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June 2014

Summer (?) Kidlit Drink Night

June 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Orleans Restaurant,
65 Holland St., Somerville, MA 02144 United States
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Since Feb. 2012, this group of Boston-area librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, agents, booksellers, and other friends of YA/children’s literature have been getting together every couple of months to talk, drink, share ARCs, and raise money for kidlit causes. And drink. Hey, just because we read books written for kids doesn’t mean we aren’t grown-ups, right? Fingers crossed that June 9 will be actual, consistent summer. Orleans has those big windows, so it’s almost like drinking outside! Join the Facebook…

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May 2014

Educator Open House at The Blue Bunny

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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The Blue Bunny Bookstore will be hosting an open house for educators, librarians, and others who are interested with the FableVision Learning team. Come meet award-winning author David J. Smith, as he shares a sneak peek of his upcoming book If… A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers. David is also the author of Mapping the World by Heart, a wonderful geography curriculum sold by FableVision Learning. David will be speaking about his work and teaching…

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A Place at the Table: Speed Dating with Children’s Book Creators

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Simmons College,
300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Hear authors and illustrators present new titles and engage in small-group discussions about promoting diversity in children’s books. Tickets are no longer available for this event. The Format of the Evening 5:30 – 6:00 Arrive and receive your badge with your table assignment. Enjoy light refreshments. Mix and mingle. There will be opening statements and a rundown of the procedure. We’ll begin the speed dating promptly at 6:20. 6:20 – 7:25 Everyone will be assigned a table. The authors and…

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April 2014

April Chapter & Verse Book Club meeting

April 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stevens Memorial Library,
345 Main St., Andover, MA 01845 United States
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Children’s Literature Network (CLN) and Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover co-host the Massachusetts chapter of CLN’s innovative Chapter & Verse Book Club. Chapter & Verse is a national book club for members of Children’s Literature Network and other children’s literature enthusiasts in their communities who wish to discuss children’s and young adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry. The book clubs are a haven for adults who enjoy reading books written for children and teenagers. Anne Broyles, author, and…

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Self-Publishing Panel at Trident Booksellers and Cafe

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trident Booksellers and Cafe,
338 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115 United States
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The book industry is changing, and more and more authors are turning to self-publishing to get their books on the shelves. Authors find whole new set of hats to wear, at times becoming their own editors, publicists and distributors, which means there’s a lot to learn past that plot and poetry. Four indie authors — Gregory Adams, Kirsten Feldman, Brendan Halpin, and Meg Wilson — will discuss their books and their experiences with self-publishing and what has worked for them.…

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$100

To Light the World: Stories of Hope & Courage for Challenging Times Conference at JFK Library

April 3 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum,
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 United States
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To Light the World: Stories of Hope & Courage for Challenging Times A conference for classroom teachers and librarians of grades 3-8 Presented by John F. Kennedy NHS and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum When bad news dominates the headlines and children are bombarded with frightening images from streaming media, we find ourselves looking for ways to explain and reassure. In these times, stories of hope, courage and resilience can offer an inspirational counterbalance. This year’s conference features…

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$455 members/$480 non-members

The Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel in Progress Class begins

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GrubStreet,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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For all writers currently working on the first draft of a middle grade or young adult novel. First drafts can be messy, amorphous, and daunting. Some writers feel that extensive critical feedback can be counterproductive before the first draft is finished yet find themselves losing focus without support and guidance. In this class, there will be no manuscripts to read and critique outside of class; all the work will be devoted to one’s own writing. In class, writers will discuss…

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March 2014

Picture Book Crit Group

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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This group has been going strong, with a core group of regulars and new members joining each month. You are welcome to join in! This group generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm, but meetings are often moved and added, so check the events calendar at http://www.thewritersloft.org/events/ regularly. Please email Josh at papajfunk@gmail.com to be included on the group email. Guidelines available here. If you plan on submitting a manuscript for critique, the deadline is the…

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KidLit Meet Up Night — N. Metro West Boston

March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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On Tuesday, March 25th, celebrate The Writers’ Loft’s first anniversary with the N. Metro West Boston KidLit Meet Up Night from 7:30-10pm. Meet writers and book lovers of all types. See old friends and make new ones.

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Spring Training – Practice your Pitch Workshop

March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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On Saturday, March 22nd, author Josh Funk and The Writers’ Loft are hosting a Pitch Practice / Open Mic in preparation for Pitchapalooza with The Book Doctors (Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry) at the 2014 NESCBWI Conference. This free social event is open to all. First, we’ll workshop pitches and later practice them in front of the group. So bring a pitch or query to work with or just come to see what a Pitchfest is all about. Additionally,…

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