Concord's annual "Picnic in the Park" is Wednesday, July 4 at Emerson Field. Bicycle parade, field games, food, music, FUN!
Rest in peace, Donald Hall. The former poet laureate of the US died yesterday, at age 89.
Here's the NYT obituary: https://www.npr.org/2018/06/24/623033688/donald-hall-former-poet-laureate-dies-at-89
npr.org Hall, the author of more than 40 books, died on Saturday at his family farm in the town of Wilmot, N.H.
Here comes the sun!
What are you reading this first weekend of summer?
Please join us TONIGHT - Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7pm - when Concord-based author Marian Stanley launches her new mystery, "Buried Troubles."
Rosaria O'Reilly finds herself in grave danger from those who won't let go of the past in this thrilling sequel to The Immaculate.
Still recovering from injuries sustained during her last effort in solving a murder, Rosaria is dragged into a new case with ties to the Irish community on both sides of the Atlantic. The victim is an Irish journalism student working on a research paper in Boston. His aunt, a friend of Rosaria's, reaches out to her for help in solving the case.
This does not go over well with Rosaria's significant other, Boston Police Detective Solly Belkin, who wants Rosaria to leave the case in his capable hands.
Determined to help her friend and assert her independence to Solly, Rosaria travels to Ireland for the funeral and continues her investigation there. Soon, she is caught up in a dark web of ancient grievances, old crimes, and secrets that powerful people are determined to keep hidden forever.
Can Rosaria unearth these buried troubles and solve the murder before the killer buries her instead?
Our "Author of the Month" is Dawn Powell (1896 - 1965), an American writer of satirical novels and stories that were barbed, yet sensitive.
A New York Times Book Review feature said, Powell “is wittier than Dorothy Parker, dissects the rich better than F. Scott Fitzgerald, is more plaintive than Willa Cather in her evocation of the heartland, and has a more supple control of satirical voice than Evelyn Waugh.”
Come check out our pillar display to learn more about the author, and browse her books.
“The Book of Essie” brilliantly explores religious hypocrisy, bigotry, money, class, family, community, celebrity, and the media. It's a book that people will need to talk about after reading it.
Welcome back to Sarah - she has returned from her Scottish sojourn -- (and there was much rejoicing!)
Tomorrow night - Thursday, June 14 at 7pm - Meghan MacLean Weir will be here to talk about her novel, "The Book of Essie." Time for Q&A and book signing after the author presentation.
You'll be swept up in the story of the 17-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.
Author Meghan MacLean Weir was raised in the rectory of her father’s church in Southbridge, Mass. Her memoir, "Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency," chronicles her years in training at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. She continues to live and work as a physician in the Boston area.
Our friends at Debra's Natural Gourmet are partnering with Find The Cause Breast Cancer Foundation, formerly Art Because and Thoreau Club for a 'Breast Cancer: Spotlight on Cause and Prevention' workshop on Wednesday, June 13.
There will be an optional Middle Eastern meal (organic) prior to the workshop.
Details are here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efejz4la7f7fc8d3&llr=474cbbcab
Ah, the joys of reading outdoors ... Yes, she's on a swingset!
Do you still have space on your calendar this weekend? Peek into our Community Window for inspiration --
Our friends around the corner at Opera51 are performing Faust, by Charles Gounod; conducted by Alan Yost. This is a fully staged and costumed performance with orchestra, sung in French with projected English titles.
Performances are June 7, 9, and 10, 2018 at The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord.
For more info, visit opera51.org
We've got signed editions of this unforgettable new novel by Tommy Orange, an incredibly gifted writer, who has written the book everyone will be talking about. Your book group needs this one!
Dawn says "Set in Oakland, California, THERE THERE shows the challenges of the contemporary Native American - both tethered and buoyed by the traditions of their culture while shaped by changes in the world at large.
Tommy Orange is a compelling storyteller; the first several chapters of the novel read like discrete short stories - each one a gem that focuses on one character heading toward a powwow in Oakland. As the novel moves along, these characters interact, and the pace quickens, culminating in a stunning revelation."
with "Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country"
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We are open today (Saturday) 9:30 - 5
We are open Sunday noon - 5
We we be closed on Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
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In our Community Window this week -
The 7th annual Buttrick Garden Party for the benefit of the Minuteman National Park gardens will be held:
Thursday, May 31, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
174 Liberty Street, Concord
The Friends of Minuteman National Park hosts the event to raise funds for the maintenance and restoration of the historic gardens and awareness of the grounds of this legendary park in concord.
The evening features music, refreshments, tours, an auction, plus a hat competition for the most original chapeau. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the event, visit the Friends of Minuteman website.
In our Community Window this week - Gaining Ground, a non-profit organic farm in Concord, which grows vegetables and fruit with the help of hundreds of community volunteers and donates all of this fresh food to area meal programs and food pantries.
We were sure we'd spot a rainbow after this evening's rainstorms ... no rainbow, but Concord Center is looking happy, with live music coming out of Main Streets Market & Cafe.
Spring has sprung - breathe in this beautiful seasonal display in our Community Window, and circle May 12 on your calendar!
Just in time for Mother's Day, the Garden Club of Concord Garden Club of Concord is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 12th, rain or shine, in front of the Middlesex Savings Bank in Concord Center from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Over 1,000 plants will be for sale, including perennials, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, and house plants. Most of the perennials come from the established local gardens of Garden Club members.
All funds raised from the plant sale are distributed as grants to local projects that reflect the Club's horticultural mission, scholarships, local beautification programs, town garden planning and maintenance, and Arbor Day planning.
A wonderful literary salon series in Concord! Meet and mingle with authors Michelle Hoover (BOTTOMLAND) and Christopher Castellani (ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE) at the beautifully restored Hawthorne Inn Concord.
The evening includes light snacks, warm beverages, and engaging conversation in an intimate setting. Proceeds benefit Grub Street's scholarship fund to support youth writing programs.
Tomorrow we start our Literary Life series at the Hawthorne Inn. An opportunity to listen to readings and discuss with local celebrated authors. Join us at 7PM tomorrow and meet Michelle Hoover and Christopher Castellani (We are charging a small entry fee but proceeds will be donated to the GrubbStreet scholarship fund):
Mr. Cameron was one of our CMS Book Fair guest readers this morning ... do you recognize the book he's sharing?
The CMS Book Fair is today - a percentage of sales from all sales (every customer, every item - not only those connected to Concord Middle Schools) benefits the CMS Parent-Teacher Group.
Guest readers will be here to share some of their favorite stories:
10 am- Justin Cameron
12 pm - Shauna Hardiman
1 pm - Kathryn Sexauer
Join us all day at the Concord Bookshop on Saturday, May 5, 2018 for the Concord Middle School Book Fair.
We have staff wish lists, suggestions for both adult and younger readers, jigsaw puzzles, greeting cards, coloring books, gift certificates ... the list goes on and on!
Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, birthdays, and "just because" -- books are always in season! Pick up some books and activities for family fun. And, remember, Screen Free week runs through May 6!
A percentage of *every* purchase from the day will benefit the Concord Middle School PTG.
subtitled "The Battle Heard Round the World" .... indeed!
subtitled: "Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours"
We are NOT complaining about a sunny day, but the glare made it a challenge to get a good photo of this week's Community Window -- walk down Main Street to see this gorgeous display by Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program at the Umbrella -- the puppets for the Earth Day parade are phenomenal!
Saturday, April 28 10:30am–2:00pm
*Rain Date: Sunday, April 29
EARTH DAY PARADE
The Umbrella to The Old Manse
yes, you'll find this here when we open at 9:30 today!
Also available as a digital audiobook - read by the author --> https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781427298287-a-higher-loyalty?bookstore=concordbookshop
Is your Young Reader feeling patriotic?
Matt put together this revolutionary book display - biography, history, mystery; fact and fiction set during the birth of our nation.
No parade, no problem!
Many merchants and restaurants in Concord will be open tomorrow, welcoming visitors and locals.
The Bookshop will be open 9:30 - 6pm. Come in and discover 'the books read round the world!'
From Erin Stevens, Concord public info officer: CONCORD, MA — After many groups elected to not march in the Patriots Day Parade due to the impending weather on Monday April 16th, 2018, the Public Ceremonies Committee has decided to cancel the Patriots Day Parade. The forecast has predicted heavy rain up to 3 inches, wind gusts up to 40 mph, and a near-freezing temperature. The town weather service has also predicted chances of sleet and freezing rain during the earlier morning hours. Safety of all marchers is paramount, and due to the temperature with rain forecasted, the Public Ceremonies Committee feels that this decision is Best.
Our friends at the Discovery Museum in Acton host a wonderful free speaker series - On Tuesday, May 1, their speaker is Katherine Reynolds Lewis - Washington, DC-area journalist and author of "The Good News About Bad Behavior."
Registration and more information here:
Author John Matteson stopped in the Bookshop when he was in town this weekend -- additions to our Signed Books Gallery include his
- EDEN'S OUTCASTS (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography)
- THE LIVES OF MARGARET FULLER
- THE ANNOTATED LITTLE WOMEN - edited and with an Introduction and Notes from John Matteson. This classic novel was first published 150 years ago, in 1868!
This Thursday (April 12) at 7pm, Joseph Rosenbloom will present an author talk and slideshow inspired by his book, "Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours," and original and riveting investigation that relives the drama of this time.
"Redemption" draws on dozens of interviews by the author with people who were immersed in the Memphis events, features recently released documents from Atlanta archives, and includes compelling photos. The fresh material reveals untold facets of the story including a never-before-reported lapse by the Memphis Police Department to provide security for King. It unveils financial and logistical dilemmas, and recounts the emotional and marital pressures that were bedeviling King. Also revealed is what his assassin, James Earl Ray, was doing in Memphis during the same time and how a series of extraordinary breaks enabled Ray to construct a sniper’s nest and shoot King.
Join us for an informative talk, Q&A, and book-signing with Mr. Rosenbloom, an award-winning journalist who has been a staff reporter for the Boston Globe, an investigative reporter for Frontline, and a senior editor for Inc. magazine. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, American Prospect, among other publications.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins is a smart friendly Chinese-American 3rd grader with a fondness for what she calls 'precision of language,' - after all, she's going to be a famous writer one day.
She likes to make up games with her best friend Colleen – who she's learning to share with a new girl at school.
She's a great big sister to baby Gwendolyn … who can say "Mama" and "Dada" … but not "Cilla!"
Cilla also likes traditions – like the color red for luck. And in THIS BOOK IS A CLASSIC, there are a lot of traditions to share!
Thru Cilla and her adventures of preparing for her aunt Eva's wedding, Susan Tan shares some of the fun and challenges of being a 3rd grader … it's a classic!
Today (Sunday, April 8) at 3pm - Susan Tan joins us to talk about her new novel for Middle Grade readers, CILLA LEE-JENKINS: THIS BOOK IS A CLASSIC.
Cilla is a smart friendly 3rd grader with a fondness for what she calls 'precision of language,' - after all, she's going to be a famous writer one day; her best friend Colleen – who she's learning to share with a new girl at school; traditions and cake. And in THIS BOOK IS A CLASSIC, there are a lot of traditions and cake!
Bring your camera for photo opportunity with a Chinese Year of the Dragon banner. Author talk, Q&A, and book signing.
A collection of essays which explore the confluence of science and religion, our desire for absolutes against the reality of impermanence, and the reminder that we are part of something much much larger.
Play ball! ah, while we're dreaming of spring ballgames, we can enjoy these great themed books from our Young Readers section.
ANYBODY'S GAME, by local author Heather Lang, is a picture book biography about Kathryn Johnston, the first girl to play Little League baseball. An inspiring story about how determination led to change.
Our friends at The Umbrella Community Arts Center have a wonderful speaker series.
Next Wednesday, April 11, Jean Lightman - president of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists - will present "A Brush with the Past: Painting in the Boston School Tradition."
For more information and tickets, visit the Umbrella website: http://theumbrellaarts.org/event/speaker-series-jean-lightman
What do you call a theoretical physicist - the author of six novels, a memoir, three collections of essays, and several books on science? We call him Alan Lightman, and we call ourselves very fortunate to be hosting him tonight (Thursday, April 5) at 7pm. Will you be in the audience?
His new book, SEARCHING FOR STARS ON AN ISLAND IN MAINE is a collection of essays exploring the confluence of science and religion, the desire for absolutes against a backdrop of impermanence, and the reminder that we are part of something much much larger.
A beautiful collection that always returns to the solitude and beauty of Pole Island in Casco Bay.
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The Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond is located across the street from Walden Pond, where world-famous author Henry David Thoreau, wrote his classic WALDEN OR LIFE IN THE WOODS. Visit us on your next trip, and discover Thoreau Country.
A fun read about adventure, legal snafus, scam artists, a Russian mafiioso, and Steve Bliss' love for a beautiful bank teller. Go to www.lulu.com.
The Barefoot Books Concord Studio is a creative place where families can come to explore Barefoot books and experience the stories coming to life through a dynamic array of creative programs, events and classes.
Specializing in Concord authors and history, children's books and literature, the Barrow Bookstore also has a general selection of used and rare titles.