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VIRTUAL - Lana Harper in conversation with Jilly Gagnon

January 3, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Gibson's Bookstore
Concord NH

Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to virtually welcome author Lana Harper for the virtual launch of her newest Thistle Grove rom-com, Back in a Spell, in conversation with Lana's friend, author Jilly Gagnon. Events Coordinator Elisabeth has been a fierce proponent of Lana's series. She is incredibly excited to bring Lana in for a discussion of smooching and witchery, for this novel about an awkward first date that leads to an accidental we-woke-up-soul-married-in-Magical-Vegas between one of the most powerful witches in town and a magical newbie.

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VIRTUAL - Romance Book Club: Fantasy/Paranormal Romances

January 5, 2023
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

This month please pick any book that falls into the category of a Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. This could include romances involving ghosts, vampires or shapeshifters or perhaps the characters can travel through time or possess psychic abilities. Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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VIRTUAL - The Two Nerdy History Girls Ride Again!

January 10, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We had so much fun with Loretta and Susan in June we had to bring them back for an encore performance! You know them as the Two Nerdy History Girls - authors Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott were the originators of the infamous blog. We, once again, have Loretta and Susan here to answer all of our burning questions. How do they find interesting tidbits of historical lore, which libraries of the world have they visited, and how do they avoid the inescapable "rabbit hole"? We can't wait for what we think is going to be a fascinating conversation between these two friends and researchers.

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LIVE - David Valdes with Sara Farizan

January 10, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline MA

Celebrate the release of Brighter Than the Moon with author David Valdes, in conversation with Sara Farizan. Lauded writer David Valdes offers a heartfelt, clever, and thought-provoking story about how we figure out who we want to be--online and IRL--for fans of David Levithan and Adam Silvera.

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VIRTUAL - What's on Your TBR pile? with author KJ Charles

January 14, 2023
2:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

Don't you ever wonder What's On Your TBR Pile? about some of your favorite authors! Join one of our favorite authors, KJ Charles, as she answers this age old question - for the 2nd time! TBR is "to be read" and we all have stacks we know we can't read in our lifetime. KJ will talk about what she's reading and loving or looking forward to reading in the near future! We're looking forward to spending some time with KJ hearing all about her favorite books and authors. Bring a pen and paper, you'll be wanting to write down all of KJ's recs.

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VIRTUAL - LGBTQ+ Book Club: Read "Call Me By Your Name"

January 23, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We are so pleased to be partnering with the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody, MA) to bring this book club for the LGBTQ+ community! and allies! If you are between the ages of 15-100 (yes, really!) and would like to chat about books that celebrate LGBTQ+ lives, and to use books as a springboard to discuss the challenges, we hope you can join us. This month's book selection is "Call Me By Your Name" by André Aciman. This book club will be facilitated by librarians from the LGBTQ+ community. You can order a copy of the book from our online catalog or we'll have several copies in the library if you'd like to come by and pick one up.

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VIRTUAL - Romance Author Julia Kent in Conversation with Audiobook Narrator Andi Arndt

February 1, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

Join us for a discussion of the process of writing and narrating a book, how it feels to hear your words read aloud and the power of engaging with a story using both your eyes and ears. Romance author Julia Kent will be in conversation with Andi Arndt, celebrated audiobook narrator! This program will be recorded and available to view on the Ashland Library's YouTube Channel. Please register for this event to receive the zoom link.

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VIRTUAL - Romance Book Club: Sports Romances

February 2, 2023
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

This month please pick any book that falls into the category of a Sports Romance - Romances involving athletes, teams or the world of sports in general. Football, baseball, figure skating, water polo- it's all good! Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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VIRTUAL - Q&A with Author Kate Clayborn

February 9, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We love Kate Clayborn! Her book, "Love Lettering" was one of our favorites of the last year. And now we have the opportunity to ask Kate our burning questions about ALL of her books, including her newest "Georgie" All Along". Bring your questions because this is going to be rapid fire and awesome! Books available for order from Bank Square Books.

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LIVE - Peggy Jaeger at Craft Fair and Book Sale

February 11, 2023
10:00 AM
Merrimack Valley Railroad Function Hall
5 Park St.
Northfield NH

Peggy Jaeger will be signing books at the Spoil Your Sweetheart Craft Fair at a historic railway station. Shop local and spoil YOUR sweetheart for Valentine's Day.

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LIVE - Haley Neil with Adrienne Kisner

February 14, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline MA

Celebrate the release of Planning Perfect with author Haley Neil, in conversation with Adrienne Kisner.In this charming, heartfelt YA romcom about being on the asexual spectrum, a girl tries to craft the perfect wedding for her mother but discovers that sometimes the best parts of life can't be planned. Barring technical difficulty, this event will be livestreamed to our store YouTube channel. No registration is required for the livestream.

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VIRTUAL - Jane Yolen

February 14, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Copper Dog Books
Beverly MA

Looking for a fantasy romance collection perfect for Valentine’s Day? Join us for a Valentine's Day virtual event with the literary legend herself, Jane Yolen, to celebrate the release of Scarlet Circus! This third volume in Jane Yolen’s World Fantasy Award-winning series brings you passionate treasures and delirious transformations.

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VIRTUAL - Rose Lerner & Olivia Waite In Conversation

February 16, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library and Public Library of Brookline
Ashland MA 01721

Join us for an author talk and Q&A with Rose and Olivia in celebration of Valentine’s Day! We’ll discuss their writing processes, how they research historical details, and how they craft historical happily ever afters. We’ll be highlighting Rose’s new book, "Sailor’s Delight", and Olivia’s "The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows".

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VIRTUAL - Katee Robert with Meena Jain

February 18, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass Ave.
Cambridge MA

Author Katee Robert in Conversation with APL Director Meena Jain: Harvard Book Store welcomes KATEE ROBERT—New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author—for a discussion of the fourth book in her Dark Olympus series "Radiant Sin". She will be joined in conversation by director of the Ashland Public Library and lifelong reader of romance, MEENA JAIN. Buy signed (by hand-stamped bookplate) books by Katee from Harvard Book Store.

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VIRTUAL - LGBTQ+ Book Club: Read "Let's Talk About Love"

February 27, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We are so pleased to be partnering with the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody, MA) to bring this book club for the LGBTQ+ community! and allies! If you are between the ages of 15-100 (yes, really!) and would like to chat about books that celebrate LGBTQ+ lives, and to use books as a springboard to discuss the challenges, we hope you can join us. This month's book selection is "Let's Talk About Love" by Claire Kann. This book club will be facilitated by librarians from the LGBTQ+ community.

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VIRTUAL - Romance Book Club: Comfort Read Romances

March 2, 2023
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

This month please pick any book that falls into the category of a Comfort Read Romance. What could be better than a romance novel to help you escape your day-to-day concerns and all the unromantic things going on in your life? Maybe try a lighthearted one with a happily- ever- after ending but any type of romance that you enjoy and leaves you with a slightly brighter outlook on life could fall into this category. Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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VIRTUAL - Maya Rodale & Caroline Linden discuss Dangerous Books For Girls

March 22, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

Join us for a conversation between friends and romance authors Maya Rodale and Caroline Linden! They'll be discussing Maya's re-released and expanded edition of "Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained". Bring your popcorn because this is going to be a good one!

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HYBRID - Romance Book Club: Romantic Suspense

April 6, 2023
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Cheever Conference Room
61 Front St.
Ashland MA 01721

This month please pick any book that falls into the category of a Romantic Suspense Romance. Any romance featuring a mystery, suspense or thriller plot would work. For example, maybe the main character is a detective working to solve a case or a spy trying to save the world - or perhaps the main character has amnesia and doesn't know they are a detective or a spy- it's all good! Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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VIRTUAL - Q&A with Author Kate Spencer

April 11, 2023
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We are thrilled to host author Kate Spencer for this very special Q&A about her incredibly fun and funny debut novel, "In a New York Minute", while also talking about all of the incredible projects she is involved in! Bring your questions as this will be a rapid fire Q&A!. Buy signed books from Bank Square Books

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LIVE - 2nd Annual Rom-Con Romance Festival

May 20, 2023
10:00 AM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
129 Main St.
Ashland MA 01721

Come hang out with authors Jamie Beck, Loretta Chase, Nick DiDomizio, Jane C. Esther, Megan Frampton, Kristan Higgins, Julia Kent, Sandra Kitt, Regina Kyle, Caroline Linden, Sarah MacLean, and Janet Raye Stevens. Get signed books, listen in on panels, have a small group discussion, and mingle with other romance lovers. It's going to be a fabulous day! This event will be held outside, across from the Library at the "Farmer's Market Field", weather permitting. We ask that you bring a mask if we need to move it indoors for the panel and small group discussions.

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LIVE - Katee Robert

August 20, 2023
4:30 PM
Hosted by Gibson's Bookstore
45 South Main St
Concord NH 03301

Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to welcome Katee Robert for the fifth book in her Dark Olympus series, Cruel Seduction, a scorchingly hot modern retelling of Aphrodite and Hephaestus! Our romance-reading staff members have been gaga over Katee's series, with Events Coordinator Elisabeth giving Neon Gods a first-ever 6 on her Steam Scale (which usually goes to 5), and they're a-flutter at the thought of this event happening in our store! This event is happening after hours so that no little ears are in the store for what will surely promise to be spicy 18+ conversation topics. Please note: Katee will be personally handling and stamping each book with her signature. To preserve her hand, there will be no personalizations.

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