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Events your entire family will enjoy

From best-selling authors to books of local interests, our book events offer adults and children a unique opportunity to meet the author and learn more about their books. Stop in and see us at one of our exciting gatherings and learn more about your favorite books.

“Books are uniquely portable magic.”


- Stephen King

Call and inquire about our upcoming events:

Tuesday, July 16th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm



Meet Spencer Quinn

"The most lovable narrator in crime fiction" (The Boston Globe), and his partner private investigator Bernie Little are back in Heart of Barkness, the highly anticipated ninth book in the well-known Chet and Bernie Mystery series.


"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages suspense and dog - fluently."

-Stephen King


"Even Cat lovers will howl with delight."

-USA Today


"Terrific... Quinn radiates pure comedic genius via Chet's doggy-bright narrative. You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this deliciously addictive series."

- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


"Well worth the wait... Pawsitively the best Chet and Bernie yet!"

Saturday, July 13th, 11:00am to 2:00pm


Meet Chris Gibbs

The culmination of three years of drone Chris Gibb's aerial journeys across one of the most striking land masses in North America captures the essence of what draws travelers from all over the world to Cape Cod. Includes more than 150 select full color images.

Monday, July 8th, 2:30pm to 4:30pm


Meet C.L. Fornari

" My hope is that the information in this book will help landscapers and gardeners to not only be successful in their yard and gardens, but to be inspired as well. Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are exceptional locations for cultivating beautiful landscapes.

-C. L. Fornari


C.L. Fornari, author of eight books and well-known radio show host is a creative gardening expert and self-defined "Plant Geek." Her observations and helpful hints can be found on her website

Saturday, July 6th, 11:00am to 2:00pm


Meet Consie Berghausen

" A whale, gull and shark, seem unlikely friends

 But success in friendship really depends

 On accepting the traits of one another

 And treating them like a sister or a brother"

Friday, July 5th, 11:00am to 2:00pm


Meet Marty Koblish

Discover the many places and fun activities you can do with your family while visiting Chatham on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, by following the alphabet from A to Z. Through engaging illustrations and rhymes young readers and parents will learn about and experience the beauty of Chatham and all it has to offer.

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Wednesday, August 14th, 11:00am to 1:00pm


Meet Janet Messineo

CASTING INTO THE LIGHT--- TALES OF A FISHING LIFE  is the true story of a young woman hell-bent on following her dream of learning the mysterious sport and art of surfcasting on the island of Martha's Vineyard.


"Eloquent... a remarkable book by a remarkable Vineyard fisherman,,, Janet Messineo's story is  gripping;  bright, funny  and illuminating. More than a fish story, it's the story of a very remarkable human being, a person who refused to be shoehorned into a category society felt comfortable with and set out to create something truly different--- herself.                                                                                                                                            ---Rob Conery,   Cape Cod Times

Thursday, August 15th, 12:30pm to 2:30pm


Meet Maxim Shrayer

A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas,  explores the lives of immigrants from Russia and the former USSR. A Boston College Professor, Maxim Shrayer is the winner of a 2007 National Jewish Book Award and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow.  Shrayer and his wife and daughters divide their time between Brookline and Chatham, MA.


"If you want the honest, beautifully rendered and deeply compelling truth about what it's like to be a Russian immigrant in America, these three braided novellas by the very talented Maxim D. Shrayer are all you need."

--- Elleen Pollack, The Bible of Dirty Jokes


"Maxim D. Shrayer's beautiful and haunting troika of novellas...  limn the shifting patterns of contemporary Russian-Jewish immigrant experience with tenderness and charm,"

--- Jonathan Wilson,  Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball


Wednesday August 21st, 11:00am to 1:00pm


Meet Rod Lowe

Rod Lowe will introduce his unique wooden robot toy, "Pre- Bot" and sign copies of the accompanying anti-bullying themed story book Pre-Bot Learns Not To Hurt. This insightful and entertaining book and toy combination fuels a child's imagination and encourages good behavior. The book's anti-bullying message promotes accountability which needs to be taught early on. It's a great read, with parental assistance, for ages three and up. The robot is made of colored blocks; blue, red, orange, yellow and green--- which is a great way to teach children colors while they are learning important life lessons along the way. Items are available separately or as a set.

pre bot

Saturday, August 24th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Meet Simpson's writer and creator Mike Reiss

Mike Reiss has been with The Simpsons as a writer and producer since the show's debut in 1989. In Springfield Confidential, he shares behind-the-scenes stories about the most iconic American cartoon show ever, as well as never-before-told anecdotes about favorite episodes and characters. Fans also get the inside dish on the show's animators, actors and celebrity guests.


Mike will also sign copies of his newly released book for children, Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends. From the time they were hatchlings, Turtle and Tortoise decided they could never be friends due to the differences of their shells... until one day when they get into a jam and need each other's help. Hilarious and heartwarming, this picture book is reminiscent of other books about unlikely buddies such as Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel.

turtle springfield confidential