Are you ready?? Our One Book, One Watertown celebration details!

WOOL by Hugh HoweyOur One Book, One Watertown celebration of Hugh Howey’s WOOL will begin September 4th with our Community Book Discussion.    The discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th at 7 PM, and is open to all.  We invite you to come ready to talk about what you liked or didn’t like about the book, how it affected you, and whether you feel it has any applicability to our own world.   We can’t wait to hear your thoughts!  Plus, one lucky attendee will win a signed hardcover copy of Shift, Hugh’s follow-up prequel to WOOL!


All of our movie Mondays through September and October will feature other dystopian visions.   We have a fantastic line-up of films planned, so please stop by the Reference Desk for the full schedule.
As you may have heard, we will welcome the author to Watertown on September 20th and 21st.   There are a number of opportunities to meet and interact with Mr. Howey, so we hope to be able to accommodate everyone!  

  • First up is an informal “meet and greet” with the author on Friday, September 20th from 5-7 PM at Donohue’s Pub (87 Bigelow Ave, Watertown).   Come on out, have a drink and some munchies, and chat with Hugh.   The library will provide some appetizers, and there’ll be a cash bar.    
  • On Saturday, September 21st, we’ll start the day at 10:30 AM, with a brunch with the author, catered by the Deluxe Town Diner.  This event requires the advance purchase of tickets, and we expect to sell out quickly.   Tickets are $10.00 each, and are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk, while they last.
  • Following brunch, we’ll open the room up to anyone who’d like to come by to get books signed by the author.   You may bring your own copy from home, or you may purchase books at the event from the kind folks at Back Pages Books in Waltham, who have graciously agreed to be on hand to help us out!
  • At 3:00 PM, Hugh will lead a brief workshop entitled, “So You Wanna Be An Author,” which will focus more on writing techniques, and ideas for marketing and self-promotion.   This is a free event, but advance registration is required.   Please stop by the Reference Desk or call us at (617) 972-6436 to sign up!

Following Hugh’s visit, we have lots of other great events still to come, including:

  • September 26th at 7:00 PM we’ll explore Papermaking with an instructor from The Arsenal Center for the Arts!  Advance registration required (at the Reference Desk).
  • October 2nd at 9:30 AM the Senior Center Book Group will be chatting about WOOL over morning coffee – join us at the Senior Center at 31 Marshall Street! 
  • October 10th at 6:00 PM is our Community Forum on Privacy.  Join library staff, community members, and a representative from the ACLU of Massachusetts as we discuss issues related to the expectation of privacy in American life, and how recent developments in technology and the government application of laws may put that right in jeopardy.   Let’s talk!  (No registration – open to all!)
  • October 17th at 7:00 PM we’ll host a class in Recycled Art – how to make exciting creative pieces from found or repurposed objects.   Again, we’ll welcome a teacher from the Arsenal Center of the Arts.   Registration is required (See the Reference Desk staff).
  • October 24th at 7:00 PM we’ll host an exciting panel discussion on self-publishing featuring several authors who have achieved some degree of success with this alternative path.  The face of publishing is changing, and we’ll welcome some fresh voices who will talk about what the changes mean for authors, publishers, and – most importantly – readers!  Our panel will be moderated by Marjorie Kehe, Books Editor for the Christian Science Monitor!

Throughout the 2 months, we have a number of raffles, contests, and door prizes which we know will delight a few lucky winners!   One lucky winner will even receive a Kindle Paperwhite ereader at the end of the festivities!


We are thrilled about all of the events for One Book this year, and look forward to seeing you at many of the events.


One Book, One Watertown:  Be a Part of It!!

Written by Reference Librarian Jill.

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