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6/17 (Sunday) at 3pm-
Special Father's Day event - Jerry Pallotta presents F Is for Fenway, an alphabet book for Red Sox fans of all ages
6/24 (Sunday) at 3pm-
James Geary presents a slideshow and talk about I Is An Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the World
7/8 (Sunday) at 3pm-
Local humorist and author Eric Kester presents That Book about Harvard
9/9 (Sunday) at 3pm-
Local novelist Ilie Ruby returns to the bookshop with her latest work, The Salt God's Daughter
9/16 (Sunday) at 3pm-
We welcome novelist Erika Robuck with Hemingway's Girl
Lee Woodruff presents Those We Love Most, a novel
9/30 (Sunday) at 3pm-
Maryanne O'Hara presents Cascade
10/5 (Friday) at 7pm-
Dennis Lehane reads and signs Live by Night
Our next event is Sunday, June 17 at 3pm, when Jerry Pallotta presents F is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark. All are invited to share Red Sox trivia and enjoy a Green Monster themed word search. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by Q&A, and book signing.
The following week, Sunday, June 24 at 3pm, we'll be joined by James Geary, discussing and signing, I Is an Other: The Secret World of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World. Mr. Geary is a Neiman Fellow at Harvard, and has presented a TED Talk on aphorisms.
The left sidebar of this note contains our complete events calendar; you can also check details on our website and/or rsvp on our Facebook page.
If you're unable to attend an event, but would like a signed copy of the book, simply call us to pre-order. We'll ask the author to inscribe it to your specifications, then hold it for pick up or arrange to have it shipped.
Scroll down to learn about this week's book picks, which include two new novels and some Dad-centric suggestions. If you're looking for a gift (for yourself or others), please browse our table displays, or ask one of our staff for a recommendation.
We have several editions to our Signed Books Gallery this week: Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, Nichole Bernier, Matthew Pearl, and Larry Tye.
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Our next event:
calling all Red Sox fans!
F is for Fenway by Jerry Pallotta
Please join us on Sunday, June 17 at 3pm, when Jerry Pallotta discusses and signs F is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark, a picture book for Red Sox fans of all ages.
Dads, Grand-pops, uncles, and all are invited to share Red Sox trivia, play a Fenway-themed word search, and spend time celebrating all things "Green Monster."
What is the Green Monster and where can you find it? Or how about the Pesky Pole? If you're a baseball fan or live anywhere in the Northeast, the answers immediately spring to mind. You'll find them both at fabled Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
F is for Fenway is an alphabetical tribute to the home of the Boston Red Sox. From the ceremonial first pitch thrown on April 20, 1912, by Mayor John Fitzgerald (grandfather of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy), Fenway Park was destined for amazing moments in baseball history.
Baseball fans young and old will enjoy reading about the park's history, features, and momentous events, including famous home runs from luminaries such as Ted Williams and Carlton Fisk. And, as the oldest major league ballpark still in use, Fenway still has more history to make.
metaphorically speaking ...
I Is an Other by James Geary
Please join us on Sunday, June 24 at 3pm, when journalist and author James Geary presents I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World.
Mr. Geary has presented a TED Talk on aphorisms, and, yes, there will be juggling at the Concord Bookshop on June 24!
For lovers of language and fans of Blink and Freakonomics, New York Times bestselling author James Geary offers a fascinating look at metaphors and their influence in every aspect of our lives, from ordinary conversation and commercial messaging to news reports and political speeches.
In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls I Is an Other "A delightful examination ... Voters, consumers, and investors interested in knowing how their decisions may be influenced by well-planned metaphors will be fascinated by Geary's adept explication of the metaphor's role in defining perceptions."
New in our Signed Books Gallery
Exit: The Endings that Set Us Free by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
We've had several authors visit over the past few weeks; here we've listed some of the new additions to our Signed Books Gallery.
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot discussed Exit, and shared how she finds wisdom and perspective in the possibility of moving on, which marks the start of a new conversation.
She also signed copies of a previous book,
We enjoyed our author event with Nichole Bernier on Sunday; her novel,The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. is a bittersweet look at friendship, marriage, and motherhood in which Bernier explores how or why a person may choose to keep her true self "hidden." One character's personal legacy is revealed as a dear friend uncovers the secrets hidden in journals which span decades.
After an engaging Q&A session - in which Bernier addressed questions on her writing process, the switch from her years in journalism to fiction, and juggling her writing schedule with that of a busy family - she signed additional books for our shelves.
The Concord Bookshop was delighted to be part of Larry Tye's off-site launch event for his most-recent book, Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero.
Superman is the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.
Signed editions are in the bookshop!
New fiction from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Red House by Mark Haddon
"Surprising and deeply moving.... the characters convincing throughout, the tone compassionate and the writing wise. A novel to savor."
--Kirkus, starred review
The set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.
But because of Haddon's extraordinary narrative technique, the stories of these eight people are anything but simple. Told through the alternating viewpoints of each character, The Red House becomes a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly-guarded secrets and illicit desires, all adding up to a portrait of contemporary family life that is bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt. As we come to know each character they become profoundly real to us. We understand them, even as we come to realize they will never fully understand each other, which is the tragicomedy of every family.
Stunning debut is social satire
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
Hot-off-the-presses Seating Arrangements is an irresistible social satire that is also an unforgettable meditation on the persistence of hope, the yearning for connection, and the promise of enduring love.
Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father's oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson's best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne's beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life.
Hilarious, keenly intelligent, and commandingly well written, Shipstead's deceptively frothy first novel is a piercing rumination on desire, on love and its obligations, and on the dangers of leading an inauthentic life, heralding the debut of an exciting new literary voice.
Maggie Shipstead's short fiction has appeared in Tin House, VQR, Glimmer Train, The Best American Short Stories, and other publications. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.
Father's Day is June 17th
We have some suggestions ...
Whether Dad is a weekend warrior, grill-master, or prefers learning how to mix something new at the 19th hole ... whether he spends his time with novels, history, pop culture, or learning a new skill .... we have suggestions for gifts this Father's Day.