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Next weekend, we celebrate our first anniversary. We're turning one! It's been an incredible year. By my count, we've hosted 112 events with 111 authors, nine schools and eight community organizations. We've participated in seven community festivals and sold books at three local libraries. We organized a community-driven Summer Reading program and opened one week-long pop-up store. In other words, it's been a busy year, and time has flown by! The response from the community has exceeded our expectations and helped us beat what, at the time, had seemed like aggressive year-one projections.

We're looking forward to doing it all again in year two. We've learned so much about our business and the community in this first year, and can't wait to apply that knowledge and make year two even better!

Before we get to year two, we are going to end year one with a bang. We're going to be celebrating all next weekend, March 23rd and 24th. We'll begin next Saturday with a ribbon cutting, hosted in partnership with the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce at noon. We didn't get to do a ribbon cutting last year because the snow wreaked havoc with our opening plans, so we thought we'd do a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark our first anniversary. The ceremony will include free cake, made for us by our good friends at Orange Door Kitchen!

Saturday afternoon, we'll be hosting Book Trivia at 3 pm. Last year, for Independent Bookstore Day, our bookseller Hannah hosted Harry Potter Trivia, and it was a huge success. In fact, one of the winners, Abigail, is now an employee of the store! This year, we're going to spice it up. Hannah will quiz you in three different sections -- Harry Potter (because of course), Mystery/Thriller, and Miscellaneous. So bring your trivia hat! There will be winners for each section, as well as an overall winner.

Following trivia, we'll be hosting a Poetry Open Mic at 5 pm. The poetry event will be hosted by our bookseller Daphne, who is already a published poet herself. This is the first time we'll be doing an open to the public reading, and we're pretty excited about it!

We'll close up the store at 7 pm like normal, but the fun won't end there. At 7 pm, we'll walk down the street to Orange Door Kitchen, where we'll be hosting a Thank You Party for making this first year a big success. There will be more cake, and also passed appetizers, cheese and charcuterie, and a cash bar (with virgin drinks for the little ones). There will also be a wide variety of free books and swag that our partners in publishing have generously donated for the event! The event is free (aside from drinks) and open to the public.
 

On Sunday, we'll host two author events. First, at 11 am, we'll be hosting a special Sunday Morning Story Time with authors J.R. Krause and Josh Funk. Josh, you know, and we're very excited to have him back to the store. His event during our Grand Opening Week last year was our best-attended event of the week! J.R., who is originally from Chelmsford and is an award-winning illustrator who has worked for both The Simpsons and Futurama, just published his first book, Dragon Night. It's an awesome picture book, and it landed on the Indie Next List.

At 2 pm on Sunday, we'll be hosting local authors Rebecca Caprara, Susan Lubner and Anna Staniszewski. It'll be our first time hosting Susan, and it'll be great to welcome back Anna and Rebecca. Their event is centered on Luck & Magic, as each of their books - The Magic of Melwick Orchard, Lizzy and The Good Luck Girl and Secondhand Wishes - are great middle-grade novels that center on both luck and magic. So many of our patrons are middle-grade readers that we felt this would be a great way to close out our anniversary weekend!

We hope you'll join us often next weekend to celebrate our first anniversary. Either way, thank you so much for making our first year in business a big success!
SATURDAY!

We have two wonderful events lined up for tomorrow. At 11 am, we'll have Saturday Morning Story Time with April Jones Prince, who has written many wonderful books. Tomorrow, we'll be focused on her picture book, Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates. In conjunction with the book, April will also have a treasure hunt for the kids, which will be a lot of fun!

At 5 pm, we're thrilled to welcome Karen M. McManus and Sara Farizan to talk about Karen's latest young adult thriller, Two Can Keep a Secret. This book had so many twists and turns that by the end I had given up trying to guess what would happen next. It's an amazing book and instantly landed on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it joined her first book, One Of Us Is Lying. which is one of our bestselling young adult books. Karen will be in conversation with Sara, whose young adult novel Here to Stay was one of my favorite books of 2018 across any genre. We originally had scheduled this event for January, and had to postpone it because of snow, but we are just as excited for it now as we were then!

 
We have partnered with Libro.fm Audiobooks. When you purchase books or memberships through Libro.fm/SilverUnicorn, we get compensated! You can learn more about Libro.fm on the newly-created Audiobooks page of our website, but the main highlights are:
    - Libro.fm is independently owned, unlike
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    - Unlike with Audible, you will own books you
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FRIDAY FICTION BOOK CLUB PICK
Next meeting: Friday, April 5th, 10 am
Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
Review by Friday Fiction Book Club leader, Kyra Wilson Cook


Swing Time is a masterclass in close-range intimacy of story set against all of the big problems of the world: race, class, poverty, sex, stardom, and dreams deferred. Zadie Smith gives us a life interpreted through the lens of a mix-raced London girl who shares a talent with her best friend (frenemy?) Tracey, of the same neighborhood and also mixed-race (but different. Read to find out how!). A wide-shot explanation of the plot would best be described as "two paths diverge in the woods of life," with the outcomes all-consuming and surprising. But this isn't a wide-shot sort of book. It's a book zoomed in on intimacies: the relationships between mothers and daughters, neighbors, friends, teachers, classmates, bosses... and how everyone's intertwining purposes and dreams can get swept up into a dance that moves to a powerful beat. 

This is fiction at its finest. Meant to be sipped and savored. Don't worry, it's never too high-brow as to be inaccessible. You'll be quickly invested and curious to see where it goes. It's the perfect sort of story for these still-chilly early Spring days. Get cozy and enjoy.
 
May's pick: Among Others, by Jo Walton (winner of 2011 Nebula Award & 2012 Hugo Award)
UPCOMING EVENTS!

Saturday
March 16
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: April Jones Prince, Goldenlocks & The Three Pirates

Saturday
March 16
 5 pm

Young Adult Event: Karen McManus, Two Can Keep a Secret, in conversation with Sara Farizan

Saturday
March 23
 12 pm

One-Year Anniversary: Ribbon Cutting with Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce!

Saturday
March 23
 3 pm

One-Year Anniversary: Book Trivia!

Saturday
March 23
 5 pm

One-Year Anniversary: Poetry Open Mic!

Saturday
March 23
 7 pm

One-Year Anniversary: Thank You Party at Orange Door Kitchen!

Sunday
March 24
11 am

One-Year Anniversary: Story Time with Josh Funk & J.R. Krause

Sunday
March 24
2 pm

One-Year Anniversary: Middle Grade Event: Rebecca Caprara, Susan Lubner & Anna Staniszewski

Friday
March 29
7 pm

Sci-Fi Event: Anders Cahill, Gradient

Saturday
March 30
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: Jamie L.B. Deenihan, When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

Sunday
March 31
2 pm

Cookbook Event: Leigh Belanger, My Kitchen Chalkboard

Thursday
April 4
7 pm

Young Adult Event: Julie Berry, Lovely War

Friday
April 5
10 am

Friday Fiction Book Club: Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

Saturday
April 6
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: The Writer's Loft, An Assortment of Animals

1 pm
A-B Elementary School Jazz Band Performance

Tuesday
April 9
6 pm

Middle Grade Book Club: Art of the Swap, by Kris Asselin & Jen Malone

Kris Asselin will be in attendance!

Wednesday
April 10
7 pm

Baseball Event: Tyler Kepner, K: A History of Baseball In Ten Pitches, in conversation with Alex Speier and Chad Finn

Saturday
April 13
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: Andrea Wang, Magic Ramen

Sunday
April 14
2 pm

History Event: Christina Thompson, Sea People

Saturday
April 20
11 am

Saturday Morning Story Time: Kim Chaffee, Her Fearless Run

Monday
April 22
6-8 pm

Conant School Literacy Night

Saturday
April 27
All Day

Independent Bookstore Day!!!

Saturday
April 27
2 pm

Middle Grade Event: Ali Benjamin, The Next Great Paulie Fink

Saturday
April 27
7 pm

Mystery/Thriller Event: Jessica Barry, Freefall

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