Publishing and book events calendar - April 2018

Publishing and book events calendar – April 2018

From two (count ’em–two!) Bookbuilders events to a national day of indie bookstore celebrations, there’s lots to look forward to in the month of April. Mark your calendars!


Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 pm

Local author event – Meredith Goldstein’s Can’t Help Myself

Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

The Boston Globe columnist presents her new book Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. Tickets are available online.


Thursday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Bookbuilders of Boston Educational Event: Indexes in Ebooks and Embedded Indexing

Cengage Learning, 10 Channel Center, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA

In an event co-organized by Bookbuilders of Boston, the New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing (, and the Digital Publications Indexing Special Interest Group of the American Society for Indexing (, we will learn about and discuss issues of incorporating book indexes into digital publications. This event is hosted by Bookbuilders member Cengage Learning (

Following a brief introduction on how book indexes are managed for Cengage’s print and digital publications, we will have a presentation by indexing industry expert Stephen Ingle, a Q&A, and lively discussion. There will also be networking time and light refreshments.


Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Metro Boston Independent Publishers meeting

St. John’s Episcopal Church

74 Pleasant St., Arlington, MA 02476

This is an informal meetup for new and seasoned authors to discuss challenges and opportunities in independent publishing, organized through Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE). Attendees have the opportunity to talk about their individual work and projects, brainstorm with others, and discuss publishing questions such as finding the right publishing platform, editing, design, marketing, and more. This group includes self-published authors, editors, small publishers, and representatives from IPNE and other organizations. Meetings are open to IPNE members and non-members alike, with a 50% membership discount available to those who RSVP and attend in person.


Friday, April 20, 7:00 pm

Breakwater Reading Series

Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Readings of new prose and poetry from MFA candidates at Boston University, Emerson College, and UMass Boston.


Tuesday, April 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Bookbuilders of Boston’s Publishing Happy Hour

Highball Lounge

90 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02108

Spring is upon us! Come out of hibernation and join us for a Publishing Happy Hour at Highball Lounge. This is an excellent opportunity to relax, talk shop, and connect with people involved in publishing and book manufacturing in the Greater Boston Area.


Saturday, April 28

Independent Bookstore Day

(various locations and times)

Independent Bookstore Day is a national indie bookstore party that takes place the last Saturday in April. Because each bookstore is different, each party is different, but whether it’s an author appearance, en exclusive sale, a giveaway, or something else, this is an opportunity to show your community bookstore some love.

Participating stores in Boston and environs:

  • Andover Bookstore (Andover)
  • Belmont Books (Belmont)
  • Blue Bunny Books (Dedham)
  • The Book Rack (Newburyport)
  • Brookline Booksmith (Brookline)
  • Buttonwood Books and Toys (Cohasset)
  • Cabot Street Books & Cards (Beverly)
  • Harvard Book Store (Cambridge)
  • I AM Books (Boston)
  • MIT Press Bookstore (Cambridge)
  • New England Mobile Book Fair (Newton)
  • Newtonville Books (Newton)
  • Papercuts (Jamaica Plain)
  • Porter Square Books (Cambridge)
  • The Silver Unicorn Bookstore (Acton)
  • The Spirit of ‘76 Bookstore & Card Shop (Marblehead)
  • Storybook Cove (Hanover)
  • Trident Booksellers and Cafe (Boston)
  • Wellesley Books (Wellesley)
  • Whitelam Books (Reading)


See an event we missed? Let us know! As part of our mission to support the publishing industry and literature in Boston and beyond, we’ll be featuring a monthly calendar of events on our blog—focusing on local authors, local presses, and topics of interest to the local community. If you’re a publisher, author, bookseller, or organization and you’d like your event to be listed, please contact Claire [dot] Schulz [at] bbboston [dot] org and put “Bookbuilders calendar” in the subject line of your email.