On this night, members will be raising money for families in our area less fortunate than us. Every holiday season, ABFN supports local families in need by collecting and fulfilling gift wish lists. On this night, you can come and purchase something to donate to a local family in need.
There will also be an opportunity to sign up for additional wish list items such as winter clothes, grocery gift cards, etc. by taking a gift tag from ABFN's Giving Tree. We sincerely hope you consider bringing children (all ages welcome!) to this open house so they can lead the giving effort by picking out a gift for our neighbors and hearing stories about the gift of giving - PJ’s encouraged!
ABFN has opened this event to all families, check out there website, www.abfamily.org.
Saturday Morning Story Time: Toni Buzzeo and Ellen Mayer
Saturday November 17 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
IT’S A BOARD BOOK JAMBOREE!
Two local author-educators share board books galore in an interactive event for children four-and-under and their grown-ups. There will be fun with puppets, a banjo-accompanied sing-a-long, and crafts!
Toni Buzzeo is a New York Times bestselling author and has published 26 picture books. She’s also a career educator and former elementary school librarian. Toni has two current board book collections: from Disney Hyperion, Just Like My Papa and Stay Close to Mama, and a non-fiction series from Abrams, Whose Tools?, Whose Truck? and Whose Boat? In addition, her 12 Days of Christmas in New England was recently published in board book format (2018). Toni lives in nearby Arlington.
Ellen Mayer is the author of the Small Talk Books collection from Star Bright Books, which includes four board books: Red Socks, A Fish to Feed, Banana for Two, and Clean Up, Up, Up!. She’s also an early literacy educator and former researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ellen lives locally in Cambridge.
Community Event with ODK: Feast of Fiction with Local Novelists
Saturday November 17 | 6:30PM - 9:00PM
We invite you to join three local authors for an unique celebration of food and fiction at Orange Door Kitchen. Novelists Jenna Blum, Crystal King and Louise Miller will sit down with guests for a delicious meal inspired by their recently published works and then linger over coffee for book signing and more conversation.
ONE // The Lost Family // Peter Rashkin’s mushroom soup with crème fraîche and brandy
TWO // Feast of Sorrow // Apicius’ chicken in dill sauce with romanesco, pine nuts, golden raisins, and colatura
THREE // The Late Bloomer’s Club // burnt sugar cake with maple icing
Tickets include a copy of each author’s novel plus a three-course meal prepared by Orange Door Kitchen. Beverages are available for purchase.
Jenna Blum is the New York Times and number one international bestselling author of the novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. She was also voted one of the favorite contemporary women writers by Oprah.comreaders. Jenna is based in Boston, where she earned her MA from Boston University and has taught fiction and novel workshops for Grub Street Writers for twenty years.
Crystal King is a writer, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and an obsession with the food, language, and culture of Italy. Her debut novel, Feast of Sorrow, was published in April 2017 and her second novel, The Secret Chef, will be released in early 2019. She has taught writing and social media at Grub Street and several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University. Crystal received her master's degree in critical and creative thinking from University of Massachusetts Boston. She lives in the US with her husband and two cats, Nero and Merlin.
Louise Miller is a writer and pastry chef living in Boston, MA. Her debut novel, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, was selected as an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association, a Library Reads pick by Librarians across the U.S., and was shortlisted by the America Library Association’s Reading List Council for best women’s fiction in 2017. Her 2nd novel, The Late Bloomer's Club, was published in July 2018. In addition to baking and writing, Louise is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of old dogs.
Saturday Morning Story Time: Erin Dionne and Mark Hoffmann
Saturday November 24 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
This Saturday Story Time, we are so excited to be joined by Erin Dionne and Mark Hoffmann!
Local to the Boston area, Erin Dionne is the author of great mid grade fiction like Notes From an Accidental Band Geek and Lights, Camera Disaster!. Erin is a talented storyteller who truly masters the voice of each of her characters. She will share her new release, Captain's Log: Snowbound.
Mark Hoffmann is the author and illustrator of Fruit Bowl and is the illustrator ofYou Can Read. With his witty style, Mark's words and illustrations and character banter pull everyone into the story.
Come join us for a fun-filled story hour!
Author Event: Sorboni Banerjee
Wednesday November 28 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Welcome Sorboni Banerjee back to the area, as she shares her debut YA novel.
Hide With Me takes place in the border town of Tanner, Texas and follows the lives of two teenagers trying to escape their past.
In the dying cornfields of his family's farm, seventeen-year-old Cade finds a mysterious girl broken and bleeding. She has one request: hide me. With help from Cade's best friend, the son of the local veterinarian, the mysterious Jane Doe starts to heal, and details of her past surface. A foster kid looking for a way out, Jane got caught up in the wrong crowd and barely escaped with her life.
Cade has been trapped in Texas all his life and has a difficult past of his own. Reeling from his parents' separation, he's focused on one thing: a football scholarship--his one-way ticket out of town.
“Suspenseful and gritty, Hide With Me is a beautifully written novel that captivates from the very first page.” — Robin Roe, author of A List of Cage.
Many of you remember Sorboni Banerjee as an Emmy Award-winning television news reporter and anchor from Boston FOX 25 News. She’s the daughter of an Indian physicist who made her a storyteller and showed her the world, and a mother from Maine who taught her to love books and save the world, and she has a little brother who probably will. Sorboni lives in Florida with her investigative reporter husband, adorable son, and giant dog. This is her first novel.
Saturday Morning Story Time: Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple
Saturday December 01 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
It's hard to be a lover of books and not know who Jane Yolen is. She is both legendary and prolific, and has published so many books that you can read one of her books every day of the year. Whether you know Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, The Devil's Arithmetic or one of her many others, odds are you've read something that Jane has written.
Her daughter Heidi Stemple is a powerhouse in her own right. In the past 12 years, she has published 25 books of her own, as well as short stories and poems.
Jane and Heidi have combined to publish books together as well, including the recently released Fly With Me, a non-fiction book about birds and flying creatures that combines enchanting stories, lyrical poems and stunning photography with fascinating science.
Heidi has also recently published Counting Birds, a real-life story about bird counting and watching that teaches children what they can do to protect endangered bird species.
We'll have both of these books and more on hand. Please be sure to join us for Saturday Morning Story Time with Heidi and Jane!
Author Event: Jon Land
Thursday December 06 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
We are very excited to welcome bestselling author Jon Land.
Jon Land a veteran thriller novelist with credits including the New York Times bestselling Caitlyn Strong series, and more recently, The Rising. Some may know him from one of his first books, a non-fiction work with Robert Fitzpatrick, Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down.
His newest novel, Murder She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder, comes out Nov. 6, and follows beloved heroine an mystery writer Fletcher on a case that involves her longtime publisher, Lane Barfield, who she learns is under FBI investigation. And then Barfield turns up dead. Jessica holds the biggest clue to solving the mystery in a perilous manuscript that turns up at her door.
In addition to Manuscript for Murder'sdebut, two of Jon's recent novels are out in paperback -- Strong to the Bone, the latest in his Caitlyn Strong series, and A Date with Murder, the first entry that Jon wrote in the bestselling Murder, She Wrote series.
Jon often bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research as well as a twenty-five year career in martial arts. He is an associate member of the US Special Forces and is an emeritus board member the International Thriller Writers. Jon resides in Providence.
It should be a thrilling night!
Saturday Morning Story Time: Mike Trenk
Saturday December 08 | 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Simply put, Hal is having a very bad day. The worst Wednesday he can remember. But what can he do? Maybe with a little bit of help and support, he can learn how to cope with being blue. Follow along with Hal on his worst day yet, and discover how a little happiness, even on the worst days, can be easy to get!
Author Mike Trenk brings a level of expertise to this book, which is his first. He works locally with children and adolescents on a variety of issues, including, anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, and academic difficulties. You can visit his website here.
Community Event: West Acton Village Stroll
Saturday December 08 | 12:30PM - 4:30PM
Enjoy a day of shopping and strolling through the gems of West Acton!
Explore local businesses and activities. There will be a craft fair at the West Acton Baptist Church! There will be a neighborhood scavenger hunt, and we'll be participating in it! The Silver Unicorn is proud to be a destination on the scavenger hunt happening in the neighborhood, so come say hi and check us off your list!
After the Village Stroll, stick around in the neighborhood for the Christmas tree lighting, over in the usual spot next to Middlesex Savings Bank!
It's going to be a great day in West Acton!
Author Event: Jabari Asim in conversation with Linda K. Wertheimer
Sunday December 09 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Join us for insightful event with Jabari Asim, who is a critically-acclaimed author of both adult and children books. He'll be in conversation with Linda K. Wertheimer, who is an author, freelance journalist and former education editor of The Boston Globe.
Jabari's latest book, We Can’t Breathe, came out in October. In it, he disrupts what Toni Morrison has exposed as the “Master Narrative” and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body.
What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that has resisted, survived, and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn’t depend on a narrative steeped in oppression, but rather reveals black voices telling their own stories.
Jabari Asim is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for Creative Writing at Emerson College. He was an editor for 11 years at The Washington Post, where he also wrote a syndicated column on politics, popular culture, and social issues.
Jabari is also the editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas, and has served as the book editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When he was with the P-D, he was the only African-American to supervise book/publishing coverage at a major metropolitan daily.
Linda K. Wertheimer is a veteran journalist and former Boston Globe education editor, is the award-winning author ofFaith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times,The Boston Globe Magazine, USA Today, Time, and many other publications.
Author Event: Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson in conversation with The Boston Globe's Chad Finn
Tuesday December 11 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
As the NFL season heats up and playoffs approach, take a night to indulge in Patriot History!
The book's authors, Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson, will be joined in store by The Boston Globe's Chad Finn. They'll be discussing the duo's new book, The Pats: An Illustrated History. In it, they tell the complete story of the Patriots, featuring thorough research, archival photos, and essays from notable authors, journalists, and local celebrities.
This is a lavishly illustrated tale full of larger-than-life characters – from founding owner Billy Sullivan, early stars like running back Jim Nance and beloved wide receiver turned broadcaster Gino Cappeletti, to Hall of Famers and stars like John Hannah, Russ Francis, and Steve Grogan through to present-day stars like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft.
Glenn Stout is a freelance writer, author, and editorial consultant and has served as Series Editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception. He is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912, and has collaborated with Richard Johnson on Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Cubs and The Dodgers. Stout has lived in and around Boston for 20 years. Currently he lives in Vermont.
Richard A. Johnson has served as the curator of the Sports Museum of New England since 1982. He has also authored or co-authored 23 books, the lion's share about Boston sports teams or athletes, including the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, The Boston Marathon, Boston Braves, Harry Agannis, Johnny Kelley and others. A native of Worcester, he lives in Braintree.
Chad Finn is one of the most popular sportswriters in Boston. He has written for The Boston Globe and Boston.com for nearly 15 years. He writes a weekly sports media column for the Globe, and his weekly Patriots preview and wrap-up pieces are legendary.
Join us for this awesome night, celebrating the greatest team in football history -- the New England Patriots!
Saturday Morning Story Time: Heather Lang and Melissa Stewart
Saturday December 15 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Melissa Stewart is an Acton resident and author of more than 180 science-focused books for kids, including recent titles Does An Aardvark Bark? and A Seed to Start, and her newest book, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes & Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs. In this newest book, Melissa explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.
She'll be joined by fellow local author Heather Lang. Heather has written a number of picture books focusing on women, including the STEM-focused Swimming With Sharks, about legendary shark researcher Eugenie Clark.
Join us for a fantastic STEM-based storytime!
The Silver Unicorn Bookstore
12 Spruce Street Acton MA 01720 USA