Local poets at Brookline Booksmith

Join three local poets for an evening of reading and discussion at Brookline Booksmith.

In ZVI SESLING’s Fire Tongue, the poems are precise and unsparing as they probe old questions of how and why the unspeakable enters our lives. In terse, suspenseful language and lines that are as light as their subjects they carry are heavy, indeed ominous, Sesling looks for hope, for what can redeem us. The poet finds the answer in our ability to listen, to feel, to own a conscience, and to value life.

GLORIA MINDOCK’s Whiteness of Bone pits hope and peace against oppression and death. MINDOCK gathers the eye witness accounts of the voiceless, the unheard, and crafts a voice in their stead. From El Salvador to Rwanda, Darfur to the Congo, mass graves and war crimes deafen and suffocate.  When such darkness goes ignored, the gaping maw of the abyss grows ever larger still.

LEN KRISAK’s Afterimage is a masterfully-crafted collection of poems in which we see the persistence of history into the present — the ancient market under the polish of urban architecture, the thrum of Roman crowds amid present-day Boston. Horace and Ovid exist alongside Jeopardy! and Clark Kent. Whether in a grand, public mode or quietly elegiac and personal, the poems record our contemporary life, often noting the images from such a distant and literary past strikingly alive in the present.

This event is free and open to the public.  Copies of these books are currently for sale at Brookline Booksmith.


2018 New England Authors Expo

The New England Authors Expo is the largest grassroots literary event in New England. The NEAE has over 2,000 authors, illustrators, publishers, printers and other publishing professionals on its contact list. By working together we organize book sales and other book-related events throughout the year. We try to keep our fees as low as possible so that every author will be able to attend our events. This event is free to the public.

This event will be held at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA on Wednesday, July 25.

11:00 AM – Doors open for librarians, bookstore owners and TV & radio guests

4:00 PM – Doors open to the public.

The event runs till 9:00 pm.


Summer Romance Author Festival

Your invited to find your perfect summer read at the Romance Author Festival hosted by Barnes and Noble in Framingham.

Featuring local authors Jen Doyle, InkSionna FoxEmma HartleyJennifer HallockLena LaneKari Lemor, Lorenzo Petruzziello (The Love Fool), Satin RussellKristen StrasselLJ Vickery, AuthorBarbara WallaceAuthor Michelle Windsor, and Author Jeannette Winters.

Come support thirteen wonderful writers, and enter for your chance to win a special prize!


Resistance Mic! Midterms Edition

Resistance Mic! is a series of intimate, curated evenings where a diverse collective of artists will take the stage to perform truth to power in these troubled times. This all-new midterm edition of Resistance Mic! picks up where the elections leave off, adding the human and moral dimensions to the political calculus.  Hear powerful voices, sample some Resistance cocktails, and prepare for an evening of insight, fun, and the power of word and music. Artists include Jennifer JeanRegie Gibson, Tim McCarthy, Sarah Sweeney, plus the amazing talents of writers in the newly published Pangyrus Resistance Issue, including:  Sonya Larson, Fred Marchant, Grace Taulsan and more. Music by Atlas Soul.


Kim Savage in conversation with Vanessa Linsey

Join us for the paperback release of Kim Savage’s In Her Skin. Kim will be speaking with Vanessa Linsey, author of the upcoming Metta Mom: A Mindful Guide to Managing Your Mood & Your Brood.

 

Kim Savage is a former reporter who received her master’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Her work includes the critically acclaimed novels After the Woods and Beautiful Broken Girls. Kim grew up in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and lives north of Boston, not far from the real Middlesex Fells of After the Woods.

Praise for In Her Skin:

“The mood of this psychological suspense story is appropriately dark and ominous, with a definite gritty edge . . . Obsessive and haunting.” —School Library Journal

“A dark, enthralling tale of truth, lies, and parallel lives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The mystery of Vivi’s disappearance lends a sinister cast to seemingly harmless interactions. Jo may act rock hard, but her vulnerability and longing are what give this thriller its stakes.” —Booklist

“Savage layers charade upon charade [in] this dark story full of sinister characters. . . An ambitious, twisted story of adopted sisters that raises intriguing questions about privilege, poverty, and morality.” —Publishers Weekly


Susan Conley in conversation with Maryanne O’Hara

“In this intricate, delicate-as-rice-paper novel, an American painter living in Beijing and trying to clean up her act at a yoga retreat makes gains in fits and starts, ‘a butterfly, flitting from leaf to leaf.’”—O Magazine

From the widely praised author of Paris Was the Place—a shattering new novel that bravely delves into the darkest corners of addiction, marriage, and motherhood

When Elsey’s husband, Lukas, hands her a brochure for a weeklong mountain retreat, she knows he is really giving her an ultimatum: Go, or we’re done. Once a successful painter, Elsey set down roots in China after falling passionately for Lukas, the tall, Danish MC at a warehouse rave in downtown Beijing. Now, with two young daughters and unable to find a balance between her identities as painter, mother, and, especially, wife, Elsey fills her days worrying, drinking, and descending into desperate unhappiness. So, brochure in hand, she agrees to go and confront the ghosts of her past. There, she meets a group of men and women who will forever alter the way she understands herself: from Tasmin, another (much richer) expat, to Hunter, a young man whose courage endangers them all, and, most important, Mei–wife of one of China’s most famous artists and a renowned painter herself–with whom Elsey quickly forges a fierce friendship and whose candidness about her pain helps Elsey understand her own. But Elsey must risk tearing herself and Lukas further apart when she decides she must return to her childhood home–the center of her deepest pain–before she can find her way back to him. Written in a voice at once wry, sensual, blunt, and hypnotic, Elsey Come Home is a modern odyssey and a quietly dynamic portrait of contemporary womanhood.


SUSAN CONLEY is the author of the novel Paris Was the Place and The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir. Born and raised in Maine, her writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe Paris Review, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She spent three years in Beijing with her husband and two sons before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she currently lives. She teaches in the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.

 

 

During the 1930s, an artist and reluctant new wife struggles to reconcile her heart’s ambitions with the promises she has made

Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935. Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a promising young artist, abandoned her dreams of working in New York City to rescue her father. Two months later he is dead and Dez is stuck in a marriage to reliable but child-hungry Asa Spaulding. Dez also stands to lose her father’s legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theater, as the Massachusetts Water Authority decides whether to flood Cascade to create a reservoir.

Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon, a fellow artist for whom Dez feels an immediate and strong attraction. As their relationship reaches a pivotal moment, a man is found dead and the town accuses Jacob, a Jewish outsider. But the tide turns when Dez’s idea for a series of painted postcards is picked up by “The American Sunday Standard” and she abruptly finds herself back on the path to independence. New York City and a life with Jacob both beckon, but what will she have to give up along the way?


A graduate of Emerson College s MFA program, Maryanne O Hara was a longtime associate editor at “Ploughshares” magazine. Her short stories have been published in “Five Points,” “The North American Review,” “The Crescent Review,” and “Redbook,” as well as the literary anthologies “MicroFiction,” “Brevity & Echo,” “The Art of Friction,” and “Flash Fiction: Youth.” She lives near Boston with her family.