Abuzz in Boston
It’s been quite an exciting homecoming here in Boston. Last week, I had the honor of taping a segment of The Literati Scene, a Boston Neighborhood Network TV show hosted by Smoki Bacon and Dick Concannon. There were several authors invited, and after we taped, we ate lunch at the Park Plaza Hotel and discussed politics. It was most interesting to hear the analysis of Sophie Freud, a social worker, author, and granddaughter of the late great Sigmund Freud.
That night Random House hosted a magnificent dinner for me at the Lenox Hotel’s restaurant Azure. It was a real treat to meet so many of the superstars who dwell in that magical world where literature and education collide.
Guests included: Susan Bloom, Professor Emerita and former director of the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature; Betsey Detwiler, owner of Buttonwood Books & Toys; Kim French, former editorial staffer at Random House and outstanding teacher at Edward Devotion School; Lori Kauffman from Brookline Booksmith; Dr. Marilyn A. McCaffrey, Professor Emerita of English and Guardian of the Robert Cormier Manuscript Collection at Fitchburg State College; Alison Morris of Wellesley Booksmith and ShelfTalker fame; Charlene Peters of The Marblehead Reporter; and Terri Schmitz, owner of The Children’s Bookshop. I was thrilled that Smoki and Dick joined us for dinner too. Gobs of appreciation to Tracy Lerner, Library Marketing Manager of Random House Children’s Books, our terrific host for the evening.
The next day, I visited with relatives and old friends. Then it was time to begin preparation for another bookstore event at The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in my hometown of Marblehead. This event felt like an episode of that old show “This is Your Life.” The store was full of people I’ve known since I was born, including my childhood neighbors, the Macks, and three of my favorite Marblehead teachers: Marcia Williams-Lord (Grades 4 and 5), Jan Darsa (9th Grade English), and Marilyn Day (Advisor to the High School Newspaper). Thank you, thank you to everyone who attended and most especially to bookstore manager Hilary Lay.