Maynard Book Festival

The Trustees and Friends of the Maynard Library are pleased to present the First Annual Maynard Book Festival on March 31 as part of Maynard Reads Together 2012. The Book Festival is a celebration of The Stories We Tell and we're delighted to welcome a group of distinguished writers to Maynard for a day of discussions and workshops. If you've never been to a book reading or heard an author speak, it can be a fascinating glimpse into the process behind the crafting of stories. If you're a writer or have always wanted to try your hand, the workshops provide a great opportunity to learn new skills. Download a schedule of events and read more about our Festival participants.
The day begins with two writing workshops--one for adults and one for children. At 11:00, Maynard children's author Julie Berry will lead 8- to 14-year-olds in a class on story writing. Julie's own stories are by turn engaging, suspenseful, goofy and hilarious. Register for this workshop in the Children's Room. Award-winning author and syndicated columnist Terry Marotta will conduct a memoir writing workshop at 11:30 for adults and teens over 14. Terry says, "The gift of storytelling belongs to us all. It is our endowment as humans." Come learn how to recall and record the events of your life and share your own story! Bring a brown-bag lunch and a pad of paper. Register at the book table in the library entrance.
If it's not convenient for you to register in person, send an email to, include "workshop" in the subject line. and specify which class you're interested in. 
 At 1:30, authors Margot Livesey, Roland Merullo and Jane Brox will discuss Writing From Life: Memoirs and the Autobiographical Seeds of Fiction. The discussion will be moderated by Tracy Winn, who recently published a book of connected short stories, Mrs. Somebody Somebody. After a question-and-answer session, all the authors will sign books (provided for sale by Porter Square Books) and refreshments will be served.

At 3:30, we will welcome Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo and National Book Award finalist Andre Dubus III to speak on The Stories We Tell in a variety of forms--short stories, novels, screenplays and memoirs. This discussion will be moderated by Rob Mitchell, founder of the Concord Festival of Authors, and will be held at Union Congregational Church, 80 Main St, Maynard. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion, starting at 5:00.

To finish the day, at 6:30 several authors (Margot Livesey, Tracy Winn, Terry Marotta and Rob Mitchell) will join us for dinner at the River Rock Grill, 163 Main Street, Maynard. This is a great opportunity for an informal chat. Seating is limited, so you must pre-register and pre-pay at the Reference Desk at the library. Preference will be given to Maynard residents. See the dinner menu here.
Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute on Museum and Library Services administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Additional funding is provided by The Friends of the Library.