3rd Annual Maynard Book Festival

The Friends of the Maynard Library are delighted to announce that the third annual Maynard Book Festival will be held on Saturday, April 12. There will be events all day long, so we hope you plan to join us! If you'd like to hear about the Festival by email, please join our email address list by clicking the button below.

A book festival is a celebration of writers, writing and reading. We'll have a group of distinguished authors and a poet with us to discuss and teach their craft. If you're a writer yourself (or want to be), come learn how professional authors get inspired, improve their skills and get their work out into the world. If you're an appreciative reader, get a glimpse into the life of an author and the process of creating written works. Download a printable schedule for the day and learn more about our Festival participants and their books. We've also prepared reading lists for kids and adults who'd like to read more short stories and Pulitzer Prize winning authors.

As a prelude to the Festival Day, two special events are scheduled on Thursday, April 10. At 3:30, our own Mr. Mark will lead a walking Story Hour to introduce the new installation of Maynard's Story WalkTM. Gather at the library, then join Mark and others for a walk through downtown, stopping at shops along the way that each display a page of the story. The first Story Walk will be available for self-guided story tours throughout April and May.


From 5:00 to 7:00 on Thursday, the Friends and ArtSpace will host an artists' reception for the Made in
Maynard exhibition in the Roosevelt Room. Join us to view the show and   enjoy light refreshments with the exhibitors.          

The Festival will be
gin at 10:30 with a visit from author and illustrator George O'Connor, the creator of the popular and highly acclaimed The Olympians series of graphic novels. These six books bring to life the exciting exploits of the Greek gods and goddesses for kids in middle school and up. O'Connor is also the illustrator of the Captain Awesome series and the Spy Force series.

At 11:30, poet Jennifer Barber will lead a poetry-writing workshop for adults examining the ways that syntax can operate in a poem. Bring a brown-bag lunch and two poems of your own for discussion. Participation in this workshop is limited to 15, so please register at the Reference Desk in person or at 978-897-1010 x103. Jennifer teaches English and Creative Writing at Suffolk University and is the author of the poetry collection Given Away.

Our panel discussion featuring Jennifer Haigh (News from Heaven), Ann Hood (An Ornithologist's Guide to Life) and Cynthia Anderson (River Talk), convenes at 1:30. The authors will talk about the craft of short fiction for both readers and writers. Many think that shorter must be easier to write, but effective short fiction must incorporate rapid character development and concise plotting. Our three authors are at different stages of their careers and have experience with a variety of written forms. They will be led in discussion by author and BU professor of writing Kate Burak, whom you might remember as the moderator of last year's Festival panel.

The Festival
’s final event, beginning at 3:30, features a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding. Harding is the well-regarded author of two novels, Tinkers (Pulitzer in 2009) and Enon (2013). He will be interviewed by Rob Mitchell, founder and director of the Concord Festival of Authors.

Each author event will offer a question-and-answer session, followed by an opportunity to have books signed by the authors. Porter Square Books will be on hand with books for sale. A special note--Cynthia Anderson's first story collection River Talk won't be released until late April, but you will be able buy it at the Festival.

All events will take place in the library’s first-floor Roosevelt Room, which will have a special art exhibit on display. Made in Maynard is a collection of works by eighteen ArtSpace artists and will be on view throughout the month of April. You can see a list of exhibitors here and read more about ArtSpace here.

We hope you will take advantage of Maynard's vibrant downtown for shopping or dining during the lunch break and after the Festival. You can find a list of downtown restaurants and cafes here.

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