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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Mix Beer, Philosophy at ‘Draft & Dogma’

Hello neighborhood. Here's your Morning Memo for all things JP for Thursday, July 10. Drink Beer, Philosophize: The folks behind "Draft & Dogma" will be drinking Saison beers and tackling the topic: "Can you do a good thing for its own sake?" Brush up on your Nicomachean Ethics and head to their site, where folks over 21 can find out the exact location and time. ReadBoston Storymobile Comes to the Connolly: The mobile library for kids will visit the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., on Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. There will be storytelling and free books for kids.

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Flyer for a Celebration of Service Party for Laura Foner

Celebrate Retirement of Children’s Librarian Laura Foner

Hi neighborhood. I've let it get into the afternoon, but here's your better-late-than-never Morning Memo for all things JP for Monday, June 9. Celebrate Librarian Laura Foner: Monday evening from 6-8 p.m., stop by the Connolly Branch Library to pay tribute to Laura Foner, the well-known children's librarian who is retiring after 18 years of service to the neighborhood. There will be refreshments, music and the presentation of a book of stories, photos and drawings for Foner. 433 Centre St.

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