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We love book clubs. Book clubs are outstanding! And we have two new book clubs starting this weekend, one in the store and one outside the store.

The book club starting in the store is our Well Read Black Girl Book Club. Author Glory Edim, who started the club, which has spawned its own festival and book as well, partnered with the American Booksellers Association to form chapters all cross the country. So, we thought we'd start one! Our new events coordinator, Kyra, is leading the book club. Our chapter is called Revolutionary Woods, and its first meeting will be tomorrow night at 7 pm after the store closes.

They'll be discussing An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, which is pretty cool, since she was one of the authors to appear at the first WRBG Festival in 2017! The book was a 2018 Oprah Book Club selection, a New York Times bestseller, and earned nearly universal praise, including several starred reviews and raves from The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and more.

On Monday night, we'll be having the first meeting of our Big Screen Book Club with O'Neil Cinemas in Littleton. This is going to be a lot of fun. Periodically throughout the year, we'll be discussing a book that is being adapted for the big screen, and showing at O'Neil, which is just an awesome movie theater.

The first book we're discussing as part of the Big Screen Book Club is A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron. If you love dogs, this is the book/author for you, but even as someone who doesn't have any pets, I have found myself loving this book. The writing is very clever, and I can't wait to talk with people about it on Monday night. We'll be talking about the book at 6 pm, and watching the movie at 7 pm.

The theater is offering discounts on food in their lounge during our book discussion, and a $5 popcorn/drink special for during the movie. It's going to be a great time, and a partnership we're excited for.

So, now, to recap, here are the five book clubs that we run (in alphabetical order):

- Big Screen Book Club (at O'Neil Cinemas), current selection: A Dog's Journey, by W. Bruce Cameron
- Friday Fiction Book Club, current selection: The Power, by Naomi Alderman
- Middle Grade Book Club, current selection: New Kid, by Jerry Craft
- Well-Read Black Girl Book Club, current selection: An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
- Young Adult Book Club, current selection: We Are Okay, by Nina Lacour

These clubs are a great way to engage your love of reading with others in our community, and we hope you'll join us for a meeting soon!
THIS WEEKEND!


Aside from the book clubs discussed above, we also have two author events. On Saturday morning, we have story time with Hayley Barrett. Her new book, Babymoon, is bound to become the new classic baby shower book. It is lovingly written and illustrated. The book's illustrator, Juana Martinez-Neal, has recently won both a Caldecott Honor and the Pura Belpre Award for her books, Alma and How She Got Her Name, and La Princesa and the Pea, respectively.

Sunday, we have a young adult event. Author Kip Wilson spent nearly a decade working on White Rose, which took several forms before becoming a YA novel in verse. The book centers on a teenage girl in Germany who ran leaflet campaigns protesting the Nazi regime during World War II, actions that eventually cost her her life. She'll be in conversation with local author and our Middle Grade Book Club leader, Rebecca Caprara, whose next book will be a novel in verse. I've read White Rose myself, and I thought it was phenomenal, and it was no surprise to see it featured for the launch of its imprint -- Versify -- which is run by author Kwame Alexander.

Finally, on Saturday night, stop by Gardner Field for Movie Night! We'll be watching Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. There will be pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers for sale, and the ABRHS Chorus will lead kids in a sing a long. The Friends of Gardner Field are trying to raise money to refurbish our neighborhood's playground, which is one of the hidden jewels of West Acton.
 
MEET THE STAFF: MEGAN
 
 
Meet our store manager Megan. She hails from Stow, and is a writer who has been published in The Boston Globe (just last week!), The Washington Post, and Runner’s World, among others, and who is currently working on manuscripts in 4 different genres. She is a mother to two wonderful kids and one cat, and volunteers for way too many things, including Stow's Planning Board. Megan has a deep-seeded need to help wherever she can and feels like that’s the best lesson we can give to our children. We asked Megan some questions so that we could all get to know her a little better!

- Favorite Book: too many...but A Heartbreaking Work is Staggering Genius is the title that brought my husband and I together in a story that is far too long to tell now!
- Favorite Genre: Nonfiction/Essays
- What Did You study in college? I have a BA in English from Rhode Island College and an MFA from American University
- Who would you pick to write a novel based on you? Tara Conklin
- Who's on your literary Mt. Rushmore? Such a hard question...Haruki Murakami, Zadie Smith, Nick Hornby and Ann Patchett.
- What's your favorite cookie? Chocolate chip
- What book(s) are you reading right now? The Guest Book by Sarah Blake and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and I just finished Bunny by Mona Awad. I completely devoured it, which is hard to do with two small kids at home!
- Do you read one book at a time or do you have a few you go back and forth between? Back and forth always!
- Can we follow you on social media? Yes, I'm @AnatomyofMother on Twitter!
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