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Past, Present & Future of Libraries: A Conversation

A mind-expanding conversation about libraries, past, present, and future — complete with snacks and mojitos — makes for a great start to the workweek. Last night, Libraries Without Borders held a panel discussion fundraiser on the topic “Past, Present & Future of Libraries.” Special guest Matthew Battles, author of Library: An Unquiet History, talked about […]

March extracurriculars: Library Legislation and Literacy as Liberation

Last week I took two field trips away from the office (three, counting A Wrinkle in Time). Tuesday, March 6th, was Library Legislative Day at the Massachusetts State House in downtown Boston (across from the old, old Horn Book office on Beacon Hill; and look at it this week during the #NationalSchoolWalkout protest!). I went to […]

ALAMW18: Not-a-Martha (or a Roger)

Although I’ve worked at The Horn Book for nearly twelve years (!! feels like yesterday), this was my first year attending Midwinter as an official ALA member. ALSC hosted a new members’ dinner on Friday night, where I bonded with Elizabeth Serrano, from the “home office” in Chicago, over perplexing cocktail names (“Not my chair, […]

Recap: Angie Thomas at First Parish Church in Cambridge, MA

I was lucky enough to be part of the sold-out audience at First Parish Church in Cambridge, MA, Tuesday night to hear her discuss The Hate U Give (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray) with Here & Now radio host Robin Young, sponsored by Harvard Book Store and WBUR. It was the day after #AngieThomasAppreciationDay, and those present […]

February Boston-area book events

February is a good month for book-lovers! Here’s a sampling of events coming up around Boston; check our calendar for details and even more events. Email cbb@hbook.com to submit your event for listing. Tonight at 7:00 pm, join Brookline Booksmith to celebrate new releases from two young adult novelists: Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood) and […]

December Boston-area book events

It’s December (what? already?!), which means that our bookish city’s typical flurry of book-related events is accompanied by a plethora of holiday-oriented book-related happenings. (Give books! Buy indie!) Here’s a sampling; check our calendar for details and even more events. Email cbb@hbook.com to submit your event for listing. On Saturday, December 2nd, at 10:00 a.m., […]

Innosanto Nagara, Wee the People, Frugal Bookstore: A Is for Awesome

Yesterday afternoon, Oakland-based author/illustrator Innosanto Nagara, best known for his board book A Is for Activist, held an awesome after-school event at the Frugal Bookstore (Friends of the Horn Book) in Roxbury, MA. Called “R Is for Rulebreakers! Celebrate Protest with Innosanto Nagara,” the event was hosted by Wee the People, “an arts-based series of […]

Boston Book Festival 2017: “Where We Find Ourselves”

The theme of the ninth annual Boston Book Festival was “Where We Find Ourselves.” We found ourselves in Booth #9 enjoying the music and performances from the Berklee Festival Stage — and all throughout the twenty-plus (!) venues in and around Copley Square and the Boston Public Library. Here are some highlights from the event […]

Parenting inspiration from Kazu Kibuishi and other graphic novelists at the MICE expo

“What is the hardest character for you to draw?” my second-grade son, Miles, asked Kazu Kibuishi, author and illustrator of his favorite graphic novels series, Amulet. Kibuishi had just finished an inspiring talk and demonstration for a group of children and adults at MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Exposition) at Lesley University on October 21 and […]

2017 Boston Teen Author Festival

On Saturday afternoon, the place to be for fans of YA literature was the sixth annual Boston Teen Author Festival, held at the Cambridge Public Library and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Forty (!) authors participated throughout the day on panels including “Family Portrait” (authors S. K. Ali, Sarah Nicole Lemon, Jen Malone, […]