Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was known as the "Queen of Clubs" when she was approached by Tom Higginson and Helen Winslowwith their idea for a Boston Authors Club. She was immediately enthusiastic. "And it will be a good one too!" she said, offering her home for the first meeting. It was held in 1900 and, well, the rest is history.
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Peter Johnson's middle grade novel, "The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez", was nominated for the RI Teen Book Award, which will be voted upon in the months of January and February. He'll be visiting Dartmouth Middle School in March, where the kids will be reading his "The Amazing Adventures of John Smith Jr. AKA HOUDINI". Susan Lynn Meyer's new picture book "New Shoes" has been named an CTE Charlotte Huck Honor Book and is an NAACP Image Award Nominee and an ALA Notable Nominee. John McAleer's "The Real Diary of a Real Boy from of the Great Depression and Greatest Generation" Compiled by Andrew McAleer " was released in December on Kindle. In December Andrew contracted with Down & Out Books to edit a new volume of "Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea." Volume One of the Coast to Coast series, Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea, was released in October. An essay by Lisa Braxton, "The World I Didn't Know Existed," is included in Inspire Forgiveness, an anthology published by Inspire Press. On January 5, Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins will publish Cynthia Levinson's biography for 8-12-year-olds titled"Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can." Helen Marie Casey read with the poets published in the Paterson Literary Review #43 on November 7th at the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey. Chaim M. Rosenberg's "Yankee Colonies Across America: Cities Upon The Hills" was publishedDecember 2015 by. Lexington Books. Suzanne Berne's novel "The Dogs of Littlefield will be published by Simon & Schuster in January. Grace Lin's newest "Ling and Ting Together in All Weather " is out Patricia Striar Rohner has signed a book contract with She Writes Press for her novel, "Tzippy. the Thief," and it will be published in October 2016. Stephen Puleo's " American Treasures: The Unknown History of the Struggle to Save our Priceless Documents", will be published by St. Martin's Press in the fall of 2016.
Jan 19 12;30 Lunch& Literature, The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth. RSVP 617-536-9510
How Your Book Is Sold: Panel discussion at the Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant St., Brookline (MA) Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Two bookstore owners and one representative of book distributors will talk and answer questions about the process of how books are distributed and sold, and how this matters to established publishers and self-publishing writers. The panelists will be Jeffrey Mayersohn of the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge (MA); Willard Williams of the independent chain of Toadstool Bookshops in southern New Hampshire; and Stephen Williamson of New England Book Reps. Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the National Writers Union and the Women’s National Book Association.
Out of Our Past
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) author, critic, abolitionist, co-founder ofthe Boston Authors Club, its first vice president and second president upon the death of Julia Ward Howe, is probably best known as the man who advised Emily Dickinson not to try and publish her poems. But he was more than that. He was the author of “Army Life in a Black Regiment” (1870), an advocate of taking “obey” out of a woman’s marriage vows, and one of his essays inspired Sophia Smith to found Smith College. His Collected Works were published in 7 volumes in 1900.
Helen Maria Winslow (1851-1938) cofounder of the club was the great-granddaughter of Abigail Adams, a freelance journalist and a free spirit. She was president of the New England Women’s Press Association, department editor ofDelineator Magazine for 17 years and the author of 13 books (including the controversial “The Woman of Tomorrow” in 1905) as well as innumerable articles and poems.