Indies First with Anita Silvey, Jill Lepore, Mameve Medwed and Leslie Brunetta

Celebrate all the great  things indie bookstores do for books and the community with Anita Silvey, Jill Lepore, Mameve Medwed and Leslie Brunetta while getting some of your holiday shopping done.


Inspired by Sherman Alexie, Indies First is an opportunity for authors to be “booksellers for the day,” so from roughly 11:00am-4:00pm on Small Business Saturday you will be able to get book recommendations from four of Boston’s brightest literary minds.


If you’re buying for a young reader, Anita Silvey might be the best resource on the planet for book recommendations. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators, 100 Best Books for Children, 500 Great Works for Teens, and a number of other works. She currently teaches courses in children's literature at Simmons College in Boston and St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont. Anita will be at the store from 11-1 (and perhaps as late as 2).



Jill Lepore just seems to know about everything. She is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her books include New York Burning, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Name of War, winner of the Bancroft Prize; The Mansion of Happiness, which was short-listed for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and her latest book, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. So if you’re shopping for a history buff, there’s no better brain to pick. Jill will be in the store between 2-4.


Leslie Brunetta is the author of Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating, so will be hanging out in our science section from 10-12, recommending all the best books on creepy-crawlys. Leslie is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Technology Review, and the Sewanee Review; on NPR; and elsewhere. Leslie will be in the store between 10-12.


Mameve Medwed is also the author of Mail, Host Family, The End of an Error, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life (which received a 2007 Massachusetts Book Honor Award), and Of Men and Their Mothers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications including the Missouri Review, Redbook, the Boston Globe, Yankee, the Washington Post, and Newsday. Born in Maine, she and her husband have two sons and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mameve will be in the store from 1-2.


Event date: 

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge