Boston/New England Area Events

I always find a lot of great events around Boston, many of them book/writing-related. I always forget to invite people until the last minute, so have some Event Round-ups!

So here are some things on the calendar:

Bookbuilders Bowling Night

Where: Sacco’s Bowling Heaven in Davis Square

When: April 10th from 6-8pm

Cost: $6, and pre-register

Why?: Networking and bowling! Only $6. And bowling! 


Special Collections Meeting at the Boston Public Library

Where: Commonwealth Salon – The Boston Public Library in Copley Square

When:  April 17th 830-10am

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Why?: If you can get into work late I bet it would be worthwhile. I know Special Collections are open and accessible to all, but I’d like more information about what they have and how to research. I’m a browser rather than a special requestor. Being a history nut and bibliophile I’m curious about the subject of the meeting.


New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Annual Regional Conference

When: May 3-5th

Where: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel – Springfield, MA


Why?: Highly highly highly recommended to local Kidlit writers and authors. There’s more of a focus on craft and learning than at the other regional conferences, it’s a manageable size and I’ve always met great people there. Jane Yolen and Lin Oliver are frequent flyers.


New England Book Show/Dwiggins Award/ Annual Meeting

Where: Boston Symphony Hall

When: May 7th

Cost: $45

Why?: Dinner included, new book show, looks like a great place to meet more people in the Boston literary scene.


Information Session with Lorin Rees of the Rees Agency

When: May 11th at 11am

Where: Coolidge Corner Public Library

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Why?: Obviously, if you want to go the traditional publishing route you’ll need an agent. I suspect aside from Lorin talking about his specific agency we’ll get into the basics of querying and what agents are looking for these days. I’ve been to many agent talks. It’s always worth it.


A Conversation with Damien Ecchols and Shaka Senghor

Where: MIT Media Lab – Cambridge MA

When: May 15th at 6pm

Cost: $12, must pre-register

Why?: Damien Echols was wrongfully imprisoned for twenty years and wrote a memoir of his experiences. Shaka Senghor was incarcerated but overcame it to become a motivational speaker and youth mentor. They have stories to tell, and I’d like to hear them.

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