Two Events: Friends of JP Branch Library Hosting Holiday Party and Book Sale

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are hosting two events this week that include a musical performance and a great way to get your holiday shopping started. On Dec. 7th, the Friends of the JP Branch Library are inviting everyone in the community to kick off the holiday season with food and a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. There will also be a potluck, so please bring an item to share. The event is from 6 to 8 pm.

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Panel discussion among JP authors at the Connolly Branch Library on Monday, July 17, 2017. From left: Katie Bayerl, Mindy Fried, Beth Castrodale and Katie Eelman

JP Authors Share Their Tips for Getting Into Print

Patience, a willingness to learn, and the ability to revise one’s work extensively: those are just a few of the qualities that were essential to the success of three Jamaica Plain authors who took part in a panel discussion on book writing and publishing Monday evening. The discussion, held at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, was moderated by Katie Eelman, director of media and events at Papercuts JP and co-founder and editor-in-chief at Cutlass Press, an independent book publisher based out of Papercuts. The story of her blacklisted father

As the panelists noted, it can take years to get from the idea stage to a polished, edited book. “You can’t be impatient because it takes forever and a day,” said Mindy Fried, author of Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir. Fried said that her book began as blog posts about her elderly father’s experiences in assisted living and evolved into a memoir about her role in his care giving, one that offers a sociological perspective on the subject.

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Boston’s Only Spanish Language Used Bookstore, Libreria Donceles, Opens at Urbano Project in JP

Urbano Project will present Librería Donceles, a socially-engaged art project consisting of an itinerant bookstore of more than 10,000 used books in Spanish. While in residence at Urbano, the participatory art installation will be a meeting place for the community, hosting a series of bilingual salon-like gatherings for conversations, performances and workshops designed to encourage cultural understanding, tolerance and social activism. On view January 13th through March 31, 2017, Librería Donceles will be open Monday through Friday, 1 to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 to 2 pm, at Urbano's Gallery space at 29 Germania Street in Jamaica Plain. An opening reception took place on January 13, which included an artist talk and performance at 7:30 pm. Created by New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera out of a desire to address the lack of literary outlets that serve the growing Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States, Librería Donceles will be the sole Spanish-language bookstore in the Greater Boston area, bringing attention to the fact that there are millions of Spanish speakers in the US and yet a scarcity of books in Spanish.

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Papercuts JP Draws Crowds at Boston Book Festival Saturday

Opened a year ago at 5 Green St., Papercuts JP was prominently displayed Saturday at the seventh annual Boston Book Festival held at Copley Square and adjacent venues. Working in collaboration with Harvard Book Store, Papercuts JP was one of seven metropolitan-area independent booksellers at the Book Festival. Boston proper has only two independent book sellers focusing on new books: Trident on Newbury Street and Papercuts JP. Papercuts JP had a table overflowing with new books at the Boston Common Hotel on the second floor conference room. This summer, Jamaica Plain News spoke to proprietor Kate Layte about her first seven months in business.

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