The Friends of the Maynard Library are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Maynard Book Festival on Saturday, April 8. Events will emphasize the power of storytelling and are planned for people of all ages.
At 10:30 a.m., the festival begins with the critically acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Matt Tavares. Tavares’s books have won a variety of awards including the Orbis Pictus Award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and the Massachusetts Book Award. In addition, Growing Up Pedro was named a 2016 ALA Notable Book. He has written biographies of baseball greats Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. As an illustrator, he’s created depictions of historical figures including John F Kennedy, Helen Keller and the Statue of Liberty. Most recently, Crossing Niagara and Lighter than Air tell the stories of dramatic adventurers. Tavares’s presentations, called inspiring and captivating, explore the entire process of book creation—writing, revising, researching, and sketching. Tavares creates children’s books, but this presentation will be of interest to adults as well.
Author events continue at 1:30 pm with a panel discussion, “The Story Behind the Story.” The panel is composed of three authors who write for young adults and whose books also hold great appeal for adults. Panelists include Maynard’s own Julie Berry, whose most recent book won the prestigious Printz Honor in 2016; Tara Sullivan, author of two critically acclaimed books; and M.T. Anderson, winner of the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Globe-Horn Book award as well as the Printz Honor. Our authors cover a sweeping range of topics and settings—Arthurian legend (Yvain: The Knight of the Lion), post-Inquisition France (The Passion of Dolssa), the siege of Leningrad (Symphony for the City of the Dead), and child slavery in the African chocolate industry (The Bitter Side of Sweet). The panel will be moderated by Cathryn Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College.
At 3:30 pm, the festival concludes with a presentation by best-selling author Kate Braestrup, “The Power of Stories in Trying Times.” Braestrup wrote her first memoir, Here If You Need Me, about her path through grief to find her mission and calling. Two more memoirs followed with Marriage, and Other Acts of Charity and Anchor and Flares. In addition to being an author, Kate is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain to the Maine Game Warden Service. She tells stories about family, motherhood, love and commitment, and a living a life of service with grace, compassion, generosity and a whole lot of humor. Hear samples of her storytelling at The Moth on the festival web page.
All events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Maynard Library at 77 Nason Street. Each author event will be followed by a book signing. Books by all the authors will be available for sale all day, courtesy of Porter Square Books. Refreshments will be served. See the schedule of all events and read more about our authors and presenters at https://www.maynardpubliclibrary.org/mbf2017. The Maynard Book Festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Maynard Library, with additional grant funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.