• Andi Ramos

I'm Bloggin' Today: June Author Events

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sally Maude and her memoir "Oh My Word" - life as a twin - courageous, independent and adventurous

11:00am Toadstool Book Shop Peterborough-12 Depot Sq., Peterborough, NH 03458

Sally Maude(a pseudonym) signing and discussing OH, MY WORD her memoir of life as an identical twin in a small New Hampshire city (Keene). It’s a humorous account of ESP between twins and of her travels, love of art, and business successes.

Read about her in the Keene Sentinel http://www.sentinelsource.com/elf/pickin_and_pokin/the-words-of-sally-maude/article_4a581a8e-3e7d-11e8-aab2-37518c76077c.html

“Civil Hearts” author appearance by Claire Gem

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Booklovers’ Gourmet 55 East Main St., Webster, MA 01570 United States

Come meet award winning author and Webster resident, Claire Gem, who has just released the third in her Haunted Voices series titled “Civil Hearts”. The author has created another thrilling, supernatural suspense, this time set in the rural South, in an abandoned antebellum mansion. “Civil Hearts” is Gem’s sixth novel. Call 508-949-6232 for more information or visit www.clairegem.com.

About the book: “Civil Hearts,” is the story of a NYC widow, Liv Larson, who heads south to start her life over after losing her husband to brain cancer. She falls in love with an abandoned plantation home and sets about to restore it when she discovers she’s not living alone: the house is haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier.

Liv also finds herself falling for the local antiques dealer, Heath Barrow, whose solitary lifestyle is due to his unpredictable medical condition: Heath is epileptic.

“I try to create characters who are facing real-life challenges, even as they are also dealing with elements of the supernatural,” Gem says. “My hero in “Spirits of the Heart” is an alcoholic. The heroine of my women’s fiction, “The Phoenix Syndrome,” goes deaf. I gave the hero of “Civil Hearts” a very real though not often talked about chronic syndrome: epilepsy.”

Author Talk: Emem Uko

1pm Boston Public Library-East Boston

Emem Uko, author of Hers To Tell, Notice Me, and Janus is having a book talk

Jessica Murby discussing and signing her book "Alive for Now"

2:00pm Toadstool Bookshop Keene- 12 Emerald Street, The Corner of Emerald and Main Keene, NH 03431

How would your life be different if you lived with mindfulness of your own inevitable death? Instead of that being a morbid question, the answer to it may be the most powerful means to get your actions in line with your truest priorities. Alive for Now is beyond a book, it is a guided journey in using action-based practices for thriving in life that are otherwise quite easily diverted for a lifetime. An unexpected and refreshing method for living a life of authenticity, contentment, presence, courage, and resilience.

Jessica Murby is a Hospice Liaison, Occupational Therapist, lover of life, and acro yogi. She unexpectedly came upon the benefits of using death as teacher through her clinical experience and through navigating illness herself. She is part of a lifelong research study at the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.). Jessica currently splits her time between her roots in New England and the beautiful island of Maui. She shares her work through public speaking, writing, and workshops.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Queer Coming of Age Stories: Pride Month Author Panel

6pm Boston Public Library-Central Library in Copley Square

Panelists: Andrea Lawlor, Mackenzi Lee, and Charles Rice-Gonzalez; Moderator Caroline Linden for a Pride Month Author Panel.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Reeve Lindbergh discussing and signing "Two Lives"

2:00pm Toadstool Bookshop Keene-12 Emerald Street The Corner of Emerald and Main Keene, NH 03431

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writes about the intersection of fame and privacy from her unique perspective—as the spokesperson for the arguably most famous family of the twentieth century. In her new book, Lindbergh reflects on her own “Two Lives,” navigating her role as the public face of her family while, at the same time, leading a very quiet existence in rural Vermont. After devoting years to keeping separate her “Lindbergh life” and her everyday life on her farm, she now finds herself able to make peace with her two lives. Lindbergh takes us into the National Air and Space Museum and her own kitchen drawers with equal ease, discovering that the history-making items on display are, for her, like the memorabilia that most families keep in the attic. Two Lives reconciles the seemingly separate worlds of fame and privacy, even finding a “certain sweetness” when they intersect.

Bill and Elisabeth Perras performance and book signing

3:00pm to 7:00pm Toadstool Bookshop Keene-12 Emerald Street

The corner of Main and Emerald Keene, NH 03431

As an accomplished performing singer/songwriter in Florida for the past 20+ years, an interesting change of events has come about in Eli's life over the years. Her trademark song titled "Mama’s Bank Account", that she wrote in 1998 was the inspiration for a book that she recently wrote, titled “Raising Adam – In the Face of Adversity”. The story line is about the trials and tribulations that she faced while raising her premature, multi-handicapped son, Adam, who was unexpectedly born at home. Due to his prematurity, and extreme health issues, it required Eli to raise Adam at home under intensive 24/7 care until he was nearly 15 years old, at which time Eli began to have some serious medical issues of her own. As her options ran out for the care that Adam needed, her only choice was to have him moved to a group home where he could get the needed care in order to survive in this world the best that he could.

This real life song & story has touched many of our audience members in a very deep way, so it was with no surprise that after several years many people prompted Eli to write a book on this particular subject, especially to explain how she dealt with the red tape that the medical and educational institutions can present. So, after digging deep into her soul, Eli completed this project in July of 2017, and now in the process of sharing this story with as many people as she can, especially the parents of disabled children, and those who know of parents who could use help raising handicapped children.

Bill and Eli will perform at The Farm Cafe in the Toadstool Bookshop from 3-5 and follow up with a booksigning with us at 6pm.


MAGGIE KEMP & MELODY ZAHN RUSSELL bring kids the 'reel' story.

3:00pm Toadstool Bookshop Milford- Lorden Plaza (upper bldg to the right!) 614 Nashua Street, Milford, NH 03055

Please join us in our cafe for a reading, discussion, and signing by local writer MAGGIE KEMP. Also on-hand will be the illustrator and Toadstool favorite MELODY ZAHN RUSSELL - famous for her potato print greeting cards!

Sam Fisherwoman: The Reel Story, Maggie’s new picture book, a collaboration with Waldorf art educator Melody Zahn Russell, will be published in June 2018!

Includes safety tips and a fishing glossary!

Sam is one spirited little girl, convinced that she can do big things without anybody’s help, even her big brothers. So she sets out to prove it, showing she’s a real fisherwoman early one summer morning at her family’s lake cottage. Readers will feel Sam’s excitement at each step of her mission. When things seem to go awry, families will cheer for Sam as she faces each new challenge with a can-do attitude. But will this spunky little girl catch her fish?

Described as “visual haiku”, Waldorf art educator, Melody Zahn Russell’s potato prints embody Sam’s story beautifully, grounding it in the adventures of a life on the water.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Pamela Goodell discussing her book "Dementia: The Demon in the Closet"

2:00pm Toadstool Bookshop Keene- 12 Emerald Street. The Corner of Emerald and Main, Keene, NH 03431

Dementia: The Demon in the Closet is a compelling book of a caregiver’s first-hand experience with the trials of her husband’s dementia, offering valuable credibility. Written from a uniquely honest perspective, including medical and neuropsychological reports and references, nothing about dementia is “sugar-coated” in this personal account. Though brutal and painful, it is also loving and offers hints and advice on ways to deal with Alzheimer’s behaviors. It is meant to corroborate and validate the feelings of other caregivers, family and friends and to educate professionals, doctors, nurses and anyone else interested in this demonic disease.

Pamela Goodell was born and raised in New Hampshire. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Keene State College. She has, in turn, been an elementary school teacher, a bank teller, and a town clerk.

When her husband developed Alzheimer’s, she gave her best to care for him at home and to afford him all the love, support and dignity she could.

She and her husband shared a love of nature, and she still lives in the log house he built before his illness. It is situated amidst thirty acres of woods, pond, and wildlife in Richmond, New Hampshire.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rupert Thomson Author Talk

6pm Boston Public Library- Central Library in Copley Square

Boston Public Library welcomes author Rupert Thomson for a discussion with James Wood, about the publication of his newest book, Never Anyone But You.

Powered by Thomson’s natural gift for storytelling, this brilliantly imagined novelization of the life of Claude Cahun, known to many as a cult figure in the gay community, and Marcel Moore, breathes life and expands the understanding of the personal and historical moment of which they were apart. Profound and ultimately heart-breaking, Never Anyone But You raises critical questions about the tension between art and political activism and will serve as a compelling introduction to the deep and abiding love story of two enduring female heroines. 

Rupert Thomson is the author of nine highly acclaimed novels, including Katherine Carlyle; Secrecy; The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and selected by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time; The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature…

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Romance at Stonegate

6:30pm Boston Public Library- Jamaica Plain

What was it like to be a lesbian around 1900? In a time with no social media, no books about alternative life-styles, no bars, no workshops, no visible gay culture, how could a young couple manage?

Ellen Levy has written a romance novel detailing a relationship between two young Jewish women who fall in love in 1910. They were not able to discuss their internal struggles nor happiness with their friends or family.

The book, historical fiction, gives a detailed view of life in this era in Boston, Western Massachusetts and New York City.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Forced Into Genocide Book Event

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Worcester Public Library-Saxe Room - Main Library

Forced Into Genocide is the riveting memoir of Yervant Edward Alexanian, an eyewitness to the massacre and dislocation of his family and countrymen in Ottoman Turkey during World War I.  His memoir is a one-of-a-kind "insider's account" documenting the Genocide's astonishing cruelty, but also its rare, unexpected acts of humanity.

Adrienne Alexanian, Yervant's daughter, will be presenting her father's memoir. Book signing will follow the presentation. 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org

Esther M. Cantua will be presenting her poetry collection "My Perspectives"

2:00pm Toadstool Bookshop Keene-12 Emerald Street The Corner of Emerald and Main Keene, NH 03431

My Perspectives is an eclectic array of poems. Included are themes relegating the beauty of nature reminiscent of New England. Spiritual and political viewpoints are presented. There is emphasis on human relationships depicting the joys and sorrows of living. Family, friends and pets have their share of the thought process of the writer. Thrown in to extract a chuckle or two are discomforting senior moments. Photographs are interspersed to engage the reader and provide complementary images.


Esther M. Cantua was born in MA and moved to NH at an early age, where she resided most of her life. She earned a B.S. degree in Human Services from Springfield College, while working as a secretary for the State of NH, and later worked as Office Manager in a facility, which nurtures infants and young children. After retirement she and her husband Ray (pictured) moved to Arizona to soak up the culture there before returning to New England to reconnect with family and friends. Esther and her husband share a love of animals, nature, dancing and travel. They have adopted two shelter dogs. Earlier they purchased an RV and traveled both northern and southern routes in the US and have taken cruises to the Caribbean and Canada.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Author Series -- Romance at Stonegate

6:30pm Boston Public Library- West Roxbury

Join us for our Author Lecture Series – Ellen Levy presents: Romance at Stonegate.

This romance novel details a relationship between two Jewish young women who fall in love in 1910. They must hide from their friends, family and religion. The book gives a detailed view of Boston, the Berkshires, and New York City during this era.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Author Panel: The Evolution of Human Nature

6pm Boston Public Library-Central Library in Copley Square

Panelists: Lisa Feldman Barret, Ph.D., Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D., Kenneth R. Miller, Ph.D. Moderator: Deborah Blum

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Benjamin Thomas discussing and signing his book "Jack Be Quick"

2:00pm Toadstool Bookshop Keene- 12 Emerald Street, The Corner of Emerald and Main, Keene, NH 03431

A picture scrawled in blood pushes paramedic Noah McKeen into a game of hide and seek with someone attempting to honor Jack the Ripper. Tormented and controlled by little white pills and visions of the woman he had intended to start a family with now in the company of another man, Noah fights to control his sordid selfish behavior and stop a brutal reenactment of history’s most notorious serial killer.

Benjamin Thomas is the writer behind Jack Be Quick, a dark thriller weaving together the lives of a troubled paramedic and an individual wanting nothing more than to recreate the infamous Ripper murders. His short work has appeared in The Lascaux Review, Flash Fiction Online, Winter Tales: A Fox Spirit Anthology, and elsewhere. In his spare time, Ben reviews books for Shoreline of Infinity, the hugo-nominated speculative fiction e-zine. He lives in New England where he unequally balances time between hiking and quoting seemingly random movies. He can be reached at bthomas7.weebly.com or @jigsawkid7

Book Signing with author Ed Londergan

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Booklovers’ Gourmet 55 East Main St., Webster, MA 01570 United States

Ed Londergan is a freelance writer and editor, storyteller, writing coach, workshop teacher and amateur colonial historian. A lifelong writer, Londergan has always been fascinated by the written word beginning when he was in elementary school. Writing is a way of life for him and, two years ago, he quit his job to follow his passion. His two historical fiction books are The Devil’s Elbow, which won an honorable mention in the juvenile fiction category at the 2013 New England Book Festival and The Long Journey Home, also a New England Book Festival award-winner. The third and final book in the series, The Farmhouse, is expected to be published late 2018.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Poetry Reading & Book Signing with Ronald J. Whittle

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Booklovers’ Gourmet 55 East Main St., Webster, MA 01570 United States

Shrewsbury native Ron Whittle reflects about love and war in his unique, emotional prose style of writing in his chapbook “Goodbye Again”. Free. Books will be available for purchase. Call 508-949-6232 for more information.

About the author: Ronald J. Whittle is a lifetime resident of Massachusetts, born in Worcester and raised and educated in his hometown of Shrewsbury, MA. Further education came by way of the U.S. Navy, Vietnam, the Apollo 13 recovery team and 45 years of family living. Ron divides his time between Worcester and Cape Cod. His influences include Tom Waits, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Edgar Allan Poe, Ogden Nash, Ezra Pound and Rod McKuen. He is a member of the Worcester County Poetry Association, the Works in Progress/Outlaw Stage and the Worcester Artist Group, a founding member of the Worcester Art Walk and a member of the Warrior Writers of Boston. Several of his poems have been published in various magazines and he has recently been recognized internationally.


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