series

Ellen Dore Watson

Dogged Hearts

Jim Schley

As When, In Season

The Concord Poetry Center (http://www.concordpoetry.org) hosts a poetry reading.

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Mon, November 01
7:00pm

History of the Fur Trade in America

Eric Jay Dolin

Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

Eric Jay Dolin discusses the sweeping history of one of America's most remarkable industries. Today the mention of the fur trade evokes images of protestors and models wearing mink and chinchilla. But from the early 1600s through the late 1800s, the fur trade was a powerful force in shaping the course of American history, playing a major role in the settlement and evolution of the colonies, and in the growth of the United States. The fur trade is a seminal part of who we are as a nation, and how we came to be.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Wed, November 03
7:30pm

Debating the Constitution, 1787-1788

Pauline Maier

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

Pauline Maier, distinguished historian of Revolutionary-era America, provides a fresh and surprising account of a pivotal moment in American history—the ratification of the Constitution. When the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia adjourned in the late summer of 1787, the delegates returned to their states to report on the new Constitution, which had to be ratified by specially elected conventions in at least nine states. Maier recounts the dramatic events of the ensuing debate in homes, taverns, and convention halls, drawing generously on the speeches and letters of the founding fathers, both familiar and forgotten, on all sides.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Fri, November 05
7:30pm

The Battle of the Little Bighorn

Nathaniel Philbrick

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

With Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick redefined the way we understand the early history of America. In The Last Stand, he takes on the ultimate mythic story of the American West—the Battle of the Little Bighorn, burrowing into the psyches of George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, and other key characters and gracefully evoking the history and geography of the Great Plains.

Concord Museum
Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd.
Concord

Sat, November 06
8:00am

Breakfast with the Authors 2010 (Tickets $20)

Suzanne Koven, Moderator

Brunonia Barry

The Map of True Places

Gish Jen

World and Town

Jon Katz

Rose in a Storm

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

Concord’s Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square
Concord

Sat, November 06
11:00am

Laya Steinberg

Laya Steinberg

Thesaurus Rex

Laya Steinberg reads from her book Thesaurus Rex with games and activities to follow.

Barefoot Books
89 Thoreau St.
Concord

Sun, November 07
1:00pm

Burleigh Muten

Burleigh Muten

Goddess: A World of Myth and Magic

Burleigh Muten reads from her books Goddess: A World of Myth and Magic, The Lady of Ten Thousand Names, and Grandmother Stories.

Barefoot Books
89 Thoreau St.
Concord

Sun, November 07
2:00pm

Up Tunket Road

Philip Ackerman-Leist

Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader

Philip and Erin Ackerman-Leist share some of his writing and her book illustrations on modern homesteading and the evolving American back-to-the-land tradition, including some questions about how "homesteading" might be more relevant and inclusive in an age filled with ecological and social challenges.

Thoreau Farm
341 Virginia Road
Concord

Sun, November 07
3:00pm

A Monkey and a Miracle

Ellen Rogers

Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle

Discussing and reading from her heartwarming memoir, Ellen Rogers shares the remarkable and surprising story of how a mischievous capuchin monkey transformed her family, bringing hope, humor, and happiness as they faced their greatest challenge.

Concord Bookshop
65 Main St.
Concord

Sun, November 07
3:00pm

Every Broom and Bridget—Emily Dickinson and Her Servants

Tom Daley

Shim

The Concord Poetry Center (http://www.concordpoetry.org) presents a play by Boston-area poet and educator Tom Daley.

Upstairs at The Umbrella
40 Stow St.
Concord

Thu, October 20
7:30pm

Opening Night - Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy

The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency

In his new book, The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy offers shrewd and keen essays on the complex relationship between the first black president and his African American constituency.

Trinity Episcopal Church
81 Elm St.
Concord

Sat, October 22
12-2:00pm

Food ‘n’ Fiction: A Food Tasting and Book Signing

Anita Diamant

Day After Night

Judy Gelman & Vicki Krupp

Table of Contents

Julia Glass

The Widower's Tale

Katherine Hall Page

Have Faith in Your Kitchen

Margot Livesey

The House on Fortune Street

Verrill Farm presents a book signing and food tasting of recipes drawn from the works of some of today's bestselling novelists. Katherine Hall Page, author of the Faith Fairchild Mystery series will sign books and offer samples from Have Faith in Your Kitchen. Also participating will be Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, editors of Table of Contents, as well as three contributors to their bibliophile's cookbook—Anita Diamant, Julia Glass, and Margot Livesey.

Verrill Farm
Wheeler Rd.
Concord

Sat, October 22
1:00pm

Books By Hand

Lynn Feldman

Experience the rewards of creating and reading handmade books. Learn the history of books, basic binding techniques, and some simple structures you can make on your own.

Dabblers hobbies + cafe
119 Commonwealth Ave.
West Concord

Sat, October 22
7:30pm

The 2011 Ruth Ratner Miller Award (Tickets: Adults $15, Students Free)

Pauline Maier

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

The annual Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History will be presented by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library to Pauline Maier, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at M.I.T. Tickets are available at the Concord Library, 129 Main Street, and the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main St.
Concord

Sun, October 23
2:00pm

The Nature That Is Left

David Gessner

My Green Manifesto, The Tarball Chronicles

A talk by the author of two new books, My Green Manifesto and The Tarball Chronicles. Together they describe and embody a new way of writing about nature and place, full of humor and strangeness, stripped of the old pastoral cliches, and focused on a more "limited" nature, the only nature left to most of us.

Thoreau Farm
341 Virginia Road
Concord

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