Massachusetts Book Awards Holiday Dozen


Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Lecture Hall, Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Massachusetts Center for the Book invites you to kick off this holiday season in literary style.  Join twelve Greater Boston area writers, all recently honored by the Massachusetts Book Awards, for an evening book party at the Cambridge Public Library on December 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event begins with lightning talks by each writer, followed by an opportunity to mix and mingle, buy books from local bookseller Porter Square Books, and have them signed by the authors.

In fiction, you will meet Allegra Goodman (The Chalk Artist), Mira T. Lee (Everything Here is Beautiful), and Stephen McCauley (My Ex-­‐‑Life).

Nonfiction writers will be Jabari Asim (We Can’t Breathe) and Jill Lepore (These Truths: A History of the United States).

The poets in the room will be Richard Hoffman (Noon Until Night), Fred Marchant (Said Not Said), and Kevin McLellan (Ornitheology).

Katie Bayerl (A Psalm for Lost Girls), Julia Denos (Windows), Cynthia Levinson (Fault Lines in the Constitution), and Nancy Werlin (And Then There Were Four) will present literature for younger readers.

This event is free and open to the public, held in Cambridge Public Library’s Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway (617-­349-­4040).

The Massachusetts Center for the Book, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-­‐‑private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of books and reading and  enhances the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries. For more information about Mass Center for the Book and the Massachusetts Book Awards, contact or visit

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