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August 2014

Kidlit Drink Night

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meadhall,
4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 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? Join the Facebook group to be invited to future Kidlit Drink Night events.

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Polishing Your Query Letter Workshop at The Writers’ Loft

August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Are you a writer ready to start querying agents or editors, but you’re not sure where to begin? Kristine Carlson Asselin started querying agents in 2010. She’s now happily signed with an agent, and has recently signed with Bloomsbury Spark for her debut young adult novel. Let her experience with querying help you get off on the right foot. This two-hour workshop will also touch on polishing your synopsis and first page. Free query critique included with class registration. Registration…

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Peter H. Reynolds at The Blue Bunny for Judy Moody Day

August 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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We’re celebrating the new book Judy Moody, Mood Martian and you’re invited! Judy takes up the hobby of “finger knitting” to help keep her mind off her moods, and we’re going to be right with her, finger knitting the day away! With the help of our friends at Sheepskate Yarn and Craft down the block, we’ll learn this handy fidget craft AND see if we can knit our way from store to store. Come prepared to have a blast! All…

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Scott Magoon at the Blue Bunny

August 22 @ 6:50 pm - 8:00 pm
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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Meet Scott Magoon, awesome author, illustrator, and friend of the Blue Bunny, for a special bedtime storytime on Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Scott will be reading and drawing from his newly-released book The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House which he illustrated in collaboration with author Eric Litwin, best-selling author of the popular Pete the Cat books. All welcome for a rollicking and nutty evening. Wear your PJs!  

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$250 for full retreat, workshops also available a la carte

Novel Revision Retreat with Darcy Pattison

August 22 - 25
Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center,
660 Great Pond Rd., North Andover, MA 01845 United States
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Author Anne Broyles is organizing three writing retreats at the Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA with mentor teacher, DARCY PATTISON, author of ten children’s books (and five more due out in 2014). She is also known for her numerous books on the craft of writing. In 1999, Darcy created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she teaches nationwide. Her work has been translated into eight languages. Darcy is offering three retreat experiences at the Rolling Ridge…

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Therese Sellers at Porter Square Books

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books,
25 White St., Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Alpha is for Anthropos is a unique introduction to Ancient Greek and Greek vase painting for all ages. The text consists of twenty-four original nursery rhymes in Ancient Greek to be sung to familiar tunes. Each poem or song aims to teach a basic Greek vocabulary word while placing it in a broader cultural and linguistic context. The illustrations amplify the meanings of the words and songs with evocative allusions to Greek mythology and the world of Greek vase painting.…

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Ryan O’Rourke at The Blue Bunny

August 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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Author/illustrator Ryan O’Rourke (Bella, Lost and Found) will read from and sign his books at a special storytime at The Blue Bunny on Monday, August 18th.

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$88 (15% discount for Members)

Storytelling Art Workshop at The Carle Museum

August 18 @ 9:30 am - August 20 @ 11:00 am
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Monday – Wednesday, August 18 – 20, 2014 9:30 am – 11:00 am (Ages 7-11) Create an imaginative foundation for developing characters and settings for your future stories through a variety of open-ended art projects with artist Emily Neuburger. Workshop includes a signed copy of Emily’s book, Show Me a Story. Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

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free with museum admission

Lita Judge at The Carle Museum

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Please join author and illustrator, Lita Judge, as she reads her latest book, Flight School, about a penguin who has the soul of an eagle and wants to fly. Share in the delightfully funny adventures of this little round penguin as he embarks on his big dream by going to a school where birds teach birds to fly. Here penguin meets new friends and teachers who eventually help him realize his dreams. Lita will demonstrate how she draws her characters…

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Doin’ the Dutch Down Dudley Electric Slide

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dudley Town Common Park,
Roxbury, MA 02119 United States
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Doin’ the Dutch Down Dudley Electric Slide warm-up starts promptly at 2pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Dudley Town Common Park, corner of Bluehill Avenue and Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA. This is a Literacy+Exercise=Literacise Event sponsored by the Boston Arts Commission based on Irene Smalls’s children’s book Don’t Say Ain’t.

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