May 2016

What you've been waiting for--



Julia Ward Howe Award: Alice Hoffman for "The Marriage of Opposites"


Young Readers Award: M. T. Anderson for "Symphony for the City of the Dead"



Julia Ward Howe: Nigel Hamilton for "TheMantle of Command: FDR at War 1941-1942;" Alan Hirshfeld, "Starlight Detectives; How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe"


Young Readers: Padma Venkatraman for "A Time to Dance;"

Terry Farish for "Either the Beginning or the End of the World"



Julia Ward Howe: Christian Appy for "American Reckoning"

Rennie McQuilkin for "Going On" Matthew Neill Null for "Honey
from the Lion" Nick Littlefield & David Nexon for "Lion of the Senate"


Young Readers: Marika McCoola for "Baba Yaga's Assistant"

John Macfarlane for "Stormstruck!" Nancy Tupper Ling for "The Story I'll Tell"



Site and date of our awards program will be sent in a special newsletter--watch for it!



About Us

Bac winner Meg Rosoff has won the 5 million kroner ($615,000) Astrid  Lindgren Memorial award for children and young adult literature. On March 15, BAC winner Moying Li was the featured author at the Massachusetts Stare House for the Annual Letters about Lit Awards. At the event, Rep. Jay Livingstone presented Moying with a citation from the House of Representatives for her outstanding contribution in literature." Cynthia Levinson will give a reading from her new book "Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can" at 4pm May 1 Brookline Booksmith. Anita Diamant will appear at 7:30pm May 3 at Temple Sinai, Sharon, and May 16 at Pink Pages, Cambridge (more info at Peter Johnson will be on a panel at the RI Library Assn Conference May 14 where he will sign copies of his middle-grade novel "The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez" which all middle schoolers in the Rye-Neck system will be reading in the fall. Sara Pennypacker continues on the top ranks of the NY Times Book Review Children's Best Seller list with "Pax." Eric Jay Dolin's "Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse" publishes this month. David Kelly's new sports-oriented chapter book series for elementary school readers (Random House) will launch two books in May: "The Gold Medal Mess" and "The Soccer Surprise." Adrienne Richard gave 3 lectures on "The Roots of Modernism in America" at the Weston COAin April. Patricia Striar Rohner's debut novel "Tzippy the Thief" won first prize in general fiction at Southeast Book Festival. Judith Beth Cohen has new publications written with colleagues in New Directions for Teaching and Learning and the Journal of International Higher Education and Learning. Chester Brigham, author of "Phoenix of the Seas" lectured on the book at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and was the guest at WBSM and WCAL. Excerpts from Sy Montgomery's "The Soul of an Octopus" were online in Delancey Place. Anne LeClaire will hold a day-long retreat in Chatham on the Sacred Art of Listening May 14 (


May 1 - Art Week Boston free

May 7-8 - Provincetown 9th annual Chocolate Festival, 334 Commercial St., Provincetown (May 76:30-8pm "An evening of chocolate & wine")

May 9 - 6pm BPL Central Paul Lewis "Citizen Poets of Boston: a Collection of Forgotten Poems 1789-1820" and Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate

May 12 - 6pm Dinner & Discussion, The College Club of Boston, RSVP 617-536-9510

May 15 - 2pm Reading/signing "The Dear Remote Nearness of You" a new collection of poems by Danielle Legros Georges, poet laureate City of Boston, free.

May 17 - 12:30 Lunch & Literature, The College Club of Boston. RSVP 617-536-9510

May 27-28-29 - Boston Calling 3 days of live music



Our New Website is up thanks to Moying Li. Very snappy and with many new features including a pay-your-dues-online option. Go on--try it out NOW and be all paid up for 2016.

Out of Our Past

Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), humorist and short story writer, was one of the founding members of BAC. He is forever remembered as the writer of the quatrain “I never saw a purple cow/ I never hope to see one/ But I know this anyhow/ I’d rather see than be one.” He was the creator of such words as “goop” “blurb” and “bromide.” His “Goops” books are still in print.