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September 2014

Jen Malone at Melrose Public Library

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Melrose Public Library Children’s Room,
69 W. Emerson St. , Melrose, MA 02176 United States
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Jen Malone has published her first novel and you’re invited to help us celebrate! Bring the kids!! Jen will read from her new book, At Your Service (Simon & Schuster, 2104), and answer your questions — and then you will enter the world of twelve-year-old Chloe Turner, junior concierge at a fancy-schmantzy NYC hotel. You’ll create your own slam book, go on a scavenger hunt for pressed pennies, decorate cupcakes, and develop your dream itinerary. Sales of the book will…

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$20/adults (book included); $5/kids

Jason Segel at First Parish Church

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Parish Church,
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston welcome multitalented actor, writer, and musician JASON SEGEL and 826 Boston program coordinator KAREN SAMA for a reading, discussion, and signing of Segel’s hilariously frightening middle-grade novel Nightmares! Tickets go on sale online only at jasonsegel.eventbrite.com on August 19 at 9am. Tickets on sale now (online only) $20 tickets (book included) $5 kids tickets (ages 16 and under / book not included) Co-sponsored by 826 Boston; this event includes a book signing Nightmares! is…

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Brian Lies at The Blue Bunny

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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The bat-wagon is coming to town, with author/illustrator Brian Lies! The Blue Bunny will be celebrating Brian’s newest bat book, Bats in the Band, with a visit from his newly-fabricated bandwagon, complete with PVC pipe organ on its side, fiberglass bats on the roof, and a table full of simple percussion instruments for kids to play with. Brian always delivers a great event. Get ready for some surprises as well! All welcome!  

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Young Adult Mystery and Thriller panel at Wellesley Books

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wellesley Books,
82 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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Join us as four local authors, Diana Renn, Erin Dionne, Kim Harrington, and Laurie Faria Stolarz, discuss the craft of writing mysteries and thrillers for young adults. They’ll discuss how to generate ideas, the art of plot development, creating characters, and any other questions the audience may have. This is a fantastic opportunity to discuss the writing process! ABOUT THE AUTHORS Diana Renn writes contemporary international YA mysteries, all published by Viking/Penguin: Tokyo Heist (an Indie Next Pick), Latitude Zero…

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Picture Book Critique Group at The Writers’ Loft

September 11 @ 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! Please email Josh at papajfunk [at] gmail [dot] com, to be included on the group email. Guidelines through here, and if you plan on submitting a manuscript for critique, the deadline is the Monday prior to the meeting. This group generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm, but meetings are often moved…

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$55.00/members; $65.00/non-members

The Emotional Rollercoaster: Plotting the Young Adult Novel class at GrubStreet

September 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GrubStreet,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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What’s the first word you think of when you hear “teenager?” It begins with a D… Yes, DRAMA. Teenage drama, while tortuous to navigate as a teen or the parent of a teen, is rife with the stuff of good fiction. Teenagers are interesting. And dramatic. Which is, in part, why we’re seeing such a boom in the production of fiction for and about them. In this workshop we will: • quickly discuss the definition of young adult fiction, breaking…

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August 2014

Kara Weiss at More Than Words

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
More Than Words,
242 E. Berkeley St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 United States
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More Than Words is excited to host Kara Weiss, author of Late Lights, for an author event! She will be discussing her book, which tells the story of a group of at-risk youth coming of age in Boston. Join us for this reading followed by a youth-led discussion.

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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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