John Pipkin Author’s Talk, Friday, Nov. 17 6-7:30pm, Thoreau Farm
Author John Pipkin will be reading and discussing his two critically-acclaimed historical novels, Woodsburner  and The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter.  

Woodsburner is a fictionalized account of an actual forest fire started by Henry David Thoreau in 1844, a year before he built his cabin at Walden Pond, and the novel interweaves the stories of three characters who are all leading lives of “quiet desperation” when they encounter Thoreau’s life-changing fire.

The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter is set in Ireland in the late-eighteenth century, and it chronicles the search for an imaginary new planet, orbiting close to the sun, in the years following William Herschel’s discovery of Uranus in 1781.  The novel chronicles this crucial period of scientific revolution while interweaving the personal lives torn asunder by the violent upheaval of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

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This event is sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society.

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Thoreau on & off the Page: Journal Writing on the Move A Creative Writing and Mindfulness Workshop, Saturday, Nov. 18, 10am-5pm, $80 per session

 Dr. Ernesto Estrella will teach journal writing workshop.

Participants will learn different journaling techniques alongside listening and mindfulness practices extracted from Thoreau’s Journal. The workshop starts with a two-hour session at Thoreau Farm. In these morning hours we will introduce the Journal and participants will learn skills necessary for impactful journal writing. After a lunch break, we will visit the exhibition “This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal” at the Concord Museum. Following our visit, our journalists will share their impressions of the exhibition and partake in a two-hour creative writing session at the Thoreau Institute.

Founder and director of the Nomadic School of the Senses (NoSoS), Dr. Estrella is a member of the Thoreau Society and a Thoreau scholar and translator. He has served as assistant professor of Contemporary Poetry at Yale University. An author and musician, Dr. Estrella was the executive director of The Voice Observatory, a music and sound-art platform funded by the Senate of Berlin from 2015-16.

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David Maguire, “Here I Am: Concord Connections,” Book Launch, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2-4pm

David Maguire was born 32 years ago with cerebral palsy, and has met every challenge thrown at him. David (named for Henry David Thoreau) is a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School and Lasell College. “Here I Am: Concord Connections” celebrates David’s infectious joy of living a full life.

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