Lou Cove, who lives in Western Mass, is an author, speaker, and fundraising guru. He has devoted his career to the intersection of creativity and capacity-building, helping launch and grow countless creative ventures.
Man of the Year is the improbable true story of Lou’s thirteenth year, one very unusual campaign, and the unexpected guest who changes everything.
Recently out in paperback, People Magazine called the book, "Hilarious and poignant." Join us as we celebrate this awesome local author!
Saturday Morning Story Time: Scott Magoon
Saturday October 27 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
We are starting a new Saturday Morning Story Time series, and kicking it off with author and illustrator Scott Magoon.
Scott is the illustrator of Rescue & Jessica, which just won the New England Independent Bookseller's Association's 2018 award for Best Children's Book. It's a true story about Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jessica Kensky and her dog, Rescue. It's a wonderful story that is perfect for every body, and Scott's illustrations really bring the story to life.
He is also the author or illustrator of several other books, including the recently released Misunderstood Shark, as well as I Have A Balloon, Mostly Monsterly, Breathe, The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot and many others.
MetroWest NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party, with Special Guest Sarah Marie Jette
Sunday October 28 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Have you ever wanted to write a novel? November is the time! NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is for people to write 50,000 words during the month. Sound daunting? It isn't! We can talk you through it.
Kyra Wilson Cook and Alison Rose serve as the MetroWest NaNoWriMo lliasions, and they are here to guide you through the process. They manage an online forum for MetroWest, as well as organize Write-Ins throughout the month, for people who want to congregate and write together. They'll break down the whole process for you!
You'll also hear from special guest Sarah Marie Jette! Sarah's debut novel, What the Wind Can Tell You, was published earlier this year, and is a store favorite.
Come join us for this wonderful celebration of writing!
Author Event: Kelly DiBenedetto, Jennifer Eckert and Katie Gorczyca
Thursday November 01 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
November is National Adoption Month, and we thought what better way to kick it off than with an event to try to raise awareness about adoption. Our friend and neighbor Katie Gorczyca is the director of Acton-based charity Danny's Place, and is late of Boston Post Adoption Resources, where she co-wrote the book, Adoption Is a Lifelong Journey, with her then-colleagues Kelly DiBenedetto and Jennifer Eckert.
Adoption Is a Lifelong Journey tells the story of adoption from the adoptee's, Charlie, perspective. Charlie takes the reader through the challenges of adoption, such as building trust, feeling a sense of worth, relating to his beginnings, and establishing his identity. By using the child's perspective, adults reading this book are given the chance to hear what a child may be feeling at time when communication may be difficult.
With fellow authors, Kelly DiBenedetto and Jennifer Eckert, Katie designed Adoption Is a Lifelong Journey to proactively provide insight into emotions and thoughts that an adoptee might encounter while also equipping caregivers with timely responses and resources.
We are thrilled to share this wonderful book and the work that these women have done for children!
Saturday Morning Story Time: Aisha Densmore-Bey
Saturday November 03 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
We are starting a new Saturday Morning Story Time series, and Aisha is our second reader!
Aisha has written a book called Who Made My Stuff? This is a STEM-based book, about just what it says. Miles becomes curious about things he uses in every day life, and learns how they are made. This is a perfect story for your curious children.
Aisha is an accomplished architect by day, specializing in interiors, lighting design, graphic design, film and art. She has been working in and around Boston for nearly 20 years, and she wrote, produced and directed the short film, The Built Perception: Boston.
We are thrilled to welcome her to the Silver Unicorn!
Children's Pajama Story Time
Wednesday November 07 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
For September, October and November, Children's Pajama Story Time is moving to the first Wednesday of the month!
Join Alcott School kindergarten teacher (and Acton parent and McCarthy Towne PTSO board member) AllisonForseter as she reads to children.
Kids are encouraged to come in their PJs! This event will be geared toward kids ages 3-9, though all children are certainly welcome.
Author Event: Gregory Maguire
Thursday November 08 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us in welcoming Gregory Magure, author of the New York Times bestseller Wicked, to The Silver Unicorn Bookstore.
His latest book, Hiddensee, is coming out in paperback on Oct. 23. Hiddensee is an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him. With Disney set to release The Nutcracker & the Four Realms in theaters a week later, the paperback release of Hiddensee is quite timely!
Of course, most people know Gregory for his breathtaking Wicked series, which views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Wicked creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. The four-book series has sold millions of copies, and was adapted into the still-running and award-winning Broadway musical.
We are thrilled to welcome Gregory, who lives locally, to our humble little bookshop!
Community Event: Commonwealth Ballet
Friday November 09 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM
We are so excited to welcome the cast of the Nutcraker from Commonwealth Ballet for an afternoon of reading and dancing.
Take this wonderful opportunity for a sneak peak and watch the classic story come to life with performances by the dancers in exquisite colorful customes, which they will do in conjunction with a reading of the story. It's a great way to whet your appetite for the whole performance, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9.
Located near Boston, Commonwealth Ballet delivers artistic and entertaining performances in a welcoming, family-friendly style. This company of pre-professional dancers is drawn from across metro-west Massachusetts.
Saturday Morning Story Time: Sarah Lynne Reul
Saturday November 10 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
We are starting a Saturday Morning Story Time series, and Sarah will be our third reader!
Sarah has published not one, not two, but three children's picture books this year! The first, The Breaking News, was published in April. It touches on how parents and kids deal with things after news that devastates their community.
The second, published in August, is Allie All Along, about an angry girl named Allie. Meet her and see how she calms down, bit by bit—with the help of her understanding big brother.
Both books received starred reviews, which would be a pretty great year for anyone. But in August, Sarah had a third book published, entitled Pet the Pets. This is a lift-the-flap board book that encourages little ones to play with the various pets -- cratch the dog’s ear, help the hamster’s wheel spin around, and feed the hungry fish!
We're thrilled to welcome Sarah, who lives locally, to the Silver Unicorn!
Author Event: John Powers
Tuesday November 13 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is legendary for a lot of things. That'll happen when you're the greatest coach in football history. One of the things he's most famous for is his unwillingness to divulge anything about what he's thinking, or his game strategy, before a game is to be played.
Except on Fridays. By Friday, most of the media has gone, Belichick's prep for the week is done, leading to Friday being the most relaxed he gets all week. In his new book, Fridays With Bill, long-time Boston Globe sportswriter John Powers has chronicled these Friday chats into a book that sheds light on Belichick's mind, football and otherwise.
Readers learn about Belichick's preference for left-footed punters, his struggles with technology to his favorite Halloween candy, and much more. This is the book on Belichick that you want to grab this holiday season, and we're thrilled to be welcoming John to the store to talk to us about it!
Community Event: Acton Boxborough Family Network Giving Night
Thursday November 15 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
On this night, we'll 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!
Join us for this night of giving!
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.
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