• Andi Ramos

I'm Bloggin' Today: ​April Author Events

Updated: May 9, 2018

WOW! Spring is here and author events are popping up everywhere, from author readings and discussions to writer workshops. Check out the extensive list below for an event around you!


Poetry Performance

Following Ryan Sallans’s Lowell Lecture, join slam poets BLACK VENUS and EZIAH BLAKE for a performance centered on identity and expression. Afterward, the mic will be opened up to audience members who wish to share poems of their own.

Using poetry, movement, and music, Black Venus blurs the boundaries between art and form to center their life experience as a born and raised Bostonian who is Black, queer, and gender nonconforming. Eziah Blake is a twenty-eight-year-old Black, trans, and queer artist from Dorchester who has been singing since he was six years old, writing poetry since he was eleven, and advocating for LGBTQ rights since 2011. Blake will attend Berklee College of Music starting in the summer.


Ryan Sallans: Second Son―A Reading and Conversation on Trans Identities and Relationships

Ryan Sallans, an internationally known transgender speaker and author, explores his relationship with family, romantic partners, colleagues, and self. He also addresses our changing world and understanding of gender identity and expression, from childhood to adulthood.

Having begun his transition from female to male in 2005, Sallans’s story was first shared through the documentary Gender Rebel on LOGO TV. He then went on to appear on various talk shows and in magazines, where he shared his experiences as a transgender man living in the Heartland. As a speaker, Sallans works with corporations, federal agencies, healthcare institutions, and universities to be more LGBTQ inclusive. Sallans’s book Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life intimately explores his transition experience and his recovery from an eating disorder. He is currently working on his second book, which examines life post-transition as well as other transitions that we all experience as we age in society.

Saturday, April 7 | 10:00am – 4:00 p.m. The Derry Public Library

Derry Author Fest 2018: The Trials and Triumphs of Publishing

Derry Author Fest is a day of writing workshops, panels and networking for aspiring authors, dreamers and dabblers alike. We bring in reputable authors to teach in areas of their expertise. As an attendee, you can stay all day, half day, or just drop in for a session. Book sales and signings are interspersed in between our workshops so you will have time to buy books, support a local indie and  get some face time with our teachers.

The Derry Author Fest is a free event, hosted by The Derry Public Library. If you would like to register for the day, please do so in the calendar portion of our website: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/friend.cfm?curOrg=DERRY&tEvt=5484877&tfPopup=1

Registration is not necessary, however, it does help us to know how many people to expect.

Event Location: 64 E. Broadway  Derry, NH 03038

Saturday, April 7 | 2 – 3:00 p.m.Worcester Public Library

Stop Lecturing and Start Living! Author Event with Vicki Hoefle

Raising a child? Learn how to raise capable and responsible kids without nagging, threatening, and bribing your child on a daily basis. Book signing to follow.

Vicki Hoefle, author, parenting coach, and speaker shares her parenting tips and techniques. She is the author of Duct Tape Parenting, The Straight Talk on Parenting and Parenting as Partners.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org

LOCATION: Fiction Area 3 Salem St, Worcester, MA 01608

Sunday, April 8 | 2 – 4:00 p.m.Worcester Public Library

Worcester County Poetry Association

WCPA College Poetry Competition

CONTACT:  Craig Blais  413-222-9109  

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library 3 Salem St, Worcester, MA 01608


Christine Lahti, Author of True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age

For decades, actress and director Christine Lahti has captivated the hearts and minds of her audience through iconic roles in Chicago Hope, Running on Empty, Housekeeping, Swing Shift, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, God of Carnage, and The Blacklist. Now, in her comical and boldly honest essay collection, Lahti focuses on three major periods of her life: her childhood, her early journey as an actress and activist, and the realities of her life as a middle-aged woman in Hollywood today.

Lahti is an Academy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning acclaimed director and stage, television, and film actress with a career that spans over forty years. She won an Oscar for her short film Lieberman in Love and Golden Globe Awards for the 1989 TV movie No Place Like Home and for her role as Kate Austin in the CBS series Chicago Hope (1995–99), for which she also won an Emmy Award. She was the Broadway star of 8, God of Carnage, and The Heidi Chronicles among others..

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.Worcester Public Library

Worcester Writer's Group

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Are words your passion? Worcester Writer’s Group may be of interest to you. Read more at http://www.meetup.com/writers-858/

CONTACT:  Reference Department  wplref@mywpl.org

LOCATION: Talking Books Room 3 Salem St, Worcester, MA 01608


New England Rocks: Historic Geological Wonders

New England is a rocky, rugged region. Its towns are marked by stone walls and its cities anchored by native granite and marble buildings. Historically significant boulders―many with Native American as well as colonial and neo-pagan origins―attract tourists from around the world. Some are formations that are complex in shape, form, and significance, while others contain enigmatic messages, meanings, and intriguing characteristics. Michael Vieira examines the history, legends, and people associated with some of these geological wonders.

Dr. Vieira retired in 2013 after serving as associate vice president for academic affairs at Bristol Community College in Fall River. His book is featured in the booklist for the Beneath Our Feet exhibition at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.


Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon

Two weeks after the United States officially entered World War I, Irish American “Bricklayer Bill” Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero whose name has since appeared in almost every book written on the Boston Marathon. When journalist Patrick L. Kennedy and historian Lawrence Kennedy unearthed their uncle’s unpublished memoir, they discovered a colorful character who lived a tumultuous life, beyond his multiple marathons. The bricklayer survived typhoid fever, a five-story fall, auto and train accidents, World War action, Depression-era bankruptcy, decades of back-breaking work, and his own tendency to tipple. In many ways, Bill typified the colorful, newly emerging culture and working-class ethic of competitive long-distance running before it became a professionalized sport. Patrick Kennedy takes us back to another time, when bricklayers, plumbers, and printers could take the stage as star athletes.

Patrick L. Kennedy is a writer based in Boston.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 11:00am Toadstool Book Shop, Peterborough

Children's Author Day

Join us in welcoming Matt Forrest Esenwine (from Warner and Weare), Ryan O’Rourke (from Hooksett) and Deborah Bruss (from Bradford and Concord) at Children’s Author Day, hosted by The Toadstool Bookshops in Peterborough at 11am and Keene at 2pm. They will be here to sign and discuss the creation of their books. All ages welcome!

.Matt and Deborah have co –written the newly published  Don't Ask a Dinosaur  about a party that goes wildly awry when a pack of dinosaurs with very unique physical attributes attempt to help set up. Ryan is the illustrator of the brand new book Alphabet Boats in which the reader will discover twenty-six types of vessels, from the more common--canoe and motorboat--to the unusual--umiak and Q-boat.  All three each have several other books that will be available as well.

Event address: 12 Depot Sq, Peterborough, NH 03458

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 2:00pm Toadstool Book Shop, Keene

Children's Author Day

Join us in welcoming Matt Forrest Esenwine (from Warner and Weare), Ryan O’Rourke (from Hooksett) and Deborah Bruss (from Bradford and Concord) at Children’s Author Day, hosted by The Toadstool Bookshops in Peterborough at 11am and Keene at 2pm. They will be here to sign and discuss the creation of their books. All ages welcome!

Event address: 

12 Emerald Street, Keene, NH 03431

The Corner of Emerald and Main

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 3:00pm Toadstool Book Shop, Milford

Wendy Walter & Parents sign their book on the founding of Pickity Place!

We are honored to be hosting author Wendy Walter for a discussion and signing of her new book, Being "Pickity". Joining her for this event will be her parents, David and Judith Walter, creators of Pickity Place in Mason, NH. Our award-winning Bookside Cafe will be preparing delicious treats from the book. Come and get the inside story of this must-see destination!

This is the story of the creation of a "Pickity" Place. David and Judith Walter, the founders, followed their hearts and shared their dream of a simple, celebratory lifestyle with all of us. Their daughter Wendy, discloses where the name "Pickity" comes from, trials and errors experienced, and what it means to be "Pickity." Lavishly illustrated throughout, Being "Pickity" is a tribute to her parents who created something magical 'in the middle of nowhere', and a keepsake to be treasured long after you've visited.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however we do ask that you call and let us know you're coming, so that we may insure adequate seating. Thanks!

Event address: Lorden Plaza (upper bldg to the right!) 614 Nashua St Milford, NH

Sunday, April 15, 2018 | 1:00pm Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester

DISCUSSION OF A LIFE IN PUBLIC ART With Nancy Schon - Artist, Sculptor, Author


ABSW are proud to welcome Nancy Schon for a book talk about her memoir MAKE WAY FOR NANCY.

Although she came to public art late in life, Nancy has more than made up for it in her body of work. "The Tortoise and the Hare" in Boston's Copley Square greet Boston Marathon runners as they cross the finish line, McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings" is one of the most loved pieces in the Boston Public Garden, McCloskey's "Sal's Bear" graces Maine's Botanical Gardens, as do "Lentil and His Dog" in Hamilton, Ohio.

Each of them posed unique challenges and each generated original, unforgettable results. She will explain what goes into making a beautiful and tactile work of public art, from the wax maquettes to the casting in bronze, from dealing with budgets and logistics to the diplomacy required for dealing with public places and elected officials.


Please RSVP on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/139555996723932/

Event Location: Annie's Book Stop in Worcester

65 James St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01603


New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic

The New England general store is where children of each generation take their first allowance to buy their very own penny candy; it’s where people swap stories and have whispered of revolution. In tough times, the general store extended credit to its customers when no one else would. Today, stubborn as New Englanders themselves, the general store refuses to become a sentimental relic of an earlier age. Ted Reinstein offers a nostalgic picture of this colonial staple and steadfast institution of small towns from Connecticut to Maine.

Reinstein has been a reporter for WCVB’s Chronicle nightly news magazine since 1997, contributes to the station’s political roundtable show, and writes a weekly opinion column.

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 2:00pm Toadstool Book Shop, Keene

Keene - First Seasonal Author's Open House


Toadstool Book Shop Welcomes:

Peggy Jaeger, Bill Schubart and Eric Stanway

to speak at the Keene Toadstool’s first seasonal Author’s Open House! Jaeger, Schubart and Stanway will be here to share their experiences publishing and marketing their works, as well as doing a signing. We encourage all writers, new to the field or otherwise to join us in sharing trade secrets and insight on writing and publishing. Refreshments will be offered for attendees and a discount of 10% off purchases for published authors that come to the event!

Come meet and mingle with fellow writers at our Author’s Open House!

Event address: 

12 Emerald Street, Keene, NH 03431

The corner of Main and Emerald street

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 11:00am Toadstool Book Shop, Peterborough

Jim Kates introduces us to the work of French poet Jean-Pierre Rosnay

Jim Kates reading from and discussing his translations of the poet Jean-Pierre Ronsay in the newly published book of selected poems I Have Invented Nothing. Rosnay was a prolific  French poet and resistance fighter who joined the Parisian intellectual community after WW2.  Jim Kates is a poet and literary translator from Fitzwilliam, NH.

Event address: 12 Depot Sq, Peterborough, NH 03458

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 2:00pm Toadstool Book Shop, Keene

Writing Workshop with Annalisa Parent author of Storytelling for Pantsers

Author and writing coach, Annalisa Parent will walk workshop attendees through the elements of a publishable manuscript.  Based on her decade-long career helping writers to publish, and a twenty-year writing career, she’ll pull back the curtain on some of the tricks of the trade. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing and get meaningful feedback based on how their brain learns and creates best.

The workshop is two hours long, and free handouts are provided.  Materials needed:  pencil, paper, laptop, tablet, (and a chisel).

Annalisa is the senior editor of Laurel Elite Books and a seasoned writing coach.  She is a 2015 Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscientific principles. She writes for many local, national, and international publications, and has written and produced sketches for a Telly-Award winning television show.

She has been featured on Huffington Post Live for her novels, CBS Associated Press and Korean Broadcast Systems, as well as many podcasts and radio programs.  She is a featured speaker at the Writer’s Digest Annual Convention, and the upcoming Unicorn Writer’s Conference. 

Pre-register at https://writing-gym.com/toadstool/

Event address: 

12 Emerald Street, Keene, NH 03431

The Corner of Emerald and Main

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 2:00pm Toadstool Book Shop, Peterborough

Dale Peterson discusses "The Ghosts Of Gombe" a true story about a death at Jane Goodall's chimp research center

DALE PETERSON signing and discussing THE GHOSTS OF GOMBE: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND DEATH IN AN AFRICAN WILDERNESS his account of the 1969 mysterious death of Ruth Davis a young American volunteer  at Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee research camp in Gombe .Dale is the author of 20 books including a biography of Jane Goodall.

Event address: 12 Depot Sq,Peterborough, NH 03458

Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 1:00-3:00pm Bigelow Free Public Library 54 Walnut St., Clinton, MA 01510

Home Grown Authors Fair


April is National Poetry Month, and this particular gathering of authors certainly reflects a trend toward poetry rather than prose. But don’t let that stop you! All these writers are here because they had a story to tell and they are proud of their work. Writing is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Join us from 1-3 pm on Sunday, April 22 at the library for this FREE event!

Meet & Greet the Authors that Live Among Us:

– Tim Baird, The Dragon in the Whites (science-fiction/fantasy)

– Eric Burton, Kellyann Marie Gorham, Heather Lavalle, Cheaper than Therapy (poetry)

– Judith Ferrara, The Little O, the Earth: Travel Journals, Art, & Poems (poetry)

– Maryellen Letarte, Meandering (poetry)

– Richard Letarte, That One Glorious Season (sports/memoir)

– J. D. Mallinson, A Timeshare in France (mystery)

– Laura Rogerson Moore, Yahoopdips (poetry)

– Jennifer Morris, Fish are not Afraid of Doctors (picture book)

– Kara R. Newcastle, The Demon Road (fantasy)

– Cathryn Parry, Summer by the Sea (romance)

– Christian Reifsteck, Turning Turf (poetry & photography)

– Eve Rifkah, Outcasts (historical poetry)

– Matthew AJ Timmins, The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows (historical/humor)

– Marie Milagros Vazquez, Super Sparkly Everything (memoir)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 7:00-8:00pm Toadstool Book Shop, Peterborough

Elizabeth Thomas, NHPR and Peter Biello!

ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS  discussing THE HIDDEN LIFE OF LIFE  with New  Hampshire Public Radio host PETER BIELLO  at the bookstore.  NHPR’s literary conversation series The Bookshelf from NHPR is venturing out of the studio and into the stacks for this special event.  Peter Biello will interview the longtime Peterborough resident and she will read from the brand new book. This event is open to all and we can look forward to a fascinating discussion.  The conversation will be recorded for later airing on NHPR.   The Hidden Life of Life provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet, from the littlest microbes to the largest lizards. Attendees will be able to submit questions for Elizabeth and Peter at the door, or online through social media prior to the event (Twitter: @NHPRBookshelf or e-mail: books@nhpr.org).

For more on The Bookshelf http://nhpr.org/topic/bookshelf#stream/0

Event address: 12 Depot Sq, Peterborough, NH 03458

April 27-28 The 2018 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference


The 2018 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference will be held on April 27-28 at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. Registration is open, so register now, because you don't want to miss out!

NECRWA18 will feature:

▪ a fantastic lineup of agents and editors who are eager to hear your pitches

▪ a diverse schedule of business, craft, and writer's life workshops

▪ mini Indie UnCon/PAN breakout and Camp NaNoWriMo writers' retreats

▪ the opportunity to participate in our literacy signing event for readers on Friday night

▪ Three amazing speakers: Beverly Jenkins will be presenting a master class on World-Building for American Settings, and Skye Warren and Sarina Bowen will be our keynote speakers!

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