The New England Book Festival is holding a FREE and open to the public daytime book fair and publishing seminar on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Omni Parker House Hotel, 60 School Street in Boston, 02108.

The seminar is focused on developments in the fast-changing world of independent and mainstream book publishing, and anyone with an interest in the field is urged to attend. Authors and publishers will be exhibiting their works and we will have special readings scheduled throughout the day.

In addition to the panels, readings and presentations, we will have a special “Drinks with the Author” exhibition area. Buy a book, enjoy a free cocktail of your choosing with your favorite author!


12:00-12:30 “More Than Just a Book – Why What Authors Do Matters More Than We  Know” – John Brubaker, author, “Seeds of Success” – Everyone should write a  book about their journey. To both honor their mentors and help other people move  forward in their lives. A talk about how one author came to that realization.

1:15-2:30 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Publishing – Jonathan Womack,  author, “Old Souls,” and publisher of Charles River Press discusses his  day-to-day activities on both sides of the desk.

2:30-3:00 “The Author as Historian – The desire for and the need for  historical accuracy in fiction.” Edward Eaton, author of “Hector and  Achilles.”

3:00-4:00 The Future of Books
– The rise of ebooks, the shrinking retail  scene, the consolidation of big publishing and the explosion of the online  world. A discussion on where publishing is heading and how you can leverage  these developments. Panelists:

  • K. Patrick Malone, author, “Ol’ Uncle Jesse & The Haunting Refrain”
  • Carol Maloney, author, “Finding My Voice with Aphasia”
  • Alicia Young, author, “The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Grace
  • Holly Thompson, author, “The Language Inside”>

4:10-4:40 Reading: Dr. Neal Hall reads from his award-winning works, “Nigger  for Life” and “Winter’s a Coming Still.”