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This has been a really great month so far. We've hosted three really great events. For the third time, we were able to host writers from the Writer's Loft to read from their children's poetry book, An Assortment of Animals. And we were also lucky enough to host young adult author and former Maynard resident Julie Berry, as well as baseball scribes Tyler Kepner and Chad Finn, to talk about Tyler's new book.

These have been really great events, and there were wonderful takeaways from each. Like when Julie told us that she spent "only 14 months" researching her just released novel, Lovely War. Or when Tyler told us that the way he got Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter to initially sit down with him wasn't to talk about his career, but rather the career of the coach who taught him his famous splitter, Fred Martin. Not much was known about the coach. Seeing that Tyler had put in his due diligence, and being able to talk about his former coach was important to Sutter.

It's those sorts of moments that make every author visit special. And we have five more great events coming up this month:

- Tomorrow, 11 am, Saturday Morning Story Time with Andrea Wang: Andrea's new book, Magic Ramen, is an amazing non-fiction picture book about Momofuku Ando. If you're not familiar with him, you're probably familiar with the product he invented - ramen noodles. Andrea, who is a Mass. native and a graduate of Wellesley College, has already received a starred review for the book from School Library Journal.

- Sunday, 2 pm, History Event with Christina Thompson: Christina's new book, Sea People, is a fascinating book on two levels. First, it's fascinating because of the subject matter. The Polynesian islands have long held our attention. These remote outposts in the Pacific Ocean are connected only by the people who settled them, and they did so without any advanced tools. This story is worthwhile enough on its own. But for Christina, who is the editor of the Harvard Review, it is also a personal story, as her husband and sons descend from these islands. That connection makes the book just that much more special. 

- Sat., April 20, 11 am, Saturday Morning Story Time with Kim Chaffee: In Kim's new book, Her Fearless Run, she details the trials of Katharine Switzer, who became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite the wishes of race organizers. Kim, who has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for her efforts, became so enamored with Katharine's story when she was doing her research that she will actually be running the marathon this coming Monday!

- Sat., April 27, 2 pm, Middle Grade Event with Ali Benjamin: Ali's forthcoming book, The Next Great Paulie Fink, has already received three starred reviews. It looks like a worthy follow-up to Ali's first book, The Thing About Jellyfish, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Paulie Fink centers on Caityln Breen, new student at the rural Mitchell School. She is one of 11 students in her seventh-grade class, and has to deal with the fact that she has replaced Paulie Fink, the beloved class clown/troublemaker/klutz/evil genius who was totally legendary. No pressure! 

- Sat., April 27, 7 pm, Mystery/Thriller Event with Jessica Barry and Megan Collins: To round out Independent Bookstore Day, we're also hosting a mystery/thriller event. Jessica Barry, who is a Mass. native, will be in conversation with Megan Collins. Both writers published debut thrillers this year. Jessica's Freefall is one of my favorite books of 2019, and a book club selection here this month. Megan, who hails from Connecticut, is the managing editor of the 3 Elements Review literary journal, and The Winter Sister is her first book. Freefall, which has secured a movie deal, is also Jessica's first book, so the two writers have that in common. And, like myself, they both attended Boston University, so you know they're good people!
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