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October 2013

Maria Tatar at Cambridge Public Library

October 23, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard University’s Maria Tatar presents “The Big Bad Wolf Reconsidered: Predator and Prey in Fairy Tales Today.” Professor Maria Tatar will track how fairy tales have been revived and reinvented over the past decades and how they have migrated into the mainstream of popular culture. Why is Red Riding Hood suddenly all the rage, and how has the story been refashioned to mirror our own fears and desires? Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and…

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What is ‘Ethnic Writing’? Panel Discussion

October 23, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grub Street,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Writers like Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, and Gish Jen have been wildly popular due to their brilliant abilities to document their cultural experiences while ensuring a firm narrative thread through their work that transcends culture alone. How, as writers, do we infuse our stories with the authenticity of culture without overdoing the ethnic elements of our work? How do we bring to the fore our thoughts on our backgrounds and experiences — from race-related ones to sexuality-related ones and beyond…

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Sensing Wonder, Serious Play: A Conference on Ecocriticism & Children’s Media

October 25, 2013 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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In 1962, Rachel Carson published her famous environmental treatise against the sterilization of Nature. Silent Spring was meant to capture the imagination of an adult audience. Three years later, Carson’s writing found a different audience with her posthumous, The Sense of Wonder, where she wished for all children “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial,…

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Eileen Christelow at Brookline Public Library

October 25, 2013 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Brookline Public Library,
361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445 United States
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Author Eileen Christelow is coming to visit the Brookline Public Library! She’ll be talking about her newest book Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat. Ages 3 and up are welcome. It’s Halloween, and Lulu the babysitter is taking the five little monkeys trick-or-treating. Those silly monkeys decide that trading costumes with their friends would be fun… and chaos ensues. Will Lulu go home with the wrong trick-or-treaters? Will the trick the monkeys play on Lulu keep them from getting their treats? Eileen…

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David Fleming at The Blue Bunny

October 26, 2013
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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The Blue Bunny welcomes David Fleming, author of the new middle-grade novel Saturday Boy, for a book signing. Time TBA. Eleven-year-old Derek Lamb likes superhero comic books, Saturday morning cartoons and Chocolate Ka-Blams but he’d gladly trade all of these things to have his father home. For as long as Derek can remember, his father has been in Afghanistan piloting Apache helicopters for the US Army. The letters they write each other are all they have to bridge the distance…

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YA Think Tank

October 26, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Writers' Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Designed to help YA writers of all genres at any stage of the writing process, the YA Think Tank’s goal is to help fully develop material from conception to the final draft. We’ll workshop problematic scenes, troubleshoot character development, work through big picture issues, assist in brainstorming for that new concept, and review your submission package. This group meets the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Please contact Alicia at aliciagregoire78@gmail.com to be added to the email…

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Eileen Christelow at Wellesley Books

October 26, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wellesley Books,
82 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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Five little monkeys aren’t jumping on the bed this time… they’re going trick-or-treating! What mischief will ensue? Find out when author Eileen Christelow comes to Wellesley Books for a special author-led storytime, just in time for Halloween. She’ll be sharing her new book Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat, some fun ideas for Halloween treats, and lead young readers in a monkey mask craft activity. Perfect for ages 4–8! Five excited little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They are going…

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Kidlit Meet Up Night – N. Metro West Boston

October 29, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Writers' Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Since 2011, we have been meeting bimonthly to discuss children’s books and the publishing process. On Tuesday, October 29th from 7:30-10, please stop by for a social night of fun! Authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, agents, editors, etc. are all welcome!

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Information Session: Simmons College MFA in Writing for Children at The Carle Museum

October 30, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Simmons College and The Carle are delighted to announce the expansion of our partnership offering graduate programs in children’s literature at The Carle to include: the continuation of the MFA in Writing for Children program, a new MA in Children’s Literature, and a new joint degree combining the MFA/MA degree programs. Attend an informational session at the Museum to learn about the programs, how to apply, and meet representatives from Simmons and the Museum. To register, click here. For more…

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Educators’ Night with Jack Gantos at The Carle Museum

October 30, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night on October 30, 2013, featuring a conversation and book signing with award-winning author Jack Gantos, as well as presentations from educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. The event begins at 4:30 pm and is free and open to all educators as space permits. “Dead Ends, Rotten Ralphs, Jacks and Joeys: A Conversation with Jack Gantos” will be facilitated by Cathryn M. Mercier,…

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