Book Club Girl Blog Post

Live today is my new blog post for Book Club Girl. The blog is "dedicated to sharing great books, news and tips with book club girls everywhere." Hear, hear! I was invited to write for Book Club Girl's Holiday Open House, and am thrilled to take part. I wrote about Christmases from my childhood, always a fun string of memories to write about. Many thanks to Jennifer Hart, who writes the blog! Here's a link to the blog and my post.

Two new blog posts this week!

Holy moly, it's getting cold out. I returned from Italy this week after a wonderful time there. It's awfully shivery here in Salem. I hope everyone's Thanksgiving and Hanukkah filled them with warmth and love. For those of you celebrating Christmas, doesn't it always sneak up on you? Though I've been away, I've still been writing, and this week I have two new blog posts out. Tomorrow, December 9, my new post for Writer Unboxed will go up. Then, on Saturday, December 11, check into The Lipstick Chronicles for my new post there. I hope you are all well, and find some time within these next few weeks to be present, and enjoy your time with loved ones.

New Post for Writer Unboxed Blog

Today I posted a new piece for Writer Unboxed. I must say, if you have ever visited, heard of, talked about, sent love to, bought from, chuckled with, or generally appreciated Cornerstone Books in Salem, Massachusetts, or interacted with any of your local bookstores in this manner, please continue to support them. Local bookstores can be the lifeblood of many communities, the place where thinkers and speakers and listeners can come together to share, explore, and discover things they never knew before. As I say in the post, How would you revamp a struggling local bookstore, what would make you and the rest of your community go there to shop?  What do we have to do to keep these local treasures alive and thriving?

Here's a direct link to the post I wrote for Writer Unboxed, though you should really spend some time poking around the blog if you haven't already. They do some great stuff. Remember to support your local independent bookstores!

With thanks,


Event this weekend in Dover, NH

This Saturday, November 13, I'll be heading north to  Dover, New Hampshire to be one of the featured authors at the Dover Community Senior Center's "Festival of Authors." The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be a book signing, a signed book raffle, and an art exhibit by the Dover Senior Artists. Click this link for a little more information on the event. This is a great way to support the community of Dover! Hope you come out to see us.

Events this weekend, including Concord Festival of Authors TOMORROW AND SUNDAY!

Gish Jen, me, and Jon Katz will speak at the annual Breakfast with the Authors tomorrow (November 6) morning, part of the Concord Festival of the Authors in Concord, Massachusetts. Tickets are $20, and Suzanne Koven will be our moderator. At 8:00 a.m. you can catch this event at Concord's Colonial Inn. Three cheers for coffee! Then, tomorrow evening, I'll be joining Elyssa East, Katherine Howe, and Kathleen Kent in Salem for a Witch Trial Reunion. It will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the First Church of Salem. It will be a moderated panel, with each author speaking and followed by a general discussion and questions.

Also, don't forget Daylight Saving Time on Sunday! That's always a tricky one to forget.

Three events this week!

Hello friends! This week is a busier one for me. Tomorrow, October 13, I'm speaking on a panel about self-publishing along with my husband, Gary. The Lace Reader started off as a self-published book, plus we own an independent software publishing company. Looking forward to having our brains picked! October 14 I'll be in Andover at the Andover Bookstore. I'll be speaking about The Map of True Places. You get more information about this event here.

And finally, on October 16, I'll be in Boston for the Boston Book Festival, which is held on Copley Square. My event will be taking place at 4:30PM in Rabb Lecture Hall, which is in the Johnson Building of the Boston Public Library. I'll be joining Joanna Smith Rakoff and Ann Hood to talk about the webs of relationships in our books. Henriette Lazaridis Power will host. The BBF is the largest literary festival in New England! If you can make it to the Boston area to join in on this event, you won't regret it!

An event on September 25 in Marshfield Hills, MA

On Saturday from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm the North River Arts Society Writers Workshop will be hosting me in their Writer Series. I'll give a reading, and discuss my writing process as well as my books. It's going to be a fantastic time and I'd love to have you there to join me! The event open to the public and will be held in G.A.R. Hall at 157 Old Main Street in Marshfield Hills. If you can't make it, be sure to get out and enjoy this glorious weekend!

A very busy weekend full of Mockingbird madness!

Dear friends, Is it officially fall yet? The trees are beginning to turn colors in Salem. I love it here this time of season. I have a mighty busy weekend ahead of me which I'd like to share with you, since all of things are carrying fair amounts of fabulousness.

The Salem Literary Festival will be taking place this weekend, September 17-19, 2010 in Salem, MA. On Friday night (tonight) at 7pm I'll be hosting the Opening Night Celebration with Lily King. I'll announce the winner of the First Salem Literary Festival Writing Contest, which you don't want to miss. On Sunday the 20th from 10am-6pm in Derby Square there will be  Mockingbird Marathon, which I'll be hosting. Grab a coffee at Jaho and come listen! Or participate! I have some friends of mine coming from Manhattan to join me. I'd love to have you there.

On Saturday, September 18th, the Boston Public Library will be doing an Author Talk and Movie: 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. Katherine Hall Page and I will be chatting about how the book impacted our lives (and writing lives). After we talk there will be a brief break and signing, and then the movie will be shown. The whole thing begins at 1pm and goes on until 4:30pm. Should be a blast!