Massachusetts Center for the Book selected “Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy” by Massachusetts author Richard Michelson to be the centerpiece of its booth at the 2018 National Book Festival. Located in the Pavilion of States, the booth celebrates the Library of Congress’ “Discover Great Places Through Reading” program. Read more here .
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Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, won the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction for “A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley.” Read more here .
Massachusetts Center for the Book has opened the call for submissions of books published in 2017 and 2018, while announcing the winners of the 17th Annual Mass Book Awards. Read more here .
Three Lesley faculty members, a children’s book author and two poets, were recently named as honorees in the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. Read more here .
MassBook Trails app includes Chicopee Public Library in its Commonwealthwide trail, noting its unique history and mission. Read more here .
The Gateway City Library Trail on the MassBook Trails app features the Holyoke Public Library. See page 2 of The Sun here .
The historic public library in Salem is featured in the MassBook Trails app. Read more here .
Gateway City libraries have been recognized for the central role they play in their communities. For more about Leominster Public Library, click here . For more about Malden Public Library, click here . For more about Revere Public Library, click here .
Pittsfield’s public library is highlighted on MassBook Trails’ Commonwealthwide Gateway City Library Trail. Read more here .
Mass Center for the Book has added a new Commonwealthwide Trail to its live app, highlighting the public libraries of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities. Taunton Public Library is featured: Read more here . New Bedford Public Library: Read more here . Fall River Public Library: Read more here . Chelsea Public Library: Read more here . Fitchburg Public Library: Read… Read more »
Senator James Eldridge and Representatives Carolyn Dykema, Danielle Gregoire, and Hannah Kane were on hand to congratulate their constituents from the Metrowest area at the 2018 State House awards ceremony for Letters About Literature: Aine Ford of Hopkinton, Julia Goretti of Westborough, Andrea Jiang of Northborough, and Level 3 Top Honors winner Katherine Yang of… Read more »
Amrit Chadha of Arlington, a sixth grader at Ottoson Middle School, was commended at the State House for his Level 1 Honors letter to author Rupi Kaur about The Sun and Her Flowers. Read more here . Also recognized at the State House ceremony was Montrose School senior Anneka Ignatius of Wrentham, who received Honors in… Read more »
Bromfield School eighth grader Sophie Thompson of Harvard was honored at the State House for her Level 2 letter to author Steve Sheinkin about his book Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. Click here. Williamstown resident Flora Birch, a fifth grade student at Pine Cobble School, received Honors for her… Read more »
Chloe Stavely of Franklin, a sixth grader at Remington Middle School, was honored at the State House for her letter to author Audrey Penn. http://milford.wickedlocal.com/news/20170528/strongfraknlin-sixth-grader-honored-at-statehousestrong . Sixth grader Maren White of Arlington was honored at the State House for her letter to author Heather Vogel Frederick. http://arlington.wickedlocal.com/news/20170519/arlington-students-letter-to-author-earns-recognition .
Mansfield’s Ali Shaikh, a sixth grader at Al Noor Academy, received Massachusetts Honors for his letter to author J.K. Rowling about “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” http://easton.wickedlocal.com/news/20170601/guest-column-mansfield-sixth-grader-wins-letters-about-literature-award . Lily O’Neil of Abington, a freshman at Abington High School, received Massachusetts Honors in Level 3. http://abington.wickedlocal.com/news/20170528/abington-student-honored-at-statehouse .
Worcester area students Saja Ahmad, Ridha Alam, Mariam Abd-El-Barr, and Sarra Abd-El-Barr received Massachusetts Honors at the State House awards ceremony. http://www.telegram.com/sports/20170602/local-students-honored-for-letters-about-literature-at-statehouse . Manchester-Essex Regional Middle School student Lily Athanas was honored at the State House as well. http://gloucester.wickedlocal.com/news/20170524/manchester-essex-regional-middle-school-student-honored .
Watertown resident Frida Thompson, a fifth grader at German International School Boston, received Massachusetts Honors in Level 1: http://watertown.wickedlocal.com/news/20170523/letters-about-literature-honors-watertown-student Marblehead students Nicholas Williams, Sofie Kvaavik, and Andrew Klein were also honored at the State House. Nicholas received Top Honors in the Level 2 division and will represent Massachusetts in the national competition. http://marblehead.wickedlocal.com/news/20170526/marblehead-students-recognized-for-letters-about-literature Andover’s Karan Singh, a… Read more »
Several Metrowest area students were honored at the State House for their letters written to authors as part of the Letters About Literature program. Owen Fitzpatrick of Hopkinton received Top Honors for his letter to Charles Dickens and will represent Massachusetts in the national competition. http://southborough.wickedlocal.com/news/20170530/hopkinton-student-receives-top-honors-at-letters-about-literature-program
North Attleborough’s Gabrielle Landry, a junior at Montrose School, was honored at a State House ceremony for her letter to author Marina Keegan about her book “The Opposite of Loneliness.” http://northattleborough.wickedlocal.com/news/20170530/local-student-honored-at-state-house
Kate Clifford Larson, winner of the 2016 Mass Book Award in Nonfiction for Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, is featured in this Boston Globe story .
Read Doug Holder’s interview of Sharon Shaloo here .
Boston Globe South reported on authors from the region honored at the December 6th State House ceremony here.
The Horn Book posted this summary regarding the December 6th State House celebration of The 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards.
On Tuesday, December 6th, honored authors from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State House for the 16th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards ceremony. Read more in the press clippings below: Amesbury poet honored at book awards Framingham resident honored as Massachusetts Book Award Winner Winchester authors honored at Book Awards Ceremony Concord author honored at Book Awards Ceremony Stoughton author honored with Massachusetts Book Award Award-winning authors from Winchester Gloucester author wins state “Must Read” award Bedford author honored at Book Awards Ceremony Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Author Feted at State House Ceremony Methuen author honored at State House Bookmarked: Cape authors honored at Statehouse 2016 Massachusetts Book Award winners feted at State House ceremony
Pioneer Valley writers had a strong showing in the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards, including Leslea Newman’s top award in the Picture Book category. Read more here .
Cape and Islands writers Matthew Neill Null, David McCullough and David R. Surette were honored in the Massachusetts Book Awards; read more here .
The Boston Globe reported on October 27th about the 2016 Mass Book Awards, with Winning books in each category profiled and Honors titles announced as well. Read the article here .
Ali Benjamin won the 2016 Mass Book Award in the Young Adult/Middle Reader category for “The Thing About Jellyfish,” while fellow Williamstown writer Lawrence Raab received 2016 Honors for his poetry collection “Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts.” Read more here .
“A Head Full of Ghosts,” by Paul Tremblay, won the 2016 Mass Book Award for Fiction. Read more here .
Professor Alan Feldman won the 2016 Mass Book Award for Poetry with his widely-praised collection “Immortality.” Read more here .
Congratulations to the 2016 Mass Book Award Winners! Promotion of these titles will be launched at Boston Book Festival on October 15th and winners and honorees will be celebrated at a State House ceremony and reception on December 6th. See details here .
The National Book Festival will take place on September 24th, and Mass Center for the Book will be there in the Pavilion of States. The Bay State booth will feature Growing Up Pedro by Massachusetts native and author/illustrator Matt Tavares. Read more here .
Library Journal reported on the unanimous veto override that restored FY2017 funding for Mass Center for the Book, along with other library and cultural organizations. Read more .
Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Chair of the Public Library Caucus and Joint Committee of Public Health, played a leadership role in securing funding in the FY2017 state budget for public libraries and important literacy programming, including Mass Center for the Book. Read here .
Mitchell D. Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, announces the 2016 – 2017 Letters About Literature Program in his weekly newsletter: http://www.doe.mass.edu/commissioner/?update=9/9/2016 .
Massachusetts students are invited to participate in the 24th annual Letters About Literature program by writing a letter to a favorite author. http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2016/09/letters-about-literature-massachusetts-students-invited-to-write-to-favorite-authors/
The thriving community of writers in central Massachusetts is speaking out about Governor Baker’s veto: http://www.gazettenet.com/Baker-cuts-funding-for-state-book-center-3441818
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert to be honored by Representative Gailanne Cariddi and Massachusetts Center for the Book with 2015 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction at Williamstown event: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/local/ci_29974519/kolbert-receive-book-award-sixth-extinction .
Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director of Massachusetts Center for the Book, has been honored for her commitment to literacy education by being named a 2016 Mass Literacy Champion. For more details, please see: http://www.massliteracy.org/mass-literacy-announces-2016-mass-literacy-champions/ and http://arlington.wickedlocal.com/article/20160526/NEWS/160526915/0/SEARCH .
Methuen seventh-grader Laci Swift receives accolades at the Statehouse for her Honors letter to author John Green: http://www.eagletribune.com/methuen-student-honored-in-writing-contest/article_0a0e88a4-1d1d-5270-92fe-59a8a4004d28.html
Senator Michael Moore welcomed Julia Kilroy, a Letters About Literature student honoree, and her family to the Statehouse for personal congratulations and several media outlets highlighted her achievement: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160502/upton-eighth-grader-receives-writing-contest-award , https://uptondaily.com/2016/04/29/sen-moore-congratulates-upton-resident-on-receiving-literature-award/ , http://auburnmassdaily.com/2016/05/02/sen-moore-congratulates-upton-resident-on-receiving-literature-award/ and http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/sen.-moore-congratulates-uptons-julia-kilroy-on-letters-about-literature-aw
Holten-Richmond Middle School student is commended by Representative Speliotis at Letters About Literature ceremony: http://danvers.wickedlocal.com/article/20160426/NEWS/160427101
Oliver Ames High School student attends Letters About Literature ceremony at the Statehouse and is commended for his Honors letter: http://easton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160429/easton-student-honored-in-letters-about-litetarure-program
Tyngsborough Middle School student Julia Grimm honored at the Statehouse for her Honors letter: http://www.lowellsun.com/lifestyles/ci_29812985/letters-about-literature?source=rss and http://www.thevalleydispatch.com/calendar/ci_29812985/letters-about-literature
Saltonstall School seventh-grader was honored at the Statehouse for her letter to Margaret Mitchell about “Gone With The Wind.” http://salem.wickedlocal.com/article/20160421/NEWS/160429567
Four Cambridge students were honored at the Statehouse, including Top Honors letter writer Ning-Er Lei, a ninth-grader at Vassal Lane Upper School: http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/article/20160419/NEWS/160416175 .
Sophie Thompson of Harvard, a sixth-grader at The Bromfield School, was honored at Statehouse ceremony: http://harvard.wickedlocal.com/news/20160420/harvard-student-recognized-at-letters-about-literature-event .
Abington High School ninth grader Charlotte Ciampa was commended by Representative Geoff Diehl at the Statehouse ceremony for Letters About Literature on March 15. http://abington.wickedlocal.com/article/20160418/NEWS/160416389 .
Four Arlington students were honored for their Letters About Literature by Representative Sean Garballey at the Statehouse ceremony on March 15: http://arlington.wickedlocal.com/article/20160412/NEWS/160418619 .
Calla Kahan-Fagan of Bedford, a fifth-grader at Lexington Montessori School, read her Top Honors letter at the Statehouse ceremony on March 15 and will represent Massachusetts in the national LAL competition: http://bedford.wickedlocal.com/article/20160411/NEWS/160419404
Senator Karen Spilka and Rep. Jeffrey Roy congratulated Medway author Michael Greenburg at the Statehouse for his 2015 “Must Read” Mass Book Award for “The Court-Martial of Paul Revere.” http://ashland.wickedlocal.com/article/20160319/NEWS/160315566
Winchester native Matt Tavares was honored at the Mass Book Awards Statehouse ceremony for his illustration of 2015 Must Read Picture Book “Jubilee: One Man’s Big, Bold and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace.” http://winchester.wickedlocal.com/article/20160312/NEWS/160319599
This just in from Jamaica Plain News: http://www.jamaicaplainnews.com/2016/01/14/jamaica-plain-author-honored-at-state-house-for-novel/16470 The Marblehead Item: http://www.itemlive.com/news/howe-to-connect-with-children/
Boston Globe North reports on Massachusetts Book Awards honors for area writers and speaks with two top award winners: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2015/11/10/north-shore-authors-receive-massachusetts-book-awards/EvqA7vL6y8tPqtv6viSTcO/story.html
Marblehead author Katherine Howe wins top honors in Young Adult category of 2015 Massachusetts Book Awards: http://marblehead.wickedlocal.com/article/20151104/NEWS/151108302
January Gill O’Neil and Katherine Howe win top prizes in 2015 Mass Book Awards: http://www.gloucestertimes.com/lifestyle/a-pair-of-massachusetts-book-awards-for-the-north-shore/article_4c36c5d8-485c-5341-9121-a292dec9a496.html?mode=story
2015 top award honoree in Letters About Literature program hails from Northborough: http://southborough.wickedlocal.com/article/20151015/NEWS/151017608
Massachusetts State Senator Michael Moore welcomed Letters About Literature honoree Alex Romine, of Upton, to 2015 Statehouse Awards Ceremony: http://upton.wickedlocal.com/article/20151013/NEWS/151018532
“Going Places,” by Dedham brothers and collaborators Peter and Paul Reynolds, wins top award in Picture Book category: http://dedham.wickedlocal.com/article/20151031/NEWS/151039901/0/SEARCH
“The Map Thief,” by Michael Blanding of Brookline, honored as a Must-Read 2015 in the Nonfiction category: http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20151031/NEWS/151039964/0/SEARCH
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