The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 31, 2003


Bookshop sponsors authors' festival and school fundraiser

Author Gregory Maguire and friend. Maguire will be at the Bookshop on Saturday (Courtesy photo)
As demonstrated by ongoing financial support to both the Gleason Library and the Wilkins School library, Carlisle is a town of readers. Many people in town attend events of the 11th annual Concord Author's Festival. This year, it runs from October 23 through November 8. "We have more authors than in years past," says Festival Director Rob Mitchell, "and we always have three to four authors who are big names."

This weekend, literary newcomers will appear in a free event at the West Concord Fowler branch of the library on Sunday, November 2 at 3 p.m. They include Matthew Pearl (The Dante Club), Jennifer Haigh (Mrs. Kimble) and Christopher Castellani (A Kiss from Maddalena). The keynote speaker of the festival, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, will appear on Saturday, November 8

The three primary sponsors of the event include Welch's, Fleet Bank and the Community Newspaper Co. The six major sponsors include the Concord Bookshop, Cambridge Trust Co., Middlesex Savings Bank, the Thoreau Society, the Thoreau Club, and the Walden Woods Project.

Mitchell estimates that about 10% of festival attendees come from Carlisle, based on the event mailing list that is built from purchasers paying for books by checks.

The Concord Bookshop purchases all the books sold at other venues for the Concord Festival at cost. Profits from these books, as well as other event profits, go to the Concord Free Public Library.

"You can't measure the intangibles the Concord Bookshop provides to the festival," says Mitchell. The store attracts major speakers to the festival on its own, and totally handles administrative aspects of free author signings at its venue. Tickets to other festival events, which are not free, are sold by the store as a courtesy.

As part of the festival, the Concord Bookshop will feature author Gregory Maguire on Saturday, November 1, at 3 p.m. The author specializes in retelling fairy tales as novels. As part of an annual Carlisle School Association fundraiser, generous portion of profits for books sold at the shop the entire day will benefit the Carlisle Public School. Jane Dawson of River Road, responsible for running the day-to-day store operations, estimates that about 20% of the store's customers come from Carlisle. The Book Fair benefiting the school represents a way for the store to show appreciation.

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