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Chat’n’Chew October 2023


Autumn is here as leaves begin to fade and descend to the earth.

Mary Oliver was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work was inspired by nature, rather than the human world, stemming from her lifelong passion for solitary walks in the wild. New England was her adopted home, setting most of her poetry in and around Provincetown after she moved there in the 1960s.  Our library has many of her books of poetry located in our Non-Fiction 800 literature section, as well as available for download. Here’s a poem “Song for Autumn,” by Mary Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019).

Speaking of local authors, the Massachusetts Book Awards were recently announced. This award is given to living local authors that reside and write in Massachusetts. Titles chosen this year were published in 2022.

As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, reading last year’s favorites or award winners might guarantee that you will either find the book on the shelf or a quick hold from another library. Or, if you trust your reading selections from the celebrities or “Stars,” then this book list is for you:   These celebrities do read passionately and widely and like you, are eager to share something they couldn’t put down.

If you’re looking for Autumn fiction suggestions, check out the Off the Shelf blog entry, “10 Autumnal Reads to Get You Pumped for Fall.” 

Lastly, here’s an event to add to your calendar: Saturday, October 14th in the Strong, Large Event room from 2:00-4:00, the library will be celebrating National Book Club Month with A.M. Speicher, moderator of the library’s adult book club, Chat & Chew. There will be a discussion about what other book groups are doing around the state, what’s happening with local book clubs, including the Hopkinton Library. We’ll have handouts; inspiring ideas; suggested book review sites and podcasts; best practices; a drawing; and other goodies. Register on our calendar. See you there!