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Concord Festival of Authors – Two Weeks for Book Lovers

I was showing property out in the ‘burbs this weekend and grabbed a copy of the Concord Journal to accompany my quick lunch at New London Style Pizza (if I ever get to have a last meal it will be their Italian grinder – for 30 years it’s been my favorite). The Journal had a supplement about the Concord Festival of Authors and I’m amazed by how much will be going on.

The Concord Festival of Authors runs from October 21 to November 8, 2009.  There are events in Concord, Lincoln and Lowell and most are free (though donations are welcomed).  All sorts of community groups, local businesses and nonprofits are taking part in the festival.

Here’s just a sample of what’s on the schedule:

Howard Dean in Cambridge

Howard Dean in Cambridge

Howard Dean is the opening speaker on Wednesday, October 21st at 2:30 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella.  Dean is on the lecture circuit for his new book, Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.  We heard him speak in Cambridge a few weeks ago and it was superb.

Verrill Farm presents Chef Fest: A Food Tasting and Book Signing on Saturday, October 24th from noon to 2 p.m.  It’s a great chance to visit the Verrill’s beautiful new stand.  Participants include:

  • Steve Johnson – Executive Chef and owner of Rendezvous in Central Square
  • Peter Davis – Executive Chef at Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge and author of Fresh and Honest
  • Catherine Walters – author of Raising the Salad Bar
  • Lisa Zwirn – author of Christmas Cookies
  • Clara Silverstein – author of The Boston Chef’s Table

Mystery Night takes place on Friday, October 30th at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Libary.  Hallie Ephron, author of the “On Crime” book review column in the Globe is the Mistress of Ceremonies and authors include:

  • Katherine Hall Page – The Body In the Sleigh
  • Mary-Ann Tirone Smith and Jere Smith – Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery
  • Thomas H. Cook – The Fate of Katherine Carr
Orchard House Concord

Orchard House Concord

Harriet Reisen, author of Lousia May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, will be at the Concord Bookshop on Sunday, November 1st at 3:00 p.m.

John Wargo, author of Green Intelligence: Creating Environments that Protect Human Health will be at the Wannalancit Mills, UMass Lowell on Friday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in an appearance sponsored by the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell.

This is just a fraction of what’s planned for the Concord Festival of Authors.  There are more than 20 events scheduled. More information and the full schedule can be found at the festival’s website.

The Thoreau Farm Trust included this quote in the Festival supplement – it’s a sentiment that rings true for book lovers –

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheiritance of generations and nations”

– Henry David Thoreau

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