Celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Books & Chocolate,” sponsored by The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.
On Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., the Nevertheless Writers will present an evening of Love Readings, at the Amesbury Public Library, 194 Main St., Amesbury. The event is free and open to the public.
From first crushes to families to 19th century romance, the Nevertheless Writers have got love covered. Following the Love Readings, the five award-winning authors will answer questions about publishing, offer insider tips, and sign books. A reception with a delicious selection of chocolates will follow.
“Books and Chocolate for Valentine’s Day,” said Nicole Harry, president of The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library, “How can you resist?”
The Nevertheless Writers include Edith Maxwell of Amesbury, Holly Robinson of Rowley, Elizabeth Atkinson of Newburyport, Nancy Crochiere of Amesbury, and Susan Paradis of Merrimac.
Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods and historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), and the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day). “Flipped For Murder” and “Farmed And Dangerous” are her latest releases. “Delivering The Truth” will be out in April 2016. Maxwell was recently nominated for an Agatha Award and Silver Falchion Award.
Holly Robinson is an award-winning fiction writer and former contributing editor for Parents and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines. Now a novelist, freelance journalist, NPR commentator, and celebrity ghost writer, her most recent novel is “Haven Lake.” Her newest novel “Chance Harbor” was just released October 2015.
Elizabeth Atkinson is the award-winning Middle Grade author of “From Alice To Zen” and “I, Emma Freke.” Her new tween novel “The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball” was published in October, and her next book “The Island Of Beyond” will be published in April 2016. Currently, she is a winner of the Sunshine State Young Reader Award 2015 and the 2015 Ado-Lisant prize in Belgium.
Nancy Crochiere was a popular columnist for 15 years for The Daily News of Newburyport, MA, and The Eagle-Tribune and has collected her humor columns into a book titled “The Mother Load,” which was named a finalist in 2014 for Independent Publishers of New England’s Book Award and also Foreword Reviews’ Book-of-the-Year Award in humor. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe and Writer’s Digest.
Susan Paradis is a former Haverhill Public High School Art teacher and has illustrated over 20 picture books for children, four of which she authored. She was chosen as one of five American artists to participate in a three-year national tour of Fairy Tale Art for her book “Snow Princess.” Her latest book “Edna” (for children who have been traumatized) has been praised by psychiatrists, therapists, and counselors. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and she has appeared on the television show, Chronicle.