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January 2018

Happy New Year KidLit Drink Night

January 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jasper White’s Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Pkwy.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Since Feb. 2012, this group of Boston-area librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, agents, booksellers, and other YA/children's literature aficionados 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?

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Story Time with Wee the People: “What is Racism?” at the BPL’s West End Branch

January 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Boston Public Library, West End Branch, 151 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02114 United States
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Kids notice a LOT — including skin color. They sense that it matters, and they have questions about how and why. Join Wee the People for a workshop that asks a question many parents struggle to answer: What is Racism? Together we will explore how racism isn’t just one thing, but a system with many parts working together. Through activities, kids will learn how they can help topple these systems. Best for kids 5 and up. Little Voices, Big Change…

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Victoria Coe at The Blue Bunny Books and Toys

January 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys, 577 High St.
Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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Join author Victoria Coe to celebrate the launch of Fenway and Hattie: Up to New Tricks, the third book in the popular series about a little dog with a GIANT personality! Fenway is an excitable and endlessly energetic Jack Russell terrier. He lives in the city with Food Lady, Fetch Man, and — of course — his beloved short human and best friend in the world, Hattie. All welcome!

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A Family Affair Book Club: Dear Martin at Frugal Bookstore

January 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren St.
Roxbury, MA 02119 United States
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From the Frugal Bookstore website: Join the Boston Network for Black Student Achievement 2018 series of family book clubs! This book club is designed for families to read great books together and to gather and discuss literature in a fun atmosphere. Everyone is welcome! On January 13th, we'll discuss Dear Martin by Nic Stone. The books are geared to children in grades 5–8, but we welcome all ages to participate. Grown-ups and older siblings can read to younger children to…

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Jannie Ho at the Brookline Booksmith

January 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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Do you love picture books? Join Brookline Booksmith in the children’s section for drop-in storytime! This week features author Jannie Ho reading her newest book, Bear and Chicken!

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HBO’s Hogwarts House Challenges at the Revere Hotel Boston Common

January 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Revere Hotel Boston Common – Liberty Hotel, 200 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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In celebration of the Harry Potter film series streaming on the network unedited and commercial-free for the first time, HBO will host Hogwarts House Challenges in three cities across the country to crown the most dedicated Harry Potter fans. With all eight Harry Potter films joining HBO’s line up, the network continues its reign as the best destination for the biggest blockbuster films Hollywood has to offer. Harry Potter fans in Boston on January 25th are invited to put their…

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Teen Author Writing Workshop and Author Talk with Katie Bayerl at the BPL’s West Roxbury Branch

January 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Boston Public Library, West Roxbury Branch, 1961 Centre St.
West Roxbury, MA 02132 United States
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Katie Bayerl is the second Lois Lowry Fellowship recipient. She coaches teens and nonprofits to tell stories and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A Psalm for Lost Girls is her first novel. Teen writing workshop: 5:30 PM Author talk: 6:30 PM To RSVP for writing workshop, email

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Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings, and Holly Black at Brookline Booksmith

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446 United States

About Zenith From author Lindsay Cummings and booktuber Sasha Alsberg (Abookutopia) comes a novel of treachery in space, as the all-female crew of the starship Marauder clashes with sadistic bounty hunters and vengeful rulers. About The Cruel Prince Holly Black, queen of Faerie, returns to her place of power with this tale of a girl, raised by faeries, finding her way amidst intrigue, murder, and vengeance.

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Rob Vlock at the Burlington Barnes & Noble

January 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Burlington Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Parkway
Burlington, MA 01803 United States
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Join the Burlington Barnes & Noble in welcoming Rob Vlock with a special meet and greet. He'll be discussing his book Sven Carter & the Trashmouth Effect.

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“Building Tension Throughout Your Manuscript” Workshop with Rebecca Weston at The Writers’ Loft

January 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft, 20 North Main St. #360
Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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$40 - $55
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