An Afternoon of Winter Merriment: Author Stroll and Holiday Crafts

You are invited to the Library for An Afternoon of Winter Merriment! Grab a cup of hot cocoa & enjoy an afternoon at the Library. Eat a cookie, send a card to our military heroes, and/or make a family heirloom. Take a stroll through the Library & meet some of today's best authors - have a chat and ask questions! Copies of each author's books will be available for purchase & signing, courtesy of Haley Booksellers. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library.

Author Stroll

The following Authors will be available to meet and chat- no purchase is necessary. If you wish, you will be able to purchase copies of their books for signing. If you are looking for holiday presents, there is something for everybody!

FIONA DAVIS is the nationally bestselling author of THE MASTERPIECE, THE ADDRESS, and THE DOLLHOUSE. She began her career in New York City as an actress, working on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. After getting a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down as an author of historical fiction. Fiona is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and is based in New York City.

MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe as well as the host of the Love Letters podcast. In 2009, she began writing Love Letters, which inspired her memoir/essay collection, CAN’T HELP MYSELF: LESSONS & CONFESSIONS FROM A MODERN ADVICE COLUMNIST.  She is also the author of CHEMISTRY LESSONS, a young adult novel about a woman who tries to use science to manipulate her love life. Meredith was raised in Maryland, and lives in Boston with a David Bowie doll and a full-size cotton candy machine.

WILLIAM MARTIN is a New York Times bestselling author best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from CAPE COD to ANNAPOLIS to THE CITY OF DREAMS. His first novel, BACK BAY, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who is still tracking artifacts across the landscape of our national imagination. Martin's subsequent novels, include HARVARD YARD, CITIZEN WASHINGTON, and THE LOST CONSTITUTION. He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary and a cult classic horror movie. He was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region." And in 2015 he won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for four decades of bringing history to life. He and his wife live near Boston, the city that his recurring character, Peter Fallon, calls home, and he has three grown children.

BÉATRICE PELTRE grew up in rural France within a family with a true love for homegrown foods. She is a fond observer of the beauty found in life, nature and the natural shapes of food. In her second cookbook, MY FRENCH FAMILY TABLE, Béatrice offers a beautiful assortment of over 120 recipes for naturally gluten-free dishes that feature whole grains, colorful produce, and distinctive spices. Her work witnesses her attachment and interest in art under all forms, as shown in her award-winning food blog Beatrice works as a freelance food writer, food stylist and photographer from her home studio in Boston where she lives with her husband, daughter Lulu, and son Rémy. Her work has appeared in such places as the Martha Stewart Show, Saveur, Fine Cooking, Whole Living, Food and Wine, the New York Times Diner's Journal, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and the Boston Globe, as well as in other books, and international and online publications. Her photo portfolio can be viewed at

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN has won five Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Award for her bestselling mystery novels. As an investigative reporter, her work has resulted in new laws, criminals sent to prison, homes saved from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution for victims and consumers. Along with her 34 Emmys and14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank has received dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A former president of Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, she lives in Boston with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney. She is the author of TRUST ME, and the Jane Ryland series (THE OTHER WOMAN, THE WRONG GIRL, TRUTH BE TOLD, SAY NO MORE and WHAT YOU SEE).

DAVE WEDGE is a former top investigative journalist for the Boston Herald. He has won awards for his reporting from Ground Zero, the Rhode Island nightclub fire, and the Boston Marathon bombings. A Boston College graduate, he has written for Esquire and has been a guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS, ABC's Good Morning America, and E! True Hollywood Story. His books, with co-author Casey Sherman, include 12: THE INSIDE STORY OF TOM BRADY'S FIGHT FOR REDEMPTION, BOSTON STRONG: A CITY'S TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY and THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: PETE FRATES AND THE FIGHT AGAINST ALS.

Edited by JOHN HARRISON and KIM NAGY, DEAD IN GOOD COMPANY is a compelling collection of essays, poems and wildlife photographs of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sweet Auburn, as it is affectionately known, is America's first garden cemetery. An amazing group of authors have come together to celebrate this unique resource - including Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz; historical novelist William Martin; former Mayor of Boston and Ambassador to the Vatican, Ray Flynn; Boston author and television icon, Hank Phillippi Ryan; Pulitzer Prize winner, Megan Marshall; mystery/true-crime author Kate Flora; mystery author Katherine Hall Page; medical thriller author Gary Goshgarian (Braver); broadcasting legend Upton Bell; world renowned bird guide author and artist David Sibley; drama critic, author and host of the Theatre World Awards, Peter Filichia; screen writer, author Chris Keane; Mass Audubon's Wayne Petersen; Talkin' Birds radio host, Ray Brown; author, naturalist Peter Alden; founder of Project Coyote, Camilla Fox; Director of the World Bird Sanctuary, Jeff Meshach; senior scientist for wildlife at the Humane Society of the United States, John Hadidian; historian Dee Morris; and sports writer and commentator, Dan Shaughnessy.

Craft Events

SEND A CARD TO THE TROOPS: Create a handmade postcard to send to troops! Send a note of gratitude for their service, or send warm holiday greetings! We will provide paper & everything else needed to make a beautiful written sentiment!

WINTER ORNAMENT CRAFT: Families are welcomed to come decorate a winter-themed ornament during this glitter-fueled family craft program. Bring a family photo to be photocopied to add to your ornament. Registration is required- please call 781-320-1042 to secure a spot.

COOKIE DECORATING: Use frosting & sprinkles to decorate a delicious cookie. Add a cup of hot cocoa & it's the perfect ending to an afternoon of fun! While supplies last.