The Friends of the Library are excited to bring the second annual Maynard Book Festival to town on Saturday, April 13. Last year's festival was a bit of an experiment, but was so successful that we decided to make it an annual event! This year we are Celebrating Massachusetts Authors--with two author presentations, a blogging workshop and a special art activity for kids. In addition, we're hosting a special open house just for Maynard authors and illustrators.
If you've never experienced an author reading, you're in for a treat! Listening to any craftsman talk about his or her work is fascinating, but authors are especially observant and thoughtful and imaginative, so these discussions are guaranteed to be insightful and thought-provoking. Another thing--you don't need to do any homework to enjoy the Festival! But if you're inspired to read, see links below in the event descriptions. We've also created reading lists for kids and adults.
All events will be held at the Library and all are free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served, but we hope you will make a day of it and have lunch or dinner at one of Maynard's fine eating establishments. Look for a display from the Maynard Business Alliance if you need suggestions.
Festival day will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a story and special art activity for kids ages 6-12. Jef Czekaj
is the author of picture books Oink-a-Doodle-Moo; Hip &Hop, Don’t Stop; and Yes, Yes, Yaul. He also illustrated the non-fiction books The Circulatory Story, The Quest to Digest and Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation. Add in the fact that Jef is a DJ, rapper and comic strip artist and you can imagine that things will get interesting and lively! Pre-registration is required for this activity. Please stop by or call the Reference Desk at 978-897-1010 x103 to register. If you prefer to register by email, please send a message with the subject line "workshop" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have ever dreamed of sharing your personal experiences with thousands of loyal readers, writing a book about it and then being portrayed in a movie adaptation, our workshop about blogging may be for you. Blogger and cookbook author Chelsea Monroe-Cassel will share her experience writing the official Game of Thrones food blog The Inn at the Crossroads (www.innatthecrossroads.com). The workshop will also cover technical details including how to get started and how to build an audience and encourage participation. Chelsea and her blogging partner Sariann Lehrer turned a love of George R.R. Martin’s books and a talent for cooking into a successful medieval food blog and ultimately into the official companion cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire. The workshop will run from 11:00 until 12:30, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required for this activity. See the registration instructions above.
Did you know that Maynard is brimming with published authors and illustrators? Come help us celebrate them from 12:00 to 1:00 at the Maynard Authors Open House. Julie Berry, David Mark, Linda Orsi Robinson, Priscilla Alpaugh and others will be on hand to sign their books and chat about writing and the publishing business.
After a short break for lunch, the festival will continue at 2:00 p.m. with an author panel discussion.
Massachusetts has a long and rich history, and our panel members have all tapped into that past as inspiration for their novels. William Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including five featuring Peter Fallon an antiquarian bookseller in Boston (Back Bay, Harvard Yard, The Lincoln Letter). Fallon’s adventures follow through time historical treasures like a Paul Revere tea set, a diary kept by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and a draft of the Constitution, while also chronicling Fallon’s search for them in the present day. Martin’s books also include Cape Cod, a historical family saga from the time of the Pilgrims til now. Barbara Shapiro’s recent novel The Art Forger uses the infamous art theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as its basis, and then imagines an alternate history for a stolen Degas painting in a thriller based in Boston’s art world. Struggling artist Claire Roth is asked to create a forgery of the masterpiece, and is drawn into its shady and mysterious past. A struggling artist is also central to MaryanneO’Hara’s novel Cascade, based on the flooding of central Massachusetts towns to create Quabbin Reservoir as a public water supply for the city of Boston. Desdemona Spaulding is torn between her family duty and her desire to succeed in the art world. She uses her talent in an attempt to preserve her town and her father’s legacy. These three authors will talk about fiction based in Massachusetts history in a discussion led by Kathryn Burak, author of Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things. Burak’s novel is set in Amherst and traces the effect the poetry of Emily Dickinson has on a troubled teenager as she heals from a year of tragic events.
The festival concludes at 3:30 p.m. with “An Improbable Interview”, a presentation by the incomparable Gregory Maguire, author of the Wicked series and dozens of other books for kids and adults. Maguire uses classic stories and fairy tales as the jumping off point for his richly and fantastically reimagined worlds. In his talk, he’ll explore the world of Oz and fantasy writing based on conversations with his friends and fellow writers Ursula K LeGuin, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman and others. This is sure to be a fascinating look into the creative process with a master of the craft!
Books by all five authors will be offered for sale by Porter Square Books, and all authors will sign books in sessions following each presentation.