Book Launch Party (through March 31). Discover more fun facts from B is for Berkshires on my SCBWI Book Launch Party page. Enter my contest to win an autographed copy of the book, or other exciting prizes! Contest ends on March 1.
February 27 (12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) LEAP INTO READING, An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Café, 111 South Street, Plainville, MA. Join eleven authors and illustrators of children’s books for a fun-filled event. Scavenger hunt with prizes, refreshments, a “Writing for Kids 101” table with information for aspiring children’s book writers, book sales, and signing. See flyer for details and information about the authors and illustrators featured at the event.
March 6 (1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) W IS FOR WINTER – Northfield Mountain, 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield, MA. Free family program for ages seven and older! Join Joannie and Northfield Naturalist, Kim Noyes, for a fun-filled afternoon. Explore the outdoors to use nature as inspiration, then use Joannie’s tips to discover options for the design of your own unique book. Bring your imagination, a camera (cell phone is fine), and dress in warm layers. Participants will leave with a book they have begun, and finish working on it at home. Program meets in the yurt behind the Visitor Center. Pre-registration required. Call: 1-800-859-2960.
April 29 – May 1: NESCBWI SPRING CONFERENCE, Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Motel, Springfield, MA. Say hello to Joannie at the registration and door prize tables. You might even win an autographed copy of B is for Berkshires.
May 21 (10:00 a.m.) CELEBRATING SUMMER: From the Berkshires to the Beach, Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA. Activity, story hour, sales and signing with Joannie and fellow Islandport Press author/illustrator of Seashells – Treasures from the Northeast Coast, Joanne Roach-Evans. For more information: 781-431-1160.
November 12 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) 3rd ANNUAL CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL, Mount Wachusett Community College Cafeteria, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA. Join local authors and illustrators of children’s books at the Central Massachusetts Children’s Book Festival for a family-oriented day of fun, food, and fantastic books. Details on the Festival website.
December 4 (11:00 a.m.) HOLIDAY STROLL, Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA. Book sales and signing with nine local authors. Come celebrate the season with 60 Wellesley merchants. Special events and savings! See the Holiday Stroll website for details on all the fun.
March 14 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm): BOOKS & BOWLING BONANZA, AMF Auburn Lanes, 101 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA. Join Joannie, a long-time Auburn league bowler, to celebrate the launch of B is for Berkshires. Games, door prizes, reading, Q & A, book sales/signing, and more. Contact: Auburn Lanes at 508-791-5700, or Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester.
March 15 (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm): DUAL BOOK LAUNCH, The Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street, Concord, MA. Join two SCBWI Concord Critique Group members as they celebrate March book releases: Heather Lang is launching The Original Cowgirl: The Wild Adventures of Lucille Mulhall, and Joannie launches B is for Berkshires. Contact: The Concord Bookshop.
March 28 (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm): BOOK LAUNCH PARTY, The Parlor Café, 303 Ashland Street, North Adams, MA. Join us to help Joannie and Gillian launch their book, B is for Berkshires, with light refreshments, book sales and signing, and more. Contact: The Parlor Café or 207-846-3344.
April 9 (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm): FAMILY FUN NIGHT, The Cottage Children’s Center, Inc., 197 Union Street, Marlborough, MA. Joannie will make a guest appearance for a reading and book sale. This event is closed to the public.
April 11 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm): CARNIVAL OF CHILDREN’S AUTHORS, Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, Worcester, MA. Joannie will be joining a dozen children’s book authors and illustrators for a carnival of art and words. From picture books to middle grade novels, the day promises to be an informative and fantastic voyage celebrating children’s literature and art. For details and a complete schedule of events: Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester or 508-796-5613.
April 24 – 26: NESCBWI SPRING CONFERENCE, Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Motel, Springfield, MA. Say hello to Joannie at the registration and door prize tables. You might even win an autographed copy of B is for Berkshires.
May 9 (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm) BOOK SALE & SIGNING, Berkshire Emporium & Antiques, 59 Main Street, North Adams, MA. Here’s a chance to get a book autographed by the author AND photographer! Joannie and Gillian will both be present to sign their book, B is for Berkshires. The Emporium is also hosting book signings for two other local authors as part of a day of celebration of all things related to the Berkshires. Come join the fun at the Spring into Summer Expo, sponsored by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce—Main Street in North Adams from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Rain date: May 10.
June 6 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) SAFE SUMMER FUN DAY, UMassMemorial - Marlborough Hospital, 157 Union Street, Marlborough, MA. Say hello to Joannie – make your own Ninja stress ball! This child-oriented health and safety fair features hands-on hospital exhibits and fun, family-oriented activities. More details: 17th Annual Safe Summer Fun Day.
June 20 (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm) LOCAL AUTHOR EVENT, Barnes & Noble, 120 Watertower Plaza, Leominster, MA. Joannie will be signing copies of her book, B is for Berkshires, as part of an event featuring local authors. Are you looking for last minute Father’s Day presents for the kids to give Dad? B is for Berkshires is the perfect gift. Discover A through Z ideas for family adventures and places to explore with Dad in western Massachusetts. It’s time for a road trip!
June 27 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) NONFICTION PANEL: Have you ever wondered…? Researching and Presenting Non-Fiction for Children’s Books, Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, Worcester, MA. Joannie will be joining children’s book authors Nancy Castaldo, Jane Sutcliffe, Heather Lang, and J. Roach-Evans for a panel discussion on research and presenting nonfiction material in kid-friendly formats. Discover the stories behind the books. A perfect panel for educators, parents, librarians, writers, or anyone interested in children’s books. For details: Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester or 508-796-5613.
July 18 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) FROM THE BERKSHIRES TO THE BEACH: LOCAL AUTHORS CELEBRATE THE BEAUTY OF NEW ENGLAND, Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main Street, Webster, MA. Join Joannie for a book talk, reading, book sale, and signing with fellow Islandport Press author/illustrator of Seashells – Treasures from the Northeast Coast, Joanne Roach-Evans.
October 15 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) BEHIND THE BOOK: A JOURNEY FROM CONCEPT TO BOOKSHELF, Adams Free Library, lower annex, 92 Park Street, Adams, MA. Join Joannie and Gillian as they talk about the publishing process, focusing on the collaboration, research, writing, and revision needed to match text and photos—all within a tight production schedule. For more details: 413-743-8345.
November 14 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) 2ND ANNUAL CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL, Mount Wachusett Community College Cafeteria, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA. Join area authors, illustrators, and photographers of children’s books at the Central Massachusetts Children’s Book Festival for a family-oriented day of fun, food, and fantastic books.
December 19 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) FROM THE BERKSHIRES TO THE BEACH: Signed books make great gifts! Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main Street, Webster, MA. Book sales and signing with Joannie and fellow Islandport Press author/illustrator of Seashells – Treasures from the Northeast Coast, Joanne Roach-Evans.