Recap & Photos: Summer Casual Networking in the Park


Katy Mastrocola, Jenny Martin, Iris Amelia Febres

Balmy summer weather blessed the annual Bookbuilders of Boston summer potluck last Wednesday evening at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. As always (and perhaps because of the excellent weather) there was an incredible turnout of book lovers, makers, book-job seekers, and publishing professionals. While some folks mingled and rekindled old connections, others talked to strangers and made new friends. And others, such as myself, spend a good portion of our time around the picnic tables enjoying the delicious potluck spread!



Bookbuilders held a raffle that required attendees to answer some “non-trivial” questions about book publishing and manufacturing. How many do you know off the top of your head?

  • Question #1: Name one of the finalists at last year’s New England Publishing Collaboration Awards (NEPCo).
  • Question #2: What’s the technical term for a binding that’s sewn rather than glued?
  • Question #3: Boston is known as an edtech hotspot in the U.S. Name an edtech incubator in Boston.

[For answers, see bottom of the post]


Attendees: they’re not just humans!

Among the prizes were a $50 gift certificate for Papercuts J.P. in Jamaica Plain, and a sampling of New England Book Show finalists: the gorgeous children’s book Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray and Kenard Pak (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers), and Dinner Pies: From Shepherd’s Pies and Pot Pies to Turnovers, Quiches, Hand Pies, and More by Ken Haedrick (The Harvard Common Press.)

If you are kicking yourself that you missed the picnic, don’t fret. We’ll be holding another Casual Networking Event on August 17th at the Back Bay Social Club where you can get your fix of conversation, laughter and general book banter. We’ll see you next time!


Matt DeLuca, Alex Diskin, Sarah Bell, Laura Rodriguez


Answers: #1: Name any of the following: Harvard University Press, American Meteorological Society, Black Key Press, Aries Systems, Jones and Bartlett Learning, Isaak Books, Safari Pub Factory, Candlewick Press, Kudos; Answer #2: Smyth Sewn; Answer #3: LearnLaunch


We’ll see you here next year, we hope!

Jill Saginario

About Jill Saginario

Jill is a current Bookbuilders of Boston board member and a production editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She’s a fanatical evangelist for children’s and YA books. She can't believe how much she loves pickles.