Jennifer Markell

Samsara, from the Sanskrit, refers to the ever-turning wheel of life. Themes of circularity and renewal pervade these poems: an ailing neighbor watches kite surfers "turn their bodies into wind;" love is reborn at the circus; bicycle wheels spin circles into fields. Throughout, Markell seeks out currents that connect us to the natural world and to each other in the circular universe. Whether describing a spotted salamander discovered under a fallen log or speculating on "nomadic atoms" that become the dusty shtetl of ancestors, SAMSARA vividly conveys a sense of wonder that entices the reader to step onto the wheel and savor what they find.

Samsara was listed as a "Must Read for 2015" by the Massachusetts Book Awards and was named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Award for 2015.

River of Bones
Holly Guran

River of Bones delves under the water's surface to offer a glimpse of family history and social history. Time's insistence shows itself in what the backyard holds, what the river carries, and in the lives of young women who worked in the nineteenth century cotton mills. The author is indebted to the Lowell National Historical Park where she first stood listening to the looms roar, and to Lucy Larcom, Harriet Robinson, and others whose writings brought the period to life. The author was fortunate to have a family book that traced one ancestor back to the seventeenth century.

Don't miss either poet reading from her work, Wednesday, July 1 between 7:00 and 8:00 PM


Wednesday, July 29
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the "quintessential American sportswriter." For the past twenty-five years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially "The Sports Reporters," spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds.

Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper--and at age twenty-three, a year into his Boston Globe experience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people--players, management, the reading public--probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover--golf--and much more. It is sure to be one of the most talked-about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world's most admired journalists.

Come to the Book Fair Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 PM when Bob Ryan will be here to discuss his book and answer questions from the audience.  The evening will be hosted by The Sports Hub's Fred Toucher