Following the talk on Paul Revere, the Historical Society will wrap up their lecture series on May 19 before taking a break for the summer with The History of the Quabbin Reservoir, 7pm, in the Wellesley Library’s Wakelin Room.
Anita Diamant, author of The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, speaks at Wellesley Free Library on Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm. The Annual Arnold Lecture is free and open to the public.
Jacquelyn Mitchard, best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean will be on hand at Wellesley Books on Thursday, March 24 at 7 pm for an author appearance, reading, Q & A, and book signing to promote her new novel Two if by Sea. Two If by Sea is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism, and even magic, in ordinary life.
Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press and a professor of fiction and creative non-fiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. The Deep End of the Ocean was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children.
Other author visits in March:
Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 @ 7pm
Theresa Rebeck – I’m Glad About You, (The pathos and missed connections of One Day meet the hilarity of Crazy Rich Asians in Theresa Rebeck’s comedic and tender novel, I’m Glad About You.)
About the author: Theresa Rebeck has had more than a dozen plays produced in New York, including Omnium Gatherum, for which she was a Pulitzer-Prize finalist, Seminar, starring Alan Rickman and Dead Accounts. She was the creator of the NBC drama Smash.
Monday, March 7th 2016 @ 7pm
Jay Atkinson, Massacre on the Merrimack, (The courageous story of Hannah Duston and the band of Abenaki that raided her village of Haverhill, Massachusetts.)
About the author: Jay Atkinson teaches writing at Boston University and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. He grew up hearing Hannah Duston’s story in his hometown of Methuen, Massachusetts, which was part of Haverhill until 1726.
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 @ 7pm
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Helen Simonson, best-selling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, was born in England and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. Simonson is married, with two grown sons. This is her second novel.
Thursday, March 31st 2016 @ 7pm
Peggy Orenstein, Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape (A clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the high school and college years, and how they are negotiating it.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Peggy Orenstein, author of the best-seller, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Northern California with her husband and their daughter, Daisy.
UPDATE: Ms. G saw her shadow at 10am today. Thanks for the weather update, Ms. G.!
Chances are, Groundhog Day is that mid-winter tradition most likely to creep up on you unawares, leaving you panicked at the last minute, wondering if you’ve gotten all your Groundhog Day shopping done, knowing in your heart that you haven’t. At ease you Type A person, you. It’s not a gift-giving occasion. All that’s needed to be fully involved in the big day is to observe it. And due to the hard work and political savvy of some pretty heavy hitters here in town, you can observe the big day locally at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln at 10am on Feb. 2 and know that a group of Hunnewell School students, working together since they were in kindergarten, has seen to it that Massachusetts has its own official State Groundhog.
It took a whole lot of hard work and dedication over two years, but the students, with help from Emmy-award winning broadcast meteorologist and Wellesley mom Mish Michaels, and backed by writer of the bill Representative Alice Peisch, convinced the State House Committee, the State Senate, and former Govenor Deval Patrick that yes, indeed, Massachusetts did need its own lawful groundhog to forecast the local weather on the big day.
Michaels, author of children’s book Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, which tells the story of how it all happened, stopped by Hunnewell school today, along with the book’s illustrator, Kathleen Jameson. Michaels reviewed the long road from idea to bill to law with a group of about 45 students, most of whom were involved in the journey, and gave them the news that Ms. G’s story would be featured in the Scholastic News Weekly Reader, a publication that reaches a million students across the country. Oprah-style, everyone in the room got a Scholastic News copy. It’s been a long road, Michaels told the students, reminding them that “When you have an idea, you have to talk a lot about it and share your idea with other people, because that’s how your ideas become reality.”
Ms. G was, in fact, an idea whose time had come. After all, Puxatawney Phil, Birmingham Bill, Staten Island Chuck, and all the rest of the groundhog men scattered across various states can hardly know about the subtleties of Massachusetts weather. Ms. G, the country’s first female groundhog weather prognosticator, understands the capricious nature of spring around here. She’s got her Drumlin Farms burrow in Lincoln all set up to inform her about the secrets of the seasons, and she stands ready to share that information on her day. Here at The Swellesley Report, we know exactly where Ms. G is coming from. We, too, are all about providing hyper-local information.
And although Groundhog Day isn’t a gift-giving ocassion (thank heavens), it’s most certainly an educational opportunity. If you’d like to jump onto that end of things, Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, which is hard cover, full color, 62 pages, and retails for $18, is available on Amazon, MAStateGroundhog.com and is in limited stock at Wellesley Books. Ten percent of profits go to Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm to help care for Ms. G and her farm friends. The rest go to Michaels’ illustrator.
Click here to check out this great youtube video about the adventure.
Jim Lawson, a writer/illustrator/comic book artist for The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for over 20 years, will pay a visit to the Wellesley Free Library’s Children’s Room on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 1-2pm for a talk and demonstration.
His latest book is Paleo: The Complete Collection. Find out more about Jim, who lives and works in western Massachusetts, and his work at http://jimlawsonart.com/index.html.
This is a program for all ages.
Wellesley mom Keri Boyle has always managed to keep herself career-minded and plenty active. But once one has conquered the presidencies of both the Hardy School PTO and the Wellesley Mother’s Forum, yet one’s salaried job plus the busy-ness of mothering/managing three kids seems hardly enough to fill the the gaping chasms of time in one’s day, one starts to cast about for the next project. In this case, children’s book author seemed about right to Boyle.
Her book Teddy the Dog — Be Your Own Dog, scheduled to hit bookstores in late May, introduces readers to a feisty, witty, canine who always wears sunglasses and is often described as “attitude with fur.” Teddy is an alpha dog who struts around town doing as he pleases and generally creating mischief, until one day a package shows up at his door. Inside the box is a cat, ready to teach Teddy the startling truth that it’s no longer a dog’s world! Can Teddy learn to accommodate the ways of his new friend while remaining true to who he is? Geared for kids ages 0 – 10, you can click here to pre-order Teddy the Dog — Be Your Own Dog.
Until the book comes out, keep up with Teddy’s adventures on Facebook.
Also of interest…
Check out meteorologist and Wellesley mom Mish Michaels’ book Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, the true story of the Massachusetts state groundhog.
Our family loves books, and our family loves Christmas. During the years when picture books and story time ruled our house, we never missed a December visit out to the Concord Museum in historic Concord, MA to see how volunteers had filled the museum’s galleries with over 35 trees as tremendous as a towering specimen in the front entryway to trees so tiny they can fit on a windowsill. All are decorated with original ornaments inspired by the storyline, illustrations, and characters or setting of a particular contemporary or classic children’s story book. If we happened to absorb some American history as we wandered from tree to shining tree, so much the better.
Here are some pictures of some of this year’s trees:
Admission to The Concord Museum is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 and Members Free. Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00 and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 (winter hours begin January 4); the Museum will close at 1:00 on December 24 and will be closed all day November 26 and December 25.
More about my visit to Concord here:
I always feel so at home in Concord, and it’s no wonder. I counted 9 shops there that have locations in Wellesley: Irresistibles, J. McLaughlin, French Lessons, Comina, Sara Campbell, Lyn Evans, Winston Flowers, Comellas, and [Read more…]