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Saturday, October 13

10:30am EDT

Story Time with Pete the Cat
Enjoy a lively read-aloud session with an exciting visit from story time favorite, Pete the Cat! Kids of all ages (and parents, too) will enjoy an interactive session of reading and crafts. Don’t forget to bring your cameras for a selfie with the loveable Pete! Recommended for toddlers to age 8.

Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Children's Room, East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library 365 S Bremen St, Boston, MA, USA

11:00am EDT

Live from Copley! YA: Hard Truths
In recent novels by this quartet of superb writers, the truth is either difficult to define, slippery to grasp, or impossible to face. In Lambda Literary Award-winner Sara Farizan’s Here to Stay, Bijan is on the verge of basketball stardom and hard-won popularity at his prep school--until an online bully paints him as a terrorist and forces him to address bigotry he had hoped to ignore. In Mark Oshiro’s debut novel Anger Is a Gift, Moss, who lost his father to police brutality, must stand up and speak truth to power when his school perpetuates systemic violence and white supremacy. School violence also factors in Kody Keplinger’s That’s Not What Happened, in which Lee, an eyewitness to a school shooting, finally feels compelled to tell the truth even when it risks disrupting the tidy narrative her small community has been telling itself. And finally, in Printz Award-winner An Na’s A Place Between Breaths, the truth may be more painful than it’s possible to bear, as young researcher Grace strives to find a cure for the schizophrenia that claimed her mother, even as she fears she herself may be succumbing to mental illness. Moderator Candace McDuffie will lead a heartfelt and honest discussion among these talented writers.

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Candace McDuffie

Candace McDuffie is a dedicated journalist and teacher who holds a master's degree in education specializing in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University at Massachusetts Boston. Her work has been featured in publications such as Marie Claire, Forbes, Glamour, Teen Vogue... Read More →

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Sara Farizan

Sara Farizan is an Iranian American YA author giving voice to Iranian and queer characters in her novels. Her debut novel, If You Could Be Mine (2013) is about two girls living in Tehran, Iran, who are very much in love, but their love is both forbidden and very dangerous. The book... Read More →
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Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger is the bestselling author of the young adult novel The DUFF. Keplinger wrote the book when she was a seventeen-year-old high school student in Kentucky; the book was published when she was nineteen. It was named a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers... Read More →
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An Na

An Na was born in South Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She is the author of A Step from Heaven, which won the Michael L. Printz Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award; Wait for Me; and The Fold. Her most recent novel is The Place Between Breaths. In... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the Hugo finalist (in the Fan Writer category) creator of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and television series unspoiled. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the coeditor (with... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Auditorium, East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library 365 S Bremen St, Boston, MA, USA

12:00pm EDT

Veronica Robles and Her All-Women Mariachi Band
We’ll step up the beat with this high-energy live performance by beloved local musician Veronica Robles and her all female mariachi band—right at the East Boston library! A cultural icon for Latinos in Boston, Robles learned to play mariachi in her home country of Mexico and has been training local female musicians in the art. The band is now the first of its kind in the city—and not to be missed.

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Veronica Robles

Mariachi singer Veronica Robles is originally from Mexico, but she has made Boston her home since 2000. She is currently a multimedia producer, television host and teaching artist. She is vice president of LTV Productions Corp., and founder and executive director of Veronica Robles... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Auditorium, East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library 365 S Bremen St, Boston, MA, USA

1:00pm EDT

Story Time: Always Anjali
Have you ever been to story time with a famous actress? Movie star and new author Sheetal Sheth will interact with kids and read from her first book, Always Anjali. We’ll follow Anjali, who is exceptional at many things, including the monkey bars, but her name is different—and kids on the playground let her know. What she doesn’t realize yet is how to appreciate the differences that make each of us special. Recommended for ages 3-9. The first 25 participants will receive a free copy of the book, so come early!

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Sheetal Sheth

Sheetal Sheth is an actress, writer, and producer. She has starred in nearly twenty feature films and earned a loyal international following. Most recently, her short film Grin, which she also produced, has been picking up awards on the festival circuit, including Best Actress. Sheth... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Children's Room, East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library 365 S Bremen St, Boston, MA, USA

1:45pm EDT

Who Is the Author in Your Backyard?
Wondering how to get your story published? Or want to know where to get started with your writing? In this how-to-get-it-done session, four of our very own neighborhood authors will tell us how they did it—and how you can get published, too.

East Boston native Lisa Capogreco-Cappuccio’s first children’s book, Where’s Marianna, brings us inside an Italian immigrant home. Holistic practitioner Maria Cargill turned her hands-on knowledge to the page in her many popular books, including Well Women: Healing the Female Body Through Traditional Chinese Medicine. James DeMarco has combined his two great loves, hockey and cartooning, in his exciting book series, Small Saves. Emem Uko turned from blog writing to novels and has now published two books, including Notice Me, a “suspense-filled journey” behind the scenes of a popular boy band. The session will be led by international teacher Leslie-Ann Murray, who has moderated writing panels all over the world and as far away as China!

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Leslie-Ann Murray

Leslie Ann Murray is a fiction writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She’s currently living in Hardwick, Massachusetts. Before living in this small, countrified town, she lived in France, Bangladesh, China, South Africa, and, of course, New York City.  She has moderated literary panels... Read More →

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Lisa Capogreco

Lisa Capogreco is an East Boston native. She has worked in the areas of event planning/marketing, politics and public relations. Her foray into writing began with a children’s book written in Italian (dialect) and English as a way to preserve the language she spoke growing up with... Read More →
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Marie Cargill

Marie Cargill has been a holistic practitioner, a licensed acupuncturist, a registered herbalist, and a homeopathy proponent for both pets and their people for 30 years. She began learning alternative therapies in 1979, when she changed her career from education to medicine. She... Read More →
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James DeMarco

James DeMarco is the author of the Small Saves book series, in which he combines his two great loves, hockey and cartooning.  In addition, he writes, a "Small Saves" comic strip for USA Hockey Magazine and is currently working on his eighth Small Saves book. When not creating his... Read More →
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Emem Uko

Emem Uko has gained recognition for her unique plot-twisting and suspense-filled writing style. She started a blog in 2010, while in graduate school, as a way of “reducing ideas in her head and leaving room for school assignments.” She still writes on her blog, Z and S, which... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Auditorium, East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library 365 S Bremen St, Boston, MA, USA

3:00pm EDT

Preteens Write: A Workshop with Daniel José Older
Middle-graders, come get creative with words! This is a rare opportunity to engage with New York Times bestselling author of middle-grade historical fantasy, Daniel José Older, who will provide a hands-on writing workshop for young adults. He will also tell us about his new book, Dactyl Hill Squad, which reimagines the Civil War—with dinosaurs! The first 25 participants will receive a free copy of the book, so come early!

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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is a Latino author who has taken all reading levels by storm with his gritty approach to fantasy literature. His first novel, Half-Resurrection Blues, an urban fantasy and the first in his Bone Street Rumba series, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Auditorium, East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library 365 S Bremen St, Boston, MA, USA